Mario (マリオ Mario ) is a in , created by Japanese . Serving as 's mascot and the main of the series, Mario has appeared in since his creation. Though originally only appearing in , starting with , Mario currently appears in varied video game genres such as , , , , , and .
Mario is depicted as a short, pudgy, who lives in the . He repeatedly stops the turtle-like villain 's numerous plans to kidnap and take over the Kingdom. Mario also has other enemies and rivals, including and . Since 1995, Mario has been voiced by .
As Nintendo's mascot, Mario is said to be the most famous character in video game history. Mario games, as a whole, have sold more than 210 million units, making the Mario series the of all time. Outside of , he has appeared in video games of other genres, including the racing series, sports games, such as the and series, such as and , and , such as and . He has inspired television shows, film, comics, and a line of licensed merchandise.