74 Facts About Mario


Mario is a character created by Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto.

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Mario is the title character of the Mario franchise and the mascot of Japanese video game company Nintendo.

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Mario has appeared in over 200 video games since his creation.

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Mario has access to a variety of power-ups that give him different abilities.

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Mario first appeared as the player character of Donkey Kong, a platform game.

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Mario has appeared in other Nintendo properties, such as in the Super Smash Bros.

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Mario has appeared in various animations, including three series produced by DIC Entertainment, and was portrayed by Bob Hoskins in the 1993 Super Mario Bros.

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Mario will be voiced by Chris Pratt in the upcoming 2023 film adaptation.

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Mario is near-unanimously considered to be the most famous character in the video game industry and an established pop culture icon.

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Mario's likeness has appeared in a variety of merchandise, such as clothing and collectible items, and people and places have been nicknamed after him.

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Shigeru Miyamoto created Mario while developing Donkey Kong in an attempt to produce a best-selling video game for Nintendo; previous games, such as Sheriff, had not achieved the success of games such as Namco's Pac-Man.

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Over time, Mario's appearance has become more defined; blue eyes, white gloves, brown shoes, a red "M" in a white circle on the front of his hat and gold buttons on his overalls have been added.

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Mario was prompted with "an Italian plumber from Brooklyn"; when he heard the phrase, he immediately thought of a stereotypical Italian American with a voice similar to that of a mobster.

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Mario then assumed the voice would be too harsh for children, so he planned on using a voice of an older figure.

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However, according to Martinet, the audition for Mario was the only time where his thoughts crashed and he spoke complete nonsense.

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Mario received instructions on the types of sound clips needed from Miyamoto, and Martinet appreciated the fun tone of the game and called Miyamoto a genius.

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Mario has since continued to voice other various Mario characters, such as Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi.

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Mario is depicted as a portly plumber who lives in the fictional land of the Mushroom Kingdom with Luigi, his younger, taller brother.

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Mario wears a long-sleeved red shirt, a pair of blue overalls with yellow buttons, brown shoes, white gloves, and a red cap with a red "M" printed on a white circle.

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Mario has blue eyes, and, like Luigi, has brown hair, and a dark brown or black mustache.

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Mario's occupation is plumbing, though in the original Donkey Kong games he is a carpenter.

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In September 2017, Nintendo confirmed on their official Japanese profile for the character that Mario was no longer considered a plumber, but the statement was changed in March 2018.

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Mario usually saves Princess Peach and the Mushroom Kingdom and purges antagonists, such as Bowser, from various areas; since his first game, Mario has usually had the role of saving the damsel in distress.

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Mario rescued Princess Daisy of Sarasaraland in Super Mario Land, but Luigi has since been more linked to her; in Super Smash Bros.

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Mario is a companion in the Mario games, and the character whom the second player controls in two-player sessions of many of the video games.

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Super Mario World added the ability to spin-jump, which allows Mario to break blocks beneath him.

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Mario uses items, which give him various powers, and differ between the games he is in.

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Super Mario Sunshine introduces a pump-water spraying device named "F.

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Mario is the protagonist and title character of the Super Mario series.

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Each game varies in its plot, but most of them have the ultimate goal of Mario rescuing Princess Peach after being kidnapped by Bowser.

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Mario explores a variety of locations, titled "worlds", and along the way, he can collect items and defeat enemies.

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Mario has the goal of reaching the end of the level to move onto the next, typically marked with a flagpole.

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Super Mario Land was designed without the help of Miyamoto, a first for the series.

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For example, instead of rescuing Princess Peach from Bowser in the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario is instead rescuing Princess Daisy from Tatanga in Sarassaland.

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Super Mario World was the first video game to feature Yoshi as a companion to Mario.

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Since Super Mario World took place in a land of dinosaurs, Takashi Tezuka requested Shigefumi Hino to draw a character based on Miyamoto's concepts and sketches which he drew during development of Super Mario Bros.

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Super Mario World released during a console war between Nintendo and Sega; Sega's mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, was considered a "cooler" alternative to Mario, to which Miyamoto apologized for.

