Koopa Family Scandal


Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the Super Mario series, recently dropped a bit of a Bob-ombshell when he claimed the Koopalings weren’t actually Bowser’s kids. This raised some conversation as to whether they were ever declared to be his kids in Japanese media, or that was just an American thing.

I can’t say I know the answer, but if they aren’t Bowser’s children, whose are they? I think the best guess might have been that suggested by Press the Buttons, which is that it doesn’t really matter. Oh, it might matter to continuity nerds like me, but not so much to the creators. Since the characters take different roles in different games, their actual relationships to each other are unimportant. Miyamoto even gives a shout-out to Popeye, and I’ve written about the connection between Mario and Popeye before. Besides, you’ll note that Miyamoto refers to “[o]ur current story,” which means it might not be the story from back when Super Mario Bros. 3 was being developed, and it might not be the story tomorrow. Besides, I remember reading a rumor somewhere that Miyamoto claimed A Link to the Past took place after the original Legend of Zelda (despite its name), but the official timeline says otherwise. So I wouldn’t put too much stock in this answer, even if it does come straight from the horse’s mouth. Besides, maybe they’re just not Bowser’s BIOLOGICAL children, and he’s still raising them.

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