Mario is arguably one of the most iconic video game characters of all time, certainly among the retro games of previous generations.
The character is so instantly recognisable in his red dungarees, sporting his massive moustache, people only need those two items to dress up effectively as the plumber.
But what if you take away his trademark facial hair?
Well, unfortunately, you no longer have to wonder that very question, because the internet.
The character has been subject to an awful lot of change in recent years, with Nintendo formally announcing the character is no longer a plumber.
It kind of makes sense though – how has the guy got any time to sort out anyone’s pipes when he’s busy hopping from planet to planet or racing around in go-karts?
But despite the changes in Mario’s history, we’ve never really had to deal with a change in his character design, which has always stayed true to its roots.
So check this creepy image out:
It’s not hard to see why, when you look at that fan-made image of Mario, completely shaved, it’s absolutely nightmare inducing.
If you can stand to look at this image for more than three seconds, then you’ll notice it’s not just the moustache which is missing, but his eyebrows and head hair.
Thankfully, this is not an official pic of Mario so you won’t have to look at it any longer than you have to.
If you want to get more of Mario in your life, but you don’t have a Nintendo Switch (why not?!), then luckily he’s due to arrive on smartphones pretty soon.
For those of us whose Wii consoles broke in 2013, playing Mario Kart has been nothing but a dream.
Nintendo has answered our prayers and gifted us their best game – and on our smartphones.
Rainbow Road will no longer haunt your mind, but you can tackle the painful turns and fall off the edge into nothingness all while riding the tube or in the office toilets.
The checkered flag has been raised and the finish line is near. A new mobile application is now in development: Mario Kart Tour! #MarioKartTour Releasing in the fiscal year ending in March 2019. pic.twitter.com/8GIyR7ZM4z
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 1, 2018
Nintendo made the announcement on Twitter, saying:
The checkered flag has been raised and the finish line is near. A new mobile application is now in development:
Mario Kart Tour! #MarioKartTour Releasing in the fiscal year ending in March 2019.
Nintendo has previously rejected the notion of bringing their biggest franchises like Mario Kart and Donkey Kong to the world of smartphones.
However with everyone relying on their smartphones more than ever, Nintendo made a goal last year to release five mobile titles.
Only Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Fire Emblem Heroes, Super Mario Run and the defunct Miitomo were released, meaning they missed their target with just four.
This hasn’t stopped them aiming high with the Mario Kart game as well as a rumoured Legend of Zelda title in the pipeline.
It’s not clear which aspects of the classic car racing game will make it onto the phone version.
I sincerely hope Maple Treeway appears on the gaming app. I could happily give up Coconut Mall in its place.
Just please, please don’t shave him.
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