September 13th, 1985 - Japanese electronics company Nintendo releases the game Super Mario Bros. in Japan for the Famicom computer system. The game was a sequel to 1983’s Mario Bros. Over the course of its life the game would sell over 40,240,000 copies worldwide, making it the 2nd bestselling video game of all time.
Later in October, Nintendo brings out the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) to the United States. The NES console and Super Mario Bros. becomes one of the first major gaming systems and video games to reach the mainstream American market, making a lasting impact on gaming and popular culture. Now Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and all the rest have become household names, TV and movie characters, Guiness World Record holders, and have gone on to spawn the single biggest video game franchise globally.