32 years ago today….

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Nintendo gave the world “Donkey Kong,” and with it, Nintendo unleashed its unofficial mascot, Mario. While the gameplay seems crude by today’s standards, Mario’s first appearance in a video game (rescuing a princess, natch) deserves recognition.

Bonus points to Wreck-It Ralph for so perfectly co-opting and satirizing this style of gameplay. Well done, Disney.

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