- This article is about the franchise. For the main and titular character of the franchise, see Mario (character).
Mario is Nintendo's largest and flagship franchise starring an Italian plumber named Mario. The very first game of the franchise is Donkey Kong, an arcade game released in 1981. Since the release of Super Mario Bros. in 1985, the Super Mario series has become the primary series within the franchise. Mario has spawned three sub-franchises, Yoshi, Wario, and Donkey Kong.
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