ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

If there's one (or a few things I guess) to take from the Super Mario Bros. franchise, besides the seamless gameplay, is its veritable treasure trove of characters. Where would we be without homies like Yoshi, or Peach, or even the friggin' Koopalings? In a far more melancholic world I guess.

Bowser and the Koopalings
Bowser and the Koopalings

The imagination that went into building these characters in the first place is awe-inspiring to say the least, and like any memorable character from pop culture has been dredged from some real world catalyst.

Take Boo for example, the iconic ghosts of the Mario world. In an interview with classic gaming magazine Nintendo Power, and dreged up by British tabloid The Guardian, the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that the spooky spectres were actually based on Super Mario co-designer Takashi Tezuka's wife, which is as harsh as it is hilarious.

"Mr. Tezuka got an idea about putting his wife in the game. His wife is very quiet normally, but one day she exploded, maddened by all the time he spent at work.

In the game, there is now a character who shrinks when Mario looks at it, but when Mario turns away, it will grow large and menacing."

That's a big boo
That's a big boo

See what I mean? Makes me wonder how the hell that creepy-ass, egg spitting goon Birdo came to be?

What do you make of that?

(Source: The Guardian, DeviantArt


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