More Mario facts? It was only a few months ago that our resident Nintendo fact finder Zabba treated you with 11 amazing Mario facts and secrets, many of which you may not have known. But now we have more facts direct from Shigeru Miyamoto himself who has revealed more about Mario's hair colour, his last name and the Koopalings. Read on to add to your Mushroom Kingdom knowledge.
1. The myth of Mario and Luigi's surnames
What are Mario and Luigi's surnames? It's a question that's been discussed for nearly 20 years. Ever since the Super Mario Bros film when Mario and Luigi - played by Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo get arrested and are asked to give their surname. What followed was a piece of cinema history. Maybe...
Sergeant Simon: Name. Mario: Mario.
Sergeant Simon: Last name.
Sergeant Simon: And you?
Sergeant Simon: Luigi Luigi?
Luigi: No, Luigi Mario.
Sergeant Simon: Okay how many Marios are there between the two of you?
Luigi: Three: Mario Mario and Luigi Mario.
No wonder Bob Hoskins said that the Super Mario Bros film is the worst thing he has ever done. It's factually incorrect for starters as Miyamoto has told Game Informer that Mario and Luigi definitely do not have surnames.
Good job too. Mario Mario is stupid.
However, Mario could have had a surname as Miyamoto's initial name for him was Mr Video. In which case the debate might have been what is Mr Video's first name. Unlikely as Miyamoto has himself said that Mario would have probably "disappeared off the face of the Earth."
Just think about all those classic Mario games that would have never existed. No Super Mario Bros, no Super Mario World, no Super Mario Galaxy. We can only think of one person who would be happy about that and his name is Bob.