This week we travel to the Mushroom Kingdom and dive into the history of Mario. In this episode, we talk about Mario matters to pop culture and beyond while mapping out how the Italian plumber from New York became Nintendo’s official mascot, one of the most recognizable icons in the US, connect multiple generations of gamers, and even get his own theme park. Now, it has to be said that there is a lot to talk about when it comes to Mario. From the games to the manga that has alone grossed over $1 Billion, there is a lot of history and we’re already set up to do a part two. So, if we don’t cover your favorite thing about Mario, don’t worry, we have more coming. (Like a Luigi episode next week) We do all of that this week with the help of our show’s producer, Jason – he also just really loves Mario.
If you’re someone one of the very small amount of people who don’t know who Mario is, he is a video game character created by Shigeru Miyamoto and owned by Nintendo. Acting as the company’s mascot, as well as being the eponymous protagonist of the series, Mario has appeared in over 200 video games since his creation. Depicted as a short, pudgy, Italian plumber who resides in the Mushroom Kingdom, his adventures generally center upon rescuing Princess Peach from the Koopa villain Bowser but have expanded over the years. Mario spans game type and genre but calls Nintendo home.