Super Mario

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Video game character created by Shigeru Miyamoto for Nintendo, supposedly named after the Italian warehouse manager at the Nintendo's US operation. Enters the public domain in 2077 provided that the U.S. Congress doesn't pass yet another retroactive copyright term extension.

Over the years Mario and his brother, Luigi have appeared in a series of popular video games, both their own and others, here is a brief chronological list:

Donkey Kong - The first game to feature Mario, although at this point he is named Jumpman.
Donkey Kong Junior - Mario is the bad guy in this one.
Mario Brothers - Introduced Luigi, it featured 2-player simultaneous play.
Super Mario Brothers - First scrolling platformer. 32 KB of program; 8 KB of graphics.
Super Mario Brothers 2: The Lost Levels - Released initially in Japan on the Famicom Disk System, this used a slightly modified version of the original SMB engine with much harder levels.
Vs. Super Mario Brothers - A mixture of the original SMB and The Lost Levels that ran on the arcade VS Unisystem. Powerups and solution to mazes (e.g. 4-4) have been moved, and more enemies have been added thanks to new flicker-reduction programming, along with other bugfixes.
Super Mario Brothers 2: Mario Madness - Released initially in markets outside of Japan, this is a hack of a Japanese game called Doki Doki Panic with some of the graphics replaced by Mario-themed graphics. This game is sadly overlooked by most Mario fans as being the runt.
Tetris - Mario appeared in some cut-scenes in the NES and Game Boy versions.
Tennis - Mario was the referee.
Super Mario Land - Game Boy game with tiny graphics; gameplay quite similar to SMB1.
Qix - Mario appeared in cut-scenes.
Super Mario Brothers 3
Dr. Mario - Puzzle game with mechanics similar to Tetris and Columns.
Super Mario World
Super Mario Kart - go-kart racing
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Mario Is Missing! - Luigi must fight his way through 15 geography lessons to save Mario.
Mario's Time Machine - Mario must fight his way through 15 history lessons.
Super Mario USA - Japanese release of Super Mario Bros. 2: Mario Madness.
Super Mario All*Stars (in Japan, Super Mario Collection) - collection of original SMB, both SMB2 games, and SMB3, with a facelift. Surprisingly, Nintendo didn't compress the graphics.
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 - Mario appeared only in the ending cut-scene.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Mario's Tennis - pack-in for Virtual Boy
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Super Mario 64
Mario Kart 64
Super Mario Brothers DX - Game Boy Color port of original SMB; contains extra goals, Game Boy Printer pictures, and a hidden SMB2:LL.
Mario Party - noted for lawsuit over "roto-torture" levels that caused damage to players' hands; Nintendo had to provide free padded gloves.
Mario Golf
Mario Tennis - for N64 and GBC; not related to VB game
Super Smash Brothers
Mario Party 2
Paper Mario
Mario Party 3 - noted for confusion between Mario Party 3's box art and that of the original Mario Party; the original had a die showing a number 3 below the word "PARTY" on the box. Also noted for same initials as MPEG audio layer 3, as the press release points out.
Super Mario Advance - pixel-perfect port of SMB2:MM from SMA*S, plus an upgrade of the original Mario Brothers.
Luigi's Mansion - Mario is the man you must save in this "ghostbusteresque" title.
Super Smash Brothers Melee - largely a facelift of SSB with a new Final Fight-style side-scrolling brawler
Super Mario Sunshine - Not out yet, but soon, so very soon!

Others?