Artwork of a 1-up Mushroom from New Super Mario Bros.
|First Game||Super Mario Bros. (1985)|
|Appearances||Super Mario Bros.|
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario World
|Found||In mystery boxes, hidden boxes and as some rewards.|
|Effects||Gives the player an extra life.|
1-up Mushrooms are very common items. These mushrooms have green caps with white spots (originally orange caps with green spots). These items are usually hidden in bricks, ? blocks or hard-to-reach areas. They give the player an extra life.
References in Popular Culture
They have become used to represent advancement or gain in computer pop culture. The sound the game makes when Mario grabs the 1-Up Mushroom has also become entrenched in pop culture, referenced by video-game players, alongside the sound made when Link picks up an item in a Zelda game.
The 1-up Mushroom has also accumulated another connotation since the dominance of next-gen consoles like the PlayStation and the Xbox. It has come to represent identification with old school video gamers, a category of gamers who disavow the mainstreaming characteristics of next-generation game designers, licensors, and distributors, who have been accused of ignoring the fan base for the masses. Thus, the 1-up Mushroom is now part of an 8/16-bit lexicon that illustrates disapproval and resistance towards a perceived betrayal by the gaming industry and the standards by which 8 and 16-bit games should be judged. Shigeru Miyamoto wore a shirt at E3 2005 featuring the 1-up mushroom and text below it reading "1-up". These mushrooms are also known to appear in a wide variety of clothing and items. Some of these items include: shirts (and other forms of clothing), video-game console skins, and lanyards.