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Spawn Wave made a video that he got sourced from Nintendo Life about this question... Source Is the Delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad, actually from Miyamoto? I won't spoil whoever knows the origins of this quote or not but it's an interest story to say the least.
(If you can make a banner, please let me know! You will be credited.) Welcome to the revived and revamped Mario: The FAQ v5! This is place where we answer all your questions about Mario, the Marioverse and the Mushroom Kingdom. If you need codes or strategies on certain games, it's best to look elsewhere around the board or start a thread. This thread addresses questions on the Mario series as a whole. If you have any comments or suggestions you'd like to share, please PM me! This thread is always being updated, so keep checking back for more info and upcoming game release dates! (Credit goes to MARIO from old Nsider, who started the original FAQ. Pinned here for preservation purposes.) TABLE OF CONTENTS * Mario * Friends * Foes * Other Things MARIO Q: How did Mario get his name? A: The story goes that Nintendo of America had a conference and one of the matters of business was to decide what Mario's localized name would be. During the meeting Nintendo's landlord at the time, Mario Segale, burst in and demanded his rent. They noticed his aesthetic similarity to the Mario character and decided to name Mario after him. Q: What's with Mario's look? A: Believe it or not, Mario looks the way he does due to hardware limitations. He got his hat because they didn't have the pixels required for hair animation, his mustache in order to make his facial features stand out (namely his nose), and overalls so you could better see the movement of his arms. Q: Why is Mario's mustache black while his hair is brown? While it may seem odd at first, head hair and facial hair are separate genetic traits and can result in different colors. So Mario's black 'stache is a result of his genes. Q: Does Mario have a full name? A: Not exactly. According to the Super Mario Bros. feature film, Mario's name is "Mario Mario" and Luigi's is "Luigi Mario," hence the "Mario Bros." However, Nintendo currently states Mario and Luigi do not have any known last names, and are called the "Mario Bros." simply because Mario is the headliner of the pair. Your guess is as good as mine! Q: And has his name been Mario all along? A: When Mario debuted in his first game, he was actually known as "Jumpman." The first appearance of the name "Mario" was in Donkey Kong Jr. Q: What was Mario's first game? A: It was none other than Donkey Kong, a highly successful arcade game released in 1981. Interestingly enough, it was originally planned to be a "Popeye" game but Nintendo couldn't secure the rights so they created the characters we now know as Mario, Donkey Kong, and Pauline instead (based on Popeye, Brutus, and Olive Oyl, respectively). Q: Has he always been a plumber? A: In Mario's first game he was actually a carpenter, most likely to fit in with the construction and hammer themes of Donkey Kong. When Mario Bros. was released his profession was changed to plumber, most likely to tie in with the pipe theme. The developers have stated their reasons for this was because they wanted Mario to appear "hard-working." The Official 1993 Nintendo Character Guide even describes Mario as being destined to become a plumber after fixing his friend's broken squirt gun. Q: Are those his only jobs? A: Mario has held all sorts of other positions, a jack-of-all-trades if you will. They include sportsman, kart racer, doctor, partygoer, construction worker, factory operator, chef, cyclist, archeologist, artist, dancer, teacher, and referee. Q: How many games has Mario made appearances in? A: To date, Mario has been in over 200 games. His games have sold over 500 million units, far more than any other video game franchise out there. That's more than your average plumber! Q: Who does the voice for Mario? A: Charles Martinet portrays Mario's voice, as well as other notable characters. They include: Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Toadsworth, Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi. The first game Martinet began voicing for was Mario's Game Gallery on PC, but the game that introduced his voice to the world was Super Mario 64. Q: Does Mario have his own website? A: Mario has had numerous websites over the years for his games, but far and few regarding the conjoint series as a whole. Nintendo of Europe opened its own website many years ago to commemorate the Mario series known as the Mario Megasite, but it has since been taken down. Currently, Nintendo of America has opened an official portal for Mario that can be found here. Of course, like anything on the Internet, this may be subject to change. FRIENDS Q: I've always wondered, is it Princess Peach or Princess Toadstool? In Japan, she has always been known as "Peach." When Super Mario Bros. was brought to America, the localization team renamed her "Toadstool," most likely to tie in with the mushroom theme present in the game. It wasn't until a Super Scope Super Nintendo game called Yoshi's Safari that her name would be referred to as "Peach." Now her full name is "Princess Peach Toadstool," royal ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom. Q: Has Peach's voice actress changed over the years? A: Yes. Starting in Super Mario 64 and a few games after, Leslie Swan provided the voice for Peach. After that, Peach's voice has been provided by Asako Kozuki, Jen Taylor, Nicole Mills, and Samantha Kelly, respectively. Sam Kelly is currently voicing Peach. Q: Are Mario and Peach romantically involved? A: It has been hinted that Mario and Peach's relationship runs deeper than