The Alternate History Of Mario – Old class project (2002)

Mike Matei / January 15th, 2010

Here’s something some of you may find interesting which pre-dates the first Nerd video. Back in college in 2002, Mike Matei had a project where he was supposed to come up with an alternate history for someone in the entertainment field. Mike chose “Mario Segali” who was Shigeru Miyamoto’s landlord at the time he created Donkey Kong. As history recalls, Miyamoto named Mario after his landlord. And this video is supposed to depict Mario Segali as he would be today. A Bitter old man (who has turned to alcohol) because he wasn’t given royalties for one of the biggest mascots of all time. And of course, Mario Segali is played by James Rolfe.

Trivia: Can you pick out a line used later in AVGN Episode #46 The Wizard and Super Mario Bros. 3 ?


  • JcPhear

    April 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Just go back to the wonder years you piece of shit!

  • jason24589

    May 16, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Not so good review before AVGN existed!

  • Nileman234

    February 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    What the fuuck. mario was named after a guy like him. i don’t see mario going around drinking beer, flipping off luigi, and fucking saying he hates his life.

  • Freaknut

    July 18, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Nice chops! You shoulda kept that ‘stache too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    nerd in training

  • CambioNomeSenzaMotivo

    September 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    “Miyamoto designed a new game based on his own ideas”… Yeah, a giant ape kidnapping a lady he fell in love with and taking her up a high building… That’s his own original idea…

    • Dunker86

      December 30, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      @Freddy Fiorentino high up in an unfinished building and the monkey throws barrels don slightly leaning building beams as a little guy in a red hat (who later become a plumber) tries to get up to the monkey to rescue the princess.. but he has to dodge barrels and do tricky jumps all the way up the unfinished building..I wonder what you mean Freddy… Do you mean that this looks like … hum… king kong?? รถรถรถ… yes it’s a big monkey.. a girl and a building.. but you may see a small tribute to the big ape in the games name.. but seams still kind original to me..

    • Don Skiver

      April 12, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Since Nintendo won the lawsuit laid against them by Universal, I’d say yes it is an original idea.

  • JoshuaRidgeway

    September 21, 2011 at 5:10 am

    “Go back The Wonder Years, you piece of shit!”

  • Allen Lucas

    November 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Probably one of the alltime funniest videos on this site! It needs to be featured more on this site!

  • NathanielFreed

    January 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Actually, Mario Segale was just the landlord for Nintendo of America, not Shigeru Miyamoto.

  • January 19, 2012 at 6:05 am

    how about we talk about the new found (FUCK YOU LUIGI) scene that we have all found on buying or renting the mario super show on DVD did mario say that if anyone can find out it be james or mick

  • January 19, 2012 at 6:06 am

    how about we talk about the new found (FUCK YOU LUIGI) scene that we have all found on buying or renting the mario super show on DVD did mario say that if anyone can find out it be james or pardun me mick

  • RhyanChapman

    January 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm


  • Ragnar0kZ3r0

    February 14, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Loved it, not only did it make me laugh but it also is kinda cool to see a little snippet of the past. For some reason I think I’m wanna do the Mario dance now

  • Ragnar0kZ3r0

    February 14, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Loved it man, not only did it have me laughing but it is always cool to see a little piece of the past.

  • NeptuneNavigator2001

    March 30, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Yep, it was the “Wonder Years” line, later used in the SMB3+The Wizard review.

  • WilHiteWarrior

    June 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    LOL a lot of cursing for a class project. That woulda got me in deep shit haha. But hilarious video ๐Ÿ˜€

  • mater711421

    December 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Go back to the wonder years you piece of shit

  • Viktor Ponomarenko

    May 14, 2013 at 10:19 am

    THE MUSTACHE !!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Patrick Moses

    July 28, 2013 at 6:37 pm


  • John Storton

    August 13, 2013 at 4:38 am

    LMAO! That was great! Can’t believe I haven’t seen that until now!

  • LicaWolf

    November 9, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I have to admit the way your version of Mario Segali acts reminds me a lot of the Nerd xD

  • fallout1312

    November 24, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    lol you were hilarious in this James.

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