When it comes to iconic gaming figures, is there any name that stands out more than Mario? Arguably the face of Nintendo, Mario has appeared in games across a variety of platforms in a variety of different forms. With all the different games, Nintendo has combined to sell over 210 different Mario titles. It is then perhaps not a shock that he continues to be one of the most talked about names in gaming, despite making his debut back in a 1981 Donkey Kong game!
Whether you love hanging out with friends playing Mario Party, or have fond memories of playing Mario 64 (or even earlier versions), there aren’t many gamers out there who haven’t had some interaction with the character. As a result, the character has also transcended into different mediums. On top of some really cool facts that you may not know about the series, there are some facts nestled in here about some of the Mario Bros. television shows and movies. Keep reading and you may even learn about Hornio, but something tells us Nintendo probably isn’t as big a fan of that character, though Ron Jeremy really is a talented actor! There is even a world record in here that you may be able to beat.
There is no doubt that the Mario franchise is not anywhere close to slowing down, but there is also no doubt that these are 10 really cool facts that you may not know about Mario!
10. The Voice Actor Had A Major Impact In The WWF
The Super Mario Brother Super Show was a TV series that came out in 1989 and ran for 65 episodes. The star of the animated show was Lou Albano, who voiced Mario. What you may not know, is that Lou was also a manager in the WWF and managed quite a few wrestling legends. His resume includes stints alongside Andre the Giant, The Iron Sheik, Hulk Hogan and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. Talk about a life that was filled with multiple talents. Given that Lou did not have a lot of acting experience outside of his time on TV with the WWF, it is amazing to think that he landed this role in the TV show. He must have done a damn fine Italian accent!
9. Great Giana Sisters Featured The First Level From Super Mario Brothers
They say imitation is the best type of flattery? The videogame The Great Giana Sisters may not have sold quite as well as Super Mario Brothers, but you can’t say they didn’t try! The game was released in 1987 and its first level featured an almost identical copy of the first level from Super Mario Brothers. Why? I don’t really know. When you consider your first level is the first chance to show the gamer your world, why would you use it to remind the gamer that they could be playing something better?
8. Someone Has Played Mario Kart For 35 Hours And 46 Minutes Straight
There really are world records out there that make you think you could go after them, if you had the right amount of Red Bull. For four friends, all they needed was each other and some determination. The teenagers claimed that, “It was about six months ago, just a boring summer day. [We] got a Guinness book of records out, started reading and before you know it here we are.” According to the official guidelines, only one person had to be playing at any one time and the team got a 10-minute break for every hour they played. Harry said they chose to all play at once. He even decided to save up his breaks and at one point after playing 15 hours straight, he took a well-deserved nap. As a result of setting the record, the team earned $500 for a local charity.
7. There Was Almost A Super Mario 64 2
When it comes to games that are revolutionary, Super Mario 64 is absolutely one of the best candidates out there. It is with sadness that you may read that there was a sequel planned to come out in 1999, but was it was unfortunately cancelled. The game was going to co-star Luigi and was to be developed for the N64 or the 64DD game system. I suppose there is a chance that the game would have been a disappointment and ruined the legacy of the first one, but I bet there’s an even higher chance that it would have been super awesome.
6. Nintendo Offered A Glove To Prevent Joystick Injuries
One of the things that you need to accept when you go into a game of Mario Party is that your wrist may be a little sore after, but that’s the risk that you take. Yet, Nintendo agreed to offer gloves after hearing complaints of “parents of children who had suffered cuts, punctures, blisters and friction burns on their hands because of the intense joystick movements some portions of the multiplayer N64 game require.”
While that sounds like something silly at first, you better believe those injuries make the person take a break from gaming and that’s just not cool. Ultimately “Nintendo agreed to provide four sets of sports gloves to each Mario Party owner who sends in a request.” There is no record of how many parents actually sent in a request.
5. Super Mario 64 Has Been Used For Science
Scientists in Berlin conducted a study using Super Mario 64 to investigate how video games can be beneficial for the brain. The study involved two groups of people. One group played the game for 30 minutes a day over the course of two months and the other group did not. The group that played the games showed an increase in the right hippocampus, right prefrontal cortex and the cerebellum. For those unaware, such as myself until I read the article, these areas are “involved in functions such as spatial navigation, memory formation, strategic planning and fine motor skills of the hands.” All of these are pretty great areas to improve!
4. There Is A Missing Super Mario Bros. 3 Level
If you first picked up Super Mario Bros 3 back in 1990, I imagine you could not contain your excitement as you studied the back of the box intensely before you finally got to sit down and play. I am sure there were many confused fans when one of the levels that is featured on the back of the box does not appear anywhere in the game. The level is only accessible if someone uses a Game Genie but that doesn’t mean that it didn’t confuse a lot of fans on their first play through or disappoint fans who did not own a Game Genie. This is a truly baffling mistake when you consider the sheer amount of levels and variety that the team at Nintendo could have picked from.
3. The Cast Of Super Mario Bros. Hated It
With the popularity of superhero movies, it is only natural for some fans to wonder if video games may be the next medium to translate to on-screen success. One of the things that does not help video games is the incredibly awful track record they have in theatres. One of the worst candidates is the awful Super Mario Bros. movie. The film came out in 1993 and revolves around another dimension where dinosaurs never went extinct… for some reason.
The two main actors, Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo stated that they often got drunk on set to help get through the experience. Hoskins would later go on to say that it was the worst thing that he has ever done.
2. Bowser’s Laugh Is Boo’s Laugh
When it comes to little Easter eggs, Nintendo has some great ones. One of the coolest that fans have come across is the fact that Boo’s laugh, which has taunted gamers for years, is the same laugh as Bowser’s, only sped up. While this is something that you probably wouldn’t have noticed before this, I guarantee that once you check it out you will never unhear it. Talk about taking two taunting things and hiding them in a unique way. It is things like this that help explain the incredible replay value of the entire Mario franchise.
1. There Is A Super Hornio Brothers Film
As you now know, there was a Super Mario Bros. film that came out in 1993 and was hated on by the cast. Something tells me the cast of Super Hornio Brothers and Super Hornio Brothers 2 probably had a much better time. The films came out in 1993 and starred adult film legend, Ron Jeremy. After Nintendo noticed the distribution, they bought the films. While The Cinema Snob ripped into the films for their inability to use the sound effects from the Super Mario games and the awful names (Hornio and Ornio), something tells me that probably wasn’t the main thought process of the cast.