Jun 202011

Over the past several years, we’ve been discovering all sorts of facts about Mario. I’ve always been in search that why Mario is Italian and why he collects coins ? Here, I’ve got the answer from Shigeru Miyamoto.

The Mario founder ‘Shigeru Miyamoto’ recently shared an additional nugget regarding the plumber’s origins at the Nintendo World Store event for Super Mario Bros.’s 25th anniversary. Have you ever wondered why Mario is Italian? Well, according to Miyamoto, the idea came from his interest in foreign comics, as well as the fact that Mario Bros. was set underground.

“As a kid, I was a big comic fan and I liked foreign comics as well. So I drew some characters that had more western type features with a little bigger noses and what not. Now with Mario, I think with Mario Bros. we had a setting of course that was underground, so I just decided Mario is a plumber. Let’s put him in New York and he can be Italian. There was really no other deep thought other than that.”

About the coins; he explained…….Mario and coins essentially go hand in hand. Although one can argue that they aren’t the most crucial element to the series, the games certainly wouldn’t be the same without them. So, could you imagine coins being replaced with fruit?

Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that this was considered for Super Mario Bros. Although he believed fruit would have been a fine choice, players might run away from the fruit as a result of confusion. I suppose this makes sense, as a coin is an object that gamers would be more interested in collecting.

“Thus, when I was thinking about something that anybody would look at and go ‘I definitely want that!’, I thought, ‘Yep, it’s gotta be money.’”


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