Did you know that Princess Zelda was named after Zelda Fitzgerald, or that Luigi’s name was inspired by pizza? If not, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve always been curious as to where our favorite video game characters got their names, so we did a bit of digging and found some interesting results. After the jump, you’ll find the name inspiration for everyone from Kirby to Guybrush Threepwood to Solid Snake. Check it out, then hit the comments to share your fun character facts.
Once upon a time, an angry warehouse landlord came to demand rent from Minoru Arakawa and his financially struggling company, Nintendo of America. The landlord bore a humorous resemblance to Nintendo’s lady-saving, name-needing Donkey Kong character (previously known as “Mr. Video” and “Jumpman”), and the rest is history. Here’s to you and your gold coins — er, “rent,” Mario Segale.