The Inspiration for Mario Is Remembered
The man that inspired the iconic Nintendo character Super Mario has died at the age of 84. Nintendo had named their mustache plumber after property developer Mario Segale after renting a warehouse from him in the 80’s.
Mr Segale passed away on October 27th, surrounded by his close friends and family at his home in Washington DC. Despite his fame from the gaming franchise, it was revealed in his obituary that he always ducked the notoriety and wanted to be known instead for what he achieved and accomplished in his life.
The developer leaves behind his wife Donna, four children and nine grandchildren. In the 1980’s, the Italian-American businessman leased a warehouse to Nintendo of America who decided to name the star of their new video game after him. According to one story, he once walked into the building demanding to know where the rent was. As a softener since the rent was late, it was arranged that he would be in their next video game.
They then used Mario on the western version of Donkey Kong to replace the generic name of Jumpman. Segale joked that he was ‘waiting for my royalty checks.’ We learnt more about Segale from his obituary, it said: “Although he took little time away from work, Mario loved hunting, fishing, his airplane, a good joke, the color red, great Italian food, an excellent cigar and his view of Puget Sound.
“His passion was figuring out how to do things in new and better ways, which often included drawing things on the backs of napkins and place mats.” The Mario series is often cited as the most successful video games franchise of all time, with the latest edition Super Mario Odyssey, the best selling game on the Nintendo Switch, selling over 12 million copies.
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