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How Nintendo's Mario Got His Name

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the can't-wait-for-the-origin-movie dept.

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harrymcc writes "In 1981, tiny Nintendo of America was getting ready to release Donkey Kong. When the company's landlord, Mario Segale, demanded back rent, Nintendo staffers named the game's barrel-jumping protagonist after him. Almost thirty years later, neither Nintendo — which continues to crank out Mario games — nor Segale — now a wealthy, secretive Washington State real estate developer — like to talk about how one of video games' iconic characters got his name and Italian heritage. Technologizer's Benj Edwards has researched the story for years and provides the most detailed account to date."

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well that explains (4, Funny)

butterflysrage (1066514) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986044)

the coin obsession... never met a landlord yet who wasn't in it for the shines

Re:well that explains (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31986074)

Yes, surprisingly enough numbers of non-paid amateur landlordery enthusiasts are dwindling.

Re:well that explains (5, Funny)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 3 years ago | (#31987052)

There called Parents. Most have a basement where Slashdot readers live.

Re:well that explains (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986274)

Funny... I always thought the Donkey Kong character's name was "Jumpman" and he did not acquire the Mario name until the later arcade game "Mario Bros"

Re:well that explains (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986710)

That was my first thought, too. Then I... you know... RTFA and that put things in place for me since they mention Jumpman several times. But for what it's worth, his name was officially Mario by Donkey Kong Jr. Mario Bros came later.

Re:well that explains (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986804)

And IIRC was not originally a plumber but rather a zookeeper. At least, that's my vague impression of the depiction in the cartoon series "Saturday Supercade".

Mario didn't chase coins until Mario Bros. Before that he was trading off roles with Donkey Kong, first trying to rescue Pauline, then carrying a whip and sending snapjaws after Donkey Kong Jr. trying to free his daddy, and then shooting bug spray up Donkey Kong's butt.

And only when they went "super" did they obsess over a magical mushroom kingdom. (Though Donkey Kong did ask, "How high can you get?" it was literally about the height you'd climb in pursuit of the ape, not how stoned out of your mind you'll get on 'shrooms.)

Re:That wasn't Mario (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31987676)

Before that he was trading off roles with Donkey Kong, first trying to rescue Pauline, then carrying a whip and sending snapjaws after Donkey Kong Jr. trying to free his daddy, and then shooting bug spray up Donkey Kong's butt.)

That wasn't Mario shooting bug spray up DK's butt - That was Stanley

Re:well that explains (1)

Nyder (754090) | more than 3 years ago | (#31989434)

Funny... I always thought the Donkey Kong character's name was "Jumpman" and he did not acquire the Mario name until the later arcade game "Mario Bros"

That's because you didn't read the article.

They were getting the US version of Donkey Kong to launch, the arcade game. They decided to name the char Mario, after they're landlord.

Donkey Kong was released in 1981.

Mario Bros was released in 1983.

Once again, google and the wiki are your friends.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mario_games_by_year [wikipedia.org]

Re:well that explains (1)

theaveng (1243528) | more than 3 years ago | (#31992774)

That's because you didn't read the article. They were getting the US version of Donkey Kong to launch, the arcade game. They decided to name the char Mario

He didn't RTFA but I did, and you're still wrong. Mario's original name was "Jumpman" in Donkey Kong. He did not acquire a name until the sequel one year later.

google and the wiki are your friends.

Yeah they are so I'm slightly surprised you didn't read them. Wiki confirms C64_love's comments. Mario originally had no name. He was just Jumpman (a name chosen for its similarity to "Walkman" and "Pac-Man") and his job was as a carpenter (hence the hammer).

He did not stop being a carpenter until Mario Bros, when he suddenly mutated into a plumber, and gained a brother named Luigi.

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Re:well that explains (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31994772)

I'm not sure it's necessary to actually mutate in order to change jobs, even in videogame land.

Re:well that explains (1)

jimbolauski (882977) | more than 3 years ago | (#31987384)

What about his obsession for mushrooms, flowers, and jumping on turtles.

