Miyamoto reveals Mario’s age! You may be surprised
Although everyone knows Super Mario Bros Rom, we finally know little about him: his childhood, his family (Luigi aside), its origins are some of the topics on which Nintendo has never expanded. An old revelation about the plumber has just resurfaced, and it should change the way you see it.
Mario is between 24 and 25 years old. Yes, you read correctly. The information is of the highest reliability since it comes from the creator of the Nintendo mascot in person. The Japanese manufacturer has recently republished an interview with Shigeru Miyamoto from 2005 in which he made this amazing revelation (interview translated and relayed by the site Ars Technical):
I think it was fortuitous that we place no restrictions on the character Mario. When you create a character and present it to the world, all the details about it are normally determined: what is its favorite color?
But aside from being around 24-25 years old, we have not defined anything else.
There is no doubt, the mustache, it gets old! We must believe that the producers of the movie Super Mario Bros Rom. we’re not aware of this detail when he entrusted the role of Mario to Bob Hoskins…
Mario on smartphones, Miyamoto explains why
Although it was clear that the arrival of Nintendo games on smartphones meant that Mario would also be entitled to his mobile game, some fans of the Japanese manufacturer were still surprised by the announcement of Super Mario Run. For Shigeru Miyamoto, it was a necessary choice.
Some Nintendo fans have seen Super Mario Run’s announcement during last week’s Apple conference as a betrayal. For Shigeru Miyamoto, the arrival of his favorite character on smartphones was necessary for the media survival of the plumber. This is what Mario’s creator said at the American site The Verge:
Nintendo consoles have long been the first device children interact with, and that’s starting to change. The fact that smartphones are now the first place where children discover games is what made us decide to release this game (Super Mario Run) on smartphones.
As Shigeru Miyamoto points out, many children are now discovering video games by playing with their parent’s smartphone or tablet. Nintendo consoles, from living room as laptops, no longer serve as an introduction to video games as they could be from the 80s to the early 2000s. So that Mario remains a first-rate license, a current hero, and not a mere nostalgic object for the older players, so it was essential that Nintendo carry it to where the new players are now.
Nintendo has repeatedly stated that the release of small Nintendo games on mobile devices is intended to entice players to experience more complete and sophisticated Nintendo console experiences. It remains to be seen if this strategy will bear fruit. And if this is not the case, releasing a Mario game on smartphones and tablets will still have the effect of promoting the various products related to the character (clothing, toys, attractions, movies, etc.).