Super Mario is one of the most recognizable name in the gaming industry since appearing on arcade cabinets along with the Nintendo Entertainment System back in the 80’s. The names Super Mario and Nintendo are so intertwined with each to a point where its almost impossible to imagine one without the other. Since Super Mario is basically the mascot for Nintendo it would make perfect sense that people would think always think of them both when one of the names are mentioned. As successful as Mario has been on the Nintendo it makes some people wonder whether or not the series would have been as big if it were featured on different consoles other than Nintendo.
Back in the 90’s Nintendo’s Super Mario went head to head with Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog during the console wars. While both Sega and Nintendo released amazing games for their respective consoles things were never the same after the early 00’s. When Sega had became owned by Nintendo the Sonic the Hedgehog series was never same in regards to gaming. In fact, since Sega stopped producing its own game consoles the Sonic the Hedgehog games were never the same. In terms of popularity some would argue that the Sonic the Hedgehog series was not as big in the 00’s as it was during the 90’s. If the situation was reversed and Nintendo ended up being owned by Sega would the Super Mario series it would raise the question on whether or not the Super Mario series would be as popular as it is today.
Nowadays, gaming brands such as PlayStation and Xbox do not really have mascots like Sega and Nintendo does. Instead, the PlayStation & Xbox brand features very popular games that draw enormous streams of revenue for Sony and Microsoft for over the past decade. While consoles such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One focus more on adult games Nintendo is generally targets children and are considered to be more family friendly. If Super Mario games were featured on consoles such as PlayStation 4 it would be tough to compete with the likes of Grand Theft Auto V, Horizon Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4 and many others. While Sega games featuring their mascot such as: Sonic Colors and Sonic Rush have done pretty well on Nintendo based consoles their games also target children for the most part as well. If the Super Mario series were featured on any other console would it would probably still be decent but not nearly as popular as it currently is for Nintendo based consoles.