Re:well that explains (1)

Facegarden (967477) | more than 3 years ago | (#31988104)

What about his obsession for mushrooms, flowers, and jumping on turtles.

Haha, yeah, seriously! My GF was playing a lot of Mario 1 and 3 lately, and we were blown away by how NONE of it makes any sense!

Like, it is seriously one of the most cracked-out video games I've ever seen. Sure, there's probably been crazier stuff, but for something so mainstream and popular, its surprisingly nonsensical!
-Taylor

Re:well that explains (1)

gallow25 (1797138) | more than 3 years ago | (#32009564)

Thats kinda funny. Does anyone know if any of the other characters were named after actual people, or did they just go with the Italian theme after naming Mario.................And what about Wario?!!??!?!?1?

Pay Up. (1)

cosm (1072588) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986048)

It explains the constant need for coins.

Re:Pay Up. (2, Interesting)

TheCarp (96830) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986840)

As someone getting out of the landlording business.... I can tell you that his obsession with coins may explain why he is so successful and still in it. Being a landlord, quite a lot of the job is fronting the cost on bills (or outright juggling them) until people get around to paying up.

Much easier for the penny pincher who holds tightly onto his war chest than someone who "floats" and doesn't stress it. Neighbors complain? Guess who they complain to. Something breaks, you know who fixes it.

I don't mean to sound bitter or anything but, I totally have a lot more respect for those penny pinching, in your face landlords who want the money on time now that I spent a few years in the rental business.

-Steve

How Wario got *his* name (1, Troll)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986058)

The game designers had a few beers, then turned the M upside down.

Same with Luigi and "Princess Peach". Peach in Japanese is "momo", but upside down that is "wowo". Hence "Luigi".

Re:How Wario got *his* name (1)

calibre-not-output (1736770) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986118)

I don't get it. How does "wowo" turn into "Luigi"?

Re:How Wario got *his* name (4, Funny)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986136)

It's hard to explain, but the long and short of it is that you have to understand Japanese.

Re:How Wario got *his* name (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31986242)

It's hard to explain, but the long and short of it is that you have to understand Japanese.

One day I will find a Westerner who learned Japanese for reasons other than casually dropping the fact into web forums.

Re:How Wario got *his* name (2, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 3 years ago | (#31988498)

One day I will find a Westerner who learned Japanese for reasons other than casually dropping the fact into web forums.

Are you excluding the completely hopeless anime enthusiasts, and the western guys who learned Japanese in the hopes of snagging a hot Japanese girlfriend (yes, these groups overlap)?

Re:How Wario got *his* name (3, Funny)

daremonai (859175) | more than 3 years ago | (#31988628)

One day I will find a Westerner who learned Japanese for reasons other than casually dropping the fact into web forums.

That would be me. Just thought I'd mention it.

Re:How Wario got *his* name (1)

Zanadou (1043400) | more than 3 years ago | (#31996192)

This. Thank you. I love how most Westerners (i.e. usually Caucasians), think that their hopeless second language skill is special and treat it like it's some kind of linguistic pissing contest. Notice that those "foreigners" cooking your food at your local ethnic restaurant or dry-cleaning your clothes don't seem to think that learning English makes them particularly special.

Re:How Wario got *his* name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31986270)

It's hard to explain, but the long and short of it is that you have to understand Japanese.

BadAnalogyGuy, you and the other people that run that account don't know a goddamn thing about the Japanese language.

Re:How Wario got *his* name (1)

Bungie (192858) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986550)

I understand some Japanese and I don't get how it has anything to do with them flipping the romanji word upside down.

Re:How Wario got *his* name (2, Insightful)

WED Fan (911325) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986810)

I speak Japanese fluently, lived and worked there for a Japanese company and I'd love to see your explanation of this one.

Re:How Wario got *his* name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31987254)

The explanation is simple. BadAnalogyGuy is a habitual lying sack of shit.

