The world may have lost its mind about seeing Mario's nipples in Super Mario Odyssey, but it turns out that Nintendo's mascot has shown off a lot more in the past.
Kotaku has unearthed a Japanese manga from the late '80s in which Mario shows off his Crown Jewels. Japanese publisher Kodansha was the company responsible, and it worked alongside Nintendo to create a series of comics based on games in the Super Mario series.
In the Super Mario Land issue, Mario runs into trouble when a Fish Bone jumps out of the water and bites him. The pain is so much that Mario literally jumps out of his overalls, an act which leaves his meat and two veg on display for the whole of Sarasaland to see. Who knew Mario was going commando under his iconic dungarees, right?
The original uncensored version can be seen below. If you are offended by crude drawings of genitalia then don't look, your eyes may explode.
We highly doubt that Nintendo would ever allow something like this to happen in an officially licensed product these days, and we're pretty sure that's a good thing.
[source gonintendo.com, via kotaku.com]
When I woke up today, I knew I‘d get to play Odyssey today and would sooner or later see Mario‘s nips. Sure didn‘t expect to see his genitals, though, lol.
As a plumber I expect him to keep his own Pipework in good working order.
Dang, they missed the opportunity to use a little faucet for humerous censorship.
I wonder if this will be an alternate costume in Odyssey.
Well that was one thing I didn't expect to ever see and probably won't ever unsee. I think the best medicine will be a health dose of Mario Odyssey stat.
At least there isn’t a piranha plant at the end of it.
Won’t someone think of the children?!
Mario Weinstein is his name.
@NickFalk I think that if people were all as offended about penises as the internet leads us to believe, we wouldn't HAVE any children anymore. So yes, I will think of the children. By thinking this sort of thing should not be so "OH NO!".
Hello prude world. Nakedness should not evoke shame. It is natural.
Mario you dirty scoundrel!! That’s hilarious. Do people actually get offended by genitals?
This is relatively tame compared to a certain other Pokémon Manga starring a Clefairy.
Seriously, go look it up.
My eyes exploded.
You can expect a lawsuit, nintendolife!!!!
That's what all the girls are after in the Mushroom kingdom? You'd think Luigi would have a better chance...
Hmmm moustache up top but no... other... um ... moustache down there?
I'm sincerly more curious about the story itself O.O
Why is Daisy in a robot instead then at the final level? Is she trapped in it or is she tricking Mario into saving her land? And most importantly... since Peach always stop at the "nose-kissing" and cake phase, does this mean that Daisy is the only princess that ever saw Mario naked?! O_O;
Edit:...Or maybe that's not Daisy, but Peach?... I just noticed the hairs between the cover and the pages are different... but honestly that would raise even more questions!!! Someone needs to dig into this comic's lore asap O_O;;;
@Fuz I'm offended at that spoiler! 😜
Don't want to know what happens when he gets a mushroom!
Definitly no one have watched dragon ball apparently... This happens almost every other episode lol
@Nincompoop Now that's just tasteless and unfair to Mario!
Something about a small Mario and a 1-up. Maybe this is why he punches Yoshi?
Super Mario Flasher is the worst Nintendo game ever.
@TobiasAmaranth I didn’t think anyone would consider “think of the children” to be taken at face value. 😉
Well now we've visited the Mushroom Kingdom in every sense.
Anyway, Mario's dingle-dangle aside, I can't believe they dropped alien-robot-Peach as a character!
Must have been a cold day.
There is some weird stuff out there
It’s so small.......
Anyone else notice that Peach's (Daisy's?) heart pops out when she looks at Mario's member?
Well now Mario's pipe is burnt permanently in my mind. Thanks Japan!
Honestly, this is very tame for Japan standards.
@RupeeClock wait, what manga? Do you mean Pokémon adventures?
What the . . .?
The way Daisy reacted to it was priceless.
Oh my goodness...
@YoshiPilot Nope, a different one called Pokémon Pocket Monsters
This series has actually been ongoing, for each new Pokémon generation, and is currently set in Alola. Only the first few issues saw localisation.
Every time a woman sees my privates their first reaction is punching me straight up into the air as well.
Quick! Hide this from 4Kids!
It`s only mormon influenced Americans that lose their mind when they see nudity or something as innocent as nipples in videogames, right?? I didn't even think about it when I saw the trailer for Mario Odyssey, but in all reaction videos people are going nuts seeing nipples on Mario.
What the what?
So he's just like any other 5-year old in Japanese media.
But with a big, thick, bushy... Mustache.
I'm honestly more offended by the fact they decided to color red as black and blue as white.
In realistic theory, Bowser, & Yoshi are naked, unless you count their shells. Likewise for DK, unless you count his tie.
This seems pretty tame for a comic possibly meant for kids, considering both how its not depicted in detail, & its country of origin.
I agree that it's extremely doubtful Nintendo would ever allow this for anything they have a say in.
Whichever princess it is(I think Daisy), her reaction is priceless, & hilarious.
Edit: Worth mentioning that Japanese read right to left, so the panels may progress that way. So, Daisy heart popping, before Daisy anticipate/sweat drops.
@BakaKnight It's actually Peach. The text in the lower left says "Inside the robot there's Peach".
And Peach says "Ma... Mario's..." and in the next panel screams "Ecchi!" (something like "you dirty..!" or "you little pervert!" though not that harsh) and smacks Mario so that he flies away.
Wow not only Mario is naked but princess Peach is a badnik too!!!
I can't believe it!
