Mario creator Shigeru Minamoto is finally clearing the air about some Mario myths us fans of the franchise have had for ages. In a video for Nintendo UK, Minamoto is asked a series of questions about our favorite plumber, where he refutes or affirms each theory.
Here are the questions Minamoto was asked. (Not the answers, you’ll have to watch the video below for those!)
- “Is Mario named after former Nintendo of America warehouse landlord Mario Segale?”
- “Is the Mario shown on the original Super Mario Bros. packaging about to lose a life?”
- “Would you let Dr. Mario operate on you?”
- “Was Super Mario Bros. 3 all just a performance?”
- “When Bob-Ombs perish, do they turn into Boos?”
- “Do you know who Bowser Jr.’s mother is?”
- “Does Mario break blocks with his fist?”
- “Are any of your courses featured in Super Mario Maker?”
In case you were confused on what that last question was referring to, the Super Mario Maker is a game for Wii U coming out on September 11th where you can make your own Super Mario courses!
Fans will surely keep speculating their own theories about Bowser Jr.’s parentage, but otherwise, these kinds of answers can’t get more official than straight from Minamoto himself!