National Mario Day Facts

National Mario Day Facts
National Mario Day, meant to celebrate and honor the Mario character owned by Nintendo, is celebrated on March 10th. The date was chosen because it looks like Mario's name - MAR 10. Mario is the character in the best-selling video game franchise in history - Mario, created by game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Since first appearing in Donkey Kong in 1981, Mario has appeared in more than 200 video games. Mario is a character that resembles a chubby Italian plumber, sporting a mustache and wearing a red and blue uniform and red hat. His sidekick is Luigi, his younger brother. Mario was given his own game in 1983.
Interesting National Mario Day Facts:
Mario was not originally known as Mario - he was known as Mr. Jumpman and was a carpenter.
Mr, Jumpman later became Mario of Super Mario Bros.
Mario lives in Mushroom Kingdom, and most of his adventures in his games revolve around him trying to rescue Princess Peach from the villain Bowser.
Mario games have sold more than 262 million copies around the world. Mario is the world's most successful video game series in history.
When Mario first appeared as Jumpman in Donkey Kong, the game was the first of its kind to have a backstory and playable character.
Nintendo had been struggling to enter the arcade game market and its president Hiroshi Yamauchi hired game designer Shigeru Miyamoto to design a game - which went on to become Donkey Kong.
Mario became such a hit with video gamers that it went on to become a major success for Nintendo, making National Mario Day a day of celebration for the company as well.
People celebrate National Mario Day in a variety of ways. Some play Nintendo, watch gangster movies or movies featuring people named Mario, and some incorporate mushrooms into their meal (because Mario lives in Mushroom Kingdom).
When Mario was first created as Mr. Jumpman in Donkey Kong, he was a carpenter with his pet - Donkey Kong - an ape.
Mario played the antagonist in only one game - Donkey Kong Junior.
Mario's first game as Mario was Mario Bros. - an arcade game. Later games included Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Land, Super Mario World, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, and many more.
Mario became a 3D character in Super Mario 64.
Other Mario video game series include Mario Kart, Mario Tennis, and Mario Golf.
Mario has appeared in a number of other media forms including making cameo appearances in other video games (such as a referee in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out), Saturday Supercade (animated TV series), Super Mario Bros. (feature film) with Bob Hoskins starring as Mario, licensed merchandise, and Nintendo Adventure Books series.
Although people agree that the date March 10th was chosen for National Mario Day due to its appearance when written as MAR10, the origins of National Mario Day are not certain. It appears to have just caught on and gathered a following until it became a recognized day of celebration.

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