It is exactly a quarter of a century since Nintendo introduced the world to Mario, who has since become the star of the most successful gaming series of all time.
The character made his debut on Super Mario Bros on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) - a game which has sold 40 million copies.
He was at the center of the Game Boy revolution in 1989 as Super Mario Land became a hit on the handheld console.
Nintendo has since moved from Game Boy Advance, to Gamecube, to DS and more recently to Wii, with the Super Mario series notching up sales of more than 240 million along the way.
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