The Man Who Inspired Mario’s Name Has Passed Away

This, apparently, was all in Nintendo’s favor because at the time, when Shigeru Miyamoto was working on the original Donkey Kong, he only had generic names for the characters such as “Jumpman” for Mario and “Lady” for Pauline, the latter of whom recently made a return to form in Super Mario Odyssey for the Switch. The company, however, felt that the game would be a lot more marketable if the hero and characters had actual names instead of just generic titles. Given Nintendo’s relationship with the landlord, it was decided to name the character Mario to try to placate him… or, that’s how one of the stories went down.

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