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Super Mario Odyssey developer finally clarifies Toad’s hat or head conundrum

by Danny Zepeda | February 5, 2018February 5, 2018 12:30 pm EST

One of the biggest mysteries haunting Mario fans for decades is the debate over Toad’s head. It that his real head or a hat like many have theorized? Super Mario Odyssey developer Yoshiaki Koizumi has settled the debate once and for all.

In a video posted by Nintendo where Mr. Koizumi answers some of the hottest Mario questions, he tackled the Toad debate head on. His answer was succinct and to the point: “So that, as it turns out, is actually Toad’s head. I’m going to have to leave it to all of your to figure out exactly how that works. Maybe there’s something inside.”

So there it is, Toad’s head is an actual head.

Mr. Koizumi wasn’t done shedding light on the nature of many popular characters. Here is his response to the question of why Mario has nipples but doesn’t have a belly button.

Well, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t really expect that to be a topic among fans. 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.

He also answered the personal question about Mario’s relationship with Peach and now Pauline, the mayor of New Donk City.

I would appreciated it if we could respect the privacy of those 3 at this time.

Lastly, he shed some light as to why some elements of certain classic Mario games were more heavily featured than others in Super Mario Odyssey.

So, it’s not just Super Mario 64, but there are a lot of other different previous Mario games that we discussed with staff on how we can bring up interesting nostalgic callbacks from. But because Super Mario 64 is very important as kind of a spiritual predecessor to the concept of 3D Mario games, I think we went particularly heavy on elements from that one.

The whole interview is quite informative and interesting. You can watch it down below.

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Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...