Mario's genitals were so tiny. I wonder if he'll take a 'powerup' now before finally marrying Peach.
Naughty naughty Daisy. I saw that heart and blush!
Nothing out of the ordinary for Japanese media. Just see Shin Chan or Dragon Ball.
That said, leave it to a mere mention of nudity in a non-Western culture to cause the religiously nudist to go on a tirade about it.
Not surprising all things considering. What I want to know is, why the man has only one toe?
"Mario's genitals were so tiny. I wonder if he'll take a 'powerup' now before finally marrying Peach."
Oh, no no no no.....
His Mr. P will be so Huge and.....
Mario may need some Viagr...a Mega Mushroom, because he certainly won't be impressing Peach with that...
@pinta_vodki Thanks for the confirmation and the translation XD
Don't tell me the next game will have pantless Mario.
Dragon Ball does it all the friggin' time, so who cares?
Besides, the context in all these scenes is very much not sexual, thus nuking the issue altogether.
Mario could use one of those magic blue mushrooms, ha!
Well, now we know why Mario can never get any more than a friendly kiss from Peach: She already knows he's not packing much down there.
By the way, is this why Peach didn't care that Mario looked up her dress in the opening cinematic to "Super Mario 3D World"? Do you think she also goes commando?
As @RupeeClock said, this is mild compared to Pokemon Pocket Monsters featuring Gary grabbing Ash's exposed private "Pokeball" by mistake. Both are considered harmless laughs in Japanese standard.
The first chapters of the manga were penned before the games were released, so there were some oddities like towns resembling the dome houses in Dragon Ball Z, and Mewtwo appearing in Viridian Forest.
It is now in my headcannon that this article was researched by Googling the phrase "Has Mario ever shown his c&*#%" and wading through the thousands of Rule 34 fan art.
Wow. I can't believe they got away with that!
@MrWarner14 I can, it's japan. Completely different world over there.
"Whoo Hooo I'm a Wiener!"
@icebear80 “It`s only mormon influenced Americans that lose their mind when they see nudity or something as innocent as nipples in videogames”
Things like that may seem shocking today, but in the 1980s it was pretty normal in Japan back then to include crude humour like casually exposed genitals, even in children's media!
This isn't any much different from the nudity humour in the uncensored, classic original Dragon Ball manga and anime.
@BAN Why did people react so heavily to seeing male nipples on both Mario and Link in their respective trailers. Can it be because nudity and skin showing is a bit less frequent due to mormons influence on mainstream American media and video business? I as a European don't get it :/ Might just be me though...
@icebear80 Haha! Um, no. Sorry, but no. First of all, I don’t think you know much about American media and entertainment if you think it’s prudish. Sure, we don’t have full-frontal nudity on basic network television, but outside of that tiny slice of the pop-culture pie, nudity and sex of various degrees are permanent fixtures in the things Americans produce and consume.
And I know for a fact that Mormonism has nothing to do with it. The US has a population of ~325 million people. Of that, only about six million are LDS (Mormon). Of those, less than half are even active. So you can safely assume that Mormons exert very little influence. As an American who grew up Mormon and still knows a lot of Mormons, I promise you that most Americans either don’t know what Mormonism is or else they reject it outright because it’s completely incompatible with the average American’s lifestyle. Take my word for it, Mormons don’t influence much of anything in this country.
And if they did, pop culture here and probably even the world over would look completely, thoroughly, 100% different. No drinking alcohol, no coffee, no violence, no nudity whatsoever, no drugs, certainly no acceptance of homosexuality, no abortion, and on and on. Sorry to crap on your theory, I’m just always extremely surprised when I come across it.
So no one said a thing about pantsless Mario, but shirtless Mario is a sin? REALLY?!!
nice package mario
very sexy indeed
@BAN If it's not so, why all these reactions? Because like this old cartoon shows, its not something very surprising coming from the Japanese culture. I bet Nintendo might show of Peachs underwear in Odyssey if they find a reason Well I'm not stupid enough to think all Americans are influenced by the Utah cult, but something is making people "enjoy" something normal unnormally much in my honest opinion.
@icebear80 I don’t know where you got your paranoia from, but it’s entirely unfounded. Do you know how many large and powerful religions we have in this country? How many non-Mormon conservatives there are? There are way more evangelical conservatives than there are Mormons, and they HATE Mormons and aren’t even remotely listening to them for moral guidance.
Mormonism is just one of MANY religions in the United States. There are more active Muslims in the United States than there are active Mormons, to give just one example, and they are SIGNIFICANTLY more conservative and uptight than even the most hardcore of Mormons. I promise you that with total confidence. And beyond that, Americans are actually legitimately afraid of offending Muslims, so they arguably have much more control over the US mindshare than the Mormons do, who Americans actively make fun of and openly reject without compunction.
To give an even stronger example, the Catholic Church counts for more than ONE FIFTH of the entire population of the United States. You’d have to be either seriously ignorant or seriously stupid to think that the LDS Church with its measly 1/100th share of the population is more powerful than the Catholics, or that they’re the chief influencer in this country at any level. They don’t really even have total control in Utah anymore.
I’m not trying to be a jerk or anything here, but you need to understand that you’re egregiously ill-informed when it comes to American attitudes, American pop culture, and who’s actually driving it.
Let me phrase my question differently, as you seem to be a reasonable person, did you get excited by seeing Mario's nipples? Cause I'm just wondering if I'm the only one who didn't :/ And my hypothesis is clearly flawed. I know that
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