Sam Greenspan: Super Mario Bros. for old school Nintendo was released on September 13, 1985... or exactly 25 years ago today.
When I found that out I did two things. First, I whipped out my copy (yes, I keep it that real/nerdy that I still have an old NES hooked up in my room) and made sure I can still beat the game at will. (I can. Childhood not wasted.)
Secondly, I started down a rabbit hole of reading Mario websites and Wikis and articles. In the process, I stumbled upon the etymologies of the names of several of the major players in the Mario universe. So, in honor of the video game that changed the world, here they are, presented in handy 11-item list form.