Mario Segale, the namesake for Nintendo’s Mario character and a successful American real estate developer, passed away on October 27, Kotaku has learned. Segale was surrounded by his family in Tukwila, Washington. He was 84. Segale developed office buildings and malls in Washington state and, in 1998, sold his construction services company to an Ir...

Ciao! Mi chiamo Simone Bregni! I was born and raised in Italy. I lived most of my life in Asti, a Medieval town renowned for its good wines. I have been at SLU for 18 years, and I have been teaching in the US college classroom since 1994. My areas of specialization are in Medieval & Renaissance Italian literature & Culture and in foreign language a...

Setting aside his technical first appearance in 1981’s Donkey Kong, today is a fun anniversary to take note of for fans of the Super Mario video game franchise. The fat plumber who sports the iconic overalls and red cap debuted as a titular video game hero 33 years ago today, in Super Mario Bros. which was released in Japan on Sept. 13, 1985. Not t...