It’s not a joke — for the first time in the history of The Max, we’re reporting hard news: Mario and Luigi, of Super Mario Bros. fame, are dead. Well, not really dead, but kind of dead.
The phenomenon of Wii Sports has officially dethroned Brooklyn’s own heroic duo as the best-selling video game of all time — and it only took a little more than two years.
The first installment of Mario Bros. was released in 1983 with about a billion sequels thereafter. Wii Sports was introduced to North America in November 2006. That should demonstrate the power of the Wii, folks.
Is this important news? Not really, but we felt our readers should know. We grew up playing Mario Bros., so this figurative death hits home with us at The Max. It’d be like someone saying that “The O.C.” or “Gossip Girl” has officially taken over “Saved by the Bell” or “Beverly Hills, 90210” (the original one with Brandon, Brenda, Kelly and Dylan) as the best teen dramas ever. Rest in peace, Mario Bros. You will be remembered fondly.