The real-life Mario that inspired Nintendo's Super Mario dies aged 84
Rather than a plumber, Mario Arnold Segale was a property developer from Tukwila, Washington
Submitted by Alex on the 5th November 2018 at 11:23:am
According to Segale's obituary, it was in the 1970s that a little games company called Nintendo were looking to lease a building in which to develop a new game, initially entitled "Jumpman", but thanks to the kind lease from Mario Arnold Segale, the titular character received a new name - Mario.
It would appear that Mario Segale never intended to be famous, and avoided the notoriety of being the real-life Super Mario as he instead "wanted to be known instead for what he accomplished in his life". And in all fairness, I would rather be remembered as a millionaire property developer as a opposed to plumber that jumps down chimneys.
A sad day for sure, as Mario leaves behind his wife of 62 years and four children, but a happy one too, as although he didn't want the notoriety related to being the real-life Mario, people will now know him for his life-achievements as well as his generosity to one of the largest games companies in the world.
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