In the build up to Super Mario Odyssey, there was an amusing meme that emerged from some prerelease footage of the game which showed off Mario running around on the beach with his shirt off. Naturally, the internet immediately went wild over the fact that Mario’s nipples were so prominently displayed, and now Yoshiaki Koizumi, Odyssey’s producer, has spoken with his thoughts on the subject.
In a recent video interview, Koizumi answered a slew of fan questions relating to the game, addressing the topic of Mario’s nipples and lack of a belly button. Koizumi said he was surprised by the internet’s reaction, but he seemed quite amused by the reception. Another interesting tidbit was the final confirmation that Toad’s head is indeed is head, not just a hat that he wears. It's a great interview all in all, hopefully Nintendo starts doing more of these.
What do you think? Did you always wonder that about Toad? Have you been enthralled by Mario’s nipples? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Wish he would have told us who the mother of the Koopalings and Bowser Jr. is. Ah well, there's always the next Mario game.
I knew it wasn't a hat! That's the real leading news
...And that's the scoop on Mario's nips and the big mystery surrounding Captain Toad.
But what about Toadette? What deep, dark secrets does she harbor under her "cap"? Is it also part of her head? Does Bowser really keep Goombas as pets? Is Peach really as devoted to Mario as she appears? Does Luigi have a secret crush on Pauline? Find out next time on...KoizumiLife!
To Be Continued
The quality of Mario's nipples should be the benchmark test for every future Nintendo system.
This is old news. I posted this in the forum 6 months ago. 😏
Luigi is Mario's sibling
By logic, if Mario has nipple, so does Luigi...
I was just playing Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (the 3DS remake), and there's a scene where Toad walks in on Mario in the shower.
Mario has NO NIPPLES!
Is the M&L Mario an alternate universe Mario?
@vincentgoodwin Actually yes. Same with Paper Mario, but that one is way more obvious.
@vincentgoodwin nah, it’s just earlier on in the timeline from before Mario grew nipples.
@-DG where has it been confirmed that M&L is a different universe? I know Paper Mario is obviously a different universe (Paper Jam makes that apparent) but I don’t remember any confirmation that M&L isn’t the “regular” Mario universe - I do remember some point Nintendo claimed the game’s are more or less like stage productions by the characters (with SMB3 literally having stage backdrops) but I’m not sure where I saw that and would have to dig and try to find it...
@-DG here it is https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.polygon.com/platform/amp/gaming/2012/9/25/3407672/miyamoto-the-mario-cast-is-a-troupe-of-actors-and-bowsers-kids-are
The reason Mario Doesn't have a Belly Button is simple. Mario was not birthed like normal people. Mario was delivered by a Stork who was attacked and accidentally dropped him on Yoshi's Island. So its as simple as that, mario just never had a cord to cut.
@crackafreeze I am almost certain that Miyamoto has confirmed before that the Koopalings do infact have a mother, but Miyamoto's not ready yet to show who it is.
The world needs to know.
@crackafreeze http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-09-25-miyamoto-doesnt-know-who-bowser-jr-s-mom-is-but-explains-marios-hair-colour ok nevermind, he said that the Koopalings were actually adopted and Bowser JR is Bowsers only kid, but Miyamoto doesn't know who the mother is. So maybe one day we will get to see Bowsers wife
@ShadJV Lol. So the Koopalings are adopted? Which I guess technically keeps them as Bowser's children.
Which kind of stinks cause I find Bowser Jr to be a bit lame compared to the Koopalings.
I'm also a total Mario/Pauline shipper. Dating Peach seems to be too much work.
Mario and Peach = Adam and Eve.
They have no belly button.
@UmbreonsPapa well yeah, Bowser Jr is literally a smaller brattier version of Bowser. Heck, I used to mix up Bowser Jr and Baby Bowser and honestly I don’t think that matters, they’re basically identical in personality and similar in design. The Koopaings were at least always distinct in design and even recently have distinct personalities (Morton is my favorite, he’s so dumb and I love it). I’m okay with them being adopted though, it lets them be more varied. Perhaps someday we’ll see an origin story for them, though I wouldn’t hold my breath, Nintendo rarely cares about character building with the Mario characters (though they’re always willing to introduce new characters with deeper backstories like Rosalina).
I don't see what the big deal is regarding Mario's nips. As for Toad, contradictions ahoy. Explain this then please?
I suppose we should conveniently forget this. The whole Toad thing is nonsense anyway. Remember they also said that Toads are genderless. Nonsense!
Explain this image from SM3DW please?
Or why female characters have hair? Is it just a tuft at the front?
I really dont understand why are Mario's nipples so talked about. He is human and humans have nipples.
@SanderEvers he is
I guess if people complain about Mario's nipples, it's because they found nothing else to complain about.
Surely Mario just has his shorts pulled up so high they are covering his belly button?
This was nothing more than a silly internet meme. I really don't see what people got so worked up about. I may be only 26 years old, but on the internet sometimes I feel like an old man when I see the various nonsense people obsess over sometimes.
Still, it's totally harmless, unlike that Tide pod nonsense.
@chardir This makes him the Simon Cowell of the gaming fashion world.
People are strange.
All the Toads have been consistently featuring this head for decades, why would anyone think it's not their head but a hat? Do these people think human hair is just a head? Really strange and stupid questions...
