By Alex Fitzpatrick and Arpita Aneja
September 10, 2015

The Nintendo classic Super Mario Bros., widely considered one of the best video games ever made — and certainly one of the most important — celebrates its 30th anniversary on September 13.

But what’s so special about a decades-old game revolving around an Italian plumber trying to save a lost princess? It’s all about history. When Super Mario Bros. came out, the video game industry was a wreck. But Mario helped save it — and it wasn’t even in another castle.

To find out more about Super Mario Bros., watch the video above.

Write to Alex Fitzpatrick at alex.fitzpatrick@time.com and Arpita Aneja at arpita.aneja@time.com.

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