Mario Segale, a Seattle-based reel estate agent, has passed away. The 84-year-old was known as the man who lent his name to Nintendo’s now iconic mascot, Super Mario.
Born in April of 1934, Segale was the only child of two Italian immigrant farmers. From here he graduated from Highline High School and started his own construction company. Among his accomplishments within the industry was the establishment of the Segale Business Park in Tukwila, Washington.
During the 1970s Mario Segale rented a warehouse to Nintendo as it sought to expand toward a western audience. Seeking a name for the now instantly recognizable moustached character for the launch of Donkey Kong, it was decided that Super Mario would share his name with the company’s landlord.
Super Mario went on to be the most well-known character in video game history and the face of Nintendo with a string of releases across every one of the company’s consoles. He has been featured in countless games over the last three decades and is loved by both adults and kids alike. Super Mario continues to delight players across the globe with his adorable antics and enjoyable adventures.
Mario Segale died at the age of 84 but is survived by his wife and four children.