In 1981, Mario Segale entered the North American headquarters of Nintendo, who asked him to pay off the lease of the building he owned, and, unknowingly, to have a place in the history of pop culture.
Mexico City, November 11 (TICbeat / SinEmbargo) .- The Ultimate Histories of Video Games is a popular book by Steven L. Kenta on the history of video games. The story was first reported on his site that this week jumped to the cover: a story about it Mario, popular character Nintendo that in 1991 he was better known to American children than I was Mickey Mouse, he got his name (after being created as "Jumpman") and his Italian background.
It's 1981; North American branch of Nintendo goes through financial problems, but its boss, Minor Arakava, received a call from his squad (Hiroshi Iamauchi, president Nintendo) to announce that a new game is being prepared (Donkey Kong) which would make the company the most popular in US playgrounds. But in the meantime, Nintendo of America he has to deal with debts: around that time, Arakava is discussing with the owner of the leased building he uses as a staff, which ends his consent to postpone the payment until the launch of the game. The owner's name was Mario Segale, and he was the inspirer to change the name of the co-starred carpenters Donkey Kong (Change in the profession of a plumber is later).
The sad reason why this anecdote is the latest is the recent death of Segale to 84 years. But who really was Mario Segale? Was he a plumber? Did he have Italian origin? Or is it emphasized by its thick mustache? Well, he was really the son of Italian immigrants, but nothing more. Far from being a plumber, he was a prominent and influential asset maker in the state of Washington. And there's no evidence that he was carrying mustaches.
It is known that a Segale did not make that connection with the history of the videoogoom of the special (the link, on the other hand, has never been officially recognized Nintendo). There were two reasons for his rejection: the lack of seriousness given to him by a great businessman, as well as the abuse that character has made from the most obvious stereotypes about Italo-Americans. He once spoke about his digital phonebook, in an interview for Seattle Times, and then only joked that he was still waiting for "image rights checks."
* Technically, it can be said that it was the second time: in 1993, 8 years before the publication of Kent's book, David Sheff told a similar story in his book game over. However, the Chief incorrectly published Mario's surname as "Segali", and provided a fantastic fact Segale I arrived at the Nintendo headquarters precisely at the time the workers chose names for the character, and when they left, they looked at each other and shouted "Super Mario!" But Super Mario It's a game that was not released on the market until 4 years later.
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