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The mystery behind Miyamoto’s new Mario shirt

Posted on December 9, 2016 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

Shigeru Miyamoto was seen wearing a new shirt featuring Mario, who is donned in samurai gear, during his appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Harmless, right? You would think so, but there’s apparently something going on there.

Nintendo’s Bill Trinen started the speculation train after he wrote the following on Twitter:

The shirt could be related to Super Mario Run. On the other hand, many believe it could have something to do with the upcoming Mario title for Switch. It’s worth noting that the kanji on Miyamoto’s shirt signifies “ran” (or “run”).


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  • JasonBall

    Noticed but was too busy bowing to his grace.

  • Liam Freeman

    Mario Dynasty Warriors crossover please?

    • Carlos

      The “run” would fit if that we’re true.

    • Devin1809

      Just think of the amount of powerups that have been used throughout all the mario games. It would definitely be possible to do this (plus it can give some of the underused spinoff characters more time in the spotlight)

  • KnightWonder

    It’s kanji for Run.

  • Vigilante_blade

    Maybe Mario gets to wear various pieces of clothing on his next adventure. Perhaps it is some time traveling things where he goes through various eras. For example, maybe the more Mexican kind of land shown in the Switch reveal could have Mario dressed up as a mariachi or something, which would be both amazing and silly.

  • Luke WalkingMoonTree

    I need it asap, also probably you can change the skin of your character in SMR

  • Exposer

    The next Mario has Mexican feels, right? Maybe Mario is aiming to a worldwide titles because he is one of the faces of Tokio 20

    • Luke WalkingMoonTree

      It’d be quite underwelming if we got Mario Earth after we already got Mario Galaxy, wouldn’t it ?

    • Coonfoot

      That’s pretty much what I was picturing, too. A 3D Mario game that has him exploring different worlds inspired by different countries would be interesting. (though Super Mario Land kinda already did that, but it could end up being a callback to that)

  • Kong Shim

    Someone on neogaf said it’s a reference to a samurai movie with the same name. That’s why Mario is in the samurai suit.

    This should be the movie:

  • Annie

    Costumes for Super Mario Run?

  • ronin4life

    This was my takeaway from the appearance too, that the shirt stood out quite a bit.

    The Kanji is Ran, meaning Chaos. It is commonly used when referring to the Sengoku Jidai(~1500 – early 1600s) as it was a time of constant war and upheaval.

    Mario himself is wearing the armor of Sanada Yukimura, a late era figure of great fame. In Japan, jidai-geki, or historical drama, come around every few years focusing on different era and characters. The most recently noteworthy is about Sanada Yukimura. BTW, this is why there have been so many games that have focused specifically on him in the last 2 years.

    BONUS: On Yukimura’s helmet is the most famous of Sanada emblems: the rokumonsen. Six coins representing the six buddist realms, in Japan they often included 6 coins with the dead to pay the ferryman to the afterlife. The Sanada made this their mon, to show they were ready and willing to die.

    SO; mario run dlc… Or Samurai Warriors/Nobunaga’s Ambition collab? Hoping for the latter personally.

  • jimmy

    Its a message to the Koopas, RUN!

  • Spoilers: It’s Super Mario Odyssey! such a tease!