Mario was walking, jumping, driving, throwing items at other drivers. But where did he end acting like this? Yup, that’s right, he’s also on stamps. Let’s check some of them today.
The Mario story begins in Nintendo USA department way back in 1980. The American Nintendo department had around 2000 Radar Scope arcade machines on warehouse and no one was interested to buy them. Therefore, the company assigned Shigeru Miyamoto with a task to develop a new game that could use these machines. He came with the concept of Jumpman (an unnamed character in Japan and Mario was used also in the USA) jumping around and taking actions to save his princess from the giant monkey. The game was named Donkey Kong and was a big success and had a number of games under this franchise.
Shigeru continued his work and Jumpman became well known as Mario. He was designed to look the way we know him now because of graphics limitation at the time. Colors were selected this way in order to distinguish the head from the body. Details on the head were enlarged to give him a more human-like look. And the name was chosen because the character (Jumpman) looks a lot like the owner of the building who visited the company often for paying too late.
The concept of the game was very similar, our plumber protagonist (later with the help of his brother Luigi and dinosaur Yoshi) had to move around the “Mario-universe” and take actions in order to save his princess (Princess Peach). There were a number of other characters in different games of the franchise.
The Mario franchise became very popular and developed unexpectedly. This was the hype of its’ time. There are more than 200 games where Mario appears and some of the well-known are:
- Donkey Kong (1981)
- Donkey Kong Jr. (1982) – Mario first time under his name
- Mario Bros. (1983) – Luigi’s first-time appearance
- Super Mario Bros. (1985) – best-selling game of all times
- Super Mario Land (1989) – first-time on Game Boy
- Super Mario Bros. 3 (1989)
- Super Mario World (1991) – Yoshi’s first-time appearance
- Super Mario Kart (1992) – first-time in go-kart
- Super Mario 64 (1996) – first-time in 3D.
It could be really hard to list all (important) Mario games, so I’ll stop here.
And, it’s important to mention that there were also movies and TV series related to Mario. Maybe, he’s not so popular today as he was some 20 years ago, but…
That’s why we’re here. It’s no wonder that after all this popularity on different kinds of displays, Mario simply had to get his stamps. And is there a better country to do it than Japan, the country where Nintendo was born?
And Japan did it twice (so far), the first time in 2007 and the second time in 2017.
May 2007, Super Mario Bros.
Denomination: 80 Yen
1st row – Cheep Cheep, Fire Flower, Mario, Green Koopa Troopa, Super Mushroom
2nd row – Small Fire Mario/Luigi, Spiny, Bowser, Goomba, Princess Peach
June 28, 2017, Super Mario
Denomination: 82 Yen
simply – Mario characters in different actions and poses (my personal favorite is Mario as a postman)
Mario was also a part of stamp series you can read about in this article.
I hope you liked the today’s article and I hope it reminded you of the time when (if) you played and Mario games. And don’t worry, we’ll continue the “video games on stamps” series soon.
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