Super Mario Galaxy 2 is out this week, and it's ruddy brilliant. But how did the world's most famous plumber get to this point? Find out with our Super Mario timeline.

Donkey Kong (Arcade, 1981)

This is where it all began for our moustachioed hero. But wait, in Donkey Kong, Mario's not even Mario. He's Jump Man! And he's not even a plumber. He's a carpenter! Crazy, but true.

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jrbeasley's Avatar


Let not forget about Mario Bros. and we will ignore the 2600 and 7800 Marios
Posted 17:10 on 31 July 2010
Darren1986's Avatar


Mario has a place all all our hearts no matter what console you enjoy. We always go back to our roots and we always remember the classics. I think my favourite series of Mario has to be the Paper Mario and Mario Kart series.
Posted 12:17 on 10 June 2010
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Karlius@ Ghost5

Lol true well it was a spin off rather than rip off. But it was basically a rehashed Mario style game that would be super seeded by the plumber. A stop gap or learning curve before the next game.

SMB3 was then a big leap both graphically and game play wise.
Posted 16:41 on 09 June 2010
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Ghost5@ Karlius

It cant really be a rip off if Miyamoto helped with Doki Doki Panic ;)
Posted 16:37 on 09 June 2010
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Karlius@ Ghost5

Maybe so but the reality is Doki Doki is a rip off of Mario lol so it is more of the same. :P
Posted 16:36 on 09 June 2010
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Ghost5@ Karlius

Super Mario Bros 2 = More of the same of Super mario bros 1

SMB2 = Reskinned Doki Doki Panic from Japan ;)
Posted 16:33 on 09 June 2010
Karlius's Avatar


Dr Mario = Puzzle Game and more a cameo role

Super Mario Bros 2 = More of the same of Super mario bros 1

Super Mario the lost levels = More of the same.

Can see why they were left out.

Enjoyed this Wes Cheers.
Posted 16:31 on 09 June 2010
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wyp100@ chelskiboy247

My extensive research revealed that Princess Daisy is the princess of Sarasaland - different to Princess Peach of the Mushroom Kingdom.
Posted 16:26 on 09 June 2010
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'To rescue Princess Daisy, of course. Who'd have guessed?'

Did you mean Princess Peach? Or is it really Daisy? Although I've never heard of her being referred to as a princess before.
Posted 16:11 on 09 June 2010
Fuzzynutz's Avatar


What about Dr Mario,Mario Bros 2 And super Mario the lost levels????
Posted 14:11 on 09 June 2010
SexyJams's Avatar


Wow, such an incredibly interesting feature.
This was awesome guys, thank you.
Posted 11:18 on 09 June 2010
Wido's Avatar


Nice feature.

You can beat a Mario game. Great times with Mario Kart but I think the 64 verison should of been mentioned and Double Dash on the Cube. SMG2 easily wants me to pick it up but I won't. I may just get my own Wii again, just to play Mario games and Zelda. We will see what the end of the year brings me.
Posted 10:36 on 09 June 2010

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