Nintendo is teaming up with Mattel to bring Mario into the world of Hot Wheels, with a series of new collectible cars.
Gaming’s famous plumber made his solo console debut as “Mario” back in 1985 with the iconic Super Mario Bros. for the NES. Originally starring as “Jumpman” in the 1981 arcade hit Donkey Kong, Mario has starred in almost every genre, ranging from standard platformers to racing games, and even a few turn-based RPG titles. Nintendo fans could also play around with their artistic expression on the SNES with Mario Paint, the first “creation” title to feature Nintendo’s blue-collar mascot.
This year marks the 30th Anniversary celebration for Super Mario Bros. on the NES. Nintendo celebrated the occasion with a fan-made homage to the Super Mario Bros. theme, and the release of the Wii U-exclusive Super Mario Maker, where fans can create their own simplistic- or deviously frustrating- Mario levels to be shared online. Nintendo isn’t finished celebrating the event, as their official Facebook page recently announced a new series of six collectible Hot Wheels cars, set to release this month.
Courtesy of a collaboration between Nintendo and Mattel, the six Hot Wheels cars feature artwork inspired by the early Mario titles. The six vehicles can be seen below, and are themed after the following games:
- Super Mario Bros. (1985, NES)
- Super Mario Bros. 2/Super Mario USA (1988, NES)
- Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988, NES)
- Dr. Mario (1990, NES)
- Super Mario World (1990, SNES)
- Super Mario Kart (1992, SNES)
Neither Nintendo nor Mattel have issued a release date or price, however all six Hot Wheels collectibles are expected to release this month.