In 1981, Mario Segale came into the North American headquarters of Nintendo to ask him to pay the rent of the property that he owned and, unfortunately, to have a place in the history of pop culture.
Not Marcos Merino
Mexico City, November 11 (TICbeat / SinEmbargo) .- Ultimate History of Video Games is a popular book by the journalist Steven L. Kent about the history of video games. A story was first reported in its pages that this week has leaped to the headings: the story about how Mario, popular character Nintendo American children were more well-known in 1991 than Mickey Mouse himself, and received his name (after being created as "Jumpman") and an Italian background.
It's 1981; North America's subsidiary of Nintendo is going through financial problems, but his head, Minoru Arakawa, has received a call from his dad-in-law (Hiroshi Yamauchi, President Nintendo) to announce that a new game is being prepared (Donkey Kong) who would make the most popular company of gaming halls in the United States. But, meanwhile, Nintendo O America he has to deal with the debts: around that time, Arakawa argues with the owner of the rented building that they use as headquarters, which expires agrees to postpone the payment to launch the game. The owner's name was Mario Segale, and he was the inspiration to change the name of the star star saver from Donkey Kong (The change to the plumber profession was later).
The sad reason why this history was a contemporary subject was the recent death of Segale at 84 years of age. But who was in fact Mario Segale? Was it a plumber? Did he have an Italian origin? Or was it exposed by its thick body? Well, he was indeed the son of Italian immigrants, but nothing else. Little to be a plumber, he was a prominent and influential property developer in the Washington state. And there is no evidence that he never wore a mustache.
It is known that a According to this connection did not have the history of the special videogame (link, on the other hand, was never officially recognized by Nintendo). There were two reasons for refusal: the lack of seriousness that he gave him a great businessman, and the abuse that made the character of the most prominent stereotypes about the Italo-Americans. Only on one occasion for its famous digital, in an interview to The Times Times, and then just jokingly said, he still waited for "checking for image rights".
* Technically, it could be said that this is the second time: in 1993, 8 years before the publication of Kent's book, David Sheff had said a similar story in his book Over Game. However, Sheff published the surname of Mario incorrectly as "Segali", and gave that fictitious fact According to I had reached Nintendo's headquarters at the time when the workers chose names for the character, and when they left looking at each other, "Super Mario!" But Super Mario There is a game that has not been released to the market until 4 years later.
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