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One of the most iconic video game characters of all time, people would love to see an updated Mario themed machine from a modern pinball manufacturer.

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Created by video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario is arguably the most recognizable character in the world of video games. First appearing in "Donkey Kong" in 1981, Mario became the face of Nintendo and the central figure in numerous titles across various genres, including the Super Mario platformer series, Mario Kart, Mario Party, and more. Known for his distinctive red hat and blue overalls, Mario's adventures typically involve rescuing Princess Peach from the villainous Bowser in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Mario games have often been at the forefront of the industry in terms of innovation and game design. The "Super Mario Bros." series in particular set new standards for the platformer genre, from the side-scrolling "Super Mario Bros." on the NES, which helped revitalize the video game industry after the crash of 1983, to the revolutionary 3D gameplay of "Super Mario 64" on the Nintendo 64. Titles like "Super Mario Galaxy" and "Super Mario Odyssey" have continued this tradition of innovation, consistently pushing the boundaries of what a platformer can be.

Mario's cultural impact cannot be overstated. As the mascot of Nintendo, he has played a significant role in establishing video gaming as a mainstream form of entertainment. Mario's face is recognizable to millions of people, gamers and non-gamers alike, making him a true pop culture icon. The influence of Mario can also be seen in the broader media landscape, with a multitude of merchandise, a television series, comics, and even a feature film. Furthermore, the music from the Mario games, particularly the main theme composed by Koji Kondo, is some of the most recognizable and enduring in the industry. Despite his simple origins as a pixelated plumber, Mario's universal appeal lies in his embodiment of the joy, creativity, and wonder that video games can offer, making him a beloved figure in the world of gaming and beyond.