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The player chooses from one of the multiple objectives before entering a level, and Mario is tasked with completing that goal which ultimately ends with an obtainable item such as a star.

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However, when Yoshiaki Koizumi had to create a 3D model and animation of Mario, he had no frame of reference and struggled with the task.

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Mario's movement was among the top priority in the game's development, with his animation being tested long before the basic layout of the game's locations were in place.

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Super Mario 64 was one of the first games voiced by Charles Martinet, and Mario's character model was made with the N-World toolkit.

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Super Mario Sunshine was the first Nintendo game after Satoru Iwata became the CEO of Nintendo, succeeding Hiroshi Yamauchi.

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Super Mario Galaxy had Mario exploring a number of spherical planets, which the developers at the time knew simply jumping on enemies would be difficult to perform.

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Mario was given a variety of costumes to represent other smaller games, such as the Mario's Picross series.

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Super Mario Run is a 2D platforming mobile game with other unnatural gameplay aspects.

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One of the issues brought up was how Mario looked too small in comparison to the large terrain and the small, portable screen of the Nintendo 3DS, so the game's camera system needed to be fixed to one position in certain occasions.

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Concepts for Mario, which included a skater outfit and a power-up that would make Mario grow to a large size, were cut.

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Developers of Super Mario Run were mainly inspired by speedrunners during development, as they took note of how when they would try to beat a 2D Super Mario game as fast as possible they would never let go of the run button.

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Mario has been the protagonist of various role-playing video games, beginning with Super Mario RPG on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).

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Mario discussed the idea with Miyamoto, and according to him the meeting went well.

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Super Mario RPG was originally going to have a sequel, titled Super Mario RPG 2, and was going to release for the Nintendo 64.

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Each character had a unique ability, with Mario having an all-around average set of skills to pair with his type of character.

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Mario has starred in a variety of multiple puzzle games, but sometimes only makes an appearance and is not playable.

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The Mario's Picross series was an attempt by Nintendo to capitalize on the popularity of Mario and the success of puzzle games in Japan at the time.

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Mario was voiced by Marc Graue as the game was released prior to Charles Martinet receiving the role for voicing the character.

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The last of which in the genre to release was Mario Teaches Typing 2 in 1997 before the production of such games was discontinued.

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Mario Teaches Typing, the head of Interplay Productions Brian Fargo saw the success of the typing game Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, and knew a character like Mario as the teacher would be appealing.

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Mario Teaches Typing 2 was released in 1997, which Martinet voiced Mario for.

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Mario appears as a playable character in NBA Street V3 and SSX on Tour.

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Mario appears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros.

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Mario makes countless cameo appearances in many forms in many games, such as portraits and statues in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes.

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Mario appeared in a book series, the Nintendo Adventure Books.

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Mario will be voiced by Chris Pratt in the upcoming 2023 film adaptation.

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Mario was one of the first video game character inductees at the Walk of Game in 2005, alongside Link and Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Mario was the first video game character to be honored with a wax figure in the Hollywood Wax Museum in 2003.

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In 1990, a national survey found that Mario was more recognizable to American children than Mickey Mouse.

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Mario has been called the "most recognisable" figure in the gaming industry.

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Creator Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that Mario is his favorite out of all characters that he has created.

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Mario was fourth on UGO's list of the "Top 100 Heroes of All Time".

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Mario was voted 100th in IGN's Top 100 Villains for his appearance in Donkey Kong Junior, adding "This Mario is a total jerk, holding Donkey Kong Jr.

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Mario has been established as a pop culture icon, and has appeared on lunch boxes, T-shirts, magazines, commercials, in candy form, on shampoo bottles, cereal, badges, board games, and as a plush toy.

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Mario has inspired unlicensed paintings, performances on talent shows such as India's Got Talent, and short films, which have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

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Mario's legacy is recognized by Guinness World Records, who awarded the Nintendo mascot, and the series of platform games he has appeared in, seven world records in the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008.

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Mario appeared in the 2016 Summer Olympics closing ceremony to promote the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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