Monday, January 23, 2012

Super Mario, King of Japan

A little nuggets of awesomeness hidden in Super Mario Bros. 3, and all but invisible to American children who didn’t appreciate geographical Easter Eggs back in 1988.

So the third world, the seaside one…


That last island, where the final castle is, before you fight Wendy…


Bears a striking resemblance so a certain other chain of islands…


And corresponding to almost exactly to where the castle appears on the Super Mario Bros. 3 map is Kyoto, where Nintendo is headquartered. And, as if to clinch it, the king of this particular castle (once you have rescued him)…


Just happens to bear a striking resemblance to the hero of the game and the guy who made the company a financial success.

Just an amazing little Easter egg that I didn’t appreciate until twenty-four years after I first saved a little kingdom of islands from Wendy O. Koopa. I’d always wondered why this one king looked so much like Mario and thought it was a strange decision on the part of the design team to make him look this way. Now I get why.

(Via.)


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10 comments:

  1. I wonder if Mario is related to this king.

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    1. He's the third Mario brother, Martin, who changed his name because he hates Italian stereotypes.

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  2. Yeah and the bridge is where there's a famous bridge connecting the main island of Honshu to the little island of Shikoku.

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    1. And now I know that the bridges are significant! This is something I did not previously realize.

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  3. God, I love this game. It'll always have a special place in my heart. Anyway, I love little Easter Eggs like this one :)

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    1. As do I. And you can bet that the next one I stumble across I'll post as soon as I am able.

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  4. Weird, I just finished reading Haruki Murakami's "Kafka on the Shore", which prominently features the bridge(s) into Shikoku. Now I'll always be noticing and thinking about that functionless Mario 3 drawbridge by the castle...

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    1. I have not read that particular Murakami. Do you recommend it?

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