Mario Segale Inspiration for Nintendos Super Mario Dies at 84

first_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG Seattle real estate developer Mario Segale, who was the inspiration for the world’s most famous video game character — Nintendo’s Mario  – died on October 27 at a local hospital. He was 84.Segale had already built a successful construction and real estate busines in Tukwila, a suburb of Seattle, when he rented a warehouse to Nintendo, a Japanese video-game company, around 1980, the New York Times reported.Mario Segale, the namesake of Nintendo’s Mario character, dies at age 85 is the first labeled photo of him as an adult on the Internet— Benj Edwards (@benjedwards) November 1, 2018In his book Game Over: How Nintendo Conquered the World, David Sheff wrote that Segale made an impression on his tenants when he allegedly stormed into Nintendo’s offices during a meeting held to come up with a name for the “Jumpman” character in Donkey Kong.The no-nonsense landlord, who had often worn suspenders, had come to scold Minoru Arakawa, then the president of Nintendo of America, for being past due on the rent. According to Sheff, as soon as Segale left, the team knew what to call the character: “Super Mario!”In a video about “Mario Myths” posted by Nintendo in 2015, the game designer Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed with a nod of his head that Segale had inspired Mario’s name.“Although he took little time away from work, Segale loved hunting, fishing, his airplane, a good joke, the color red, great Italian food (with no cheese!), an excellent cigar and his view of Puget Sound,” his obituary said. “He always ducked the notoriety and wanted to be known instead for what he accomplished in his life. Indeed, for generations of his family to come, and for the people who had a chance to know him well, his impact will remain ever present.”Segale is survived by his wife of 62 years, Donna; his four children, and nine grandchildren.More on You Need to Know about the Nintendo SwitchHow ‘Super Smash Bros. 64’ Celebrates NintendoChildhood Memories of ‘Super Smash Bros. 64’ Stay on targetlast_img