Super Mario Bros. is one of the most popular and successful video game franchises in history. The loveable Mario is perhaps more recognizable than most cartoon characters today. We’ve grown up with him and gone on his adventures, hopping from Goomba to green pipe in an effort to save the princess. Despite being in countless numbers of video games, Mario refuses to lose appeal with players and only seems to grow in popularity with each new release. So, what’s so great about this Mario world and his friends? Here are 25 Crazy Facts About Mario Characters You Probably Didn’t Know
Mario was originally a carpenter.
Though we all know and love him as the plumber who goes in and out of large green pipes, in the very first Mario game, his occupation is a carpenter.
Super Mario Bros. 2 defined Luigi’s character.
Originally, Luigi was just a copy of Mario with green clothes instead of red. However, in Super Mario Bros. 2 that all changed as they made him taller and gave him the ability to jump higher than Mario.
Bowser becomes a good guy in Super Mario RPG.
In order to defeat Smithy in Super Mario RPG, Bowser teams up with Mario and the gang instead of battling against them, a big turn for the villain who primarily was Mario’s main antagonist.
The enemy Boo is based on the creator's wife.
In Super Mario 64, the ghost Boo will shrink whenever Mario looks at it but grow larger whenever he turns away. The creator Takashi Tezuka based this off of his wife, who would be quiet when he paid attention to her but grow angry when he focused too much on his work.
Boo's laugh is also Bowser's laugh sped up.
Also, in Super Mario 64, Boo’s high pitched laugh is really just Bowser’s laugh sped up super fast.