Super Mario Odyssey Producer Ends Debate Over Toad's Terrifying Head

Nintendo just posted a video interview with Yoshiaki Koizumi, the game's producer, in which he addresses a number of fan questions ranging from Mario's lack of a belly button to his own personal high score in Volleyball.

Frankly, the bigger news and indication that the Mario series may be slipping into the body-horror genre comes in question two: Toad, a kind of servant to Princess Peach, isn't wearing a hat.

If you're wondering, you can get the shirtless Mario outfit in Odyssey at the clothing store in the Cascade Kingdom for 1,000 coins.

These are heady times for Nintendo fans.

Apple's iPad is still the world's best-selling tablet
The total amount comes to 41.6 million units, which is still less than the entire tablet unit sales by Apple past year . However, Samsung retained its second place in total tablet shipments for 2017, despite losing some market share.

Of course, the first question centers around one of the earliest Super Mario Odyssey memes, because it couldn't be any other way. Frankly, we're baffled as to why people were even questioning this, but there we go. Koizumi seemed surprised by the question, as he "never really expect [it] to be a topic among fans".

For nearly 30 years, fans of the Super Mario Bros. series have waged verbal battles over the true nature of Mario's diminutive, possibly mushroom-headed pal, Toad.

We'll have to wait and see if this means his belly button will make an appearance in a future Mario game.

The Q&A video also provides answers to some other critical questions. Talk video posted to the company's official YouTube channel. "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", he says.

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