Re:How Wario got *his* name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31992344)

The explanation is simple. BadAnalogyGuy is a habitual lying sack of shit

Coincidentally, if you translate BadAnalogyGuy into japanese and flip it upside down, it reads "habitual lying sack of shit"

Re:How Wario got *his* name (1)

calibre-not-output (1736770) | more than 3 years ago | (#31987420)

Your comment did nothing to answer my question. And while my understanding of Japanese is poor at best, it's enough to know that you're wrong, either deliberately or due to incompetence.

Re:How Wario got *his* name (3, Informative)

DIplomatic (1759914) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986512)

The game designers had a few beers, then turned the M upside down.

"Wario" is actually a combination of the Japanese word for "bad" (Warui) and Mario's name. Because he is the "Bad" Mario.

As for Waluigi, if you change the "R" sound to an "L" sound (as often happens in Japanese-English translations) you get "Walui". Combine that with "Luigi" and you get "Waluigi!"

The L & R thing is complex... (1)

Xenographic (557057) | more than 3 years ago | (#31997748)

Well, the thing is that they don't have a separate sound for R & L. They have a set of five sounds (usually transliterated as ra / re / ri / ro / ru) that are roughly half-way in between L and R in terms of sound. The tongue further back in the mouth (like the R and unlike the L sound), but the tongue also touches the roof of the mouth (which is just the opposite of before; being like the L sound and unlike the R sound). So you can think of it as half-and-half because it has one trait from both the R sound and the L sound.

But you're right that both those names sound like they contain the "warui" (bad) when pronounced the Japanese way.

Re:The L & R thing is complex... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32000696)

utterly offtopic -

Metal Gear Solid 2 - Lalelulilo - Japanese pronunciation? Ra-ray-roo-ree-row

I'll be here all week

Re:How Wario got *his* name (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986524)

The game designers had a few beers, then turned the M upside down.

Disclaimer: I don't know Japanese, so this is second-hand.

From what I've heard, Wa in Japanese means opposite. W is also conveniently M upside-down (hence why it's Wario and not Wamario).

However, you'll notice that Luigi's counterpart is Waluigi.

"Wa" doesn't mean that. (1)

Xenographic (557057) | more than 3 years ago | (#31997894)

> From what I've heard, Wa in Japanese means opposite.

I think you've been misinformed. Depending on the exact form used, wa means "harmony", "sum", "total", can be combined with other words to indicate things of Japanese origin, is the reading of the "ha" hiragana when it's used as the subject particle, can be added to the end of a sentence to make the speaker sound more feminine and for emphasis, used to draw contrast or compare things, can indicate a limit, and can even be used as a counter for birds and rabbits, but I don't believe it means "opposite" (or if it does, it's not in any of my dictionaries).

The words I can find for "opposite" are "hantai no" (as in "go in the opposite direction"), "hantaigawa no" (as in "the other side" of something), "gyaku no koto" (as in "I thought the opposite thing"), and "no mukaigawa ni" (as in "the house opposite mine"), none of which really work in a context like this. If they went that route, they'd be more likely to use the word "ura" (which has meanings like "reverse", "back/rear", "wrong side" and "shady side").

Instead, of course, they used a pun on the word "warui" (bad), as a poster above explained.

Re:"Wa" doesn't mean that. (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 3 years ago | (#31998522)

Yeah, the guy above me posted the correct meaning. However, since Slashdot doesn't let you delete posts once you've made them, and I was typing this comment at the time he posted his comment...

Mario (5, Funny)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986138)

Speaking as an American of Italian heritage who also used to be a plumber, not only am I not offended by Mario, I hold him up as a role model. I mean, I lost count of the number of times I had to chase some damned monkey through the pipes. Happened all the time.

Re:Mario (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31986588)

Actually, in the original Donkey Kong, Mario was a carpenter. It wasn't until it got popular and they made Mario Bros. that he was changed to a plumber.

Re:Mario (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986774)

Speaking as an American of Italian heritage who also used to be a plumber, not only am I not offended by Mario, I hold him up as a role model. I mean, I lost count of the number of times I had to chase some damned monkey through the pipes. Happened all the time.

He's an ape! Show some fucking respect!

