Mario's Ten Best Guinness World Records

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Mario's Ten Best Guinness World Records

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He's Nintendo's famous mascot and one of the most prolific characters in gaming - naturally Mario has more than a few Guinness World Records to his name, and these are ten of his best.

In case you haven't noticed, we here at The Escapist are all about Mario today. Like his games or not (and you really should), there's no denying that Mario has made his mark on the entertainment industry. How big a mark, you ask? Big enough for him to have at least ten entries in the Guinness World Records 2010 Gamer's Edition:

*Most prolific video game character: (Mario) The character who has appeared in the largest number of video games is Mario, created by Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo, in Kyoto, Japan, in 1982. Mario has appeared in 207 distinct titles including remakes and re-releases.

*Longest-running computer game character: (Mario) Nintendo's Mario character, a plumber by trade, first appeared in the arcade version of Donkey Kong in 1981. Mario has since made an appearance in over 70 games, although he is a "playable" character in only around 30 of these.

*Most successful videogame hero: (Mario) Mario, a computer-generated carpenter created by Shigeru Miyamoto (Japan), first made an appearance under that name in Nintendo's 'Game & Watch' version of Donkey Kong in 1982 (He was otherwise known as "Jumpman" in the original 1981 arcade version of the game). To date, Mario has featured in at least 125 video games that, combined, have sold nearly 200 million copies worldwide.

*Most critically acclaimed 3D platformer: (Super Mario Galaxy) The record for best critical reception for a 3D platformer is held by Super Mario Galaxy, with an outstanding 97.26% and 97% from GameRankings and Metacritic, respectively. The game was praised for its gravity-bending level design and for staying true to the series' nostalgic roots.

*Best-selling videogame series of all time: (Super Mario) With over 201 million copies sold, the Super Mario series is the best-selling gaming franchise in history - across all genres. While the last 28 years have seen the intrepid Mario engaging in a wide variety of activities - including role-playing, medicine and several sports - the series remains firmly rooted in the 2D platforming that first brought it success with the original Donkey Kong in 1981.

*Most prolific party games series: (Mario Party) The most prolific party video game series is Mario Party (Nintendo, 1998), which has seen 11 entries across six formats as of May 2007.

*Best selling non-bundled sports video game: (Sonic and Mario at the Olympic Games) It took Sonic and Mario at the Olympic Games 12 weeks to notch up worldwide sales of 5.5 million making it the bestselling non-bundled sports game of all time.

*Best-selling gaming character cross-over: (Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games) Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games has sold over 7.09 million copies on Wii and 4.22 million on DS since its launch in 2007, making it the most popular game to feature characters that originally starred in their own games. It was the first videogame to feature both iconic characters, who had been rivals for many years as mascots.

*Best-selling racing game: (Mario Kart Wii) In May 2009, Nintendo revealed lifetime sales figures for a number of its Wii and DS games, including Mario Kart Wii. The game's 15.4 million copies sold beats the previous record held by Sony's Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec, which has sold 14.89 million copies. Mario Kart DS is the best-selling racer on a handheld, with 14.61 million copies sold.

*Earliest Nintendo game to feature competitive online play: (Mario Kart DS) The first Nintendo-published game to feature competitive online play was Mario Kart DS in 2005. While earlier online titles included Animal Crossing and Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II, none allowed players to battle each other.

(Thanks to Guinness World Records for sending these over!)

So there you have it, folks. Mario has been in over 207 games. The Super Mario series has sold over 200 million copies, and that doesn't even count Mario Kart Wii (15.4 million), Mario Kart DS (14.61 million) or Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (a combined 11.31 million).

Holy crap. If you traveled back in time to 1981, would you have ever imagined that Shigeru Miyamoto's unassuming "Jumpman" would have turned out this way?

With that sort of legacy, is there any wonder that Nintendo's mustachioed plumber is the most famous videogame character in the world?

You know what, Mario? You deserve Peach's cake.

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You know what, Mario? You deserve Peach's cake.

Thats a euphamism I've not heard before *nudge nudge, wink wink*

John Funk:

You know what, Mario? You deserve Peach's cake.

That's what SHE said?

*Most prolific video game character: (Mario) The character who has appeared in the largest number of video games is Mario, created by Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo, in Kyoto, Japan, in 1982. Mario has appeared in 207 distinct titles including remakes and re-releases.

Hol-y Crap!

I had no idea he was in THAT many!

Reminds me of the Flash Short The Decline of Video Gaming, Mario goes Shopping, Mario pays the Bills!

I feel sorry for the guys who made Gran Turismo, they spend sooo long making each game and do everything to near perfect detail and still got outsold by Mario Kart!

Eh, it's not worth it if it doesn't hold the "most players killed" Guinness record.

