Anybody who's trounced Bowser in Super Mario 64 (and if you haven't, away with you this instant!) will likely be familiar with the line Mario utters as he flings Bowser, King of the Koopas, from the floating platform during the boss battle. Or, more accurately, they'll likely be familiar with the confusion surrounding exactly what the portly plumber is saying.
If you're struggling to recall the original line, skip to 2:00 in the video below for a refresher of the soundbite that birthed so much confusion:
So long-a Bowser? So long, dear Bowser? So longee Bowser? That last one makes no sense at all but that hasn't stopped it being suggested along with many other variations. That is until yesterday when Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario (and therefore something of an authority on what has and what hasn't escaped the plumber's lips) cleared up the confusion with a simple tweet:
Well, there you have it, straight from the horse's mouth - So long Kinga Bowser.
You can't argue with the man who said the line, even if it's obviously "So long, dear Bowser". Debate, conspiracy and memes can finally cease and we're sure this is absolutely the last we'll ever hear of this conundrum on the internet. A more pressing question is: How in the name of all that's good and pure is Charles Martinet not verified on Twitter?!?
What did you hear back in the day when you first flung the giant lizard into those bombs? Let us know below.