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30 years ago this weekend, video gamers stomped Goombas and Koopas for the first time.

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 (Fox News)  --  On Sept. 13, 1985, "Super Mario brothers" was released in the u-s - along with the Nintendo entertainment system, or n-e-s.

And Mario has been high-scoring with gamers ever since.

Super Mario Bros. is one of the most iconic video games of all time, one of the first platform games to give players a world to explore -- from the open air, to the underground, even underwater.

It was released in Japan in September of 1985 for Nintendo's Family Com -- which would become the NES in the United States.

The gaming industry in the U.S. was recovering from a crash just two years earlier.

With Super Mario Bros., Nintendo sparked another video game boom -- and launched the industry's most successful franchise.

Mario's adventures weren't limited to running and jumping; today, the Mario series includes kart racing, fighting games, even sports like tennis and golf... All starring Nintendo's famous plumber.

Mario was created by Shigeru Miyamoto -- and his design owes everything to the technical limitations at the time.

He wears a hat because Miyamoto couldn't animate hair; he has a mustache because there wasn't enough space to draw a mouth -- and he wears overalls so you can see his arms when he walks.

30 years on, this incredibly simple character has become a cultural phenomenon and an enduring icon for the video game industry.

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