How Mario Got His Mustache and His Name


(gaming music) – [Narrator] Crawling
through underground pipes. Racing to catch a mushroom. And saving Princess Peach. All things you did in
the Mushroom Kingdom. You might think you know
everything about your favorite high-pitched, turtle-
squashing, Italian plumber but, you have no idea. (gaming music) Let’s start from the
beginning, the very beginning. Guess when Nintendo was founded. In the 19th century, 1889 to be exact. They started out as
playing cards manufacturer and, as years passed, expanded
their lines of products. Going from toys to instant
rice and even taxi services. Fast forward to the 1970s, the company is in dire financial straights and is looking to reinvent itself. With the
golden age of video games in full swing, Nintendo saw an
opportunity to join the fray. So, they entrusted a young
artist to lead their initiative. A man that would ultimately
change video games forever. This is Shigeru Miyamoto,
the world famous creator of the world famous character – [Shigeru] Mario. – [Narrator] And this is
how Mario got his look. (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] But that was
quite a challenge in 8-bit. (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] And one thing let to another. (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] Now our
character needed, well, a name. (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] That video
game was Donkey Kong. (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] And that silly
hero had a signature move. (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] Mr. Video become Jumpman, a carpenter climbing ladders
on a construction site. But, he needed a more relatable name. (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] To a warehouse
in Seattle to be precise. And what happened there? (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] That
landlord was Mario Segale, and he looked like this, with a mustache. (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] Wait, so that
guy inspired Mario’s name? (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] So, we had a funny idea: We wanted to look for Mario Segale. That elusive landlord,
turns out he still lives in the Seattle area, and
he’s still in real estate. In fact, he’s quite a mogul. His name is even on a street sign. We tried to call him to ask about Mario, but he didn’t want to
comment on the matter. What happened in that warehouse
stays in that warehouse. (Mario sound effects) – After Donkey Kong, our
hero was ready to be a star on his own, so Miyomoto set out
to design him his own world. (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] Mario was jumping over pipes. So naturally, he became a plumber. (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] Instead,
Mario was kind of a chubby, blue collar hero. (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] And players
got to enjoy even more of Mario with his doppelgänger. (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] Like Mario,
his name has quite a story. (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] And it was meant to be. (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] Although the
Mario brothers have a lot in common, Mario, he
remained the true star. And ultimately, he’s more
than a video game character. (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) – [Narrator] We see him
pretty much everywhere. But, we’ll never look at the
Nintendo mascot the same way. Mario is a legend, and so is his creator. (Shigeru speaks in foreign language) (gaming music) – [Mario] Yi-hoo-hoo. (chime)

100 thoughts on “How Mario Got His Mustache and His Name

  1. Mario was the first ever video game star I have ever seen, It all started for me in 2011

  2. I have a Italian great great great great grandpa there names are Luigi and Mario 😉

  3. hes from Italy and likes spaghetti. That's all we have to know to figure out.

  4. Sadly, Mario Segale has passed away at the age of 84. He was surrounded by his family in Tukwila, Washington.

  5. Imagine that Shigeru Miyamoto watched this and it said He didn't know everything about Mario

  6. um in SUPER MARIO princes peach want there she was named princes toadstool

  7. even im a fan of mario games,i always stick to 8 and 16 bit version of the game

  8. "you think you know everything about your favorite high pitched italian plumber, but you have no idea"

    except that i did. DidYouKnowGaming covered everything here in this video as a 45 second piece of a larger video.

  9. Mario Segale died on October 27, 2018. The 1 year anniversary of Mario odyssey.

  10. The inspiration for Mario's last name had SEGA at the beginning.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHAAHAHAHAHA! LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL! HAHA HAHA HAHA HAHA HAHA!
    (20 minutes later)
    HAHAHAHAHA! Sega… IN THE INSPIRATION FOR NINTENDO'S STAR CHARACTER'S LAST NAME! HAHAHAHAHA! IT'S TOO FUNNY! I CAN'T GET OVER THAT! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Seriously, when I found that out, I laughed really, really hard.

    December 31, 2018 3:44 am

  11. Wasnt there a game and watch game before super mario that had you work in a warehouse as a guy named mario.

  12. People when they play my MARIO 64 game : where are the chug jugs?

    Me : get out of my house.

  13. “You have no idea” Me-‘ ahhhhh what excuse me I am a Mario except I know basically every thing to do with that fat,Italian,plumber’

  14. April 7, 2019– WOW! that was a bit a history… Cool history… I never knew Mario was named after Mario Seagale and they named his street Seagale… When I was a kid I have always loved playing Mario and Super Mario Brothers both Nintendo and Super Nintendo and not only that I also watched Mario Brothers and Luigi t.v. show live and cartoon back in the 1980's…

    I, Adam St. Martin I am 34 years old… What I am about to tell you

    Mario Brothers with Luigi are a legendary and mainly towards the name Mario… Couple years ago When I am out clubbing on every October 31 Halloween night I have seen Mario and Luigi costume. Both of them would dancing having fun.. I thought it was soo cool to see these costumes…

    different story.. I have always loved the country of Italy.. Mario and Luigi are based an Italian character…. Yes I loved Italian dishes.. Most Italian people I have met are very nice to me and polite… they always seemed to be on my side when I am lonely lone..

    LOVE ITALIANS Italy…..respect from Muslim/Islam country

    okay back to the story of Mario… To: Shigeru Miyamoto…You have always been inspire to a video gamer and creating character… God bless you and God bless your heart…

    R.I.P. Mario Seagale… the TRUTH Mario…

  15. If you wanna know the song this the beginning, it's Dr. PH!L Chipped Off The Block Glitch Hop Remix

  16. Knew this. Also, MegaMan is blue because of NES limitations of the time as well. 8bit consoles had a limited color pallette, the guys at CAPCOM noticed that there were more tones of blue than of other colors in the console's color library, so they decided to use blue for the character.

  17. yes sure i love you daddy miyamoto for making mario but
    looks at Sega
    guys, why.

  18. Then a man named Masahiro Sakurai asked Miyamoto if he can use Mario in a game called Super Smash Bros.

  19. the first time you showed him the mario plush that he had it looked Just like mine

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