In 1981, Mario Segale entered Nintendo's headquarters in North America to demand rental of buildings owned by him and, unconsciously, has a place in pop culture history.
Mexico City, November 11 (TICbeat / SinEmbargo) .- The ultimate video game history is a popular book by journalist Steven L. Kent about the history of video games. The story was first published on its site that this week jumped to the headlines: a story about how Mario, popular character Nintendo that in 1991 she was more familiar to American children than Mickey Mouse, she got her name (after being created as a "Jumpman") and his Italian backdrop.
That was in 1981; Nintendo's North American subsidiary goes through financial problems, but her head, Minor Arakawa, received a call of his buddy (Hiroshi Yamauchi, president Nintendo) announce that a new game is being prepared (Donkey Kong) that will make the company the most popular of the gaming hall in the US. But in the meantime, Nintendo from America has to deal with debts: around that time, Arakawa uses the owner of the rented facility as a head office, which ends with the delay of the payment until the start of the game. The owner's name was Mario Segale, and he was the inspiration for changing the names of stewardess stars Donkey Kong (The change in the plumber's lead was later).
The sad cause of this anegdot was the recent death of Segala at age 84. But who was really Mario Segale? Is he a plumber? Had Italian origin? Or was it pointed to my thick mustache? Well, he really was the son of Italian immigrants, but nothing more. Far from being a plumber, he was a prominent and influential property developer in Washington. And there's no evidence he ever wore his mustache.
It is known that a ranged did not correlate with the history of special video games (the link, on the other hand, which had never officially recognized Nintendo). There are two reasons for his rejection: the lack of seriousness he has given to a big businessman like him, and the abuse he has made of the most prominent stereotypes about Italo-Americans. He once talked about his digital name, in an interview for Seattle Times, and then just humorously commented that he still awaits "checking the rights to the pictures".
* Technically, it could be said that this was the second time: in 1993, 8 years before publishing Kent's book, David Sheff in his book told a similar story The game is over, However, Sheff wrongly published Mario's last name as "Segali" and provided a fantastic fact ranged I arrived at Nintendo's headquarters right at the time the workers picked the names for the character, and when they left, they looked at each other, shouting: "Super Mario!". but Super Mario It's a game that was not released to the market until 4 years later.
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