MoldyClay wrote:I honestly don't think anyone is going to choose someone other than Mario.
He's the most popular, most well-known character in Nintendo's and most of gaming's history. He is the video gaming Mickey Mouse. You can't even hope to change it at this point.
A better question would've been something like "If you were head of Nintendo back in the 80s, which character from all of Nintendo's history would you have chosen to be the mascot for the next 30+ years" or something. Like which series would you have wanted Nintendo spamming titles with and making the most recognizable character instead of Mario.
I'd say Luigi, haha. But probably The Legend of Zelda.
Devil_Rising wrote:But even in that scenario, I don't think anything would have "made" Nintendo what they are quite like Super Mario Bros. though. As amazing as some of their other franchises, like Zelda, Metroid, etc. were/are......Mario just had "it". It had that appeal to all kinds of people, all kinds of gamers. Super Mario Bros., while hardly being "easy", managed to be universal.
mock turtle wrote:
Because Kooloo Limpah.
pokemaster515 wrote:R.O.B. since without him stores would have never wanted to sell the NES and Mario would be NOTHING!
Devil_Rising wrote:I still think the Super Mario Bros. game, specifically, is what helped the NES, and thus Nintendo themselves, be such a massive success. Regardless of how SMB came about, it was fated to turn out like it did, and what I was saying, is it's THAT formula specifically, that made them a runaway success. I would argue that games like Zelda, Metroid, Kirby, Punchout, etc., owe a good deal of their success to SMB making the NES so popular in the first place. Most people wanted to buy an NES because Mario became a phenominon, which has carried on to this day.
"pokemaster515" was right in saying that without R.O.B., the NES wouldn't have sold in AMERICAN stores, because stores didn't want to sell video games after the market crash of 1983. Nintendo snuck the NES into stores with ROB, where retailers thought they were selling a "family entertainment center" or toy, and that was that. But it was still the awesomeness of SMB itself that actually caused the system to sell millions.
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