Mario, What’s Your Deal?!

Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 12.56.51 PM.pngOn Thursday, Nintendo unveiled their newest console, the Switch, along with a slew of future games and a whole lot of questions.
One of these games is the next main series Mario entry, Super Mario Odyssey.

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During the trailer for this game, Mario jumps out of a sewer and is in what looks to be a world populated by regular humans. I make the ‘regular humans’ distinction here because I’m not so sure that Mario is a regular human. At least, not anymore.

So, a few theories that I came up with during the night when I took my dog out:

  • Weird gravity in the Mushroom Kingdom has made Mario shorter?

Here’s some information about how gravity affects height from a 2011 Live Science article-

“On Earth we experience the steady hand of gravity at 1 g force constantly throughout our lifetimes. On other planets in our solar system, that’s just not possible. … According to NASA, most astronauts grow about 2 inches while they’re in space because the reduced gravity causes the fluid between the vertebrae to expand. They lose the height within 10 days of returning to Earth’s crushing gravity. Because of the growth, NASA uses space suits that have extra room to accommodate the additional height.
… Mars settlement-proponent Robert Zubrin has theorized that children born on other planets with lower gravity, like Mars, which has just one-third of Earth’s gravitational pull would in fact grow taller by a few inches than they would have on Earth.
… Unfortunately, the biggest problem with [those born on lower-gravity planets] may surface if low-gravity-born humans tried to return to Earth. They’d experience three times their home gravity and could suffer serious bone problems.”
In order for Mario to be compressed and lose height, the gravity in the Mushroom Kingdom would have to be higher than gravity on regular Earth. But in order for the gravity to be higher in the Mushroom Kingdom, that would mean it would have to be on a completely separate planet from Earth. This isn’t necessarily a theory I’m subscribing to right now.
  • Everyone in the Mushroom Kingdom is smaller or has different proportions compared to people in the ‘real’ world and, thus, Mario’s own body adapted to the conditions in the Mushroom Kingdom?

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In this picture from Super Mario Odyssey showing Mario next to one of his class enemies, the Spiny, Mario is only slightly taller than it.

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Comparing the characters in the height chart from to the above pictures from the game, Mario does have similar proportions to characters that inhabit the Mushroom Kingdom, while being much stockier and shorter than the normal human woman and man.


Aside from the enormous monsters and very small Toads and Babies, characters are roughly similar in size.

According to this Height and Weight Guide, Mario’s canonical height is 155 cm, which is roughly equivalent to 5.1 ft.

Unless everyone in New Donk City is over 10 feet tall, Mario shouldn’t look that tiny. If these are normal humans, that is.

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So, here’s the theory I’m now going with as most likely:

  • Judging the way the other humans look in New Donk City, is this some kind of simulation that Mario has entered?

It may explain why everyone is dressed in those nondescript suits and look so different from Mario. And why all the things decorating this world seem so much larger than Mario in comparison.

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In this picture, Mario looks like he’ll barely be taller than the fire hydrant once he’s standing beside it! So that’s either a gigantic fire hydrant or something isn’t quite right here.

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