The incredibly popular and iconic Super Mario Bros. franchise celebrated its 30th anniversary in September of last year, and Nintendo is looking to hype fans up for another Mario celebration. We’re just a few days away from March 10th, a day referred to by many fans as “MAR10 Day” thanks to how the date on the calendar resembles the beloved platforming plumber’s name. Nintendo is encouraging fans to join in on the celebration this year by sharing their favorite Mario memories using the #Mar10Day hashtag. Nintendo has issued a press release highlighting some of the exciting Mario events from the past year, and you can read it below.
Mario’s Year in Review:
Mario had a big milestone in 2015! He celebrated 30 years since he leaped his way into people’s hearts in 1985’s Super Mario Bros. Fans across the country celebrated with him in this fun video.
Nintendo launched Super Mario Maker, a game that lets fans create and share their own Super Mario Bros. levels. So far, 6.2 million levels have been created by fans!
Facebook’s engineers celebrated Mario by creating their very own Super Mario Maker levels for fans to play. Check them out here.
A special 30th Anniversary Mario amiibo was released in a classic 8-bit design. The limited-edition figure was a tribute to the original Super Mario Bros. game that launched for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985.
Mario hit the courts with the launch of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for Wii U. In the game, fans play as Mario and friends in intense tennis competitions.
For the first time, Mario teamed up with his paper version, Paper Mario, in the colorful action RPG Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam for Nintendo 3DS.
With the help of his voice actor, Charles Martinet, Mario celebrated the grand opening of the Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Plaza.
…and Mario will have more to celebrate in 2016! Competing with his friends in the Olympic Games, Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is coming to Nintendo 3DS on March 18 (with the Wii U version launching this summer).
Don’t forget to wish all your friends and family “Happy MAR10 Day!”