And I never understood the childish obsession with Mario's. They're barely noticeable, get over it already.
Instead if talking about a game's qualities and flaws, people are stuck talking about meaningless optics. I don't get it...
@ShadJV @UmbreonsPapa @patbacknitro
Just so you know, Miyamoto never said the Koopalings are adopted, he said that they aren't his children at all, and Nintendo recently reconfirmed it. They always say that Bowser J.r is Bowser's only son and that the Koopalings aren't siblings and aren't related to Bowser at all, being Bowser's Minions in the new games, not Bowser's adopted children. You can read that Bowser Jr. is Bowser's only son in the Japanese trophy of Bowser Jr. in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, you can read this as well in Bowser Jr.'s bio in the Minion Quest part of Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. You can also read in the Japanese bio of Ludwig in New Super Mario bros. Wii that the Koopalings are currently comrades in Japan, not siblings (https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/smnj/story/chara_12.html).
On the other hand, the current Japanese Mario Portal clearly states that in Super Mario Bros. 3 the Koopalings are Bowser's chidlren and are siblings, showing that the continuity has been deliberately refused: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/character/mario/collection/search.html#?g=series&v=mariobros
The Koopalings never were depicted as adopted children and Nintendo so far in these ten years always refused this depitction, for good reasons, too. They were conceived as Bowser's children during the first redesign of Bowser that led to the Bowser we all know and love, as this sketch made by Kotabe and Tezuka showed:
Pretending that they never were actually Bowser's children but rather adopted chidlren all the time would be disrepectful toward the two who clearly designed the Koopalings along with Bowser, while stating that before they were Bowser's children and now they aren't related at all maintains the original story (and the work made by Kotabe and Tezuka) intact.
@patbacknitro Oh my gosh, that thing you said about Mario's belly button actually makes sense in a way.
Toad is all head? Say no more 😂
The first several questions (including the nipples one) only got meaningless non-answers. That was a bit disappointing, but I should have expected it.
Anyway, about the missing belly button, I think it's just covered by his pants.
His lack of a bellybutton suggests he wasn't actually born like other mammals, which makes sense as he is a creature of spawned of thought, but then this doesn't explain why he has mammalian feeding apparatus (even if it is mostly redundant in males of the species). This suggests, to me, that they gave Mario nipples just for pleasure rather than function. As explained in the video he may have multiple ladies on the go, and seeing as his nipples appear to be solely for pleasurable purposes, he may also have some other pleasure-giving/receiving "tackle", although whether he is able to procreate is unclear....
...but seeing as he was created by a man it would be difficult for him to be born by traditional means anyway, so he is obviously some sort of clone/homunculus/Chimaera with no real need for a belly button. This suggests he is sort of like a mule or a Tigon and is more than likely sterile.
This thread oh my Lord XD
So, Mario's Nipples, Toad's head, Yoshi's "saddle/shell". What's next? What else will Nintendo confirm?
@HauntingNostrils Holy shiz you took a simple Nipple reveal to a whole new level O_O
It's a gift. Also, I have no explanation for how the abomination that is Kirby works.
Ha! I thought I remembered an instance of Toad taking off his hat!
I think for those complaining about this discussion and whether its a valid one, I think the whole point is that you're supposed to put your imagination caps on and just play along. I think on an intellectual level, we all know its silly.
@BlackenedHalo I think the only reason is that often in Japanese media characters won't have nipples. e.g., Link in BOTW.
@ShadJV I guess I don't have any concrete proof to reference for that claim. I always thought it was known to be a different universe, but I could be wrong. Mario and Luigi both have a different look amd feel to them in the M&L series, and Peach's castle looks totally different than it usually does, but I guess that's all I've got for evidence at the moment... hm.
@Mister_Wu I didn’t claim they were adopted though, just was responding to someone else’s claim saying I’d prefer they were adopted than be Bowser’s offsprings, the point of the article I posted was that the game’s are meant to be like stage productions and the characters are all an acting troupe. All I personally knew about the koopalings is, as of current canon, they are not Bowser’s kids.
So many avoided questions... I bailed halfway through
@-DG well Peach’s castle looks different in nearly every Mario game anyways. Even between Mario 64, Galaxy, and Odyssey (whether interiors or exteriors). This is amplified in appearances in games like Mario Kart, Mario Party, and Smash Bros (though that last one is a stretch). Given Nintendo’s official response to Mario Kart’s logic that the characters are like an “acting troupe”, I’d consider that canon, so I think differences in things like the art style are just interpretations. Personally without any actual confirmation I’d assume any given Marios are the same universe outside of Paper Mario which has had official confirmation in game.
@ShadJV You're probably right. Plus Odyssey's Bowser and his crazy plot to marry Peach was totally something we would see in a Mario & Luigi game.
Well that interview told us practically nothing for almost all of the questions asked.
@Prizm It was like an interview with a politician. Completely non-commital and vague.
Face it, if they knew 35 or so years ago that we'd be arguing this stuff today, they would have spent an extra 5 minutes writing an origin story and sticking to it.
"Toad's mushroom cap confirmed to be a head is what's noteworthy. Looks like the Super Mario Bros. cartoons were wrong, but they were inaccurate anyways."
The idea of the cap being a hat always made sense to me (I would still say it makes sense).
Mario is a female now (just kidding i know men have nipples)
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