It's a-me! Jumpman!

We at Zelda Universe have to give credit where credit is due. While he may not be our favorite “child” of Shigeru Miyamoto, he certainly was the first born. And like many an older brother out there he’s won more awards, is more popular, and dated that one cheerleader you were really into. Wait. What?

Anyway, September 13th marked Mario’s birthday! The original Super Mario Bros. was released on this day in 1985, before many of you were born! He turned 25, and still has that typical 25 year old hipster mustache.

The Mario franchise is the best selling video game franchise in the world, with over 210,000,000 units sold!

And what many people don’t know is that he almost never existed. Back when he was designing Donkey Kong, Mr. Miyamoto had originally intended to create a similar game based on the Popeye cartoon. When he was unable to acquire the licence for the three characters he wanted to use (Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto), he replaced them with “Jumpman” (later to be renamed “Mario”), Pauline, and Donkey Kong. Just imagine that alternate history for a moment… Super Popeye Galaxy 2? Yikes.

Regardless, today we give tribute to Mario (and his green-clad brother, Luigi) and ask ourselves: what sort of bash will Nintendo throw on February 21, 2011 for the real star (in our eyes, at least)?