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Kojima: 'Super Mario Bros. is one of mankind's greatest creations'

"Mario made me the game designer I am today," says Metal Gear creator
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has told Nintendo Power that he would not be the game designer he is today had it not been for Super Mario Bros.

In an interview with Nintendo Power, Kojima claimed that Mario's classic platformer is not only one of the finest games of all time but "one of mankinds greatest creations." Up there with the wheel then, Mr Metal Gear?

Speaking as Nintendo celebrated the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Kojima said "With the creation of Super Mario Bros., Shigeru Miyamoto not only altered the future of gaming, but actually changed the concept of "value" for all forms of entertainment. And, in the process, changed my future - leading me to become the game designer I am today."

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According to Kojima, the game didn't only inspire Metal Gear Solid but digital entertainment as a whole. "Super Mario Bros. is equivalent to the Big Bang of our gaming universe," he said. "If it were not for this blindingly spectacular creation, digital entertainment as we know it today wouldn't exist."

Do you agree with Kojima? Would digital entertainment not be the same without a certain leaping plumber. You can find out why we think it's still one of the best games of all time in this article. But is it your favourite Mario game of all time? Find out by reading the top ten Mario games of all time.