Who Is Bowser Jr's Mother? (And Other Burning Mario Questions Answered)

While Nintendo honcho Satoru Iwata already confirmed to Kotaku that Mario doesn't have a last name, the company's resident genius, Shigeru Miyamoto, has a crack at other burning questions. Like why Mario and Peach play tennis and race go-karts with Bowser. Like seriously, what's up with that?

In an interview with GameInformer, Mario's creator dishes on very important things such as this. Here are some highlights:

Time and again, Bowser kidnaps Peach. Why do Mario and Peach still race go-karts and play tennis with him?

Miyamoto: If you're familiar with things like Popeye and some of the old comic characters, you would oftentimes see this cast of characters that takes on different roles depending on the comic or cartoon. They might be businessman in one [cartoon] or a pirate in another. Depending on the story that was being told, they would change roles. So, to a certain degree, I look at our characters in a similar way and feel that they can take on different roles in different games. It's more like they're one big family, or maybe a troupe of actors.

In Super Mario Bros. 3, the Koopalings were supposed to be Bowser's children. But there's also Bowser Jr. Are they all his kids, and are they all from different mothers? Is Bowser Jr. a Koopaling?

Miyamoto: Our current story is that the seven Koopalings are not Bowser's children. Bowser's only child is Bowser Jr., and we do not know who the mother is.

Mario's mustache and eyebrows are black, but his hair is brown. Does he dye his hair, is that natural, or is that a toupee?

Miyamoto: This goes into [a] technical explanation of the number of colours that you could use in the early days. Mario was originally red, blue, white, and black. Maybe it was around the time of Super Mario Bros. 3 that we changed his hair to a different colour. What really happened was that, when drawing the character, it became much easier to draw the mustache as an extension of the outline of his nose. Using that same colour of black, we drew the mustache. But then we felt bad for Mario that he didn't have a distinct hair colour, so we gave him brown hair.

So Mario has naturally brown hair, the characters are akin to a troupe of actors, and Nintendo has no clue who bonked Bowser to make Bowser Jr? Got it.

There's much more in the link below, so do have a look.

Mario's Creators Answer Burning Questions About The Series [GameInformer via VG247]


    sooooo teh question in the title is not answered... very misleading

      It is answered: "Miyamoto: ....we do not know who the mother is."

      Miyamoto himself said that the mother in unknown to all.. maybe even Bowser doesn't know if he had many one night stands and someone then just left Bowser Jr on his doorstep.

        from some of the games he runs away with peach and it looks very very odd doing so...... so maybe.... lol

    They asked a bunch of ridiculous questions that I was hoping to get ridiculous answers for. Instead I got serious answers.

      I'm more impressed that they actually have reasonable answers at all. It means they actually think about this kind of thing.

    Maybe Bowser's species reproduces asexually and he is both the mother and father of Bowser Jr

      Possibly via Parthenogenesis. The Koopas are turtles after all, so it's no entirely improbable. The only female Koopa I've seen is Wendy, but who knows, the concept of male and female could just be something they adopted to avoid having to explain the whole process to anyone else.


        Remember that Yoshi Island reveals that babies int the Mushroom Kingdom are literally carried by a stork to the parents' home. It's possible that whatever triggers a stork visit in that world allows Bowser to have a kid without a mother. Maybe it's just living together with a female for a long time - which may have been fulfilled by all the times he has kidnapped Peach.

    Everone know that mario and luigis last name is mario, Mario Mario and Luigi Mario.

    I thought it was well known that Peach was Bowser Jr's mother.


      Except it turns out its a ruse - of course, that raises the question as to why Peach didn't deny it. Did she have another of Bowsers baby's, abandoned it, and thought that Bowser Jnr. must be the one?

        its because she was in another castle

    Isn't this obvious?

    Who is Bowser Jr's mother?

    Bowser keeps kidnapping Peach to live at his castle.


    I thought Bowser Jr was Bowser from the past.

      No, you're thinking of Baby Bowser.

    Plenty of people have facial hair that's a different colour to their head hair.

    Though usually it's more like their hair is brown while their beard is reddish.

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