There are iconic characters from different media that over the years have become classic, and even if you’ve not had direct interaction with them, you still know something about them when heard their name or get some of the references, and when it comes to iconic video games characters that everyone should know, Mario is definitely one of them, which is why some of the most-searched browser games of the moment.
The origins of Mario Games
Nintendo is one of the biggest video games consoles in the entire world, and a company that also produces original games for their consoles, with their Game Boy and following handheld video games devices becoming iconic and bringing us new and awesome games over the decades. They are the rivals of SEGA, who have their iconic character and franchise of Sonic, with Nintendo rivaling them with Mario. There are other awesome Nintendo franchises, also, for which we also have categories here, such as Pokemon, Zelda, or Animal Crossing.
The big franchises have everything and anything, from the original arcade games that you could play on at arcades, to the handheld games, to all sorts of other video games for any other non-Nintendo platform out there. Since it is one of the highest-selling franchises of video games, it was obvious that the characters and their world would be expanded upon, with everything from anime and manga series, animated or live-action movies, animated or live-action television series, comics, a huge range of toys and merchandise, as well as concerts.
Mario Games series for children
Over the years, the characters and his world have been used in a variety of interesting games series, each with their own mechanics and genres, about which we want to tell you more things right now and here, so that you get a bigger picture of the franchise. Most of the games we’re talking about here also have an equivalent in the world of browser gaming, so knowing their origins will make it a better experience for you when you play what we have to offer you!
Each level has a new location, usually with a different theme, and the players have to make runs, jump over pits, obstacles, or traps, avoid the enemies they encounter or eliminate them, as well as collect coins to increase their score. You also have upgrades that you grab, usually in the form of mushrooms, which can increase your size, or give you powers such as throwing fireballs.
Yes, these games have mostly been made for Nintendo, but Mario Forever Games somehow made them even more popular. It was a fan-made game for PC’s, where you could not really play the handheld games unless you had some kind of emulator, and a lot of kids in the early two-thousands got familiar with the franchise through this game, which is why there had also been all sorts of browser versions created over the years, of which we have the best, and we invite you to give them a chance!
Another really popular genre in the world of this Nintendo character is that of Mario Racing Games, the best representative since they are what started this amazing exploration or racing with these characters kids already loved a lot. These are go-kart-racing games, where players control Mario, Luigi, Toad, Yoshi, Bowser, or other iconic characters from the franchises, as they drive with their karts on the tracks, where they race against one another and try their best to be the first one to cross the finish line. It is the most popular spin-off of the franchise, and to this day, our racing games tend to be some of the most accessed by players worldwide.
The Story and the characters
We’ve thrown around all sorts of names so far, as well as words some of you might not be familiar with if you are not big fans of the franchise, so let’s give you a more detailed look on the world you have here, the characters in them so that you recognize them when playing our free Mario Games online, since they are all set in the same universe, and being familiar with your surroundings will make the experience of playing these games better, and certainly more fun!
The Mushroom Kingdom is the fictional medieval setting of the franchise, being ruled by Princess Peach. She and the two Mario Brothers are human, while the other inhabitants in it are mushroom-like creatures called Toads. Other species include Yoshi, who is like a dinosaur, Koopa, who are turtle-like, and the bad mushroom-creatures called Goomba. Its rival nation is that of the Koopa Kingdom, ruled by the Koopa King, Bowser, the main antagonist in the series.
Locations that have been featured multiple times in the series include Princess Peach’s Castle, Bowser’s Castle, or Toad Town. Through the kingdom, you can travel fast using warp pipes, which basically teleport you to new locations all over the world. There are mountains, fields of grass, you can go underwater, and each new location brings fun new challenges for the players to get past to reach their goal, making the games fresh and fun all the time!
Mario’s brother is Luigi, who is usually the companion character, who is often the one used in 2-Player Mario Games. Luigi is taller than his brother, wears blue overalls with a green shirt, and the ap on his head has the letter L on it, obviously. He is also a plumber, with his personality being described as more timid and reserved, and does not get angry quickly as does his older brother. He is always ready to help him out, which is why he is considered one of the best sidekicks in any media!
Princess Peach is constantly being attacked or kidnapped by Bowser, initially because she could prevent his evil plans from happening, but in recent games, he has developed a romantic crush for her. She is a very sweet girl, who is always down to help the people in her kingdom, does not back away from a fight, and is quite elegant, as you would expect of princesses. She even gets to be the main character in games such as Super Princess Peach.