Super Mario Odyssey producer Yoshiaki Koizumi recently posted a dev talk video in which he addressed the kind of questions that only seem to surround Nintendo games. Chief among those questions was a query regarding whether or not Toad’s mushroom top is a hat or his actual head.
That might sound ridiculous, but you have to admit that you’ve probably asked yourself a version of that question at some point. The topic has reached a fever pitch of debate ever since Super Mario Odyssey made hats a canonical part of the Mario universe. According to Koizumi, though, Toad’s headgear is something that he was born with.
“So that, as it turns out, is actually Toad’s head,” said Koizumi. “I’m going to have to leave it to all of you to figure out exactly how that works out. Maybe there’s something inside…”
What’s strange about that response is that we’ve seen Toad treat his mushroom top like a hat in certain non-video game Mario properties. You would think that Super Mario Odyssey would have given the team an excuse to make Toad’s top a canonical cap, but it seems they are sticking with their guns by saying that it’s his actual head. Needless to say, that visual doesn’t exactly help us sleep well at night.
That video also addresses a couple of other topics that we know are near and dear to the darkest thoughts of Nintendo fans everywhere. For instance, it turns out that the reason Mario has nipples but no belly button in Super Mario Odyssey is because of a possible design oversight.
“Well to be perfectly honest, I didn’t really expect that to be a topic among fans,” said Koizumi on the nipple/belly button debate. “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.”
Koizumi also asked that players no pry into the personal life of Mario by questioning the nature of the Mario/Peach/Pauline relationship dynamic. So far as that goes, we’ll just say that Pauline is mayor of a major metropolitan world and clearly likes hats as much as Mario. Peach, meanwhile, only calls when she’s been kidnapped.