The Evolution of Mario

I got the idea the other day to chart the ways in which Nintendo’s Mario has changed over the years.  The idea was started by the fact that I raved about Super Mario Bros. graphics in ANESthetized, only to be disappointed by the Mario sprite when I finally went back to the game in 2010.  I was going to do a screen capture from all the games, crop Mario out, then put all the Marios in a row.  The idea was as far as I got, though.  It was as far as I needed to get because someone had already done all the work for me.  In fact, there were lots of evolutions of Mario out there.  So here are a few…

Scadia Fun Center Arcade

I said in Arcadian that I didn’t even know where the nearest arcade was anymore.  Well, I just found out.  The nearest arcade to me (or the nearest I know about) is in the Scadia Family Fun Center.


Scandia is located in Fairfield, CA,  about a half hour from me.  It is indeed a center of fun. They have go-carts, batting cages, bumper boats, lazer tag, miniature golf, and, of course, an arcade.  My friends took me there today specifically to enjoy the arcade.  Alas, I didn’t get to.  Miniature golf took up too much of our time.  But I did snap a few pics of some of the retro games they have there.

A combination Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Junior, and Mario Bros cabinet. Would have been cooler to see all three individuals cames in their original classic state, but this combo was still cool.


Robotron and Joust combo cabinet. Not sure you can see Joust, but it was there.


Defender. I never played this in the arcade, only on the Atari 2600. Pretty cool to find this one!