As Mario turns 30, EW takes a look back at his most memorable adventures
Mario pretty much perfected the platforming genre on his first adventure and set the standard for an entire generation of side-scrolling games. Super Mario Bros. is a masterclass in game design, with pinpoint perfect controls, varied levels that are chock-full of secrets (hello, Minus World!), and one of the catchiest musical scores of all time. Gamers of any age can pick up and play SMB and experience a true classic that holds up even 30 years later.