Nintendo's Mario is dead

Nintendo's Mario is dead

Nintendo's Mario is dead

When Nintendo chose to give "Jumpman" and "Lady" real names in the original Donkey Kong for the arcade, they named Lady "Pauline", which they derived from their warehouse manager's wife, Polly.

Mario Segale, the inspiration for one of the most recognizable characters in the world, was Nintendo's landlord in Washington state during the 1970s.

The Mario series is often cited as the most successful video games franchise of all time. According to the article, Segale was originally the landlord of the building that Nintendo operated out of way back in the day, and that, allegedly, Nintendo was oftentimes late with the rent.

Segale died on October 27.

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While looking for Jumpman's name, they turned to Segale. He loved hunting, fishing, his airplane, and the Puget Sound.

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Segale joked that he was "still waiting for [his] royalty checks" in an interview with the Seattle Times in 1993.

An excerpt from his obiturary reads: "While he was the inspiration for the name of Nintendo's 'Super Mario" from when they were tenants in his business park in the 1970's, he always ducked the notoriety and wanted to be known instead for what he accomplished in his life'.

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Segale kept a very low profile, only rarely speaking to the media.

Mario Segale is survived by his wife, four children, and nine grandchildren.

As told by his family in the obituary, Segale was the only child of Italian immigrant farmers.

Segale started his own construction company with just a single dump truck in the early 1950s, before marrying his wife, Donna, in 1957.

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