We all know that Mario is a pretty super guy, risking his own life on countless occasions to save a princess who never really seems all that grateful for his efforts, but we now have scientific proof that he is indeed a superhero. Not only that, but his physical prowess is so magnificent that he can actually outrun the fastest man on the planet - Usain Bolt. 

The revelation comes from a study conducted by Pedro Henrique Evers, a Logistic Engineer student from Joinville, Santa Catarina in Brazil. The study, which is titled 'The Physics of Super Mario World', has gone into great detail to discover the true size, nature, and physics of the world in the game, using those stats to see how Mario would perform on planet Earth.

Pedro’s analysis discovered that the Mushroom Kingdom respects the basic laws of physics, but that its landmass is actually bigger than Jupiter, the largest planet in our Solar System. By converting the gravitational force generated by such a size, Pedro worked out that Mario's world has a gravitation pull that is 5.5 times higher than on Earth. Essentially, if Mario was on our planet, he'd be able to jump an astonishing 28 meters (91 feet) in height.

It was also found that Mario can technically run at 52 km/h when looking at pure, horizontal speed, a number greater than that of the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt. The world-famous sprinter can reach around 44,5 km/h in a race, meaning Mario could theoretically have taken all those gold medals for himself. Somebody needs to sign this guy up for the next Avengers movie.

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So there you have it, Mario really is a marvel of our time. Not bad for a plump little plumber, eh?