Mario is one of the most recognizable figures in video game history. I mean, the mustachioed plumber is right up there with Donkey Kong and Pac-Man.

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But did you ever wonder where Mario got his iconic name and look? Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who created the legendary character, recently explained the origin of the turtle-squashing plumber we’ve controlled in arcades, on televisions, and on handheld devices for almost 40 years.

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When Miyamoto was designing the character, he wanted to distinguish Mario’s nose (tough with so few pixels), so he gave him a big mustache. And Miyamoto gave him a hat because hair was difficult to draw. The character was originally called “Mr. Video” – then, because of his jumping skills in Donkey Kong, Mr. Video became “Jumpman.”

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When Nintendo released Donkey Kong in the US in the early 1980s, the company rented a warehouse in Seattle from a man named Mario Segale. Miyamoto thought Segale bore a striking resemblance to the Jumpman character he had created and that Mario had a nice ring to it. “I thought it was a nice name, and it might work,” Myamoto said.

After Donkey Kong, Mario embarked out on his own in the video game world and has since become an icon.

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All because of a guy with a mustache and a cool name in Seattle!

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Watch the video below to see the interview with Miyamoto and get more info on Mario’s history:

h/t: Laughing Squid, High Snobiety