Concept and creation
Mario first appeared in the arcade game Donkey Kong as a carpenter named "Jumpman". In Japan, he was called "Mr. Video". Later, he was named "Mario", after Mario Segale, who was a lot like Mario. Mario Segale was the owner of the land where Nintendo of America's office was built.
Mario later appeared with his younger brother Luigi in an arcade game called Mario Bros. When the Nintendo Entertainment System was out in shops, Super Mario Bros. was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System the same year as the game console itself, and has often been considered one of the best games on it next to Super Mario Bros. 3 and Legend Of Zelda.
Back then, games were hard to make and Nintendo could not make Mario move without making his arms "disappear". Changing his clothes fixed it. They also did not have the space to give him a mouth or ears, and they could not make hair, so Mario had a moustache, sideburns, and a cap so it would not look like he was bald. Mario's creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, said that he gave Mario a cap because he has a hard time drawing hair. Mario is currently voiced by Charles Martinet, who also voices Luigi, Wario and Waluigi, respectively, and other characters like Toadsworth.
Mario is Nintendo's mascot (the face of the company). Mario's rival was Sega's mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, who was first seen in 1991. The two mascots were trying to get more people to buy their games for years until 2001 when Sonic Adventure 2: Battle was released on a Nintendo machine since Sega games started to be released on game machines that were not made by Sega. Mario and Sonic appeared together in a sports game, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, and again in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as well as Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. To this day, Mario and Sonic continue to appear together in Nintendo’s spinoff titles such as
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.