Faygo may not be as famous as Coca Cola or Pepsi, but back in the '90s the company licensed Super Mario to appear on some of its beverages. Fast forward to today, and the firm's Instagram account has just triggered a wave of speculation about a possible undiscovered Super Mario Easter egg.
The post is question shows some of the Super Mario-branded drinks from the past, along with a rather cryptic message:
What would you say if we told you there was a Faygo Easter egg in the game that no one has found to this day?
As you can imagine, this has caused some to speculate that Faygo knows more than it's letting on; could an unearthed Easter egg really exist in a past Mario adventure?
The containers shown in the photo date from around 1993, and the closest Mario outing to that is Super Mario All-Stars on the SNES. Could that game contain a secret, or is this simply a case of Faygo's social media team stirring things up to create awareness around the (rather obscure) drinks brand?
You decide, and after you've done that, be sure to post a comment below.
Mario in Alcoholic drinks ?
@Anti-Matter No Faygo is a soft drink.
I have never heard of Faygo before..
It's a regional brand. I've seen it in Ohio a lot.
@ballistic90 I'm in the midwest Chicago so I should have seen it.
@Anti-Matter Have you never heard of Root Beer before? It's not beer.
Never heard of Faygo here in Missouri. Interesting.
@ANeonChicken My grandfather lives in Cleveland and always had bottles of the soda in his fridge when I was a kid. I currently live in Pennsylvania and I've never seen it around here. It's possible it's just an Ohio thing.
@ANeonChicken - it's a Detroit brand, Rock & Rye is pretty stellar, but other then that it is cheap and has a ton of different flavors and most of them are ehh
ICP use to....or still do use Faygo as part of their stage show which made it a more common name but unless you live in Michigan, Faygo is mostly unknown
@Gerbwmu @justin233 @ANeonChicken I assume it's similar to Fanta possibly?
Not gonna lie, I'm now curious as to what their drinks taste like. I guess their marketing strategy works.
@Shadowflash They're par with some store brands of soda.
@Gerbwmu @ballistic90 Well I wikied it and it says that they sell in the midwest, and other parts of the country as well. Mid Atlantic and
Central Southern regions and Canada as well.
@Anti-Matter No it's Root Beer 😂. It's non alcoholic. You don't have root beer where you're from? You're missing out man.
@ballistic90 Ah really? Good to know. Thanks.
I've never heard of them.
@ANeonChicken - they might be branching out a little more then in the past. You can't walk into a store in Michigan without seeing it but I seldom see it outside the immediate area.
I do know Michigan transplants in several states who have stores by them that carry it but I don't think it's very common
@ANeonChicken I grew up in Canada and honestly the only time I saw it there was when my grandparents would bring several bottles of the soda with them when they would visit. It was a rather rural part of Canada, but still. I always figured it was just a US thing, honestly.
@Shadowflash Yeah, not something I would go out of my way to try.
@Shadowflash Sprecher root beer is really good root beer company which has a lot of different flavors that you should try if you never heard of them before.
@Shadowflash - Rock & Rye is worth a purchase if you ever see it, kind of a mixture of cream soda and strawberry, and is something different, everything else is about the same as your local grocery budget brand......although probably more variations of flavors with Faygo
Root beer was never a thing outside of North America. I wouldn't even know what it was if it weren't for some video games mentioning it, like Virtue's Last Reward.
@Gerbwmu Ever had Sprecher root beer? Now that is some really good root beer with awesome flavors as well.
Root beer = Liquid germolene.
@Randomlight Not even. You haven't had good root beer then.
The best root beer comes from the tap at A&W. That bottled stuff is garbage in comparison.
Never heard of it. Not buying nasty soda. I dont drink that poison.
@ANeonChicken @Fooligan You would've a hard time finding someone that have heard of root beer outside of the US & Canada. It's virtually unheard of in other countries, even less seen in aisles, and of course most people that have heard of if it would presume it's some kind of beer without being told it's a soft drink.
@ANeonChicken - haven't had it but I'm always on the lookout for a good rootbeer. Couple brewery's in Michigan make good versions but it's hard to find a bottled root beer that compares to fresh off the tap
@Gerbwmu @justin233 Yeah try Sprecher root beer their bottle is good and they have restaurants in Wisconsin that offer fresh off the tap.
Not that available in uk I drink it but most people turn their nose up at it, drinking something that smells and tastes of the pink goo your parents spread on any wound you got as a kid is kind of a shotgun to the kneecap for marketing.
@ANeonChicken I’ll be on the lookout for the bottles around here. I never get to leave Missouri much (although I’d love to - this state kinda sucks).
