A freshly uncovered, long forgotten interview with Mario creator Shigeru has revealed something rather fascinating about our overall-wearing hero.
Mario is one of the world’s most recognizable video game characters but how much do we really know about Mr. Mario?
We know that he has a brother Luigi, he used to be a carpenter before he took up plumbing, he first went by the name of Jumpman and he likes to go karting in his spare time. He does have a penchant for a few other sports like tennis and golf but jump rope is probably his forte.
Aside from the above, he is a pretty inscrutable fella. Few biographical details have never been provided. But one thing we can be fairly sure about is his age right? Wrong!
Mario has a secret...
Any reasonable person would estimate Mario’s age to be between 40-50. According to an interview that took place back in 2005 with Ars Technica, this estimation is way off. Mr Miyamoto states that Mario is 24-25 years old; a man in the prime of his life.
I think it was fortuitous that we didn’t put any restrictions on Mario as a character. Normally when you create a character and present him to the world, all the details get filled in: what’s his favourite colour? what kind of food does he like to eat? But aside from the fact that he’s about 24-25 years old, we didn’t define anything else.
So there you have it, another piece of trivia you can add to your (not so long) list of Mario facts.
Maybe without the moustache?
Ok, I guess without the moustache I can see him being around 24 - 25... Thoughts?
If he is the age Miyamoto says he is then Mario is obviously heavily embracing the Hipster movement. With his mighty moustache, blue overalls and flat cap and boots it is only a matter of months before we see Mario turning up with a bloody great big beard and full sleeve of tattoos. Can someone please photoshop that image and attach it to the comments!?
But chronologically speaking, how old is Mario?
Mario actually started out as Jumpman or 'Mr Video' (coined as such because Miyamoto wanted to include him in every game he developed) in Donkey Kong back in 1981. Despite being called Jumpman, he was actually unable to jump, it wasn't until Miyamoto cast an eye over production that he was able to leap into the air.
If you had a barrel rolling towards you, what would you do?
According to Miyamoto, the name Mario came to them following heated discussions about back rent with their new landlord in the US -- the landlord was called Mario Segale. Mario is certainly better than Mr Video.
Since his birth, Mario has appeared in over 200 video games and is still breaking records to this day. To my calculations, Mario is now officially 35 years old (chronologically speaking), although I am sure he is happy to tell people that he is 24..
The future is bright for this young plumber, not even in his forties and is one of the world's most famous video game characters, world record holders and all around good guy.
God-a-speed Mario, bring on the next 35 years!
[Source: Ars Technica]