Everyone's favorite high-jumping plumber is permanently 26, according to official lore sanctioned by publisher Nintendo. However, in an interview with CNN celebrating the Mario franchise's 35th anniversary, series creator Shigeru Miyamoto gave life advice to Mario should the character ever be allowed to age to 35.
Miyamoto stated that, were Mario actually 35, he would tell him:
"Living in a way that's true to yourself is more enjoyable than being in competition with others. You'll be keeping plenty busy, so don't forget to work out and keep your mustache well-groomed."
While this advice may seem simple, it resonates with so much of what makes Mario's character memorable and lasting. He's a hardworking "everyman" — after all these years, he's still working as a plumber despite having saved the Mushroom Kingdom too many times to count. He stars in both solo adventures and multiplayer titles (including the Mario Kart, Mario Party, and Mario Tennis sub-series), but, even though he has got a competitive streak, the plumber is still willing to invite even his worst enemies — Koopa King Bowser and his minions — to the party. Of course, Mario's most distinguishing physical characteristic is and always has been his beloved mustache!
Miyamoto also admitted that he had no idea that Mario would become such a lasting character when he first created the plumber in the 1980s. He told CNN that his goal was merely to "produce a distinctive character from a small number of pixels." His idea to make Mario a plumber was because Nintendo did not want the character to be a "superhero" of any kind. He soon found audiences drawn to the idea that a video game hero could be the kind of man who could live in your neighborhood.
Nintendo has made several exciting announcements celebrating the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. Check out GameLuster's coverage of the Mario Anniversary Direct event to learn more.