Although we all know him as Mario, the heroic fantasy-like plumber, he wasn't always like that. When Nintendo was just starting with his idea, all they had in mind was a Japanese term called, "Ossan" which just means, middle-aged man. After a while the idea grew even bigger. He was instead named "Mr. Video" and he was supposed to appear in almost every Nintendo game, one way or another. (Explaining why he is in so much NES Games) This idea was later dropped. Later, Shigeru Miyamoto, at the time creating the game Donkey Kong, thought "If there was a barrel rolling at you, what would you do?" After that his main ability then turned to jumping and his name was now, "Jumpman." Later they changed his name again to Mario when they were making the arcade game Mario Bros. His name was based off of Mario Segale, whom Nintendo rented a warehouse from when they started making video games. It introduced his brother Luigi, who was named after a pizzeria nearby Nintendo of America called, "Mario & Luigi's."
Mario is available from the start of Challenge Mode. He is the main character, a Team Captain. He has all-around stats, and excels at batting and running. His stats are:
- Batting: 7/10
- Pitching: 6/10
- Fielding: 6/10
- Running: 7/10
Arcade History 1981-1983EditMario first started out in the arcade game Donkey Kong in 1981, along with Donkey Kong himself, who was the villain. The original DK is now the old Kong named Cranky Kong, who is DK's grandfather. The object of the the game was to jump over the barrels Donkey Kong threw at you, while climbing up to the top of the construction site to save Pauline, who in this game, resembles Peach. Once you get to the top DK takes her back and climbs up farther, taking you to the next level. There are 4 levels, 25m, 50m, 75m, and 100m. (There are 3 in the NES Version) After all 4 levels DK falls to his doom and the two are reunited. Then the game starts from the beginning, but with faster and harder to beat obstacles. After his defeat of the giant ape, Mario imprisoned him in a cage and took him far away. This leads into the game Donkey Kong Jr., where Mario does his first, and only time as the bad guy. In this game you play as Donkey Kong Junior who is trying to rescue his father from Mario. Junior travels all the way across the Jungle to the city to rescue him. After he does, Mario and DK fall from the platform they were on and DK Jr. jumps up and catches his dad, leaving Mario to hit the hard ground. They then run off-screen and Mario gives chase, only to end up getting kicked away by Donkey Kong. He then gave up with the Kongs, and Stanley the Bug Man was the one to stop DK in Donkey Kong 3. Mario then moved to Brooklyn, New York and became a plumber. One day him and his brother Luigi were assigned to clean out the sewers as they were invaded with monsters, such as Shellcreepers and Sidesteppers. The monsters would come out of the pipe at random, when one of the bros. would run up under the platform, then jump up and hit it, knocking them over. After that one would have to run and kick it off the stage, effectively getting rid of them. If they aren't kicked they flip themselves over and run even faster. If you can't eliminate them by the time they get to the pipes at the bottom the crawl through and come out the ones at the top again. There is also a bonus stage where the bros. work together to collect the coins. After this Mario then left the arcade for the Main Series and went on to the NES.
NES and SNES History 1985-1991EditMario after his previous job now lives instead in the fictional land called the Mushroom Kingdom, and now does his work saving Princess Peach from the evil Bowser, King of the Koopas! In his official debut for the NES, called Super Mario Bros. he must save the Princess from the evil Koopa Troop. The game is played by sending Mario from the left of the level, all the way to the right, where you jump on the flagpole and enter the castle to finish the level. To get through the level you must jump on the enemies like Goombas and Koopas and collect power-ups like the Mushroom or Fire Flower. There are 6 different types of terrain Mario travels across. There is the average Aboveground, the dark Underground, the Heights, where there is little ground and lots of jumps, Underwater, where you swim to the goal, Bonus Areas, where you travel across the clouds collecting coins, and Bowser's Castles, where there are pits of lava and flying fireballs. There is a Castle at the end of all 8 worlds. At the end of each Castle Mario battles Bowser, to find that only a Toad is captured, and that he must look elsewhere for the Princess, until he finally finds her at World 8-4. He can defeat Bowser two different ways. He can either:
- Use a Fire Flower and shoot fireballs at him. OR,
- He can grab the axe, breaking the bridge and making Bowser fall into the lava.