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10 Mario Fun Facts!

Here are 10 things you may not know about our favorite video game character Mario:


  • Mario was first seen in the video game Donkey Kong, but he was called "Jumpman." He was also a carpenter then, not a plumber.


  • Mario was named after Mario Segale, the landlord of Nintendo of America's office, who barged in on a company meeting demanding an overdue rent.




  • Shigeru Miyamoto drew Mario as wearing a cap because he found drawing hair difficult. He also drew in the moustache, because it was easier to see than a mouth in the crude video game screen resolution back then.


  • Mario and his younger brother Luigi are known as the "Mario Brothers." This means that Mario's last name is also Mario, so his full name is Mario Mario.


  • Mario is voice-acted by Charles Martinet, who crashed the audition for "an Italian plumber from Brooklyn" character. Here's an interview with the man:


    YouTube Link




  • Mario's nemesis is Wario (a combination of "warui", the Japanese word for bad, and Mario). Similarly, Luigi's rival is Waluigi. Both are also voiced by Charles Martinet.


  • Mario has appeared in over 200 video games so far, has sold over 193 million units of games (all of the Mario series) and even has his own TV cartoon show. Super Mario Bros. 3 alone grossed over $500 million in USA.


  • TV Schmeve, you're nothing till there's an opera done on you. In 2003, Jonathan Mann of California Institute of Arts created The Mario Opera, a rock opera:


    YouTube Link




  • Super Mario Bros. theme music, written by Koji Kondo, is known worldwide. It has inspired countless fan-renditions, including one played by Zack Kim on two guitars (viewed over 4 million times on YouTube!), played by Jean Baudin on 11 string bass, beatboxed by Greg Patillo on the flute, and played by the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra on the trombones.

  • Mario is the most famous character in the history of video games, and perhaps is the most famous character ever. In a 1990 poll by Marketing Evaluations, Mario was found to be more popular (and recognizable) among children than Mickey Mouse.


Nintendo may not have, but every story involving them has their surname being Mario (for instance, the movie). And as the article says, they're known as the Mario Brothers, meaning they're both named Mario.
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The video of the beatboxing flautist doesn't include any mario songs. First he does the Inspector Gadget theme and then Beverly Hills Cop.
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jonathan, most people believe that mario and luigi do not have surnames, but in fact, they did have surnames in the 1993 movie Super Mario Bros. starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Hopper. the IMDB link can be found here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108255/
Notice that the names are Mario Mario and Luigi Mario.

Great article, i loved the interview with the real life voice of mario
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The full names of Mario Mario and Luigi Mario appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga on the GBA. The names are shown early in the game when the characters pose for their passport photos.
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"Shigeru Miyamoto drew Mario as wearing a cap because he found drawing hair difficult. He also drew in the moustache, because it was easier to see than a mouth in the crude video game screen resolution back then."

Actually he used a cap because with a cap he could make it clear when mario was jumping or not (that's why it's off his head when in the air)...
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Mario and his younger brother Luigi are known as the "Mario Brothers." This means that Mario’s last name is also Mario, so his full name is Mario Mario.

This has been debunked by Nintendo publicly several times.
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Regarding the voice actor, I greatly preferred Mario when he was mute. The voice makes him sound WAY too cheerful to be appropriate.
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Nah, mario rocks. I didnt realize after all these years that mario brothers means "Mario Mario" and "Luigi Mario". Odd.

Oh, sonic sucks. Up his ass with broken glass!
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Wait.. isn't it "Super Mario Brothers?" So, shouldn't their names technically be Mario Super Mario and Luigi Super Mario. What a ridiculous last name!
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I almost hate to post this, but Derek is right. Superstar Saga on the GBA shows the names on their passports as, "Mario Mario," and "Luigi Mario."

Is that canon enough for you?

I agree with you about the movie though, that was an abomination.
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"and even has his own TV cartoon show"

Plus, he even had his own anime show. Mind you, I don't know if this is the only episode or not, but it's pretty cool.

http://www.videogamesblogger.com/2006/10/08/classic-nes-review-super-mario-bros.htm
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Hey! well first of all awesome! lol i loved the Orchestra version of the Mario Theme Song, it is so awesome!!! i always listing to it, i love Mario !!! lol
also people are saying that they don't officially have a surname, well logically they do because in example

Person one he is called "John Doe"
He has a brother called "Joshua Doe"
They will be known as the Doe brothers, not John brothers, not Joshua Brothers, just Doe brothers,
to help prove this correct is the fact that a whole family there last name is erm "Flint" so there last name is now Flint lol, that means they are known as the Flint family just like the simpsons family, so it would be Homer Simpson, Marge Simpson, Bart Simpson, Maggie Simpson and Lisa Simpson, so why should it be any diffrent with the Mario Brothers, its not no diffrent!, for another example, lets say Mario and Luigi's dad is called Ryan and there mother's name is Rochelle, then they could be called the Mario Family?, making there names : Mario Mario, Luigi Mario, Ryan Mario, Rochelle Mario.
i hope this helps anyone lol! =]
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Most of this stuff I knew, but still, good job! The orchestra thing was AWSOME! They took music from Super Mario Bros., Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, and Super Mario Sunchine! Every Nintendo Console! Sweet!
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Super Mario, or mayo in japanese,

God I wish I had had the skill and imagination to come up with a name
like Mario Mario, what panache.
I am sitting here watching my 9 year old son have a lifetime of high blood
pressure from playing this darn game.
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the mario & luigi superstar saga info is wrong.. in marios passport all it says is "MARIO" and luigi's passport it says "LUIGI" and nothing else. the guy taking the picture for their passport calls mario "MR. STACHE" and luigi "MR. GREEN STACHE". "thats all" theirs nothing else about "mario, mario" or "luigi, mario" what so ever.
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Hell to all of y'all. I know for a effin' fact that Mario's last name isn't Goldstien, what a dumbass for you to even believe that cockamamy. Like EVERYONE said the last name IS FOR A FACT Mario! Mmkay? And I loved the article hunn, write more. Mario is the bomb like tik-tik nigga.(:
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