September 13th marked the anniversary of Nintendo's classic, Super Mario Bros. Do you think you know all there is to know about your favorite plumber? Think again! Here are some of our favorite, lesser-known facts about Mario.
2. He Went Through Several Names Before Finally Being Called "Mario"
Most seasoned gamers know that in the original Donkey Kong, Mario's name was Jumpman. But before he was Jumpman, his name wasMr. Video.He also had an unofficial internal name that the folks at Nintendo called him during development: Ossan, which means "middle-aged guy" in Japanese.
Have you ever peaked at your opponents side of the screen and been accused of cheating? Just shove this section of the instruction manual in their face. Looking at each other's screens is actually encouraged!
Mario first encounters Chain Chomps in Super Mario Bros. 3. They're based on a real childhood experience that Shigeru Miyamoto had when a large dog tried to chase him down until he got yanked by his chain.
Back during the NES days, Nintendo almost released an add-on that taught players how to knit. They also released a Japan-only sewing simulator called I Am a Teacher: Super Mario Sweater that was only available on the Famicom Disk System.
The Mario we know and love today wears blue overalls over a red shirt. But here he is in box art for Super Mario Bros. 2, wearing red overalls over a blue shirt. What can we say, I love a man who knows what colors work for him.
On the left is a screenshot from Super Mario Bros. 2, and on the right is a screenshot from Yume KÅjÅ: Doki Doki Panic, the exact same game, but with different main characters. The "real" Super Mario Bros. 2 (which we know now as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels) was deemed too hard to play, so Doki Doki Panic was rebranded as a Mario game.