Shigeru Miyamoto Answers Mario Myths… And Names Bowser Jr’s Mother

Well, it’s finally here! Shigeru Miyamoto has answered everyone’s Mario related questions as part of a video promo for Super Mario Maker, including such things as whether SMB 3 was a play or who Bowser Jr’s mother is in the series! Here’s the video, from Nintendo’s Youtube channel:

It’s pretty self explanatory (and hilarious) in its own right, but we’ll post a summary of each point regardless, along with some of our personal thoughts on each answer given by Miyamoto:

Is Mario named after former Nintendo of America warehouse landlord Mario Segale?

*Shigeru Miyamoto nods*

Well, that confirms that then. Not like anyone was really doubting the story, but it’s now triple confirmed.

Is the Mario shown on the original Super Mario Bros packaging about to lose a life?

No apparently. Of course, you should keep in mind two things here:

1. He’s in front of the blocks, not underneath them. The lava is probably in the background.


Above: The US box art.  Mario is in front of the wall, nor falling to his doom.

2. Super Mario Bros 1 had different box art in Japan.

Japanese SMB Box

Above: Super Mario Bros 1’s Japanese box art.

Either way, Mario is not about to lose a life on either box.

Would you let Dr Mario operate on you?

*Shigeru Miyamoto makes ‘Oh hell no’ motion*

Miyamoto traumatised

Above: You can see the fear in his face… Or maybe the arm motions.

Does anyone not agree with him here? Dr Mario does not look like he has a genuine medical license.


Above: Not a real doctor.  Don’t trust him with your personal health.

Was Super Mario Bros 3 all just a performance?

In case you’re wondering, this stems from an observation made years ago that the game opens with a curtain rising and various parts of the levels seem to be hung from the walls or ceiling rather than being ‘real’ places. You can find it here:

But regardless of its origin, it’s true. Miyamoto nods and confirms Super Mario Bros 3 was all just a play.

When Bob-ombs Perish, do they turn into Boos?

No apparently. Whether this means bob-ombs don’t die, they simply become a different type of ghost or that boos are just another species… is never really elaborated on.

Do you know who Bowser Jr’s mother is?

*Shigeru Miyamoto nods and points to himself*

Miyamoto Pointing

Above: The moment that left many Mario fans utterly horrified.

Okay, we DID NOT need that horrible mental image. Worse yet, we bet anything that somewhere, some desperate fan fic writer is working on some sort of Miyamoto X Bowser relationship fic. That’s something that none of us here at Gaming Reinvented look forward to reading.

Bowser Miyamoto traumatised


Above: Bowser + Miyamoto = Bowser Jr?


Then again… at least it’s not fan art. Pictures of Miyamoto and Bowser being intimate is not exactly something anyone has ever wanted to see.

Does Mario break blocks with his first?

Yes again, according to Mr Miyamoto. He even makes the same pose as Mario!


Above: Miyamoto goes to break an imaginary brick block

Are any of your courses featured in Super Mario Maker?

And finally, Shigeru Miyamoto says that no, he has no courses featured in Super Mario Maker.

Weird? Yes to some degree. You’d think the guy behind Mario and much of the series in general would have made some of the courses featured on the disc by default. But no, apparently there are no courses by Miyamoto featured there.

Ah well, he’ll supposedly be making some courses with the tool later on, so that’s something to look forward to.

So that’s the Mario myths answered apparently. Not sure where exactly the myths came from (did Nintendo put out a call for questions on Twitter or something), but Mr Miyamoto has answered them none the less.

What did you think of Miyamoto’s question answering? Did you really want to know that Mr Miyamoto was apparently Bowser Jr’s mother?


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