The Super Mario franchise isn't renowned for its complex storytelling; in fact the old joke goes that when reviewing one of the plumber's platformers you can cover off the plot in one line - "it doesn't really matter". Be that as it may, the opening scene of a new Mario game can, nevertheless, set the tone for the platforming frolics that are to come.

They also show how the series has evolved, in both dramatic and subtle ways. This compilation from the GameChap channel caught our eye today, then, as it simply brings all of the intros together - from NES and Game Boy through to 3DS and Wii U.

No doubt this will be done many times in the future, too, but with this year bringing the 30th Anniversary of the franchise it's worth a look to see how it's changed over three decades. Check it out below.