Deeper Look: Mario
First seen in Donkey Kong in 1981, Mario began life as a nameless carpenter whose aim was to save his lady – Pauline. The Mario Bros game saw his evolution into the plumber we know and love. He has now appeared in over 200 games.
Mario’s younger fraternal twin, Luigi first appeared in the 1983 Mario Bros arcade game. Luigi was originally designed as a direct palette swap for Mario as the game moved into the dual player mode. He developed his own taller look and personality in the years following.
Also known as King Koopa, Bowser is the main Bad Guy in the Mario universe. He’s first seen in Super Mario Bros kidnapping Princess Peach. He is an NPC for most story based games, but if you love Bowser you can actually play as him for Mario Party and Mario Kart!