What game did Mario first appear in

In the 1981 arcade classic Donkey Kong, Mario made his first appearance as the unnamed “Jumpman”, a carpenter with a pet ape gone berserk. Only in the subsequent game, Donkey Kong Junior, was Mario actually given his trademark name.

One of the more fascinating things about Mario is that he was almost never created. The designer behind Donkey Kong, Shigeru Miyamoto, actually wanted to use the American cartoon characters Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto as the three characters in the game. Due to licensing issues, Nintendo was never able to secure the rights to the iconic cartoon characters in time, and they had to create their own in-house cast.

Mario was originally envisioned as a generic go-to character that could be plugged into any Nintendo game, a kind of everyman that would simply be a character players could move around when such interaction was needed. No one at Nintendo, including Mario’s creator Shigeru Miyamoto, predicted that Mario would go on to become the face of Nintendo and one of the most loved video game characters of all time.

who has been unmasked on the masked singer season 5

Here Are All of the Celebs Who Have Been Unmasked on ‘The Masked Singer’ Season 5

If you love music, celebs, and a good mystery, then The Masked Singer is probably right up your alley. Tune in every week to marvel at the costumes, listen to the performances, uncover new clues, and watch the judges try to guess who is hidden behind each mask.

Season 5 of the show is officially underway and it features 10 different masked singers (or possibly more — lookin’ at you, Russian Dolls!), plus the new twist of clue-meister Cluedle-Doo (who will also be unmasked at some point in the season). Read on for the running list of The Masked Singer Season 5 reveals!

1. Kermit the Frog as Snail
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In the very first episode of Season 5, Snail was revealed to be none other than lovable Muppet Kermit the Frog! We’re gonna be honest — we didn’t even realize Muppets were an option, and this reveal is making us rethink everything we’ve ever thought about the show.

The clues that led to Kermit’s unmasking included a giant teddy bear (a reference to his BFF Fozzie Bear), Swedish meatballs (referencing the Swedish Chef), and a treasure chest (Muppet Treasure Island, anyone?).

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2. Caitlyn Jenner as Phoenix
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Fans who guessed former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner are rather impressive because clues for the Phoenix have been few and far between. “I’ve risen from the ashes” as Phoenix’s tagline suggests a kind of rebirth, which could fit the style icon’s life.

In the second episode of the season, we finally got a little more info, including that the Phoenix had some “tea” to share (which could point to her reality TV appearances) and that “millions saw me as a superhero” (which makes sense because Caitlyn made great strides for trans representation). The clue package also had more hints to the LGBTQ community and the family of Phoenixes likely represented the Kardashian and Jenner clan.

???? as The Russian Dolls
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We still don’t know who is hidden behind the Russian Dolls masks! We are tracking the latest guesses and clues, though!

???? as Raccoon
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We still don’t know who is hidden behind the Raccoon mask! We are tracking the latest guesses and clues, though!

???? as Porcupine (aka Robopine)
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We still don’t know who is hidden behind the Porcupine mask! We are tracking the latest guesses and clues, though!

???? as Seashell
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We still don’t know who is hidden behind the Seashell mask! We are tracking the latest guesses and clues, though!

???? as Piglet
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We still don’t know who is hidden behind the Piglet mask! We are tracking the latest guesses and clues, though!

???? as Grandpa Monster
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We still don’t know who is hidden behind the Grandpa Monster mask! We are tracking the latest guesses and clues, though!

???? as Chameleon
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We still don’t know who is hidden behind the Chamelon mask! We are tracking the latest guesses and clues, though!

???? as Black Swan
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We still don’t know who is hidden behind the Black Swan mask! We are tracking the latest guesses and clues, though!

whats a rico charge

RICO Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise.