Happy MAR10 Day! Come Celebrate With a Meeeeeee!


Happy MAR10 Day! Yep, it’s March 10, or abbreviated to MAR10, which spells MARIO!

Nintendo’s beloved mustached hero has been around for a whopping 30 years! The amazing thing about the whole Mario Universe is that I loved it when I was a kid, and now I get to continue enjoying it with my kids!


To help celebrate this special day, my good friends at Nintendo sent over this super sweet basket of Mario cookie pop awesomeness! I wonder if I’ll gain flower power or invincibility when I eat one…


Looking back at the big guy, he’s had quite an adventure in just the last year alone! Take a look at some highlights from 2015:

Mario’s 2015 Year in Review:

  • Mario celebrated 30 years since first leaping into gamers’ hearts with 1985’s Super Mario Bros. Fans across the country celebrated with him in this fun video.
  • Nintendo launched Super Mario Maker, easily one of the best video games ever made! (Check out Jason’s Super Mario Maker Review!) To date, more than 6 million levels have been created by fans.
  • Facebook’s engineers celebrated Mario by creating their very own Super Mario Maker levels for fans to play. Check them out here.
  •  A classic 8-bit designed Mario amiibo was released to celebrate the 30th Anniversary.
  • Mario served up another hit on the courts with the launch of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for Wii U.
  • For the first time ever Mario teamed up with his paper counterpart, Paper Mario, in the colorful action RPG Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam for Nintendo 3DS.
  • With some help from his voice actor, Charles Martinet, Mario celebrated the grand opening of the Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Plaza.


To help celebrate Mar10 Day, I asked Jason to come up with some neat little-known facts about Mario. Here’s what he shared.

The 10 Coolest Things You Never Knew About Mario

  1. Mario has appeared in over 200 games!
  2. Mario was originally called Mr. Video during the development of Donkey Kong
  3. In Donkey Kong, Mario was a carpenter
  4. The reason Mario has a mustache and wears a hat is because of hardware limitations
  5. Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, wanted Mario to ride an animal since Super Mario Bros.
  6. Super Mario Bros. was originally a 2D shooter
  7. According to a study done in 1990, Mario is more recognizable to children than Mickey Mouse
  8. The developers of Mario Kart 8 originally planned on having drills attached to the front of Karts instead of anti-gravity
  9. In Super Mario Bros., if you wait long enough, hammer bros. will start to chase you down
  10. In Super Mario Bros. 3, if you let a chain chomp tug on its chain 49 times, it will come loose on the 50th
Even at a young age, Jason and Ryan embraced the Mario love!

Hope you all enjoy MAR10 Day! Stay tuned for a very special post to help celebrate! (Hint: It’s pretty awesome and rhymes with the word “giveaway”)

How are you celebrating MAR10 Day?
#Mar10Day #PlayNintendo

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  1. Tosha H says

    I never knew there was a Mario day, how neat! And I definitely didn’t know he’s been in over 200 games, whoa O.0

  2. Anna Tetreault says

    It looks like you had fun! I love Mario! I never knew so much about him though! Thanks for the post! I want one of those cookies! 😜 Haha

  3. Melissa Teears says

    We love Mario!! Super Mario Bros. is still my favorite game. My brothers and I would play for hours. Now my son and I do. Great wholesome games.

  4. Cheryll Shubert says

    I cannot even believe Mario is 30 years old!! Holy Cow!! I feel totally old now…thanks for that, lol! I can’t wait to play classic Mario games with my little guy!! So fun!!

  5. Barbara says

    Let’s keep this between us here, okay? I’m actually old enough to have played the original Mario. I think I still have some of the old game cartridges in my basement.

  6. Rose says

    Love Mario and also enjoy it with my kids. we play all the Mario on the old system like n64 and super. Those where some neat facts

  7. Darlene Taylor says

    Mario has helped my autistic grandson develop skills and this would give hours of more help in a therepuetic sense that is fun.

  8. Angelica Dimeo says

    I had no Idea that Mario is more recognizable than Mickey mouse makes sense though my son loves Mario and plays when I see him on my 3ds 🙂

  9. CHRIS VESTI says

    Super Mario was the first video game I ever played. Now all I do is play video games in my spare time. Thanks Nintendo for making an addict.

  10. Andrew Hall says

    Mario is one of the best video game characters ever! I hope that I can pass along my application to my grandsons.

  11. Tracie Cooper says

    My hubby and I are celebrating by having a friendly game of Super Mario Cart, followed by the winner being treated to lunch! #MAR10 Day

  12. Christina A. says

    Cute kids and cute cookies! I can’t believe that Mario is more recognizable to kids than Mickey Mouse! Wow…how times have changed!!

  13. Elizabeth says

    I can’t believe I didn’t know this day existed until recently. Well, I guess I just have to make up for it next year. Maybe I’ll celebrate late by making Mario cookies myself.

  14. Jason England says

    This is awesome I never knew MAR10 day existed but he definitely deserves his own day after all the time I spent playing those games growing up

  15. Lyn Levasseur says

    Would love to win! My son who is now 22 played Super Mario when he was younger, now I want to win this for my nephew.

  16. Allison Swain says

    Nice post! Those cookies look really neat! We love playing mario games. Especially the new Mario maker game 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  17. Shanon Bramblette says

    I didn’t even know about this till now! This is AWESOME. We’re big Mario fans here & next 3/10/17, we’ll deff. make it a fun day :-D!

  18. Mariya Nalimova says

    This year I’m first time celebrate MAR10 Day. So I loss 29 MAR10 Days((
    You have cute Mario-kids)

  19. Wendy Rafferty says

    Wow 30 years! One thing for aure is that Mario has always brought fun into our home! We are huge fans of all thjngs Mario! Love all the interesting facts! Who knew? We celebrated by playing by playing Mario on our old Wii! Lots of laughs!

  20. Krista Scott says

    Well darn! We missed it this year, but will definitely be celebrating next year. Mario Day is one holiday my family can all enjoy!

  21. Diane Franchek says

    I played Mario Kart Wii! I also celebrated by reading and “liking” celebration posts on Facebook from Nintendo and other companies.

  22. Keoammara Chhun says

    Honestly I did not know about this day and now I must celebrate it. Its ten days before my own birthday. March is like thee best month for me lol.

  23. Lori Humphrey says

    Great article!! I love that Mario has been around for so long. I loved playing (and still do) Donkey Kong, Super Mario Brothers, and Mario Kart. I love that I get to share a piece of my childhood with my kids, who love the games just as much as I do!

  24. Kazondra Williams says

    My children, husband and I play the Mario games together and love hanging out while doing so.

  25. Mikhail K says

    I re-watch Super Mario Bros. I see this movie about 100 times and still love them. I don’t know why people hate it.

  26. says

    My favorite Mario game is Super Mario, I tried for like a month to get all the way through it, but I finally made it, now I can do it with no sweat. My grandson obsessed with Mario! He can play any game and get through it like it was nothing… We are a family that absolutely adores and loves Mario!

  27. Sarah Phillips says

    Thanks for posting the “10 Coolest Things about Mario”! I never knew those things before and they make me love Mario even more! And those cookie pops look delicious. I would love to try to make these myself! Very cool.I’m a lifelong fan of Mario and even at 23, I still enjoy my old-school Mario games.

  28. Jessica H. says

    Hmm, Mr Video just doesn’t have the same ring. Glad they went with Mario! And those cookies look amazing. 🙂

  29. terrance murphy says

    Nice pic of the kids, my newly discovered grandsons love Mario and Luigi so much, they actually have costumes and play as M& L, sad they have to grow up so fast 🙁

  30. Jammie says

    We love Mario, it’s so neat to see he is been in over 200 games. I remember playing the first one when I was about 13 years old.

  31. Stacy says

    I didn’t know it was Mario day, but now that gives me as excuse to whip my husband’s behind in some Mario Kart Wii (wheeeeeeeee!).Or some Dr. Mario (also on the Wii, although I do have the original game somewhere). I was not a big gamer as a kid, but I did play every Mario game (along with every Donkey Kong, Tetris, and Legend of Zelda game).

  32. Rachel Trimble says

    Grew up playing Mario with my dad and sisters, now love watching my daughters play Mario with their dad (and me too!)

  33. Luis Perez says

    Mario is my all-time favorite video game character. I remember getting my 1st ever videogame, Mario Kart: Super Circuit on Gameboy Advance for my 7th birthday in 2001. Mario Kart has become my favorite series since, along with Super Mario and Super Smash Bros!

  34. LauraJJ says

    Oh I have loved Mario since growing up! It does not surprise me that Mario has appeared in over 200 games!! The kids just love Mario! One of my favorites growing up was Dr Mario! Oh I always had such a hard time putting it down and going to bed! We love playing all the Mario games!

