Named of course, after the Nintendo character Mario, who, with his love of pizza, and goofiness, in my opinion really defined that era from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s.
Good times. Just prior to the Mario Days was the Atari Age (1977-1985) and just after was the cultural Dotcom era (1997-2005). Today, and since about 2006, we are living in the Emo Age.
'Yeah man, I miss those days.'