Super Mario is certainly humanoid, but is he human?
That’s the question at the heart of Nintendo’s new live-action music video for “Super Mario Odyssey,” an upcoming Nintendo Switch game that launches October 27.
Sure, it’s a music video for the main theme song of the game. And yes, it’s a goofy send-up of the game’s New Donk City level, which features human characters alongside the diminutive heroic plumber.
But also it’s impossible to watch without falling into the existential question of what Mario is.
He’s clearly shorter than the actual humans dancing next to him – surely Nintendo would’ve just drawn him as similar in size if he were an actual human being. Is New Donk City on Earth?
Unfortunately, there are no answers to be found in the video. There is, however, a delightful song – Mario’s first ever theme song with lyrics! – and a bizarre video to enjoy.
Grab your dancing shoes and check out the video right here: