Super Mario is a series of platform video games created by developer Nintendo and starring its mascot, Mario. Also known as the Super Mario Bros. series or simply the Mario series, it is the flagship series of the Mario franchise. At least one Super Mario video game has been released for all Nintendo video game consoles.
Super Mario video games follow the adventures of plumber Mario, usually in the fictional Mushroom Kingdom. He is often joined by his brother, Luigi, and occasionally, other members of the franchise.
As in most platform video games, the player primarily runs and jumps across platforms and over enemies in various themed levels. The video games have generally simple plots, in which Mario must rescue Princess Peach (Princess Toadstool) who is kidnapped by the franchise’s main villain, Bowser.
The first title in the series, “Super Mario Bros.” , released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985, established concepts and gameplay elements prevalent in nearly every Super Mario video game since. These include a multitude of Power-Ups and elements that give Mario special magical powers, such as throwing fireballs or changing size to giant or miniature sizes, etc.1
The Super Mario series is part of the Mario franchise. This includes other video game genres and other media such as movies, TV series, print media and various products. As of September 2015, more than 310 million copies of the Super Mario series video games had been sold, making it the best-selling video game series in history.
The objective of the video games is to advance through various levels by defeating enemies, collecting items and progressing through the same adventure, but without dying. The use of special powers is an integral part of the series. The series has installments with games in two and three dimensions.
In the 2D games, the player character (usually Mario) jumps over platforms and enemies while avoiding their attacks and moving to the right of the scrolling screen. Super Mario 2D game levels have single exit objectives, which must be reached within a time limit and lead to the next sequential level. Super Mario Bros. 3 introduced the overworld, a non-linear level map that branches according to the player’s choice. In Super Mario World the Levels introduced multiple exits.
The 3D installments of the series have had two subgenres: games based on open-world exploration and more linear 3D games with a predetermined path.
The levels in the open-world games, 64 , Sunshine and Odyssey, allow the player to freely explore multiple enclosed environments with 360-degree movement. As the game progresses, more environments become accessible. 3D linear games, whose titles include “Galaxy” or “3D,” feature more fixed camera angles and a predetermined path to a single objective.