"Most kids born and raised in the 80s revere Mario more than the Pope, and it's no secret why. The Super Mario games have defined and re-defined video games since conception. The original Super Mario Bros introduced side-scrolling platform games on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Super Mario 64 for the N64 marked another major shift for video games with its deep 3D worlds. So it's no surprise that Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii changes the way we perceive games once again, this time by doing away with the notion that the sky is always up and the ground is always below."