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10 Amazing Mario Facts

Think you know everything about Mario?

New Super Mario Bros. Wii is still riding high in the charts and with the fun four player game being designed to appeal to families, the plumber may have found a whole new audience. So, for those who don't know their Jumpman from their Mr Video here are ten fascinating facts about our favourite videogames character.

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The name game

During development of the Donkey Kong arcade unit, the game's director Shigeru Miyamoto referred to his new creation as Mr Video. Why? God only knows. Luckily it never stuck! When the game finally hit arcades, he simply became known as 'Jumpman', for obvious reasons. However, while Donkey Kong was being localised for America, a Nintendo employee had an altercation with the warehouse landlord, Mario Segale. Jumpman was renamed in his honour.

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Why does Mario have a moustache?

To avoid having to make his mouth move, Miyamoto hid it under a rather stylish moustache.

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What? Jumpman couldn't jump?

Miyamoto originally designed Donkey Kong as a game that would only need a joystick to control. Mario couldn't jump. The ability to make him hop was only added because the arcade cabinet that it was being built for had a single button.

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Super Mario Bros. is tiny

The Super Mario Bros. NES cart contains a miniscule 40kb of data. To put it into perspective, that's smaller than the Microsoft word document that this feature was originally written on. By comparison the average mp3 file is 3,500kb, a trailer for New Super Mario Bros. Wii is 12,000kb while Super Mario Galaxy is 3.5 million kb.

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What's the Super Mario Bros. world record?

Did you know that it is possible to complete Super Mario Bros. in 5 minutes and 8 seconds? That's how long it took the current speed run world record-holder Scott Kessler to complete Super Mario Bros. on 20 September 2006. ONM's Chris Scullion can do it in just under seven minutes. What's your best time?

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Head in the clouds. Or should that be bushes?

Like we've already found out, Super Mario Bros. has a tiny file size. To save space, Miyamoto and his team reused items. Check out the screen to the left. The clouds and bushes look awfully similar, don't they?

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Mario is murder

Next time you gleefully headbutt a block, remember this. According to the Super Mario Bros. instruction book, when the Koopas first invaded the Mushroom Kingdom they turned its people into blocks and stones. So, next time you destroy one, you're actually committing murder...

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The Kids are alright

The Koopa Kids are all named after some of the development team's favourite celebrities. Roy Koopa was named after Roy Orbison, Iggy Pop provides the inspiration for Iggy Koopa, little Lemmy Koopa is named after Motorhead's lead vocalist Lemmy, 80s TV host Morton Downey Jr gave Morton Koopa Jr his moniker, Ludwig Van Koopa is named after Beethoven, US talk show host Larry King inspired Larry Koopa while someone's favourite celeb is obscure shock rock legend Wendy O Williams - hence Wendy O Koopa.

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  1. Fredsterr Friday 30th Apr 2010 at 06:49

    That's a really goood idea recycling the bushes to make clouds, I'd never noticed that

  2. sivlock Friday 30th Apr 2010 at 12:30

    I knew about some of these things and learnt from the ones I didn't. It's true you really do learn something new each day.

  3. JRush Friday 30th Apr 2010 at 15:28

    I am not a big fan of the mario bros series. I got mario allstars with my snes but I don't play it much :P

  4. Greenalink Friday 30th Apr 2010 at 16:09

    What's the Super Mario Bros. world record?
    Did you know that it is possible to complete Super Mario Bros. in 5 minutes and 8 seconds? That's how long it took the current speed run world record-holder Scott Kessler to complete Super Mario Bros. on 20 September 2006. ONM's Chris Scullion can do it in just under seven minutes. What's your best time?

    Don't want to sound like a troll but why AndrewG's 5 minute run (5:03~ for Twin Galaxies timing) isn't used on here, it was featured on the Guinness Books of World Records a couple of years ago and it uses 2 cool glitches* (pipes to 4-2 secret & wall jump on 8-4)

    * I am aware that Twin Galaxies does not accept runs that uses glitches :(, so Scott's (TG) 5:08 is apparently flawless.

    http://speeddemosarchive.com/Mario1.html

  5. LBDNytetrayn Friday 30th Apr 2010 at 16:23

    Glad the bit about Mario wearing gloves isn't on here; that never made sense to me, since his hands aren't white in the games.

  6. kezz182 Friday 30th Apr 2010 at 16:44

    :o Geez I never knew the blocks were people!!
    lolz

  7. shadow.x Friday 30th Apr 2010 at 17:31

    The amount of times I have heard onm repeat these facts, lol.

  8. bowatera Friday 30th Apr 2010 at 17:32

    anyone know why the sudden change in colour of Mario's overalls? In SMB2 his overalls were red and the jumper was blue but ever since SMB3 his overalls and jumper are blue and red respectively

  9. yoshi1990 Friday 30th Apr 2010 at 21:53

    Quiz--->some one tell me why does mario whare a hat????

  10. Colgax Saturday 1st May 2010 at 00:30

    Quiz--->some one tell me why does mario whare a hat????

    They didn't have enough pixels on Dk, so, instead of making a hair that can move while walking, they just made a hat

    It's interesting that the greatest Video Game character was born of a lot of 8-bit graphical limits.

    Even the fact of the pipes being green is due to the lack of colors in Mario Bros Arcade

  11. elizabeth Saturday 1st May 2010 at 14:53

    shouldn't that be "murderer"?

    And that's my unhelpful grammatical correction of the day done with!

  12. Dragonfree97 Saturday 1st May 2010 at 21:34

    OK, so the SMB speed run time is 5:08. What about NSMB? I can't find one anywhere, my best is 14:54, w00t

  13. layton lover Sunday 2nd May 2010 at 09:07

    Nice. As long as the blocks aren't pianta people though, i'm OK.

  14. Nintendo Boy Sunday 2nd May 2010 at 11:43

    I only knew a few facts, Many of the new ones are Intresting.

  15. HNF1 Sunday 2nd May 2010 at 12:15

    ONM, Mario doesn't headbutt blocks. He punches them :\.

    Anyway, some awesome facts, even though I did know them all already. =D

  16. MB-Poke-Fan Sunday 2nd May 2010 at 19:46

    Damn. Didn't notice the clouds or blocks. Maybe that's why after a while these blocks turn to angry-face-like objects...

    I new the rest of em though. The warp wistle is easily the sneakiest though.

  17. mikey12 Monday 3rd May 2010 at 12:08

    grrr ppls even i knew about the bushes! :lol:

  18. Cormsie Tuesday 4th May 2010 at 20:06

    The amount of times I have heard onm repeat these facts, lol.

    inorite ;)

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