It takes only one act to immortalize a man. Mario Segale, the real Super Mario Knew.
Unfortunately, he won’t be available to share that insight as he has died at age 84.
Mr. Segale was a successful Italian-American property developer from the US state of Washington.
In the 1980s, he leased a warehouse to Nintendo of America who decided to name the star of their new video game after him.
The Iconic game character was initially called Jumpman until Nintendo decided it wanted the character to have a proper name.
Minoru Arakawa, the man responsible for setting up Nintendo of America was the bearer of the news that the video game now carried Mr., Segales name.
Mr. Segale joked to the Seattle Times in 1993 that he was ‘still waiting for my royalty cheques.’
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According to his obituary, Mr. Segale ‘always ducked the notoriety and wanted to be known instead for what he accomplished in his life.’
He is survived by his wife Donna, four children and nine grandchildren.
The Mario series is often cited as the most successful video games franchise of all time.
The plumber’s latest adventure, Super Mario Odyssey, is currently the best-selling game on the new Nintendo Switch console and has sold more than 12 million copies.