Mario is the main character of the Mario series. He is the older brother of Luigi and the rival of Wario. He constantly does battle with the king of Koopas, Bowser.


Mario first appeared in Donkey Kong.


  • Although Mario is a plumber, but never actually did any plumbing, instead, he saved princesses, played tennis and baseball, and went kart racing.
  • Mario's original name was Mr. Video, with the intention that he would appear in all of Shigero Miyamoto's games, but this was changed during Donkey Kong's conceptual stage to Jumpman.
    • According to a widely circulated story, during localization of Donkey Kong for North American audiences, Nintendo of America's warehouse landlord Mario Segale confronted his then-president Minoru Arakawa, demanding back rent. Following a heated argument in which the Nintendo employees eventually convinced Segale he would be paid, they opted to name the character in the game Mario after him.

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