A committee of video game industry experts, journalists, and scholars have inducted Super Mario Bros. into the new World Video Game Hall of Fame in the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. The World Video Game Hall of Fame recognizes electronic games that meet the following criteria: icon-status, longevity, geographical reach and influence.
The original game for the Nintendo Entertainment System is one of six inductees in this inaugural class. Launching in 1985 for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Mario Bros. is one of the most well-known and best-selling games of all time, selling more than 40 million units worldwide and starring instantly recognizable characters like Mario, Luigi and Bowser.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the long-running franchise. To evolve the series Nintendo is launching Mario Maker for the Wii U where players can create their own Super Mario Bros. levels using the GamePad touch screen to easily drag and drop elements they want in their levels. Place blocks, pipes, lifts and enemies anywhere and play through the level. Players can instantly playtest and edit their creations on the fly and if something isn’t working, they can go back into edit mode immediately by tapping a button and make a few tweaks until it’s just right.
For more information about the World Video Game Hall of Fame, visit http://www.worldvideogamehalloffame.org/ .
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