The Real Super Mario dies at aged 84

The Real Super Mario

The Real Super Mario dies at aged 84

The man after whom video game hero Super Mario was named, Mario Segale has died aged 84.

Mario Segale leaves behind his wife Donna, four children and nine grandchildren.

Mr Segale was a successful Italian-American property developer from the US state of Washington.

He leased a warehouse to Nintendo of America who decided to name the star of their new video game after him.

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Mr Segale said it was Minoru Arakawa, who had been tasked with setting up Nintendo of America, who told him the video game hero carried his name.

The Mario series is often cited as the most successful video games franchise of all time.

The latest adventure, Super Mario Odyssey, is currently the best-selling game on the new Nintendo Switch console and has sold more than 12 million copies.

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