I wonder, if you look at deaths that could be directly attributed to a game, what would be the high score and what game would hold it? Berserk supposedly claimed one. Starcraft might have gotten more than that. WoW, mixed with some hilarious real life roleplaying and what could be generally considered insanity, might actually get the high score...

I've gotta research it =o

John Funk:

You know what, Mario? You deserve Peach's cake.

The cake is a lie!

I'm so sorry, I'm ashamed of myself for that...

Also, 207 games? That's impressive. Does that include when the same game has come out on wii and DS? (olympic game crossovers etc...)

I love the fact that next to nothing in the Mario Universe makes sense, absolutely wonderful.

I'd say he was close to the least successful video game hero. Peach never stays rescued for long...

Wow, I had no idea.

Well, I won't lie, I got a big old soft-spot in my heart for that pudgy plumber. I remember dumping many quarters into the old Donkey Kong arcade machines way back. My mom would always get annoyed because she would give me my allowance, and the next day I would spend it all in arcade machines. Then they bought the family a SNES one year, and that was it.

I actually have alot of memories of me and my dad sitting on the couch, playing 2 player Mario Bro's.

So thanks Mario, thanks for the memories.

Earliest Nintendo game to feature competitive online play: (Mario Kart DS)

not really a guiness world record tho is it, otherwise why can't i be in for being the first Rik Sharp to say squiggleberry stew?

RikSharp:

Earliest Nintendo game to feature competitive online play: (Mario Kart DS)

not really a guiness world record tho is it, otherwise why can't i be in for being the first Rik Sharp to say squiggleberry stew?

Because you typed it and you don't have the money to hire some dude to say you did it...

John Funk:

*Earliest Nintendo game to feature competitive online play: (Mario Kart DS) The first Nintendo-published game to feature competitive online play was Mario Kart DS in 2005. While earlier online titles included Animal Crossing and Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II, none allowed players to battle each other.

Wrong, PSO DID have a battle mode. It just wasn't very good, or how the game should have played.

Wow... That is alot of accolaids...I didnt know it had that many!

Nightfalke:
[quote="John Funk" post="7.196292.6317382"]

You know what, Mario? You deserve Peach's cake.

although he never does get it

Wow. In so many ways, Mario is the holy grail of franchises. And like so many, he just sorta happened. Another like him, may probably never happen again. Especially not deliberately.

I swear, half of the numbers contradict each other

Mario has appeared in 207 distinct titles including remakes and re-releases.

Wow, 207? That's quite a lot.

Mario has since made an appearance in over 70 games, although he is a "playable" character in only around 30 of these.

Wait! You said...

To date, Mario has featured in at least 125 video games that, combined, have sold nearly 200 million copies worldwide.

I'm confused...

I'm with JimJam on the numbers. I also find it very hard to believe that not a single year of FIFA or Madden reached 5.5 million in 12 weeks.

Isn't "Earliest Nintendo game to feature competitive online play" a bit too specific for a Guinness World Record? By that logic shouldn't they have a GWR for each company?

JimJamJahar:
I swear, half of the numbers contradict each other
[snip]
I'm confused...

Yeah... I did notice that too, the only reasoning that I can think of is that they were "achieved" at different times and they haven't bothered to update them or otherwise some of the earlier numbered ones are no longer considered records as the GWR have a habit of randomly deciding that a previously attained one is not considered a record any more.

JimJamJahar:
I swear, half of the numbers contradict each other

Mario has appeared in 207 distinct titles including remakes and re-releases.

Wow, 207? That's quite a lot.

Mario has since made an appearance in over 70 games, although he is a "playable" character in only around 30 of these.

Wait! You said...

To date, Mario has featured in at least 125 video games that, combined, have sold nearly 200 million copies worldwide.

I'm confused...

Guinness sent these over themselves. Take it up with them!

All praises to Shigeru Miyamoto for giving the gift of Mario to the world. Don't worry about getting into Princess Peach's castle. She can't hold out forever. In the meantime, bask in the glory of being the greatest videogame character of all time.

Off topic: When are you going to fix my plumbing, you fat bastard?

CLEVERSLEAZOID:

John Funk:

*Earliest Nintendo game to feature competitive online play: (Mario Kart DS) The first Nintendo-published game to feature competitive online play was Mario Kart DS in 2005. While earlier online titles included Animal Crossing and Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II, none allowed players to battle each other.

Wrong, PSO DID have a battle mode. It just wasn't very good, or how the game should have played.

Phantasy Star Online was a SEGA/Sonic Team Game. Not Nintendo. And the battle wasn't all that good. Animal Crossing had a Battle mode?

Aura Guardian:

CLEVERSLEAZOID:

John Funk:

*Earliest Nintendo game to feature competitive online play: (Mario Kart DS) The first Nintendo-published game to feature competitive online play was Mario Kart DS in 2005. While earlier online titles included Animal Crossing and Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II, none allowed players to battle each other.