Mario made an appearance in a movie, The Ringer. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31989220)

He lost his fingers...he has 5 children to feed, his wife "Incess Bitch" died, and has no health insurance. Would you sell *shrooms to help save his fingers by raising enough money to pay for the surgery?

What about the unsung hero? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31986186)

What about the backstory behind the real unsung hero [comicvine.com] of the series: Weegee?

and if I develop a game... (1)

dspkable (773450) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986206)

So if I develop a video game, you can be sure the protagonist will be named:"that B@#ch in apartment 1-A"

Re:and if I develop a game... (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986312)

"that bitch financee who dumped me for a sailor, and then didn't marry him anyway but instead married some other dude"

Nah. Too long.

Re:and if I develop a game... (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986982)

"that bitch financee who dumped me for a sailor, and then didn't marry him anyway but instead married some other dude"

Nah. Too long.

FWIW: It seems to me if she was really that flaky, she did you a favor...

Article summary (3, Informative)

lyinhart (1352173) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986260)

For those who don't want to the read full article, here's the summary: "Mario is named after Nintendo of America's former warehouse landlord Mario Segale." It's curious how the article spans three pages, seems to be well researched yet has no new information.

Re:Article summary (5, Insightful)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986538)

It looks like the author was basically trying to confirm a story that was already reasonably well-known. The end result is that he came back with nothing new because nobody at Nintendo either knew about or was willing to acknowledge the connection to this real estate developer. The man in question, the actual Mario, is claimed to be reclusive. I suspect he's reclusive because he's trying to avoid being pestered by gamers and those in the gaming press.

Re:Article summary (1)

LordVader717 (888547) | more than 3 years ago | (#31993064)

Well, that's how most reporting and historical documentation works. Nothing new.
However, up until now all we had was one unsourced reference in a book which was copied many many times. We didn't even know how credible the claim was, especially considering that senior developer Eiji Aonuma thought [gamespy.com] differently. Now the author has proven that a guy called Mario Segale was a landlord for Nintendo and Miyamoto has acknowledged someone at NOA coming up with the name. That's definately worth something.

Re:Article summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31986818)

There is new information. The author published a photograph of Mario Segale for the first time, which is actually a very big deal. People have been wondering what Segale looks like for years. The author also uncovered concrete information on why Segale doesn't talk to the press, which no one had before.

Re:Article summary (1)

jluzwick (1465485) | more than 3 years ago | (#31987108)

Interestingly enough, Miyamoto wanted to name Mario, "Mr. Video". He said in this recent interview, http://us.wii.com/iwata_asks/nsmb/vol1_page2.jsp [wii.com], that he was glad he didn't as Mario turned out to definitely be a money-making name.

Excerpt from the Article:
Miyamoto: Well, I called him "Mr. Video". My plan was to use the same character in every video game I made.
Iwata: So you had that plan right from the start? Why did you intend to use him in every video game you made?
Miyamoto: Well, I thought the way Hitchcock cropped up in all the films he directed was really cool! (laughs)
Iwata: (laughs)
Miyamoto: Or take manga artists like Osamu Tezuka and Fujio Akatsuka who have the same character popping up in a variety of different works. I think I was probably influenced by that at the time.
Iwata: If you were considering using the character in a number of titles, you must have been satisfied with the way Mario had turned out.
Miyamoto: I felt that I had come up with a pretty solid character, which is why I thought: "Right, I'll keep using him from now on!" That's why I decided a solid, imposing name like "Mr. Video" would work best. But thinking back, I don't think I should have gone with that name. Someone at Nintendo of America actually came up with the name Mario. If he had been called "Mr. Video," he might have disappeared off the face of the earth. (laughs)

Re:Article summary (1)

PRMan (959735) | more than 3 years ago | (#31987458)

Except that it's wrong.

Notice all the factual errors in all the accounts.

In the book, How to Win at Video Games [amazon.com], the author says something to the effect of

He's called "the Jumpman" but my friends and I think he looks Italian, so we call him Mario.

Imagine my shock when he was named "Mario" in Donkey Kong Jr. and even more surprise when they trademarked the name for Mario Bros.

