Mario Originally Named Mr Video

By 30.11.2009

Mario Originally Named Mr Video on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

You may remember Mario being orginally named as Jumpman, back in the days of the Donkey Kong arcade cabinets.

Although, In the latest 'Iwata Asks' interview, with Shigeru Miyamoto, he revealed that he originally named him Mr Video.

I called him "Mr. Video". My plan was to use the same character in every video game I made," said Miyamoto. "I thought the way Hitchcock cropped up in all the films he directed was really cool! Or take manga artists like Osamu Tezuka and Fujio Akatsuka who have the same character popping up in a variety of different works. I think I was probably influenced by that at the time."

I felt that I had come up with a pretty solid character, which is why I thought: "Right, I'll keep using him from now on!" That's why I decided a solid, imposing name like "Mr. Video" would work best. But thinking back, I don't think I should have gone with that name. Someone at Nintendo of America actually came up with the name Mario. If he had been called "Mr. Video," he might have disappeared off the face of the earth.

What do you think of the name Mr Video? Would you have preferred it over Mario?

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