your average friends. After all, Peach often gives Mario a kiss, bakes cakes for him, cheers him on, and pairs up with him. Mario also never fails to run to her rescue when she is in danger. Their actual relationship is often implied in the games, however it has never been elaborated upon and hence remains a mystery. Though if the ending of Super Mario Odyssey is any indication, they won't be getting married any time soon. Q: Where did Princess Daisy come from? A: Daisy debuted in Super Mario Land on the Game Boy. She is the ruler of Sarasaland. Q: What about Luigi and Daisy's relationship? A: This has been hinted at very lightly to the point where there isn't much proof toward its existence. Luigi is often paired with Daisy and she has been shown to get along quite well with him but there is no answer yet as to whether or not their relationship is more than simply platonic. Q: Who is Pauline? A: Pauline comes from the original Donkey Kong arcade game, where she was originally referred to as simply "Lady." She was considered Mario's "girlfriend" at that time, and holds the distinction of being the first ever damsel in distress Mario saved. She recently took on a brand-new role in Super Mario Odyssey as mayor of New Donk City. Q: When did Baby Mario and Baby Luigi come into the picture? A: Their first appearance was in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Since then they have appeared in all sorts of games alongside their full-grown counterparts, creating a time paradox... Q: Wait a minute... What about Baby Peach, Baby Daisy, Baby Wario and Baby Donkey Kong? A: Hold your rocking horses, those babies came from many different games. Baby Peach first appeared in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Baby Daisy first appeared in Mario Kart Wii, and Baby Donkey Kong and Baby Wario first appeared in Yoshi's Island DS. Baby Donkey Kong is not to be confused with Donkey Kong Jr., who is an entirely separate character. Q: Okay, I have to get this out of the way... Is Birdo a guy or gal? A: The most accurate answer I can provide is that Birdo likes to be called a girl and is generally referred to as a girl. The cause of the gender confusion is due to the Super Mario Bros. 2 English manual, which states "Birdo is a guy who thinks he's a girl." In games following, Birdo went by "she" and acquired more girly attributes. However, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Birdo's trophy claims that Birdo is of "indeterminate gender" and only uses "it" to describe her. This was played up on even more in the Japanese-only Wii game Captain Rainbow, where Birdo was given a distinctly male voice. This is one of the biggest controversies in gaming, but I have come to the conclusion that Birdo very well may be gaming's first transgender character. This is never referred to in the games however, most likely due to the young target demographic. Q: What is Toad? A: Toad is one of the mushroom people who inhabit the Mushroom Kingdom. The name "Toad" refers to him being a toadstool. Q: What is Yoshi? A: Yoshi is none other than a dinosaur. Like Toads, "Yoshi" can also refer to the collective species. According to the 1993 Nintendo Character Guide, the full name of the Yoshi that Mario rides is "T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas." Another fun fact: Yoshi was originally planned to be a Koopa, and his red saddle was to be his shell. Q: In what game did Yoshi first appear? A: Yoshi debuted in Super Mario World, the launch title for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. He later appeared in some of the last games for the Nintendo Entertainment System but really made a name for himself in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, the first game in which he took the lead role. FOES Q: Is it Bowser or Koopa? A: This is another one of those Japan/USA regional differences. In Japan he has always been known as "Koopa." When he was brought over to America however he became known as "Bowser." His official full name is "King Bowser Koopa," but if you say "King Bowser" or "King Koopa" people will still recognize who you're referring to. Q: Who are the Koopalings? A: The Koopalings are the seven loyal underlings of Bowser. Here are their names, descending in order of age: Ludwig von Koopa, Lemmy Koopa, Roy Koopa, Iggy Koopa, Wendy O. Koopa, Morton Koopa Jr. and Larry Koopa. They made their debut in Super Mario Bros. 3, returned in Super Mario World, made a comeback in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, resurfaced in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, struck havoc in New Super Mario Bros. 2, and are back for another helping in New Super Mario Bros. U. In each of their game appearances they have acted as end-world bosses, except for Mario Kart 8, where they debuted as playable characters. They reappeared as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as alternate costumes of Bowser Jr. Q: Are the Koopalings Bowser's children? A: Originally in Super Mario Bros. 3 they were described as such, but later in a 2012 interview with GameInformer magazine Miyamoto stated that the Koopalings are currently not Bowser's children. I like to think of the Koopalings as very close servants to Bowser, akin to a familial relationship, but not actually his biological children. Q: Is Bowser Jr. one of Bowser's kids? A: Yes, he definitely is. First appearing in Super Mario Sunshine, Bowser Jr. is shown to have a close relationship with his father. It is never explained how old he is in relation to the Koopalings, but due to his late appearance it can be assumed he is one of the younger. As the Koopalings currently share no relation with Bowser, Bowser Jr. is not considered a Koopaling himself. Q: If that's the case, who's the mother? A: No one really knows. No light has been shed on this by Nintendo, other than an implication by an Official Nintendo Magazine issue that referred to her as "Clawdia." Q: Where do Baby Bowser and the Koopa Kids come in? A: Baby Bowser is King Bowser as an infant and was first introduced in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. He is not to be confused with Bowser Jr., an entirely separate character. The Koopa Kids originally and exclusively appeared in the "Mario Party" games, and are not Bowser's children. Q: What are Goombas? A: Goombas are mushrooms who defected from the Mushroom Kingdom and joined Bowser's Koopa Troop. Your classic garden-variety baddie, they have appeared in almost every Mario game. Q: Where do Wario and Waluigi fit in all this? A: Their exact relation to Mario is unknown. Some sources state that they are cousins or childhood friends to Mario, or brothers to each other, but none of this has been confirmed. Wario first made his appearance in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and Waluigi made his in Mario Tennis on the Nintendo 64. They are shown to have a positive if at times bumpy friendship and are usually seen scheming their latest dastardly plot together. OTHER THINGS Q: How have Mario, Luigi, Peach and Bowser evolved over the years? A: Here are some pictures of how Mario and company have changed over the years: Q: Who created Mario? A: I'm sure if you're here you already know, but it was none other than Shigeru Miyamoto. He is generally credited as executive producer or supervisor for Mario games, and has played an eminent and principal role in Mario's development throughout the years. He is also the mastermind behind other successful game franchises such as The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, F-Zero, and Pikmin. Q: Who produces the music for Mario games? A: Most famously it has been Koji Kondo, who has scored Mario's most iconic tunes. He did the music for Super Mario Bros. on the NES as well as other games in the core series, and even composed for other games such as The Legend of Zelda. He has been "instrumental" to the Mario series to say the least. Q: Did Miyamoto create all the Mario characters? A: No, he did not, the most significant of these being Yoshi, Daisy, Wario, and Waluigi. Yoshi was created by designer Shigefumi Hino, Daisy and Wario were created by Miyamoto's mentor Gunpei Yokoi, and Waluigi was created by Camelot employee Fumihide Aoki. Q: I have to know... How did Donkey Kong get his name? A: The "Kong" part was inspired by the 1933 film "King Kong," but the origin of "Donkey" is more complex. According to an interview, before the release of the original Donkey Kong arcade game Miyamoto intended for Donkey Kong to be known as "Stupid" Kong, however when he looked for "stupid" in his Japanese-to-English dictionary he came up with the word "donkey" instead. This name eventually stuck, likely because a mule/donkey is a common metaphor for stubbornness, which is a trait Donkey Kong definitely exudes. Q: What's up with Waluigi's name? Is it some cheap knock-off of Wario? A: No, it's actually a very clever play on words, just lost in translation. In Japanese "warui" means "bad" or "evil" and Luigi is pronounced "Ruiji." Therefore, by adding the "Wa" it turns into the portmanteau "Waruiji," or "Evil Luigi." Q: I heard that America got a different version of Super Mario Bros. 2 than Japan. Is this true? A: Indeed it is. Super Mario Bros. 2, a direct and more challenging Famicom Disk sequel to Super Mario Bros., was released in Japan. When it got to the US it was deemed to be too difficult for American players, so they took the Japanese platformer Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic!, replaced the previous playable characters with Mario ones and released it here. Later they included the Japanese SMB2 on the SNES game Super Mario All-Stars and called it "The Lost Levels," and Japan released our SMB2 as Super Mario Bros. USA. Q: Has Mario only appeared in video games? A: No, Mario has appeared in all sorts of other media, including full-length movies, TV shows, comic books, manga, and anime. Q: Mario had a movie? A: Mario has had two full-length movies. On July 20, 1986, a Japanese animated film called "Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach!" was theatrically released in Japan, borrowing numerous elements from the games. Later, on May 28, 1993, a live-action Mario film was released in America simply entitled "Super Mario Bros." It was a bomb at the box office and was criticized for its radical departure from the games, however it did receive some credit for its clever screenplay and impressive special effects. It's a film you have to see with an open mind. Q: What about his TV show? A: Mario had three TV shows. The first and most successful was "The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!", premiering in the late 80's. It was a cartoon based primarily off of "Super Mario Bros. 2" that interspersed comedy with pop culture elements and also contained live-action sketch segments as well. Then there was "The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3," a show based off the game "Super Mario Bros. 3," and shortly after that "Super Mario World," based on the eponymous game. Both premiered in the early 90's. Q: And how about his comic books? A: Mario had many comic books published by Valiant under the name "Nintendo Comics System" throughout the early 90's. They featured various comedic adventures inspired primarily by Super Mario Bros. 2 & 3. They also shed interesting light on subjects such as Peach's father, what became of Wart after SMB2, and Mario and Luigi's relationship growing up. Mario also has a Japanese manga called "Super Mario-kun" which began in 1991 and continues in publication to this day.