Would video game characters like Mario or Lara Croft age gracefully?


Iconic Nintendo character Mario has been on the run for 40 years. Have you ever wondered what he would look like if he got old after all these adventures?

A team of researchers have produced 3D images of what heroic plumber Mario would look like today if he were a real person.

Mario is the character created by Shigeru Miyamoto. In an interview with Nintendo in 2005, Miyamoto said the Italian plumber was around 25 when he made his debut.

If Mario were a real person, he would be around 65 today. He made his first appearance in Donkey Kong in 1981.

British comparison company comparethemarket.com worked with Carol Holland, Professor of Aging Research at Lancaster University to visualize what the classic video game character would look like in 2021.

The team also brought Mario’s younger brother Luigi to life, Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft, Grand Theft Auto’s Carl Johnson, and Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog series Doctor Eggman.

You can watch 360 videos of each design at comparethemarket.com.

Have the years been kind to your favorites?

According to a press release, various factors were taken into account when viewing the characters, including their original age, career, place of residence, and level of physical activity.

After four decades of questing to save Princess Peach, Mario appears to be in good shape and his hair is now gray instead of black.

Known for his jumps in various games, Luigi’s knees are not what they used to be, but he too has led an active life and seems to have aged as gracefully as his older brother.

Lara Croft would be 46 today and although we haven’t seen CJ since 2004, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas would be 53 this year.

This year also marks the 30th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog. The sworn enemy of the faster-than-light chili dog-eating hedgehog is Doctor Eggman who would be around 80 this year.

Also in Mario News, Super Mario themed items are now available on “Animal Crossing: New Horizons”, including Super Blocks, 1-up Mushrooms, and Chain Pipes.

Elizabeth Montgomery is an arts and culture reporter for The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com. Contact her at [email protected] or 602-444-8764. Follow her on Twitter @emontnews.

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