Why Mario is Chubby

“The reason Mario is a plump shape is because gaming devices at that time could only read collisions between square boxes, not because I wanted to make him cute. His design turned out like that because I adjusted for the capabilities of the gaming device of the day. For example, resolution was low, so I made his face big. But today’s game consoles can handle collisions with round or irregular shapes.” – Shigeru Miyamoto

Miyamoto is always explaining how Mario’s appearance is do to the hardware limitations of the day. The choices made about Mario’s gloves, hat, overalls, face, mustache, and now stomach, are all due to limits of the time. Mario is a product of limited hardware, but we wouldn’t want him any other way!

Via Gonintendo.


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