I am really enjoying all these details being reviled for Mario Brothers 25th anniversary. One booklets included “Super Mario Collection Special Pack” revels Mr. Miyamoto’s original idea for controlling Mario.

• Left button made Mario walk left.
• Right button made Mario walk right.
• Up button made Mario jump.
• Down button made Mario crouch .
• B button made Mario run or speed up, but when he has a rocket, B would propel him.
• A button was the attack input, but depended on if he had a weapon like a rifle or a “beam” gun. If not, Mario would kick.

Even though a gun wielding butt-kicking Mario would be…well awesome..I am glad we have the kid friendly plummer we grew to love. Maybe one day we will get the original Mario.