In July 1981, Nintendo released one of the most famous arcade games of all time: Donkey Kong . Millions of players around the world would fall handful for handful in machines to help the nameless protagonist with the mustache save his girlfriend from an angry monkey. However, the original version of Donkey Kong was actually intended to play the cast of the Popeye cartoons. The role of the kidnapper was originally played by Bluto, Popeye's archenemy, Olive Oyl's friend and the protagonist of Popeye himself. When the license for the game could not be secured, developer Shigeru Miyamoto took over the general premise of Popeye ̵
The new protagonist, known informally in the early days as "Jumpman" for jumping around in the game, later became Mario of Mario Bros. fame – the most famous video game character in the world.