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The Mario franchise (マリオフランチャイズ, Mario furanchaizu) is a media franchise consisting of video games published and produced by Nintendo starring the fictional Italian character Mario. The franchise's other forms of media include several television series and a feature film. It was originally created by game designer Shigeru Miyamoto with the arcade Donkey Kong, released on July 9, 1981. The games have been developed by a variety of developers including Nintendo, Hudson Soft, and AlphaDream. Most Mario games have either been released for the arcade or Nintendo video game consoles and handhelds dating from the Nintendo Entertainment System to the current generation of video game consoles.

The main series in the franchise is the Super Mario platform series, which mostly follows Mario's adventures in the fictional world of the Mushroom Kingdom. These games typically rely on Mario's jumping ability to allow him to progress through levels. Analysts suggest that by 2012, the Mario franchise was valued at over $10 billion. The franchise has spawned over 200 games of various genre. The entire franchise, including series such as Super Mario, Mario Kart, Mario Party, Mario Tennis, and Mario Golf, have sold more than 500 million copies, making it the best-selling video game franchise of all time.


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Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Japanese: マリオVSドンキーコング Hepburn: Mario tai Donkī Kongu) is a sub-series of the Mario and Donkey Kong series, based on puzzle video games, making the return of Donkey Kong, Pauline, and the former's rivalry with Mario.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong, released in 2004 for the Game Boy Advance, was followed by March of the Minis for the Nintendo DS, Minis March Again on DSiWare, Mini-Land Mayhem in 2010 for the DS, Minis on the Move for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013, Tipping Stars for the Wii U and 3DS in 2015. The latest title centered on amiibo, titled Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge was released in 2016. At E3 2002, a title called Donkey Kong Plus was on display . During the show, Plus had a feature that allowed players to design and save their own levels on the GameCube, then copy them to the Game Boy Advance using a link cable. It was essentially an updated version of Donkey Kong '94, but the game had disappeared by the following year. It was replaced with the pre-rendered graphics and gameplay additions of Mario vs. Donkey Kong. The Create-a-Level feature was removed from this version (but appears in its sequel). A level editor still exists within the game's programming, and can be enabled through a modification.


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  • Donkey Kong for the Game Boy is the first game in which Donkey Kong is depicted wearing a tie.
  • According to Lemmy in the Japanese instruction manual of Super Mario Bros. 3, the Dark Land kingdom's activity was top secret even to the Koopalings, as he claims Bowser was exclusively in charge.
  • Super Mario World was the first game Reggie Fils-Aimé played on a console.
  • Chunky Kong is the only Kong out of the crew of Donkey Kong 64 to not appear in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. He is also the only Kong from the crew without a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Bowser's Sky Castle in Paper Mario: Sticker Star was planned to have mini-games to lengthen the level, but the idea was scrapped due to time constraints.
  • Rosalina's Ice World in Mario Kart 7 is the second Special Cup course to take place in a snow/ice-themed area.
  • Opera is the only live-action segment of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! in which the guest star never makes an onscreen appearance.
  • Ashley is stated to be 15 years old on the Western WarioWare: Touched! website. However, despite claims to the contrary, she has no specific stated age in any Japanese WarioWare media.
  • Toadette shares the same Japanese name as Vanna T. from Paper Mario.
  • In the Pikmin Adventure attraction of Nintendo Land, stage 14, "Out of the Darkness," features a structure at the start that resembles the Castles in Super Mario Bros.
  • All the galaxies in World S from Super Mario Galaxy 2 (excluding Flip-Out Galaxy) are references to previous Mario games. Mario Squared Galaxy, Stone Cyclone Galaxy, Boss Blitz Galaxy and Grandmaster Galaxy (in the case of The Perfect Run, because of the music) are references to Super Mario Galaxy, Rolling Coaster Galaxy is a reference to the Mario Kart series (in the case of Rainbow Road) and Super Mario 64 (because of the music), and the layout of Twisty Trials Galaxy is identical to that of the secret level in "The Secret of Ricco Tower" from Ricco Harbor in Super Mario Sunshine.
  • In the code of Super Mario Bros. 3, there is what seems to be a Toad Suit similar to the Tanooki Suit and Hammer Suit. However, this is only a Hammer Suit with pallette errors that appears out of the Giant Question Block in World 7-8.
  • In the Japanese version of Donkey Kong 64, K. Lumsy is said to be King K. Rool's little brother.

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  • "Life is a game, kid! It all depends on how you play!"
  • "Tea hea... I mean, tee hee!"
  • "Wake up, Luigi! The only time plumbers sleep on the job is when we're working by the hour."
  • "Oh, no! The princess is being forced to listen to a debate by two Fryguys about the names for the little things on the end of your shoelaces!"
  • "Oh! Mama mia!"
  • "I'm the weenner! (winner)"
  • "Just what I needed!"
  • "Thank you so much for to playing my game!"
  • "Nice of the princess to invite us for a picnic, eh Luigi?"
  • "O!There-d you are-d Luigi!"
  • "Here we go!"
  • "Welcome, welcome new galaxies!"
  • “Luigi, look! It's from Bowser.”
  • “You know what they say, all toasters toast toast.”
  • "Yahooo!"

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