Wrong, PSO DID have a battle mode. It just wasn't very good, or how the game should have played.

Phantasy Star Online was a SEGA/Sonic Team Game. Not Nintendo. And the battle wasn't all that good. Animal Crossing had a Battle mode?

Yes, but they still mentioned it in the article, so I was pointing out it did have Battle. Which as I said, wasn't very good.

Jeronus:

Off topic: When are you going to fix my plumbing, you fat bastard?

I too have been waiting in vain for that lazy idiot. I saw him once, he stamped on my neighbours pet turtle then ran away. The soup was delicious.

On topic, I do think while Mario certainly deserves alot of praise I do feel a large portion of his games are shovelware nowadays. I'm saying this pretty much on the launch of Mario Galaxy 2, which may almost redeem those responsible for the shoveling.

Most successful gaming hero?

I realise it means that he's appeared in loads of games and sold millions of copies under his name...

(Even if they do call him a Carpenter(?))

But, when I read that I automatically thought to myself.

'Successful? Wouldn't that imply that he saves the day/princess and it stays that way?'

pignoli:
I'd say he was close to the least successful video game hero. Peach never stays rescued for long...

That's only because she's stupid enough to live in a castle that's within walking distance of her serial rapist's house!

Archemetis:
Most successful gaming hero?

I realise it means that he's appeared in loads of games and sold millions of copies under his name...

(Even if they do call him a Carpenter(?))

But, when I read that I automatically thought to myself.

'Successful? Wouldn't that imply that he saves the day/princess and it stays that way?'

Well, he was a carpenter to begin with, in Donkey Kong.

Susan Arendt:

Archemetis:
Most successful gaming hero?

I realise it means that he's appeared in loads of games and sold millions of copies under his name...

(Even if they do call him a Carpenter(?))

But, when I read that I automatically thought to myself.

'Successful? Wouldn't that imply that he saves the day/princess and it stays that way?'

Well, he was a carpenter to begin with, in Donkey Kong.

Ah, ok, now that makes sense, I never got to play the original Donkey Kong game, I've played versions of it, but never the original which would explain why I never heard of him as a carpenter, I guess.

Cheers for clearing that up for me.

Wahful:
I feel sorry for the guys who made Gran Turismo, they spend sooo long making each game and do everything to near perfect detail and still got outsold by Mario Kart!

Wasn't A-Spec a demo that was sold at retail anyway?

Demon ID:

Jeronus:

Off topic: When are you going to fix my plumbing, you fat bastard?

I too have been waiting in vain for that lazy idiot. I saw him once, he stamped on my neighbours pet turtle then ran away. The soup was delicious.

On topic, I do think while Mario certainly deserves alot of praise I do feel a large portion of his games are shovelware nowadays. I'm saying this pretty much on the launch of Mario Galaxy 2, which may almost redeem those responsible for the shoveling.

Shovelware? Why? The only bad game he has put out were Hotel Mario and those educational titles. Mario has been pretty spot on for the most part.

Some of those titles are curiously specific. "Most prolific party games series"? Really? Well, excuse me while I award this, um, *looks around* Saints' Row 2 the title of "Best Sandbox Game Involving Gangs that Wear Purple and Ending with a Number". And Assassin's Creed is "Best Assassination Simulation Game Taking Place on a Previous Millenium Not Ending With a Number and Including a Horse". And, um, Sam & Max Season 2 Episode 3 is "Best Adventure Game Involving Talking Dogs, Zombies and European Vampires Releases and the Middle Episode of a Series". Wow, prizes for everyone!

Billion Backs:
Eh, it's not worth it if it doesn't hold the "most players killed" Guinness record.

I wonder, if you look at deaths that could be directly attributed to a game, what would be the high score and what game would hold it? Berserk supposedly claimed one. Starcraft might have gotten more than that. WoW, mixed with some hilarious real life roleplaying and what could be generally considered insanity, might actually get the high score...

I've gotta research it =o

I'd wager giant ants in NetHack alone killed more players than all those put together.

Those are pretty impressive, but that last one sounds more like a fact or trivia than any kind of record that should be recorded.

J03bot:

John Funk:

You know what, Mario? You deserve Peach's cake.

The cake is a lie!

I'm so sorry, I'm ashamed of myself for that...

Also, 207 games? That's impressive. Does that include when the same game has come out on wii and DS? (olympic game crossovers etc...)

To be fair you could have gone to say "15.4 million sold?, why thats over 9000!", at which point murder would ensue.

I was going to make a valid post with regards to Mario's day job but Susan has already corrected someone on that, so thanks since I'd forgotten his career change.

Let's hope Peach's cake is not a lie.

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