Mario is the hero of the Mushroom Kingdom and the mascot for Nintendo. He is one of the most well-known video game characters of all time. In the series, Mario uses his legendary jump and combat abilities to defend the peaceful inhabitants of Mushroom World from power-hungry villains such as Bowser, although in many games in the Yoshi series he is in his baby form.Mario was created by Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. His career in video games began in 1981, when Donkey Kong was released in arcade cabinets across the world in 1981, the Italian plumber being named Jumpman, started spawning many video games for his franchise since. In most of his games, he is considered to be the most balanced. Yoshi is actually Mario's best friend.