Level Up With These Facts About Nintendo

Nintendo is one of the oldest and most beloved companies in the entire world. They’ve managed to appeal to multiple generations and are constantly reinventing themselves. Nintendo also brought the world one of the most iconic video game characters of all time: Mario. Whether you grew up playing video games or watching your kids be glued to the screen, you know who the plumber in the red overalls is.

Nintendo has a long and interesting journey before and after Mario though. Of course, we can’t forget Luigi, but what about the janitor who invented the Game Boy or the man who inspired Mario’s name? Read on to learn about the interesting facts and history behind the iconic video game company.

Mario Has Changed Careers Twice

Mario’s creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, used overalls to make the arms more visible in 8-bit and a hat so that Miyamoto didn’t have to design hair. Since he was originally designed to traverse a building site in Donkey Kong, Miyamoto decided Mario was a carpenter.

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Eventually, Nintendo accepted the fans (definitely more correct) interpretation of Mario and turned him into a plumber. Nintendo announced that Mario had retired and gave up plumbing so he could be more “sporty.”