Theory: Are all Mario games just reenactments?

After talking about the possible link between The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and the five stages of grief, we’re back with yet another theory centered on a Nintendo franchise — and, in fact, its oldest and starring the company’s iconic character.

This time, let’s check out an idea that’s been around the net for some time: that all Mario-starring games, from the NES to Switch, are just reenactments.

What do we already know?

Just to recap, this idea that all mustachioed games are play-acting didn’t come out of nowhere. Many fans even considered for a while the fact that Super Mario Bros. 3 for NES, for example, it could be directed that way due to the composition of the stages (many platforms appear bolted, it is possible to go to the back of the scenario and even the curtain that opens at the beginning of the game). And in this case, everything was confirmed by Shigeru Miyamoto himself.

Another that ends up receiving a kind of direct confirmation on the journey itself is Super Mario Bros. 2, also released for Nintendo’s 8-bit console. Upon completing the journey, we can see that the whole adventure was just a dream in which Mario, Luigi, Peach or Toad witnessed moments with varied and different enemies.

Details perceived by fans

With that in mind, some fans started looking at other games from the older Big N franchise and at what point they could actually be considered fictional events. And, at least for some of them, the community found explanations, and we’ll cite some of them below:

  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island: according to the understanding of some, the events here would be a story told to a child who is almost asleep, explaining even the slightly more childlike graphic style (with traces of crayons, for example).
  • Super Mario 64: the presence of Lakitu following Mario with a camera makes many believe that this title is a kind of TV show, even more when we realize that the stages are considered “episodes” (Super Mario Sunshine would also fit this possibility by naming its phases in the same way).
  • Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2: another case of titles that could fall under the classification of a story contained in a children’s book being staged by Mario, Rosalina and company.
  • Paper Mario: as the name implies, all the titles of this sub-franchise would be stories in books.

It is always worth remembering that, at least in the case of these, there is no official confirmation from the creators, and many other titles in which Mario presents itself in a way other than jumping on platforms (like Mario Party, Mario Kart and even the other sporting titles) would also be great performances.

(Source: Nintendo/Courtesy)(Source: Nintendo/Courtesy)Source: Nintendo

Another noteworthy point in this regard would be the games in which Mario and Luigi appear both in their adult and infant form — which would be humanly impossible, if we think in a colder way.

Do you believe in all this? All characters in the series Mario are they just actors playing different roles? What are your guesses on each of the titles starring the red-robed plumber and the Mushroom Kingdom troupe?

Share your opinion in the space below for comments, and don’t forget to also check out our articles dealing with two other famous theories: that of Cronus being a representation of Jesus Christ in Chrono Trigger and the final battle of Final Fantasy VI (or III, as it became known here in the West) to be a recreation of The divine Comedy.

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