Ah, Super Mario. One of the most iconic video game series of all time. At this point, the story of Mario's origins and success is something of common knowledge among video game enthusiasts: Mario got his start in the 1980's in the arcade games Donkey Kong and later Mario Bros., and then in 1985, with the NES, Mario became the world's video gaming icon with Super Mario Bros. And the rest, is history.
Even though Mario is an undisputed icon, he's not without his criticisms. And as for me, if you hadn't noticed from my infatuation with Mario Kart as expressed in my previous articles, and by the title of this article, I am a great big Super Mario fangirl. My love for Mario games is not blind, though - which may come as something of a surprise to those who have heavily criticized or gotten tired of Super Mario in recent times. People have criticized Mario games for staying the same and not trying anything much new - and yet, I continue to love them just as much. With my story of my relationship with the Super Mario series, I'll show how one series can be viewed in many different ways, and how a view being different does not make it wrong or bad.