Happy International Mario Day! Seriously, it’s a thing…
Today, March 10, is officially International Mario Day – in honour of the iconic character from the popular Nintendo gaming franchise.
Why, you may ask?
Well, it’s purely an aesthetic thing. You see, the date MAR10 looks just like the word MARIO. A little silly, yes, but then so are the electronic icon’s antics most of the time.
Mario first appeared in 1981 in Nintendo’s ever-popular game Donkey Kong. In his early days, dedicated fans knew him as a dodgy tradesman.
In fact, at his digital birth, Mario started out as a carpenter named Jumpman. Then in 1983, Nintendo launched a game in which bad guy Jumpman reinvented himself into good guy Mario – an Italian plumber who’s main aim was to rescue princesses.
Enough history, then, and back to the here and now. Because it’s Mario Day, a handful of Mario games for Nintendo Switch are currently on sale and these can be purchased online through Amazon and the Nintendo eShop.
Ordinarily, retailers commemorate the occasion with a day’s worth of discounts on Mario-themed products, but this year Nintendo has decided to extend the festivities to all week long, so get onto it and score some great deals.
Also today, the trailer has dropped for The Super Mario Bros Movie, only in cinemas April 5. Check out the trailer here.
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