Trivia

Hard

Which Character Was Created Because Of Nintendo’s Inability To License Popeye?

Lucas
Mario
Fox McCloud
Pit
Nintendo

Answer: Mario

In July of 1981, Nintendo released what would go on to become one of the most iconic arcade games of all time: Donkey Kong. Millions of players around the globe would drop handful after handful of quarters into machines to help the nameless mustachioed protagonist save his girlfriend from an angry ape.

The original version of Donkey Kong, however, was actually intended to star the cast of the Popeye cartoons. The role of the kidnapper was originally played by Bluto, Popeye’s nemesis, the girlfriend by Olive Oyl, and the protagonist by Popeye himself. When licensing could not be secured for the game, developer Shigeru Miyamoto took the general premise of Popeye—a scrappy smaller guy fighting to save his girlfriend in the face of a big brute of an opponent—and adapted it.

The new protagonist, known informally in the early years simply as “Jumpman” because he spent all of his time in the game leaping about, would go on to become Mario of the Mario Bros. fame—the most recognizable video game character in the world.

Trivia

Very Hard

What Iconic Award Was Almost Named The “Ike” Award?

Trivia

Hard

James Bond, The Iconic And Fictional British Spy, Was Named After A Real?

Trivia

Hard

The 1956 Centurion, A Buick Concept Car, Had Which Of These Modern Features In It?

Trivia

Very Hard

The Highest Concentration Of Unique Mammals Is Found In?

Trivia

Hard

In Computer Programming Slang, A Software Bug That Changes When You Attempt To Observe It Is A?

Trivia

Easy

Inspector Gadget Was Voiced By The Same Actor Who Portrayed Which Of These Famous Spies?

Trivia

Hard

Who Was The First Space Tourist?

Trivia

Very Hard

The Term “Slush Fund” Has Its Origins In?

Trivia

Easy

Which Of These Shows Ushered In Frequent Use Of Cliffhangers In Television?

Trivia

Very Hard

There Is A Long Standing Folklore Legend In The Balkans Regarding Vampiric What?