For the first time in years, three of Nintendo's most famous faces made an appearance together in New York City, at the newly renovated Nintendo World Store in support of "Super Mario Bros." 25th Anniversary. Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime, Shigeru Miyamoto and the man of the hour himself, Mario, all took the stage in front of a packed store to share in one of the most amazing gaming themed birthday cakes ever created.
As a special celebration Nintendo invited all of Mario's fans to the store to share in this monumental day in gaming history, as well as partake in a level 1-1 themed photo booth, a video confessional, Mario themed cupcakes, and the first opportunity to purchase the limited edition Mario 25th themed DSi XL and Wii. If you were there in time you could also watch Andrew Gardikis attempt to recreate his record-setting speed run of the original "SMB" (even if he hit a few bumps with Mr. Miyamoto watching).
And the fans came, in droves. Lined up down the block on 48th street, there were Mario's of all shapes and sizes, culling from every game in his career, as well as Luigis, Princesses, and even on guy dressed like Toad (from "SMB 2" no less). While the fan support was overwhelming, the highlight of the day was the introduction of the surprise guest, Mr. Miyamoto, as he came on stage to share cake with Reggie. There are few game characters whose birthday would warrant this kind of celebration, but it just goes to prove just how big of a celebrity Mario has become in the two and a half decades since "Super Mario Bros." was released.