The hallowed platformer Super Mario Bros for the original NES was launched nigh-on 30 years ago and yet continues to be the receiver of great accolade three decades later - today officially being inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Check out the full press release below from Nintendo.
A committee of journalists, scholars and video game industry members has inducted Super Mario Bros. into the new World Video Game Hall of Fame in the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. The original game for the Nintendo Entertainment System is one of six inductees in this inaugural class.
Launched 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.
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. To evolve the series like never before, Nintendo is launching Mario Maker, a game for the Wii U console that lets players play, create and share their own Super Mario Bros. levels using four Super Mario Bros. game themes – from the 8-bit pixel art of the original game to the world and characters of New Super Mario Bros. U.
For more information about the World Video Game Hall of Fame, visit http://www.worldvideogamehalloffame.org/ .
Other games to be inducted into the videogame hall of fame alongside SMB today included Tetris, Pac-man, Doom, Pong and World of Warcraft (* cheers for SMB and WoW!!*)
And to celebrate I'll leave you with a reminder of the Mario and Luigi cameo in World of Warcraft. Enjoy!