The man who the famous Nintendo character ‘Super Mario’ was named after has died at the age of 84 in Washington.

Mario Segale, the man after whom video game hero Super Mario was named, has died aged 84.

Super Mario was originally called Jumpman until Nintendo decided it wanted to give the character a proper name. Mr Segale was a successful Italian-American property developer from the US state of Washington.

In the 1980s, he leased a warehouse to Nintendo of America who decided to name the star of their new video game after him.

Mr Segale said it was Minoru Arakawa, who had been tasked with setting up Nintendo of America, who told him the video game hero carried his name.

The accidental video game legend will surely be missed, and fans on Twitter were already posting tributes.