Thirty Years Ago Today: Nintendo Introduces “Super Mario Brothers” In Japan, Helping To Save The Entire North American Video Game Industry
If you follow our Instagram page, you may notice that a few times a month, we take the time to celebrate historical events in video game history. (Of course, we do it right here as well.) It can be the anniversary of a specific game title, console, or event that happened in our video gaming past. We’ve announced anniversaries of console games, computer games, and handheld games. But every now and again, there is a franchise that is so important, even now, that when a milestone anniversary happens, we have no choice but to celebrate, and today is one of those occasions. It was on this date 30 years ago, on that supposed to be unlucky Friday the 13th in the year 1985, that Nintendo released the very first title in the Super Mario Brothers franchise for the original Nintendo Famicom. While a detailed historical look of Mario in general would literally take dozens of pages, today we are going to take a different approach, and take a look at the original games historical significance, and how Super Mario Brothers severely helped save, and regain needed confidence, in the video game industry as a whole.