As a young child, I once made a “100 Facts about Mario” list where I at least attempted to compile every fact I thought I knew about Mario’s character and franchise. As it turns out, I was just too young to accomplish my so-called goal, so I just littered the list with blatant opinions and unnecessary glib and... well, you get the idea. Now that I’m grown up and truly know everything there is to know about the “Mario” franchise, I can make this list with complete confidence. And what better time than the 30th anniversary of the game that made him a household name?
1. Mario and Luigi’s last names are anonymous, and do not relate to the last name “Mario” that was used on the brothers in sources like the critically-reviled 1993 live action film and Prima Games’ guidebooks.
2. Despite his cowardly tendencies, Luigi has proven heroic enough to save Mario on a few occasions ― in “Luigi&