42 (Very) Super Mario T-Shirts

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Mario, perhaps the most recognized and loved video game character of all time. It all started back in 1981 with Mario’s (initially named Mr Video, then Jumpman) first appeared in the arcade game Donkey Kong. In 1983 Mario and Luigi starred in their debut arcade game Mario Bros. which was poorly received – if you’ve played it you’ll understand why! It wasn’t until 1985 that Mario really made the big time, in the NES game Super Mario Bros. This was literally a ‘game changer’ and produced the formula the majority of Mario games since have followed – Mario and Luigi traversing numerous worlds (typically 8, each with it’s own boss fight), on a mission to rescue the princess from the evil protagonist Bowser.

To-date Mario has appeared in over 200 video games and Super Mario Bros. holds the title of the best selling video game series, selling over 210 million units. With so many worlds, suits and appearances, it’s no wonder there are so many awesome and creative Mario Bros T-Shirts to choose from! Check out the best Super Mario Tees below, grab one and power-up your fandom!

A Quiet Evening at Home T-Shirt

A Quiet Evening at Home T-Shirt

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Pocket Plumber T-Shirt

Pocket Plumber T-Shirt

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Plumber-Breading T-Shirt

Plumber-Breading T-Shirt

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Piranha Party T-Shirt

Piranha Party T-Shirt

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Plumber’s Cupcakes T-Shirt

Plumber's Cupcakes T-Shirt

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Super Marshmallow Bros. T-Shirt

Super Marshmallow Bros. T-Shirt

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The Great White Blooper T-Shirt

The Great White Blooper T-Shirt

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Caution Banana T-Shirt

Caution Banana T-Shirt

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Koopa Krunch T-Shirt

Koopa Krunch T-Shirt

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Plants Vs Plumbers T-Shirt

Plants Vs Plumbers T-Shirt

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Help a Brother Out T-Shirt

Help a Brother Out T-Shirt

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Little Pipe of Horrors T-Shirt

Little Pipe of Horrors T-Shirt

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The Console Wars T-Shirt

The Console Wars T-Shirt

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Super Sonic Bros. T-Shirt

Super Sonic Bros. T-Shirt

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Vintage Plumber T-Shirt

Vintage Plumber T-Shirt

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Incredible Mario T-Shirt

Incredible Mario T-Shirt

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Game Over Man T-Shirt

Game Over Man T-Shirt

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Say No To Drugs T-Shirt

Say No To Drugs T-Shirt

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Super Mario Bros Sushi T-Shirt

Super Mario Bros Sushi T-Shirt

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Pika Suit T-Shirt

Pika Suit T-Shirt

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Luigi: Always Angry T-Shirt

Luigi Always Angry T-Shirt

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Super Jurassic! T-Shirt

Super Jurassic! T-Shirt

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Mario’s Got Ink T-Shirt

Mario's Got Ink T-Shirt

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Mushroom Kingdom 5 Day Weather Forecast T-Shirt

Mushroom Kingdom 5 Day Weather Forecast T-Shirt

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Miss Peach Pin-Up T-Shirt

Miss Peach Pin-Up T-Shirt

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The Sid & Nancy Nintendo Lost Levels T-Shirt

The Sid & Nancy Nintendo Lost Levels T-Shirt

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Peach’s Pit Stop Diner T-Shirt

Peach's Pit Stop Diner T-Shirt

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Mario Shrooms T-Shirt

Mario Shrooms T-Shirt

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Super Plunger T-Shirt

Super Plunger T-Shirt

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8-Bit Mario Realistic T-Shirt

8-Bit Mario Realistic T-Shirt

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The Warp Aquatic T-Shirt

The Warp Aquatic T-Shirt

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Dia De Los Marios T-Shirt

Dia De Los Marios T-Shirt

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The Tanooki truth T-Shirt

The Tanooki truth T-Shirt

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Dress up Mario T-Shirt

Dress up Mario T-Shirt

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Mario & Luigi T-Shirt

Mario & Luigi T-Shirt

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Kart Nouveau T-Shirt

Kart Nouveau T-Shirt

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Lakitattu T-Shirt

Lakitattu T-Shirt

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My Neighbor Bowser T-Shirt

My Neighbor Bowser T-Shirt

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Breaking Kart T-Shirt

Breaking Kart T-Shirt

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Super Mario Father T-Shirt

Super Mario Father T-Shirt

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Never-a-mind T-Shirt

Never-a-mind T-Shirt

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Kart T-Shirt

Kart T-Shirt

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About Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Brothers is arguably one of the most important video game series of all time. It was one of the first series to come out for Nintendo, and by now the series has proved that it has more staying power than almost any series ever.

First Game
The game started out as a 2D platformer that featured the main character Mario, starting out on the first “World,” which was called 1-1. This game established the tone for the entire series, as well as introducing many of the themes and power-ups that would be used throughout. One of the most iconic power-ups for Mario is the simple mushroom. This item, when received, makes Mario grow larger. It also provides something of a buffer for damage. If you don’t have a mushroom, you’ll die in one shot if you are hit by an enemy. But if you have it, then when you’re hit you just become small again instead of dying. Becoming large also allows you to destroy blocks by jumping into them. Other power-ups include the ability to throw fireballs. The first game came out in 1985.

Series Evolution
As the series progressed, new elements were added to it. One of the more famous power-ups that were added later on, in Super Mario Bros. 3 was the Tanooki suit. This power-up was represented by a leaf that starts drifting down from a power-up block with a question mark on it that comes up when you jump up into it. Upon getting the leaf, Mario is transformed into a version of Mario that has a raccoon tail. You can use this new suit to drift down slower when falling off high ledges, or to swish back and forth in order to destroy enemies. Some versions also let Mario fly for short distances when running off of a cliff fast enough.

The series has added many power suits throughout the years, including a frog suit, penguin suit, bee suit and cat suit.

Another character that was added later was Yoshi. Yoshi is a green dinosaur that Mario can ride around on. Yoshi can attack enemies by sticking out his tongue and grabbing them. Yoshi then eats them and sometimes passes them through in the form of an egg.

Additionally, Mario is supposed to be a plumber, and this is an aspect of the series that is fleshed out in the form of the warp pipes. These are green pipes that appear throughout the stage. If you go into them or down them, Mario will be transported to a different part of the stage. Sometimes there are hidden levels that are only accessible through warp pipes. Other times the warp pipes are just a natural part of the stage.

Story
Super Mario features characters from the Mushroom Kingdom. The princess of the Mushroom Kingdom is usually called Princess Peach, and she is periodically kidnapped by a giant spiky turtle lizard creature named Bowser. The game follows the adventures of Mario trying to save the princess from Browser’s clutches.

Popularity
The popularity of the Mario series has been attributed to several different factors. For starters, the game is quite simple to learn, and the instruction manual isn’t really needed since the controls are mostly intuitive. The characters are colorful and have obvious personality. The level designs are quite entertaining and have a huge amount of variety. The power-ups in particular have been a huge draw for the game series, and are now iconic to the degree that they are emulated frequently by other games.

Altogether, the series has sold 262 million games. This makes it the best-selling video game franchise in the world.

My personal faves include Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros (on both Wii and Wii U) and the latest, Super Mario 3D Worlds. OH, and also Mario Kart!

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