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Miyamoto says Mario’s full name is “Mario Mario”

Posted on September 14, 2015 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

Nintendo’s famous plumber simply goes by the name Mario. But did you know that he has a last name as well?

During Japan’s 30th anniversary Super Mario Bros. event this past weekend, Shigeru Miyamoto apparently stated that Mario’s full name is “Mario Mario”. As for Luigi, he’s “Luigi Mario”. It’s sort of like someone named Yamada Yamada having a brother named Itou Yamada.

This news is actually somewhat surprising despite what was shown in the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie. Here’s what Miyamoto told Game Informer about Mario and Luigi’s names back in 2012:

“This is an old story, but Hollywood did a film version of the Mario Bros. many years back. There was a scene in the script where they needed a last name for the characters. Somebody suggested that, because they were the Mario Bros., their last name should be Mario. So, they made him “Mario Mario.” I heard this and laughed rather loudly. Of course, this was ultimately included in the film. Based on the film, that’s [how] their names ended up. But, just like Mickey Mouse doesn’t really have a last name, Mario is really just Mario and Luigi is really just Luigi.”

There’s definitely been some debate as to whether or not Mario has a last name since there have been contradictory comments floating around over the years. I suppose this is what we have to go by now!


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  • Vigilante_blade

    Looks like the movie may have been right, LOL.

    • LordDisco

      I mean, they are called the “Mario Brothers”. Since both of their names aren’t Mario, that would imply their family name is Mario, so Mario Mario and Luigi Mario only makes sense.

    • hhog

      If you read Miyamoto’s quote in the article, that’s how they explain it — the movie actually “made” the canon because he found the idea funny.

  • Kallumsmarties

    New Super Mario Mario Bros.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    Ya know to be fair, I enjoyed that movie. It’s goofy but it’s an interesting take on classic Mario lore.

    • Vigilante_blade

      To me, it was a so bad it’s good feeling.

  • windstar

    Never trust news out of context. He most likely said it jokingly like the Bowser Jr’s mother thing.

    • True.

    • Adrian Brown

      So is his full name Bowser Jr. Koopa Miyamoto?

      • Robbie Walker

        You mean “Bowser Koopa Jr.”?

  • Annie

    I knew it! the movie is actually canon!

    • AddynoSeirei

      Where Daisy isn’t a princess (sort-of) and was Luigi’s main squeeze (or should I say Lusqueegi), Goombas were de-evolved human dino-whatevers, no mushroom people and Dennis Hopper was Bowser. Come to think of it, the whole “Bowser Jr.’s Mother” thing would fit better here.

    • Nintendofan4000

      No.. It isn’t canon… It’s just that an idea from the movie made its way into canon.

  • Make up your mind, Miyamoto. Is it Mario or Mario Mario?

    Also, Mickey Mouse was a bad example to use when saying Mario doesn’t need a last name. Since “Mouse” is used as Mickey’s last name. A better example would be Popeye. Anyway, leave Mario just be Mario. A last name is not needed in the context of Mario games.

    • Devin Depatie

      The title is kind of clickbaity-ish, it says in the article that Miyamoto said Mario and Luigi still have no last name, Miyamoto just brought up how they needed a last name for the movie and they just use Mario as a last name

      • Actually, it says that in an event this past weekend, Miyamoto said that Mario’s last name is Mario.

        Which is contradicting cause in a Game Informer interview back in 2012 he said the opposite.

        • MagcargoMan

          Maybe he just changed his mind?

    • TheUltimateKoopa

      But Popeye does have a last name. It’s “Thesailorman”.

      • Well I know many people (usually casual players from the old days) who call Mario as “Mario Bros.”. As if Bros. was his last name. lol

        • Evan Gustavson

          Wow, and I thought the idiots who call Fox “Star Fox” were stupid…

    • Littlebigwatcha

      lol. and comparing it to sonic if they did isnt helpful either since his names are
      first: sonic
      middle: the
      last: hedgehog
      i think

  • Devin Depatie

    Nice clickbait

    I doubt people actually read this article judging by their comments

    • Justin McQuillen

      I read the article, and the comments. The only person who didn’t read it is you.

    • DamianCross

      Exactly. He says the exact opposite of the clickbait title.

    • Fernando Davalos

      There are two seperate parts to the article: one from 2012 and a more recent one. The more recent one (where Miyamoto seemed to change his mind and where the title comes from) is before the video clip. Everything afterwards only references a previous (contradicting) comment he’d made. So apparently he changed his mind.

  • Joe

    I always knew this deep down in my heart of hearts. My soul of souls. The depths of my innermost being.

    This resonates.

  • SecretX

    I thought Mouse was Mickey’s last name? I’m surprise people even care about this i just say it as a joke but i really don’t care about it.

  • uPadWatcher

    Did you know that Luigi’s name is Mario? Watch the live segment of “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show” with the episode… “Jungle Fever”.

  • HyruleSmasher

    So if mario and peach got maried then her name would be Peach Toadstoll Mario hmmm

    • Daniel Garza

      And if she married Luigi, she’d still have Mario in her name.

      • HyruleSmasher

        hmm like Mario Mario she would be Peach Mario (-_-) Ahhh the Horrible memories are returning.

  • Robbie Walker

    Why did people forget that the whole “Mario’s Last Name is Mario” was also in SMBSS?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6z7OQuq9Zg&feature=player_detailpage#t=44

  • FedoraMGTOW

    He clearly says in the interview Mario is “just Mario”. He never confirms that they are Mario Mario and Luigi Mario. Do you guys post articles before the proof-reading stage?

    • Fernando Davalos

      LOL! The part of the article the title is refering to comes before the video clip. The rest is just referencing a time where Miyamoto had previously mentioned otherwise.

      Do you post comments before the proof reading stage?

  • Jeffrey Davis

    Surprise, surprise. As if it wasn’t already obvious.

    Still, Hollywood made the right call on this – otherwise we’d have never got the debate settled after all this time. And this one’s all the fault of a simple movie joke… in an otherwise botched movie adaptation (if you remember the time… AND what ultimately went horribly wrong.) Then again, most kids today wouldn’t even care – they’d take anything directed at family audiences (and besides, I’ll bet that Tomorrowland would’ve done better with families than anyone else, and we all know what the annual Ice Hotel event did for Disney with Frozen, even if the location and settings were different).

    It’s also not the first time a cult film has such an effect on a property – just as we’d not’ve had a full trilogy fight against Dr. Evil, nor even the more recent one-off send-up of North Korean military actions when the Evil hit SNL once more awhile back.

  • Actually… if you go watch the Super Mario Brothers SuperShow… which predates the movie but several years… there are episodes where indeed ‘Mario’ is indeed the last name

  • In some spanish-speaking countries they actually think “Bros.” is Mario’s (and Luigi’s) last name. They don’t think on it as a contraction for “Brothers”.

  • DinoTurtle

    He finally admits it!

    … I seem to have wandered into an old post and not noticed some how. How embarrassing.