Super Mario Live

It seems that Nintendo has a thing for putting on excellent concerts to celebrate landmark anniversaries for its most treasured franchises. Here in the West, fans have had the privilege for the past few years of attending the Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses, a touring orchestra that covers several tracks and songs from the series' rich history. Then, in Japan, there's going to be a Fire Emblem concert on 24th and 25th July to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the popular strategic RPG series. Now we can add one more to the list, as there will be a Super Mario concert to celebrate its 30th anniversary, though this one also appears to be Japan only.

A site was just recently put up advertising the musical event, stating that it will be taking place in Osaka on 20th September and Tokyo on 21st September. Additionally, there will be a guest performance by some mystery figure who's been a major contributor to the series for its whole thirty year run. At a guess, we're betting Hideki Konno will be the mystery man, though perhaps Shigeru Miyamoto - Mr. Mario himself - will be putting on a show. Considering the Super Mario series' impact on gaming around the globe, it's a bit befuddling to think that Japan's keeping this one to itself, but perhaps an announcement for a Western tour is forthcoming. We'll keep you posted on any further developments.

What do you think? Would you go to a Mario concert if it came to a city near you? Who do you think the guest star will be? Share your thoughts in the comments below.