Remember when everyone saw Mario‘s nipples for the first time? The internet had a lot of thoughts about September’s Nintendo Direct presentation, which clearly showed the plump little plumber’s bare nips.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 13, 2017
It didn’t take long for folks to start asking questions about shirtless Mario, but the biggest query of all? Where the fuck is his belly button?
Now, it’s not uncommon for Nintendo to just ignore these kinds of questions. You don’t make games as good as Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey if you waste time on why the characters have certain physical attributes. But it’s happened, friends. The company has finally addressed Mario’s nips.
Posted to Nintendo’s YouTube channel, a short video interview with Odyssey producer, Yoshiaki Koizumo, navigates a few of the red hot questions fans have been wanting answers to for ages. On the subject of shirtless Mario, Koizumi didn’t think it was gonna be such a big deal.
“Well, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t really expect that to be a topic among fans,” he said. “Once I heard that people were talking so much about Mario’s belly button, it made me start to think about whether we should revisit the topic on the design side.”
I mean, there’s not a lot to grasp onto there, but maybe that hints at more half-naked Marios in the future? The team simply didn’t think old mate’s nipples would freak you all out so much.
Koizumi also touched on another contentious topic – Toad‘s enormous head. Is the entire thing part of his anatomy, or is it just a hat? We presented the arguments for this a little while ago and came to the conclusion that it was most likely a part of his body.
Welp, it just so happens that theory was bang-on, pals. “So that, as it turns out, is actually Toad’s head,” Koizumi said. “I’m going to have to leave it to all of you to figure out exactly how that works. Maybe there’s something inside.”
So there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth. You can suss out the whole video below.
Oh, and Mario’s relationship with Peach and Pauline? Don’t you even fucking ask, mate.
“I would appreciate it if we could respect the privacy of those 3 at this time,” Koizumi said.Image: Nintendo