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Super Mario Bros. 3 Was All Just A Play For Your Amusement, Says Miyamoto

by Mike Futter on Sep 10, 2015 at 05:08 AM

At the opening of Super Mario Bros. 3, the curtain comes up and the stage is set. When you press start, you begin to play. It turns out, you also begin the play.

As we near Mario’s 30th anniversary on September 13, Nintendo’s UK Twitter posted a brief video with Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto dispelling (and confirming some myths about the series). The most interesting is that the long-held theory that Super Mario Bros. 3 didn’t actually happen to Mario is accurate.

You’ll notice that the platforms are affixed to the backdrop. The end of the stage is a simple black background without scenery (exit stage left). The platforms are affixed to the battens suspended above the stage. It was all an elaborate play.

In fact, the image below was circulating the internet a number of years ago. No creator has been attributed with the image, but whomever it was nailed it.

Oh, and he tells us who Bowser Jr.’s mother is. Finally. You can check out the entire video above.


Our Take
These bits of lore are often fun, but what makes this special is the way in which these answers are delivered. There is so much joy in Miyamoto's responses that I'm reminded of getting up early on Saturday mornings to play my NES. It's hard to believe that all started 30 years ago.