I’m not sure I can look at him the same way again
Come to think of it, I’ve never before tried to guess Mario’s age specifically. Have you?
I’ve always considered him to be in some vague late-30s or early-40s gray area, if not older, going off the 1993 Super Mario Bros. film. That’s a wide range! So you can imagine, then, that word from creator Shigeru Miyamoto about Mario being firmly in his mid-20s comes as a huge shock.
This uncomfortable detail has bubbled up out of a 2005 interview with Miyamoto, recently and horrifyingly shared again, in which the designer states: “Normally when you create a character and present him to the world, all the details get filed in: what’s his favorite color? What kind of food does he like to eat? But aside from the fact that he’s about 24-25 years old, we didn’t define anything else.”
So, Mario is younger than me. I am not okay with this.
Mario is only 24 years old, according to creator Shigeru Miyamoto [Ars Technica via NeoGAF]