NATIONAL MARIO DAY
National Mario Day is observed each year on March 10th and honors Mario from the popular Nintendo game.
This gamer holiday is celebrated on March 10 because of the way the date appears, when abbreviated (Mar.10). It looks just like the name Mario.
- Mario, the Italian plumber, first appeared in Donkey Kong in 1981
- In 1983 Mario got his own game with his brother Luigi
- Mario is known for being the most famous video game character ever created
- Over 210 million copies of the Mario game series have been sold
Mario Andretti (race car driver), Mario Batali (chef) and Mario Lopez (actor) are a few other famous Marios you might recognize.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Have some fun with friends playing video games. You can also do something special for or with all people named Mario! Use #NationalMarioDay to post on social media.
Our research has found that this day was started by video gamers and Mar. 10 was chosen because of how it appears. However, we were unable to find the names of the original creators of National Mario Day.
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