I’m quite late in posting this considering the anniversary was on the 13th of September but here are 25 facts about Mario that I thought were worth sharing.
Fact no. 4 shows a very pragmatic approach to the way his look was developed:
The look of Mario is all about the graphical limitations of the hardware at the time. He has a hat, because realistic hair was difficult to portray, a moustache to accentuate his nose, and dungarees to make his arm movements more noticeable. In Super Mario Bros, he wears a brown shirt below his overalls – a look that was swiftly abandoned.
I never got very far in the first game. My wife on the other hand is pretty good at finding stars, flowers and the 1up mushrooms in all those bonus levels.
And finally to end off a funny video about italian plumbers protesting the negative stereotype perpetrated by Super Mario Bros.