Mario Immortalized in Wax

It’s a sign of the times when a video game character is inducted into an exclusive club populated by the biggest Hollywood legends of all time. Nintendo’s Mario has joined the likes of Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Brad Pitt and Arnold Schwarzenegger as a wax statue in the Hollywood Wax Museum.

Mario, the first video game denizen to be featured at the Hollywood Blvd. attraction, will replace wax statues of Matrix trilogy stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in the museum’s lobby.

Mario games have sold more than 170 million units to date and Nintendo has recently released four new titles just in time for the holidays. Mario Kart Double Dash!! and Mario Party 5 are available for GameCube and Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga were release for Game Boy Advance.