There are many fan theories in the world of Nintendo video games. These theories range from Mario and his crew being actors in many different game settings to the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask representing the five stages of grief. Gamers enjoy searching out clues to these theories and are excited when the developers and publishers that created the games confirm them.
One theory that’s been around for a while is that the Nintendo characters who fight in Super Smash Bros. are actually just toys (kind of like Amiibos) playing, rather than the actual characters punching and kicking each other. This theory is based largely on the opening scene from Nintendo 64’s Super Smash Bros., which shows the Master Hand pulling a Yoshi toy and setting up a fighting arena on a desk for Yoshi to take on his opponents. See the above video for the intro.
This theory has been around for well over a decade, and it looks like the folks at Nintendo have finally confirmed it. Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata spoke with Time about the future of Nintendo’s devices and games, during which he revealed the truth about the Nintendo characters in Super Smash Bros.:
“What’s interesting about the Smash Bros. games is that the Smash Bros. games do not represent the Nintendo characters fighting against one another, they actually represent toys of Nintendo characters getting into an imaginary battle amongst themselves. And frankly that has to do with a very serious debate that we had within the company back then, which was, ‘Is it really okay for Nintendo characters to be hitting other Nintendo characters? Is it okay for Mario to be hitting Pikachu?’”
It’s interesting that the team at Nintendo has such a strong issue with characters fighting each other, especially when we consider that almost every Pokémon game is based on that very premise. Additionally, Mario repeatedly dunks his nemesis, Bowser, into boiling hot pools of lava.
However, it seems that Nintendo wanted to avoid letting its characters cross over to attack one another outside their own games. Thus, when the idea came up to let the characters challenge each other, they devised the simple explanation that the characters are toys and not the real thing.
Given that the Super Smash Bros. characters are actually just toys, that brings up another interesting question. Since it’s Master Hand that brings the toys to life to fight each other, why then do they turn against their benefactor and fight the Master Hand as the final boss? I guess that opens the door for a few more theories to take the stage.
What do you think about the revelation that Super Smash Bros. characters are just toys? What Nintendo theories do you have? Let us know in the comments.