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Mario (Nintendo character)

Mario Mario (Japanese:マリオ) is a video game character created by Shigeru Miyamoto for Nintendo, supposedly named after the Italian warehouse manager, Mario Segali, at Nintendo of America.

He has been known as Nintendo's company mascot. He first appeared in the video game Donkey Kong as Jumpman. After his rise to glory starring in the classic Super Mario Brothers game, he took on role of mascot of Nintendo and has been extensively merchandized. Mario appeared on television, in comic books, and in feature film where he was played by Bob Hoskins. Mario's supporting characters include Luigi, Princess Peach Toadstool, Toad, Yoshi, and King Bowser Koopa among others.

Mario is an Italian-American man, born in the Mushroom Kingdom, and raised in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States. He wears a red uniform and is a plumber, although he has experience in demolition and cement work. He spends his leisure time eating, playing tennis, golf, and racing.

Super Mario, © Nintendo of America

The original Super Mario Brother series pioneered many concepts in modern video games, such as 1-ups and warp zones.


Over the years Mario and his brother, Luigi, have appeared in several popular video games, both their own and others. According to Nintendo, Mario has appeared in 67 games, and has sold a total of 170,000,000 copies of them as of December 17, 2003. Here is a brief chronological list:

In Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mario is a balanced character. He is said to "reflect the actual skills of the player", according to the Super Smash Bros. Melee "Smash" character trophy description. His trademark move is the fireball. His fireballs are affected by gravity, compared to Luigi's fireballs. And Mario's fireballs are red in color, compared to Luigi's green ones. Another of his special attacks is the Mario cyclone. The Mario cyclone hits the enemy several times then hits up.

In Mario Kart: Double Dash for Gamecube, Mario's special weapon is fireballs used in the Super Smash Bros series, except that he fires five fireballs at a time, instead of just one.