Super Mario Odyssey Producer Confirms Toad is Not Wearing a Hat

The age-old question has finally been answered: Super Mario Odyssey's Toad is not wearing a hat; the white and red cap is his head.

on February 6, 2018 11:08 AM

The age-old question that has perched itself in the back of psyches everywhere has finally been answered: Toad’s Mushroom cap is, in fact, not a cap at all according to Super Mario Odyssey producer Yoshiaki Koizumi.

The video went on to answer several of the key questions that come up when addressing Super Mario canon such why Mario does not have a belly button, Mario’s relationship status, and of course, whether Toad’s top was a hat or not.

This video, however, seems to bring about more questions than answers:

“So that, as it turns out, is actually Toad’s head, 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.”

Does the mushroom contain a brain? If so, how protective is its casing? Are all of his essential organs contained in the cap and the rest of his body filled with plush? Hopefully, a full anatomical report will be published soon.

The other two questions were dodged by Koizumi-san. The absence of Mario’s belly button, for example, was excused because the developers never thought people would care–they were wrong.

“Well to be perfectly honest, I didn’t really expect that to be a topic among fans. 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.”

Last but not least, we got a response on the matter of Mario’s relationship with Peach and Pauline:

“I would appreciate it if we could respect the privacy of those three at this time,” Koizumi-san said.

While Super Mario lore delvers will appreciate the teases given here, as they will be able to speculate even further, the huddled masses who are yearning for answers to the questions that have haunted generations of gamers may need to wait longer still to finally understand the intricate reasons for Mario’s Clark-Kentian biology and the supposed love triangle at the heart of Super Mario Odyssey.

For more on Super Mario Odyssey, check out the announcement of a new Super Mario movie here, or read up on the upcoming update to the game here.

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Noah Buttner is a staff writer at Dualshockers. He specializes in textual and visual analysis and is based in New York, where he recently obtained a degree in Journalism from Stony Brook University.