25 Years of Mario

So it’s been over 25 years since Mario first picked up a wrench and started doing his thing. I thought I would share this video and a few of my experiences of Nintendo’s favourite son.

The video is something I came across a couple of years ago and had me wishing I could either beatbox or play the flute. Nevermind both at once. Check him out. He’s done loads of great things along the same lines.¬†Properly awesome. There’s just something about that theme tune!

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crfrKqFp0Zg]

As for Mario, I first got involved back in 1982 on a trip to New York where I spent my entire visit there with my head in an original Donkey Kong Jr Game & Watch.

Donkey Kong Jr. Game & Watch

This is the view of New York I had as 6 year old

Mario had captured Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr was tasked with rescuing him. I was hooked and saw none of New York, much to my parents’ chagrin.

Some years later, I was introduced to the NES and subsequently the SNES, with Super Mario and eventually Mario Kart all but responsible for less than perfect A-Level grades. On to university and the N64 brought me back to Mario during my 4th year (once again, Nintendo contributing to my grades…) following a brief flirtation with a Sega Megadrive. Mario featured highly although it was James Bond in Goldeneye who got the majority of game time. I have a DS and a DSi in my house now and my kids love them. They love to play the Wii at other people’s houses and constantly moan that I bought a PS3 and not a Nintendo console. Sorry guys!

So, Nintendo and more importantly Mario really have been around and a part of my life for pretty much as long as I can remember. Great effort guys, you really are part of the family.

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