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The Mario franchise is a media franchise consisting of video games published and produced by Nintendo starring the fictional character, Mario. The franchise also includes other forms of media including several television series and a feature film. It was originally created by game designer Shigeru Miyamoto with the video game Donkey Kong in July 9, 1981. The games have been developed by a variety of developers including Nintendo, Hudson Soft, and AlphaDream. Most Mario games have either been released for the arcade or Nintendo video game consoles and handhelds dating from the Nintendo Entertainment System to the current generation of video game consoles.
The most popular part of the Metal Gear, the MGS sub-series began with Metal Gear Solid, which was named as such to indicate the move to 3D graphics. While the gameplay and plot elements remained largely identical to its 2D predecessor Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, MGS's biggest leap was in terms of presentation, relying on fully-voiced 3D cut-scenes to present the cinematic narrative, not to mention the addition of an early cover system.
Mario Kart is a series of go-kart-style racing video games developed and published by Nintendo as a series of spin-offs from its trademark Super Mario series of video games. The first in the series, Super Mario Kart, was launched in 1992 on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System to both critical and commercial success.
Mortal Kombat is a series of fighting games created by Ed Boon and John Tobias. Originally planned as a game based on Jean-Claude Van Damme the creators decided to make a game based loosely on Enter the Dragon. This idea morphed into a fighting game that starred digitally captured martial artists in its first three installments.