Nintendo is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Super Mario, one of the best-known characters in video game history, with an event in Tokyo where artists will play his theme music to fans dressed up as the hyperactive plumber.
Super Mario series creator Shigeru Miyamoto and video game music composer Koji Kondo are due to join as guests, while fans — many of whom are expected to appear in Mario’s blue overalls, red cap and moustache — will watch a live performance of the most well-known Mario music.
Since Mario first hit the screens under his own name on September 13, 1985, Nintendo has sold more than 310 million units featuring the plucky plumber’s adventures fighting off Goombas and Koopa Troopas as he races to save Princess Peach.
The character had earlier made an appearance in the Nintendo arcade game Donkey Kong, but under the name Jumpman.
With his distinctive uniform and moustache, the hyperactive little plumber is instantly recognisable, a rare quality in the games market.
“Mario now has a status in popular culture equal to Mickey Mouse,” Florent Gorges, the French author of a book on Nintendo’s history, said.