How Lemmy Kilmister Influenced Super Mario's Lemmy Koopa

Lemmy-Kilmister-1978-billboard-650
Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images

Lemmy Kilmister, British rock bassist and singer with British heavy metal band Motorhead, poses with his bass guitar with fireworks attached, firing sparks from the body, circa 1978.

Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is already immortalized in music -- and in the gaming world as well, apparently.  

Eddie Trunk Remembers Lemmy Kilmister: ‘He Was a True Gentleman and the Real Deal in Every Way’ 

According to gaming website Kotaku, Nintendo product analyst Dayvv Brooks named the Koopalings (Bowser’s minions) in the Mario realm.    

“Music has always been a big part of my life. I’ve been a DJ for years and have been a music collector for even longer,” Brooks told Kotaku. “When I first saw the group of seven Koopalings, music was on my mind. 

Lemmy Kilmister: The Late Motorhead Frontman’s Billboard Chart History 

From Beethoven to Iggy Pop, Brooks' cast of Super Mario minions crosses genres.  

“That brings us to Lemmy. In addition to being a great name, it’s perfect for a video game character,” Brooks explained to Kotaku. “This Koopaling struck me as being the kind of character who would do his own thing, no matter what anyone else thought. I think it was those crazy eyes. Lemmy Koopa was in the crew.”

Game on, Lemmy. 

THE BILLBOARD BIZ
SUBSCRIBER EXPERIENCE

The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.


To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.