Re:Article summary (1)

LihTox (754597) | more than 3 years ago | (#31992304)

This reminds me of Bob Newhart's sketch "Rocket Scientist", which came out in 1960:

Werner von Werner: That's a rocket. It's named after my landlord, Irving Rocket. I was about three months behind on my rent, you know, and he comes knocking on my door, and he says, "Look Werner, you know, you gotta knock it off with the firecrackers in the middle of the night, y'know, cause the neighbors are complaining. And don't hand me the Marie Curie bit, you know what I mean? What her landlord wanted to do with her rent, that's his business, but I want my rent, see? " I said, "Look, I'm working on an invention. If it works out, I'll name it after you." He said, "You're going to call it an Irving?"

I wonder if it is a common to name inventions after landlords in lieu of rent?

Really? (5, Funny)

ProdigyPuNk (614140) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986280)

This guy did research for YEARS to publish this article ? I like Nintendo/Mario as much as the next person, but somewhere between year 1 and 2 you think he would have thought "Damn, maybe this isn't really all that important..."

Most Racist Video Game Character Ever (1, Interesting)

geoffrobinson (109879) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986282)

At least that I know of.

But it's ok. At least he's not in the Mafia.

Re:Most Racist Video Game Character Ever (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986398)

You must not play a lot of video games. In fact, I think I'd say Bowser is more racist than mario, what have you been smoking?

Re:Most Racist Video Game Character Ever (2, Informative)

LogopolisMike (1513623) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986678)

Really? Seriously, I'm not much of a gamer and I can think of about 15 far more racist characters of the top of my head. Maybe if you're talking n some sort exposure/racism (offensiveness per capita?) you might have an argument that he breaks the top 10. Maybe.

Re:Most Racist Video Game Character Ever (1)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986686)

You mean stereotype. I dare say Princess Peach wasn't Italian with her Anglo looks...

Re:Most Racist Video Game Character Ever (2, Insightful)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 3 years ago | (#31987006)

I'd think for the racism label to attach, one would need to demonstrate some negativity. Otherwise it is just stereotyping, which while based on race, may or may not reach the stigma necessary to earn the title 'racist'.

Re:Most Racist Video Game Character Ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31988456)

I'd think for the racism label to attach, one would need to demonstrate some negativity.

Racism can be in the form of the affirmative. I.e. proclaiming that your race is genetically superior is racism. It's an affirmative statement, but confers negativity in its implications.

Re:Most Racist Video Game Character Ever (2, Funny)

Homr Zodyssey (905161) | more than 3 years ago | (#31987428)

At least he's not in the Mafia.

Maybe not the character. But the article is about the man who inspired it. He's a real estate developer who has a tight-knit family circle and avoids media exposure. My first thought was, "Sounds like mafia." Then again, in the origin story, he came in demanding his overdue rent but then left without breaking any kneecaps.

Re:Most Racist Video Game Character Ever (1)

fishexe (168879) | more than 3 years ago | (#32010154)

My first thought was, "Sounds like mafia." Then again, in the origin story, he came in demanding his overdue rent but then left without breaking any kneecaps.

That's what they always do. You leave, then have your enforcer show up to do the actual knee-capping.

Re:Most Racist Video Game Character Ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31995874)

"Racist"? Mario's white. It's an ethnic stereotype if anything.

You know it's called Mario Brothers.... (1)

irreverant (1544263) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986366)

what about Luigi?!

Re:You know it's called Mario Brothers.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31986644)

Because, when they made Mario Brothers, they wanted to have a 2nd player be able to play cooperatively with the first player (unlike Donkey Kong). Since they already had "Mario" for the main character, they had to come up with another (obviously) Italian name for the 2nd player (his brother). Luigi was what they came up with -- sounds Italian to me!!

Re:You know it's called Mario Brothers.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31987156)

No, it's called "Donkey Kong." There was no Luigi.

Re:You know it's called Mario Brothers.... (1)

Jbob06 (1799118) | more than 3 years ago | (#32005182)

I would imagine it was just the first obvious Italian name that came to Shigeru Miyamoto's head when he thought that there needed to be another character. Origin stories are often much less interesting than you wish they were.

