Bill Blakemore of ABC World News Webcast has the concise (and neat) history of the most famous video game character of all history: Mario!
In 1982, our unpreposessing little rescuer Jumpman was given a cheerful name rarely seen in the annals of heroes: Mario - in a sequel game called donkey Kong Jr. In 1983, little Mario was given a shot at his own game, Mario Bros. ...
Link [ABC World News Webcast] - Thanks Zach and Natalie!
See also: 10 Mario Fun Facts!