Shigeru Miyamoto: Mario is Only 24 Years Old


A recently re-surfaced interview between Nintendo and their very own Shigeru Miyamoto (via Ars Technica) has revealed quite possibly the biggest scandal of 2016: Mario’s real age.

According to his creator, Mario is only twenty four or twenty five years old. “I think it was fortuitous that we didn’t put any restrictions on Mario as a character,” Miyamoto said.

“Normally when you create a character and present him to the world, all the details get filed in: what’s his favorite colour? what kind of food does he like to eat?” Now here comes the shocker:

“But aside from the fact that he’s about 24-25 years old, we didn’t define anything else,” Miyamoto explained. “When we make a game we take care not to add incongruence to that game’s world. With that caveat, I’d like to keep using Mario in future games.”

Mario first appeared in the original Donkey Kong, back in 1981. Since then, he has appeared in over 200 properties, and his games have sold over half a billion copies worldwide.

How do you guys feel about Mario not being a middle-aged man? Sound off in the comments below!

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  1. deadeye
    October 1, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Never got the impression he was a middle-aged man.

    So…I have no strong feelings about this whatsoever.

  2. grgspunk
    October 1, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Yeah and Nintendo is 127 years old. Big deal.

  3. Kaetsu
    October 1, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Never once in my life have I every thought about Mario’s age.

  4. Kakaku
    October 1, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Reminds me of the time they announced that Toads are unisex. No one ever thought about it, but Nintendo decided to tell us anyway.

  5. Guest
    October 1, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Huh. I would’ve figured early 30’s at the least. I don’t know how to feel about Mario being the exact same age as me.

  6. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    October 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I mean, without that moustache he would have a baby face so I guess that makes sense…?

  7. Zombie_Barioth
    October 1, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    People actually did though.

    Nothing profound, basically just how do you tell them apart, are they all guys/gals, and so on, but people even wrote into Nintendo Power about it back in the day.

    Then of course there’s Toadette, who’s obviously female, that didn’t help.

  8. No_Good_Names_Ever
    October 1, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    “How do you guys feel about Mario not being a middle-aged man?”
    Like telling him to get off my grass as I nurse a piece of caramel hard candy.

  9. OldPalpy
    October 1, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    So what it’s not like currently Mario has much of a character anyway, they made him as bland as possible after Sunshine, the RPGs and Smash are the only games where he displays any real character. He did have a bit of character in 64 (and maybe Sunshine I can’t remember) but that had to go away because we can’t have people being offended by it!

  10. Tubsiwub
    October 1, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Aw, I wanted to think of Mario as some 40-something year old dude.

    …I mean, I still can. So…

  11. Lea Pastillaroja
    Lea Pastillaroja
    October 1, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    No fucking way Mario managed to grow a mustache like that in his mid twenties
    35 is the youngest i’m willing to bet he is

  12. AT-LOW
    October 2, 2016 at 12:39 am

    I don’t really understand. He’s never had a personality other than being super happy and energetic. Charles Martinet does an excellent job of carrying that over with his super hyper Yah! Yahooo! voices.

  13. ScarredBushido
    October 2, 2016 at 1:07 am

    mario looks like a 70’s pornstar…just sayin

  14. NukeA6
    October 2, 2016 at 1:09 am

    I refuse to believe that I’m 5 years older than Mario. Then again, I really don’t care.

  15. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    October 2, 2016 at 3:03 am

    That is untrue.

    It was some SJW at Gamespot who made the story up. What the guy actually said is that toads weren’t ever designed with a gender in mind until Toadette.

  16. Kenta_Ikegami
    October 2, 2016 at 4:05 am

    So are Bowser, Peach, Luigi & DK around the same age?

  17. John Smith.
    John Smith.
    October 2, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Take notes SEGA, this will be on the test.

  18. Pooh Hardy
    Pooh Hardy
    October 2, 2016 at 9:37 am

    ….i had a 10 minute ponder about this n other kids game characters the other day

    How old is too old for…kid game characters(As eell as cartoons)

  19. Didney Worl
    Didney Worl
    October 2, 2016 at 11:39 am

    I’m 3 years older than Mario?

  20. FailDRE86
    October 2, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    How is Mario 25 y/o when existed since 1981?

  21. Bitterbear
    October 2, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    That and the lack of receding hairline.

  22. tccboss
    October 2, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I always got the impression that Mario was in his 30s.

  23. Rose
    October 2, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    The chinese Mario is 43 years old.

  24. OldPalpy
    October 3, 2016 at 12:20 am

    I’m talking about the voice clips he had in 64, this got dialed in later games despite “It’s a me Mario” being famous all he does now is like you said nothing but “yah!” and “yahoo”.

  25. ProxyDoug
    October 3, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I was actually curious since Peach looks so young and the fact that he can grow such a mustache.

  26. PixelBuff
    October 3, 2016 at 11:43 am

    I’m afraid 35 is the lowest I can go on this one.

  27. Sadistic Pervert King
    Sadistic Pervert King
    October 3, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    He’s out of shape for a guy in his mid-twenties.

  28. Snorlaxation
    October 4, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Maybe when he was first created! If Mario is 24, I’m a zygote