Super Mario Bros., welcome to your fourth decade.

While the iconic, mustachioed plumber may have previously appeared in other games, Super Mario Bros. is what propelled him to super stardom. It made Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Bowser household names, and helped rocket Nintendo into its perch as then-master of the gaming space.

But Mario also helped save the gaming industry as we know it, after it nearly blinked out from existence in 1983.

To get some perspective on this occasion, Mashable sat down with Blake J. Harris, the author of Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation. Much of Harris’ research focused on the gaming titans of the 1980s and ’90s. Read more…

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30 years ago, ‘Mario’ changed the game — for good