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Mario's games spread into different genres, like golf games.

The Mario franchise is one of the most well-known franchises in video gaming history. One of Nintendo's more popular franchises, the Mario universe is ever-expanding, with many spinoff series, including Mario Party and Mario Golf as well as major characters receiving their own spotlight in games (such as Luigi's Mansion and Super Princess Peach).


Although Mario has developed immensely over the years, his first appearance was that, not of Mario, but as an electrician named Jumpman in the 1981 arcade game, Donkey Kong. The object of the game was to guide Jumpman to the end of the level by running, jumping, and dodging barrels and rescuing his girlfriend, Pauline.

By the end of 1989, 18.7 million Super Mario Bros. cartridges and 3.5 million Super Mario Bros. 2 cartridges had been sold in the United States.[1] By March 1993, the Super Mario Bros. series had sold more than 100 million units worldwide.[2]

Series and Games

This list is incomplete. You can also check the Mario series category. It should be noted that mere appearances of Mario and friends are not counted as being a Mario game, so you won't find Punch-Out!!, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time or even Super Smash Bros. Melee in this list.

Characters in the series

The Mario series has grown to cover a huge cast of characters, each being featured usually as players in the different arcade sport games like Mario Power Tennis. Below are characters and enemies that are unique to the Mario series.


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