Why Mario Became The Star

The creator of Mario and Donkey Kong explains why the plumber was better-suited to star in so many games than the ape. A win for the little guys out there.

Donkey Kong Jr was created to solve this problem, Miyamoto tells Time's Techland. Smaller heroes were better-suited to the 8-bit era of the Nintendo Entertainment System. But Mario caught on, so Mario became the icon, the hero of so many great games.

The Mythology of Mario: Q&A With Nintendo's Legendary Shigeru Miyamoto [Techland]


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