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10 things you probably didn't know about Super Mario

How did Mario get his name? Where did the creators get their inspiration for the power-up mushrooms? Those questions and more, answered at last.

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While they weren't the first characters to be featured in video games, Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach captured our hearts and helped define the video game industry as we know it today.

In this video from Alltime10s, we learn 10 curious facts about Super Mario, including how Mario got his name, where those red and white mushrooms came from, and how original imaginings had Mario packing heat and flying around in a jetpack.

You'll even find out how Mario might not have existed at all had Nintendo not failed at making a game for another popular cartoon character.