Dayvv E. Brooks (formerly spelled "Dayv Brooks") is a former employee of Nintendo of America. His most notable contribution to the Mario franchise was naming the Koopalings as part of his job of smoothing out rough Japanese-to-English translations during the localization of Super Mario Bros. 3. He currently lives in Missouri where he works as an internet marketing specialist for Bass Pro Shops.
Dayvv Brooks was a fan of Nintendo long before becoming an employee. After seeing an ad in a newspaper, Brooks applied for a job as a game play counselor, himself having previously called the tip line for assistance with a difficult NES game. He enjoyed and excelled at the game, dropping out of college and advancing in the company, first as a game play counselor manager and then participating in some marketing projects. He eventually joined the R&D department as a product analyst, with one of his early tasks being to help localize games by improving the writing quality of basic Japanese-to-English translations. Two such games were Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World, with Brooks providing the English names for all of the characters, among other things. Before coming to Nintendo, Brooks worked at Tower Records and had experience DJing, and drawing on this love of music, he named most of the Koopalings and Reznor after musicians. Brooks worked at Nintendo from 1988 to 1993, and has been an internet marketing specialist at Bass Pro Shops since 1999.
Credited as "Dayv Brooks" in all cases.
- Super Mario Bros. 3 - uncredited
- Super Mario World - Special Thanks (international version only)
- Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins - Special Thanks
- Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 - Special Thanks
- "I worked at NOA from 1988 to 1993 and, among other things, named all of the characters in SMW and SMB3. [...] and yes...I had one less 'v' in my name back then." ~ Dayvv Brooks. July 18, 2012.
- As confirmed by Dayvv Brooks via email. July 20, 2012.
- Klepek, Patrick. (December 29, 2015). How A Mario Character Was Named After Motorhead's Lemmy. Kotaku. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
- "Larry Koopa was named after Larry Mullen Jr." ~ Dayvv Brooks, July 18, 2012.
- "Reznors were named after Trent Reznor. Source: Me. I named the characters for US SMB3." ~ Dayvv Brooks, July 18, 2012.