When it was released in the United States in 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System — or NES — helped to revive an industry that many had predicted would be imminently dead. After the fabled “video game crash of 1983,” the Japanese-based Nintendo seemed to be making a gamble on whether or not home console gaming could survive a new generation. That gamble paid off tremendously well, and in addition to the accessible hardware getting players excited again, a lot of the credit likely goes to one title featuring a plumber trying to save a princess.
Now, that game is immortalized further. According to an official press release issued by Nintendo, the now-iconic Super Mario Bros. for the NES is going to be inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. This is the first class of the organization based out of Rochester, New York, and the inductees were decided by a, “committee of journalists, scholars and video game industry members.” Nintendo added the following in their release:
The World Video Game Hall of Fame recognizes electronic games that meet the following criteria: icon-status, longevity, geographical reach and influence. Launching in 1985 for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Mario Bros. is one of the most well-known and best-selling games of all time, selling more than 40 million units worldwide and starring instantly recognizable characters like Mario, Luigi and Bowser. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the long-running franchise.
As a result of the first game’s popularity, Mario has basically become the mascot for Nintendo, and the vast majority of main releases over the last thirty years are regarded as some of the best games ever made. From 1991’s Super Mario World on the Super Nintendo, to 1996’s Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64, all the way on up to Super Mario 3D World on Wii U, main Mario games are still often regarded as purely fun experiences no matter who plays them. Spin-offs like Mario Party, and Mario Kart also bring gamers out in droves to have fun.
The other inductees in the inaugural class include arcade classics Pong and Pac-Man, the influential puzzle game Tetris, the father of the modern shooter DOOM, and the extremely popular MMORPG World of Warcraft.
Congratulations to Nintendo on this new honor, and be sure to keep an eye on GeekNation for any new developments on Mario!
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