  35. Austin Baroudi says

    I love Mario! My second favorite video game character, just behind Sonic. Those cookies look great btw!

  36. Terri Irvin says

    I am a grandmother and when I am tired at night, I love to play video games with my grandchildren. They love Mario Kart and Super Mario Maker too.

  37. Olivia B says

    I am happy to say my entire family are Mario freaks! It’s a game we all can play and love! Thanks for the chance!

  38. Dawn Monroe says

    Mario is a member of our family. I love him, my kids love him and now my grandkids love him. Now that I know about Mar10 day we will celebrate with a game of Mario Party and Peach smoothies.

  39. Jessica Kaufman says

    Mario video games are my kids favorite. I never knew about Mar 10 I got to let my kids know about that day.

  40. Perlita Mata says

    wow I cannot believe Mario has been around for so long! I was just 6 years old when he was released and I am now I am 36! It is amazing how my 13 yr old and my 8 yr old today love Mario! I can totally see how more children recognize Mario than Mickey Mouse. Winning this awesome giveaway would mean the world to me, oops, i mean to my kids : ) #LittleGirlAtHeart

  41. says

    It’s hard to believe that Mario has been around for so long. The cool thing is that the game is still enjoyed by the younger generation.

  42. Diana Salinas says

    Wow. 30 years, My 20 something kids love & playing Mario growing up that even my teens love them also.

  43. ellen beck says

    Goof grief that makes me feel old 🙂 I remember when he appeared in Donkey Kong. Hours and hours were spent playing that game. I look at the graphics now, and its unreal how far it has come and on all different platforms.
    Happy Mario Day!

  44. Cassandra Eastman says

    I really enjoyed reading this, especially the The 10 Coolest Things You Never Knew About Mario! I didn’t know I knew so little about Mario.

  45. Desiree DeYoung says

    Mario is very cool. I love Mario Party games and it would be awesome to play them today in celebration that and watching the Super Mario Brothers Super Show!!!^_^

  46. Preston says

    It’s perfect, I share a birthday with Mario Day each year! It’s always fun to celebrate because of it! It fits me perfectly!

  47. Annmarie W. says

    I can’t believe Mario & Luigi have been around for so long! Those cookies look delicious! i love that my kids love playing Mario games as much as I did when they first came out!

  48. Stephen Radford says

    playing Mario on my phone with my daughter. showing her how awesome it is #Mar10Day #PlayNintendo

  49. William Landefeld says

    I remember playing the 1st one on nintendo so much that it became easy to beat the game without dying.

  50. says

    Wow! It’s amazing to know that Mario has been such a classic character for so long! Mario was a huge part of my childhood and still is! As I sit here and stare at the Mario and Yoshi amiibos on my desk, I can’t help but think of the huge impact that Mario has had on my love for gaming!

  51. Donna Cheatle says

    I do believe MAR10 is the perfect day to spend hanging out with Mario! Like you, I was a fan from his very first appearance, and I’ve kept the love going all along!

  52. Cynthia R says

    Such cute costuems for the boys, they would be perfect for halloween, recognizable, comfortable to wear, warm, and easy to do without having to buy much.

  53. June S. says

    (Happy MAR10 Day! Come Celebrate With a Meeeeeee!) Wow! It’s been that many years already, hard to believe isn’t it. We love all of the different games to play-

  54. Leigh Anne Borders says

    I grew up playing these games. They were such fun! I am super excited that I get to share that love with my kids now.

  55. Lisa Konieczke says

    I wish I could play Super Mario Bros to celebrate, but I don’t have that game. Maybe I’ll just down load Donkey Kong on my phone and play that. Oh the flashback of playing those games way back when. I can’t believe it’s been 30 years! Starting to feel a little old over here!!!
    Great job Jason, on the facts about Mario!!!

  56. Stephanie Phelps says

    Good grief it is hard to believe they have been around for 30 years and the cookies look amazing. Well did you get any power after eating them lol!

  57. Emilie Proctor says

    I’ll have to admit that I had no idea there was such a day. But it sounds like a good opportunity to break out the Mario Christmas and birthday decorations. I’ll surprise the kids when they get home from school!

  58. says

    First of all, your kids are adorable. Super Mario is my 9 year old’s favorite Nintendo character, as it was mine when I was little. I am looking forward to seeing the new titles that he may appear in, in the near future.

  59. Sheri says

    I never thought about mar10 “spelling” out Mario. Clever! I usually don’t let the boys play video games on a school night, but this might be reason for an exception!

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