Illinois Among States with Most Interest in Super Mario Franchise

Mario Day 2023 – MAR 10, get it – is happening this Friday all over the state of Illinois.

The Chicago Public Library is hosting an afternoon of Mario games and more at Gage Park.

The Santori Library in Aurora, Ill., is hosting special Mario-related Mario Day activities for children grades 2-6. A ticket is required.

Chicago’s Martin Luther King Park & Family Entertainment Center is hosting a Mario Day roller skating party Friday night.

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At Buzz Bomb Brewing Co. in Springfield, they’re hosting a Mario Day Mario Kart 8 x Super Smash tournament to raise money for children at St. John’s Hospital.

And at K1 Speed in Addison and Buffalo Grove, they’re offering an $18 dollar race to anyone dressed as Mario on MARIO DAY.

Given all these activities,, your source for Illinois sports betting coverage, took a look at how the state ranks in Mario interest.

And when it comes to being big on Mario, Illinois is the 800-pound Donkey Kong in the country.

States with Most Interest in Mario

5New Jersey
10Massachusetts is the home for Illinois sportsbook promos.

How to Look like Mario

How does one dress as Mario? What, were you born in a sewer? First you need a red hat with an “M” in a circle. Add a red shirt and blue overalls and accessorize with white gloves and you can be a Mario as soon as you add a big, black mustache.

Even Dogtopia in LaGrange has Mario Day-themed activities. For you and your dog. Your dog is going to look great with the mustache.

Plus, there are bars and arcades all over Chicago where you can play the game.

MARIO DAY is celebrated to commemorate the popular 1980s Nintendo game and all its future incarnations, but also to allow Nintendo Switch to schedule lots of mega-Mario sales with Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart. But even that’s just a lead-up to the animated “Super Mario Bros. Movie” opening April 5, and featuring the voices of Chris Pratt as Mario, Charlie Day as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong.


With MAR10 Day coming on March 10, we decided to look at the states that are still interested in the beloved game (and soon to be movie) franchise after all these years., which features full coverage of real money online casino Illinois has to offer, utilized Google Trends to see the search volume in each of the US states for “Mario.”


Howard Gensler is a veteran journalist covering the Illinois casino and sports betting market for Before his focus on U.S. sports betting, Howard worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Howard is also a founding editor of

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