6 Facts About Mario

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

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2. The first notable use of "Mario Mario" is in the 1993 live-action film adaptation.

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3. In a poll conducted in 2008 by Oricon, Mario was voted the most popular video game character in Japan.

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

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5. The first power-up Mario used was the Hammer in Donkey Kong.

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6. In the early stages of Donkey Kong, Mario was unable to jump, and the focus was to escape a maze.

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