Nintendo has announced an upcoming Nintendo Direct where it will properly reveal the new Super Mario Bros. movie to the world for the first time. And while many people (or at least myself) continue to quake in fear at what the voice cast will sound like, Nintendo has whetted our curiosities with a movie poster that… looks really good! The Toad smiles are juuuust a little uncanny and it’s visually busy, but that business means it’s jam-packed with little secrets for us to unravel. So let’s do just that!
- The castle on top is, of course, Peach’s Castle from Super Mario 64, which is practically the canon design in all Mario media at this point. The giant hill it rests on (a familiar feature of Mario backgrounds) is new, however.
- In general, the vertically aligned landscape is a bit reminiscent of the Super Nintendo World park design — which would make sense, considering potential cross –promotional opportunities.
- The chest on the righthand sign is lifted straight from Super Mario Bros. 3. So are the Music Blocks and P-Switches at the “Antiques” store. The objects are notably pixelated when everything else is silky smooth.
- There’s a Pow Block symbol on a barrel to the left.
- Cheep Cheeps adorn the building in the background of the lower right. One of the Toads is also carrying one that’s been frozen/crystallized. Spooky…
- Biddybuds — enemies debuting in Super Mario 3D Land — waddle around to the right.
- The sign on the far right suggest the building is a fruit parlor, presumably to do with Yoshi.
- Speaking of Yoshi, you can spot a familiar egg under the awning of the Antiques store. We’ll have to see what kind of role the green dino has.
- While he lacks the iconic headlight, the toad to Mario’s left has an adventure knapsack and red color base that suggests he’s Captain Toad (or a reference to the famous explorer).
- Another interesting thing to note unrelated to actual Mario lore is the RealD logo located in the bottom right corner of the poster, indicating the movie will be available in 3D.
Besides that, references to classic Mario platforming and aesthetics abound, from all the pipes and mushrooms to the almost Super Mario Galaxy-esque floating structures that Mario will presumably hop around. But much of the scene will only be deciphered in full with the proper reveal of the trailer. Super Mario Bros. the movie will have its Nintendo Direct debut on October 6th at 1:05 p.m. PT.
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