@ANeonChicken What are you talking about? The root beer I drink has alcohol in it, good old hard root beer. Taste just like the root beer soft drink! hahaha
Yeah, being from Michigan, I know Faygo well. They're a Detroit based company. Any gas station or convenience store, they're just as common as Coke or Pepsi. I remember these Mario promos. I would doubt that Nintendo would include an Easter Egg for a company as obscure as Faygo in one of their games. Think about it, what are the odds of there being ANY product placement in a Mario game, let alone something as obscure as Faygo? Very interesting though!
@TsukiDeity Shhhhh lol
I am saddened by the number of people here who are clearly unfamiliar with Homestuck
I only see Faygo at my Dollar Trees. They're ok. I don't think there's any easter eggs here, maybe a tease at licensing Mario again for their drinks.
Like a drinks from A&W, right ?
Indonesia has a lot of A&W Restaurant now.
And Root Beer everywhere.
And even comes with Tempura Rice Bowl.
@Anti-Matter That looks delicious. It's almost lunch time over here.
Yay, Faygo gets world-wide recognition. And here I thought it would remain stuck as a Midwest American thing
Now if only Vernors could get out there... :/
I strangely remember this from back in the day... I'd hate to see anyone open one of those cans now (shudders)
@Anti-Matter Woooah, A&W have restaurants? I live in the US, and I’m only familiar with their root beer. Weird.
@MeloMan Faygo is pretty common in the Philadelphia area. It’s not just Midwest!
@ballistic90 @Gerbwmu Faygo is sold in Virginia as well, but I've only ever seen it at Sheetz gas stations that I recall atm.
It's everywhere back home near the Wisconsin/Minnesota border. Drank so much of the grape back in college that I couldn't actually taste it anymore....
What exactly is "Rock & Rye"?
We have it all the way down in southern Mississippi/Louisiana
Faygo is big here (well, using the term "big" nicely). From central Wisconsin. Though don't get the reference....? Also, is this the same soda they had in the early 90s? I just remember they had small cans (8oz?) and there were like 4 flavors.
Root Beer is also a flavor that pops up in other forms: There are "Root Beer flavored" candies, in particular hard candies shaped like little brown barrels. It's also one of the 5 flavors of "Bottle Caps" candies, which are sort of like Sweet Tarts.
It's also one of the flavors some brands of Italian ices offers.
@ballistic90 naw i have seen it in texas and alabama
Pretty sure I drank some of this... and I think Shasta had some Mario and Yoshi sodas back in the 90's also?
root beer might just be the most disgusting thing america has ever invented
I lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan for about 10 years and eeeeveryone knows Faygo. It ain't bad, as far as sodas go. They have some unique flavors!
Except Rock and Rye. That flavor can Rot and Die.
@manu0 I can think of thousands of worst things that we've created. Guy Fierri's pretty gross. Country Music always leaves a bad taste. American Idol.
Yeah exactly Juggalo juice. I live in Indiana and it's everywhere. I remember Faygo vending machines as a kid. It's a cheap soda alternative to the likes of Coke and Pepsi.
@imgrowinglegs There have been A&W restaurants since your parents (or even grandparents!) were kids. They are kind of like Dairy Queen. I think they fell out of favor and maybe even went regional for a while, but now they are a Yum brand. In my area, they are usually in the same building with a Long John Silvers. I have to believe the quality has taken a hit.
That's a blast from the past! I grew up in Michigan so Faygo was all part of life. I never even realized when I moved away that I don't see Faygo in the stores anymore.
@ballistic90 I live in Western PA and we have faygo.
I just watched an older show on Netflix in the last week or so and noticed one of the characters drinking a soft drink with Mario on the can. I tried pausing it to see what the brand was and couldn't make it out, but this is definitely the same can. Can't for the life of me think of what show it was, though....couldn't have been very good...
Edit: Gilmore Girls, maybe? My wife watches that show all the time. I think it was the daughter drinking it...
The article doesn't mention other, weirder titles that came out around then, more likely to hold the easter egg, such as the three Mario Early Years titles, and Mario's Time Machine.
For those who have not heard of Root Beer... does it not also go by the name of Sarsaparilla? Or am I wrong about that? Probably!
@bluedogrulez - it's like a cross between Strawberry and Cream Soda and very fizzy.......people either love it or despise it's existence.
I happen to think it is the only Faygo worth buying.....except when I was super poor & their 20oz were half the cost of the national brands at gas stations. Then I had a car full of empty Faygo bottles
@Ras Ah, yeah - looks like the nearest location is like 90 minutes away from me. Doesn’t seem too common around here.
And it also says A&W Restaurants have been around since 1923. Wooooahhh, that definitely predates my parents AND grandparents, haha.
@Ooyah Sarsparilla isn’t the same thing. It’s close though!
I had the short cans shown Int the lower right corner of that picture. It came in Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi flavors. I remember not liking the Mario one as much, and Yoshi being my favorite. This is also well before I owned a Nintendo, but I was still indoctrinated early. Had no idea it was a Faygo product. Thank goodness I never fell into the Dark Carnival.