Okay so what's with Mario being a plumber? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31986424)

I've heard of many landlords doing their own plumbing/repairs for their tenants instead of hiring somebody (usually residential). It's just so funny that Mario actually was a landlord. I wonder if he fixed Nintendo's pipes or if Nintendo just pulled that whole idea out of their a**. Either way, it's always fascinating to hear about the origins of such classic/iconic/well-known things.

Okay, okay, stop me if you've heard this... (2, Funny)

Chysn (898420) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986610)

J.D. Salinger, Thomas Pynchon, and Mario Segale were hanging out together at a bar. Salinger says, "I'm sick and tired of these ambitious news people harassing me because I wrote a book." Pynchon replies, "Tell me about it, I just want to be left alone." Segale nods, downs his limoncello in one gulp, and says, "Mama mia! Vito, break-a these-a-guys' thumbs!"

Re:Okay, okay, stop me if you've heard this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32007782)

That's.... that's seriously the dumbest joke I've ever heard. I... I think I need to take a break from the internet for a while.

Not Japanese? (1)

dohzer (867770) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986734)

I always thought it was just some Japanese Nintendo worker's idea of a typical Caucasian name.

Nowadays (1)

zebslash (1107957) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986806)

Nowadays, such practical joke would lead to cease and desist letters, followed by a lawsuit for $4,000,000,000 of compensation, damages and libel, and finally royalties for licensing the use of his first name in videogames, tv, cinema, songs, or any other media.

Monkey Kong (4, Insightful)

ZHaDoom (65485) | more than 3 years ago | (#31986852)

It doesn't explain how Donkey Kong wasn't named Monkey Kong.

Re:Monkey Kong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31987020)

You didn't honestly think the bombing of Pearl Harbor was the Japanese' only mistake now, did you?

Re:Monkey Kong (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 3 years ago | (#31987028)

I read somewhere that 'Donkey' was a poorly translated 'Stubborn'.

Re:Monkey Kong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31987512)

Actual, it was a mistaken believe that "donkey" meant "stupid" in English. Thus, "Donkey Kong" was suppose to mean "stupid ape."

Re:Monkey Kong (1)

calibre-not-output (1736770) | more than 3 years ago | (#31987654)

According to unreliable sources that I can't quote, it was due to a typo. Beats me what keyboard layout they were using.

Re:Monkey Kong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31989374)

"According to unreliable sources that I can't quote"

Your brain?

Mario (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31987064)

A:Conhece o Mário?
B:Que Mário?
A:Aquele que te comeu atrás do armário!

Re:Mario (2, Funny)

calibre-not-output (1736770) | more than 3 years ago | (#31987680)

For the non-Portuguese speaking people, this is an old joke in Brazil:

-Do you know Mario?
-What Mario?
-The one who fucked you behind the closet.

It rimes in Portuguese. =/

Re:Mario (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31988690)

It also does in Spanish

Mario el que te la puso en el armario

Re:Mario (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31989146)

Does rhyming make something funny in your culture? I totally don't get the joke.

Re:Mario (0)

snowgirl (978879) | more than 3 years ago | (#31990028)

Does rhyming make something funny in your culture? I totally don't get the joke.

Guess what?
CHICKEN'S BUTT!!!

Yeah, it happens in our culture, too.

Re:Mario (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31999816)

But that's not funny either (except maybe to a 5 year old).

Re:Mario (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31990308)

You have a dickfor on your shirt.

Re:Mario (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31995644)

what's a dickfor?

Doubt it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31987692)

Seeing how when "Donkey Kong" first came out, the character was called "Jumpman" and not Mario (and by the way was a carpenter, not a plumber), I doubt it had anything to do with their landlord when they were readying it for release.

Game Over (1)

BigSes (1623417) | more than 3 years ago | (#31988638)

A nice segment of the book Game Over: Press Start To Continue by David Sheff covered this story about the naming of Mario, as well as the naming of Donkey Kong. It's actually quite a good read for anyone into gaming from around 1975-1990. I've read it twice so far myself.
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