It’s Official: Super Mario Bros is about Drugs

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros last month, Famitsu recently interviewed Shigeru Miyamoto.

Now, about the mushrooms: It’s been something of a staple of video game culture (and video game studies) to make a tongue-in-cheek suggestion that the mushrooms were a veiled drug reference. After all, you eat (or jump on) the mushrooms, and all kinds of strange things happen. You get “high” from collecting one (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).

Q: Why mushrooms, Shigeru?

A: Since the game’s set in a magical kingdom, I made the required power-up item a mushroom because you see people in folk tales wandering into forests and eating mushrooms all the time.

There we have it. It’s not that we can make amazing subversive counter-readings of video game symbolism to suggest that the mushrooms are related to drugs. It’s just what they officially mean.

4 thoughts on “It’s Official: Super Mario Bros is about Drugs”

  1. Mushrooms are not necessarily psychedelic ones. (At least the colours do not change in Supermario) They might just as well be used for simple doping (performance enhancing) purposes.

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