Happy 30th Birthday Mario!

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the Super Mario Bros. game for the Nintendo Entertainment System on September 13th, 1985.

To date, Super Mario Bros. has sold more than 40 million units worldwide, according to Nintendo. It is one of just six inductees in the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Although Super Mario Bros. wasn’t the first game to feature Mario (He was technically born in 1981 in the Donkey Kong arcade game - but was only known as “Jump Man”), he has become one of the largest and most recognisable video game icons ever. To date, the character has appeared in over 200 games, according to Nintendo.

“Mario introduced a style of imaginative and delightful gameplay, which really hasn’t changed all that much in the three decades it has been out there,” says John Taylor, managing director at Arcadia Investment Corp. “You could argue that the basic design is like the basic design for Monopoly. It doesn’t chang, and yet people keep playing and playing. There’s something about the little surprises. There’s something about the quirky music. There’s something about the overall experience.”

The latest installment of Super Mario Bros, for Wii U, hits shops on Sept. 11 - titled Super Mario Maker. It's a game that lets fans try their hand at creating levels in Super Mario Bros. (along with Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U.), then play them themselves and share with friends.