Super Mario Bros is a game featuring Mario and Various characters in the mushroom kingdom, trying to free Princess Peach.
The game series started with the aptly named “Super Mario Bros.” in 1985 for the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). With the most recent titles being a mobile port (Super Mario run) and new Super Mario Bros U Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch.
Unfortunately, the main Super Mario series, and even many of its spinoffs, have promoted toxic masculinity and a patriarchal society since its debut, in 1985. The whole idea of the game is that you, a white male, go free a princess from an “Evil” Bowser.
Until more recent games, you could only play as a male, which excludes lesbians from the game. However, with the addition of Toadette, this is no longer an issue.
And yet still, you can only rescue the princess peach. There is no Prince option, which then excludes gay people.
On top of this, there are no POC in the game, excluding POC from feeling represented in the game series.
This just shows how truly bigoted this Nintendo franchise is. A toxic, masculine fantasy land.
On the opposite side, you have bowser and his army. May I ask: why are almost all of Browser’s troops male? Surely, Bowser being the smart dragon, dinosaur thing he is, he would know that women are an essential part of an army. And I truly believe, if Browser had more women in his ranks, he could beat Mario and dismantle the toxic masculinity from the game franchise.
And this is only talking about the mainline series, due to the size of the Mario franchise, it has 100s of spin-offs. This article has only focused on the 2D Mario games in the mainline series, with some of the most notable 3D games being:
- Super Mario 64
- Super Mario Sunshine
- Super Mario Odyssey
The Mario franchise has been going on for 35 years now, yet the games have made very, virtually no progress towards a fair and equal game, that represents POC, and everyone in the JLGBTQIA+ community and other minorities.
Nintendo must fix Mario now, or it won’t be around for much longer.