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 named after the Nintendo office landlord.
In the early days of Nintendo, they named their jumping carpenter character after their landlord Mario Segale. Segale also happens to be an avid duck hunter.
The Masked Ghoul is a reference to Jason Voorhees.
The Masked Ghoul in Super Mario Land 2 is a reference to Jason Voorhees of the Friday the 13th films.
Waluigi was created for Mario Tennis.
Making his first appearance on Mario Tennis 64, Waluigi was created out of necessity when Wario didn’t have a tennis partner. Of course, his name is a combination of Wario and Luigi.
Luigi plays the violin.
In WarioWare: Smooth Movies, Luigi plays a mean violin and even shares his name with famed composer Luigi Boccherini.
The Goombas were originally intended to be Koopa Troopas.
As the legend goes, the Koopa Troopas were considered too difficult and the developers needed to create an easier starting opponent. So, the Goomba was born and, of course, is the first baddie you face in the first Super Mario Bros.