The legend goes that in 1981 Nintendo of America was renting a warehouse in Tukwila, Washington, the landlord of which was named Mario Segale.
Segale developed office buildings, and one of them housed Nintendo of America during an integral part of their development.
The Mario video game has been said to be the most successful video games franchise ever and the latest adventure, Super Mario Odyssey, is now the best-selling game on the new Nintendo console, selling more than 12 million copies.
Segale reportedly passed away at his home in Tukwila, Washington surrounded by his friends and family on October 27.
Mario was created by Shigeru Miyamoto as the playable character in Donkey Kong. He loved hunting, fishing, his airplane, and the Puget Sound. The confrontation apparently led to Nintendo naming the character Mario after him. A 1993 Seattle Times article quotes him as joking, "You might say I'm still waiting for my royalty checks", seemingly the only on-the-record comment on his ancillary role in Nintendo's history.
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Seagle always kept a low profile according to his obituary and that he wanted to be remembered for achievements.
Mario Segale is survived by his wife, four children, and nine grandchildren. The son of first-generation Italian immigrant farmers, he was the founder of M.A. Segale, a heavy construction general contractor in the northwestern US.
Segale started his own construction company with just a single dump truck in the early 1950s, before marrying his wife, Donna, in 1957.