Through the years I’m sure we’ve each had the pleasure of playing some version of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. Originally released in 1985, this game is based on a plumber trying to save a princess from an evil creature. The plumber travels through unique worlds, each with odd obstacles, all to find and face the final monster holding the princess captive.
(Even if you are an adult, I would suggest playing this game if you’ve never had the luxury ;)) Whatever the main goal of the game may be, there are a couple of deeper meanings that can be pulled from the missions in Super Mario Bros. Here’s what can be learned from playing this game: [Disclaimer: this posts includes my own opinions. None of this is stated directly in this video game. The points here are just what I, myself, concluded from the game as a whole. I am not part of Nintendo, I own no rights, etc. Just a fan.]
1 – No matter where you come from, you can be a hero.
Mario and Luigi are plumbers. They’re not royalty or knights of the kingdom, or any other typical heroic figure.
Yet, regardless of social status and career placement, these brothers take initiative to save this damsel in distress. Our “status” in life is irrelevant. We are all capable of the most amazing accomplishments. Whether it’s saving a princess or some other (more modern) life mission, our places in society have nothing to do with our heroic ventures. It doesn’t matter if you’re a plumber, a dentist, an accountant, or a waitress – heroism is much deeper than whatever career label society has planted on your forehead.
2 – Money is instrumental, but never the goal.
Throughout playing the game, money (or finding coins) helps you stay alive long enough to complete your mission. In picking up coins, you’re able to earn more lives and sometimes buy enhancements to help you better defeat the enemy. Though it’s helpful, money is never the mission itself. The point of the game is to save the princess. If you find yourself sidetracked, only searching for coins, you’ll never advance enough to actually make the final rescue. You’ll only be wondering around, never doing what you were designed to do.
This relates to our real, human lives perfectly. Our mission in life should never be to “make money.” Yes, money helps take care of family, buy fun things, and pay the bills. But financial gain should only ever be seen as an instrument or tool in advancing our missions in life. If money is the goal, happiness will never come.
So that’s two important life lessons that can be taken from this fun, adventurous little video game.
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