On the 25th anniversary of the release of Super Mario Bros., Shigeru Miyamoto has explained why his platform hero is still one of gaming's most recognisable heroes.
Super Mario Bros. was released in Japan on September 13 1985 and went onto sell over 40 million copies. The plumber has gone on to star in numerous critically acclaimed platformers and his Super Mario Bros. series is still the most popular of all time with 240 million units sold globally.
Today Miyamoto said the enduring popularity of Mario is a result of the creativity of his team coupled with advancements in technology.
"Stimulated by advancements in technologies, we have always enjoyed creating the Super Mario Bros. games. The series has always taken advantage of the latest technological advancements and is the fruit of creativity of many of my hard-working friends working closely as a team," said Mario's creator.
You can find out more about Super Mario Bros. by reading ONM's History of Mario.