IGN Presents The History of Super Mario Bros.

It's-a Mario. A look back at the greatest franchise in gaming. After just three years, Nintendo's aggressive move into the North American videogame market proved a complete disaster. Out of three thousand units built, its much-hyped, last-ditch arcade shooter Radar Scope only sold one thousand units. The rest gathered dust in a warehouse.

Minoru Arakawa, the man who placed the bold Hail Mary order, begged his father-in-law (Nintendo CEO Hiroshi Yamauchi) to reprogram the useless Radar Scope machines into a new hit game. Anything less would be the nail in Nintendo of America's coffin. Yamauchi agreed, handing the job to Gunpei Yokoi, creator of the successful Game & Watch series, and his young apprentice, Shigeru Miyamoto... a graphic artist who'd never designed a game in his life. The rest is gaming history.

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BIoodmask3998d ago

a Super Mario game that hasn't been anything but quality. The only one that I thought was kind of strange was Super Mario 2 for the original NES, but I still enjoyed it. I am glad that Nintendo is doing well these days bc I would hate to see it if Shigeru Miyamoto wasn't part of the gaming industry anymore.

Wii60PS3DSPSP3998d ago

Never been a Mario game that hasn't been anything but quality? Ever seen this game? LOL
Though to be fair it wasn't really made by Nintendo.

BIoodmask3998d ago

I was referring to the main games in the series, not the spinoffs. There have been spinoffs that were not the greatest.

Prismo_Fillusion3998d ago

Super Mario 2 felt like anything BUT a Mario game...but it's still tons of fun. Similar things could be said of Super Mario Sunshine. But Super Mario 1, 3, World, 64, and Galaxy are all top top top notch.