+ Points about Super Mario 1. Mario was created by Shigeru Miyamoto and appeared in the 1981 arcade platformer, Donkey Kong. 2. Mario was originally known as Jumpman. However, when Nintendo’s US office were trying to think of a better name, they were interrupted by their landlord Mario Segale, after whom they christened the character. 3. Mario was originally a carpenter, not a plumber. For more, follow the link.