Mario is an essential character in the landscape of global pop culture. When we talk about video games, his gleaming mug, bushy 'stache, and red hat are often the first things that come to our mind. But, despite his ubiquity, how well do you really know Mario? How much have you learned about the world's most famous plumber that doesn't pertain to what you can glean from playing his video games? 

Kotaku is here to fill in the gaps with their newest video series, First Level History Lesson. Watch the video above and you'll learn a variety of facts about the original Super Mario Bros., including information about the development team behind the game, its original design, and why exactly Mario's universe is referred to as "The Mushroom Kingdom". 

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