I also didn't realize Root Beer was a strictly US beverage. I recommend giving it a try if you ever happen to have it available. Its too sweet for me to drink on any sort of regular basis though.
who knew Mario was a Juggalo
If you’re a current (or former) Juggalo, Faygo is like the nectar of the Faces of the Dark Carnival.
Their root beer is pretty bangin though
@manu0 Calling bull on that. A Root Beer Float(Root Beer poured over a few scoops of vanilla ice cream and stirred) is just what Doctor Mario ordered for a long summer day.
@sp_initiate-001 if you want to contribute to america's steady (probably soon declining) life expectancy..then sure, go right ahead...
@Falkor While it's not for a drink, Mario has been used in promotional activities for outside companies in the past:
Other than the whole feed fighting over what root beer is. Or dandelion and burdock in the UK. What is the point of this article?
Well all this soda talk is sure interesting, but is anyone going to talk about this alleged Easter egg?
This is not what I was expecting from this comment section.
For those of you that can't see what the text of the post says, it says:
"What would you say if we told you there was a Faygo Easter egg in the game that no one has found to this day?"
I live just outside of Detroit this is a Michigan brand pop sold in Michigan and Ohio. Rock and Rye is my favorite flavor. Look the other day no Mario on the bottles so far
@Falkor Product placement? Mario Kart 8 would like to have a word.
Oh! Is Dandelion and Burdock the UK equivalent of Root Beer? Because Dandelion and Burdock tastes like cough medicine which has been produced in the bowels of Satan.
I remember buying these from the 98¢ Clearance Center in the 90's.
@Anti-Matter Stop, you are making me hungry!!
I love root beer (my favorite beverage, specially vanilla-flavored) and Japanese-inspired food is my favorite also (I lived in Japan for 3 years).
Ah yes, the Homestuck soda.
Did live in Ohio when I was young don't remember the brand though. Currently in Texas and we're fortunate to have Dr. Pepper/seven up as our "cheap brand" which I think is a national brand now... If anyone can confirm? RC cola also, anyone had a RC as a kid?
Yeah I'd like to talk about that too! I'm very sceptical of this as ROM hackers have been all over the Mario games looking for unused levels, sprites, backgrounds, etc.
Assuming they are referring to Super Mario All-Stars, I've checked The Cutting Room Floor and they have pretty extensive info on unused text and sprites in that game and there's no obvious evidence of any root beer product placement.
It's a very curious claim for them to make, but it's always exciting when we genuinely find something new in these old games. Hopefully we'll find out what Faygo are going on about soon.
Surely not... Some random company has PP in mario.... Show me the proof.
I lived in Detroit (Flint, 1993-1999) from 1980-1993 and still live in Michigan and some Faygo flavors are on par or better than the national brands. Especially their Root Beer, Red Pop, and Rock and Rye (Pepsi did create a better version with lots of caffeine back in 1995-1999, Josta, one of my holy grails of soda). They just brought back a great flavor I haven;t had since the mid 90s, Artic Sun.
Heck, even the Kroger brand (Citrus Drop) Diet Mountain has a better tastes than the actual stuff IMO.
I also believe the Mario flavors came back in 1998 if memory serves me right. I was working as a bagger/stocker in a grocery store at the time from 1997-1999.
What cryptic message? I really feel like I'm missing something here...
Fellow Michigander here. Love the peach faygo! Not too many companies make a peach soda. There's that and kroger as far as i know. Used to be a peach fresca but that was discontinued years ago
Luigi is playable
@Ooyah dude D&Baint that bad lol
@Ooyah sarsaparilla tends to have a stronger herbal taste than root beer
Not sure if it showed or not, but I kind of dislike it. lol However... I am informed that it is something of an acquired taste, perhaps?
One thing is for sure... it has one hell of a great name!
@Fooligan I’m British and root beer doesn’t really exist over here. I love the stuff. I mean really love the stuff. Everyone I know who ive forced it upon despises it. Glad there’s another human being out there who loves it.
@Damo Which cryptic message are you referring to? I don't see one.
The only thing I see in the photo is 'look inside to win Nintendo prizes', which seems to be referring to some lottery.
But what does that have to do with a possible easter egg in Mario games? I don't get it (or maybe I'm just too tired today ^^).
@Ooyah haha true, mind you I have had worse things in my mouth than D&B lol
@aesc Ah! Now I get it.
Thanks mate! 👍
@Damo I believe there was another Mario outing before Super Mario All-Stars: the Mario movie. I had always assumed the drink came out as part of the movie hype, like the Mario movie toys.
Also I have never heard of Faygo before, but this post might have closed a mystery between me and my friend. His dad once bought a "gas station Mountain Dew", as my friend called it, from somewhere unknown and we never saw it again. We wondered what it was actually called.
Actually funny this popping up because I got my ticket to see ICP next month
Ive never tasted faygo though because I grew up and live in London
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