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10 Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Super Mario

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10 Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Super Mario

10 Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Super Mario

Mario’s Original Name

Before Mario was known as the mustachioed plumber as we know him today, he was first nicknamed Jumpman in his first appearance in Donkey Kong back in 1981. Also, he was a carpenter… not a plumber.

Yoshi’s Real Name

According to a Nintendo Character Guide that was published way back in 1993, it turns out that Yoshi’s real name is T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas. Yeah, we’ll just stick to calling him Yoshi.

Dolphin-Eater

In the Japanese version of Super Mario World for the SNES, Yoshi was actually able to devour the dolphins in the water stages. This was taken out of the western release –thank goodness– because that is just wrong.

Luigi Doesn’t Even Have His Own Name

Poor Luigi –the guy just can’t get a break. I’m not sure if you guys knew this already but Luigi and Mario’s canon last name is indeed…Mario. Yup, Mario Mario and Luigi Mario. He’ll never get out of the shadow of his younger (more successful) brother.

Birdo Was Originally a Dude

In the old-school booklets that used to come with games back in the day, there was one for Super Mario Bros. 2 that mentioned Birdo. It stated that Birdo thinks it is a girl, but he’s actually a guy. Nintendo calls Birdo a female nowadays so I wonder why that change happened.

Princess Peach Is an Icon

The princess of the Mushroom Kingdom has made appearances in dozens upon dozens of different Nintendo games throughout the past 30 years or so, making her have the most famous female character in gaming –solely based on the number of appearances.

Super Mario 64 2 Almost Happened

Strange name aside, Nintendo was (at one point) developing a sequel to Super Mario 64 that would be played using the 64DD –a disk drive peripheral for the N64 that was a commercial flop when it launched in Japan. Hopefully, we still get a proper sequel to this game one day. I just want to jump in some paintings, man.

Mario’s Age

According to Shigeru Miyamoto, it turns out that Mario is a bit younger than we would have expected.
It seems that he’s supposed to be about 23-24 years old –I can’t believe he’s a millennial, but the real question is: does he age?

Chain Chomps Inspiration

Miyamoto often finds inspiration in his daily life, including traumatic experiences. One day he was walking and a dog suddenly came after him but thankfully he was stopped in his tracks because he was chained up. And that’s how he came up with Chain Chomps.

Toads Secret

Toadette was the first time that we’ve ever seen a “female” Toad, but it turns out that Toads are genderless. They just choose what gender they want to be and that’s it. Man, the Mario universe is wacky as heck.

If you’re looking for other weird facts about popular video game franchises, then check out this one on Super Smash Bros.

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