In 1985, Super Mario Bros. was released (in Japan that is)
According to Wikipedia:
As Nintendo’s mascot, Mario is considered to be the most famous video game character in history, and has been called an icon of the gaming industry. The Mario series of video games has sold more than 200 million copies (210 million as of 2009), making it the best-selling video game franchise of all time. Mario was one of the first video game character inductees at the Walk of Game in 2005, alongside Link and Sonic the Hedgehog. Mario was the first video game character to be honored with a wax figure in the legendary Hollywood Wax Museum in 2003. In the 1990s, a national survey found that Mario was more recognizable to American children than Mickey Mouse.
So, on behalf of electro kami and millions of Nintendo fans (and gamers alike): Happy 25th Anniversary to Mario!!
Who could forget the first Super Mario Bros. game:
One day, the kingdom of the peaceful Mushroom Kingdom people was invaded by
the Koopa, a tribe of turtles famous for their black magic. The quiet,
peace-loving Mushroom People were turned into mere stones, bricks, and even
field horsehair plants, and the Mushroom Kingdom fell into ruin.
The only one who can undo the magic spell on the Mushroom People and return
them to their normal selves is the Princess Toadstool, the daughter of the
Mushroom King. Unfortunately, she is presently in the hands of the great
Koopa turtle king.
Mario, the hero of the story (maybe) hears about the Mushroom People’s
plight and sets out on a quest to free the Mushroom Princess from the evil
Koopa and restore the fallen kingdom of the Mushroom People.
You are Mario! It’s up to you to save the Mushroom People from the black
magic of the Koopa!