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Mario's endless supply of costumes

Despite being some of the best selling games of all time, Mario's early adventures on the original Game Boy, in lovely spinach vision, have been largely forgotten by the gaming populace. For this reason some of the powers seem a little silly. Really, rabbit ears? That has zero dignity when compared to a bumble bee. But we still look back at them fondly.

Admittedly the submarine and the airplane aren't really costumes, though we like to consider that he's wearing those vehicles when in them, so there. And first image is just Mario throwing the bouncing ball that replaced fire in the first Mario Land for some odd design choice.


Above: He throws a fireball underhand? What a wuss

Meanwhile, the Mario Land 2 costumes make a little more sense, like the astronaut apparel he had to wear when going into outer-space, though by Mario Galaxy he had apparently learned to go without it in the airless, soundless void. And don't laugh at the feather that looks out of Mardi Gras. Can you think of a better way to indicate a fire power-up without using color? We think a feather isn't the worst way.


Outside of all these in-game changes in the plumber's appearance, we found some even more obscure images of Mario's change in uniform in cameos and merchandise.


Above: Why does it look weirder to see Mario as a cop than to see him with an animal's tail?

Apparently, early in Super Mario's success, his company drew several on model, though out of left field, images of Mario engaging in sports such as racing, skiing, and cowboy shooting. Mostly these were used on stickers and can be found all over the place on eBay. Out of all these, we're really creeped out by the tennis playing Mario, mostly because it's one of the very few times he shows any skin. It's practically pornographic by his standards.

Why these goofy hobbies instead of baseball or golf? Well, at the time Mario was already playing those in the wittily named Baseball and Golf. So it may have been a business decision to separate these wackier images of Mario from the real deal. Perhaps Nintendo figured "we'll never have Mario star in any games like these."


Above: Or maybe they were just planning ahead

But sometimes Mario likes to dress up for special occasions, be it deep sea diving, hosting a collection of his games, or coming to your house to personally fix your NES.


Above: No matter what, the "M" is a constant. Mario's just classy that way


In parting we leave you with this amazing image we found on the website Deviant Art. As we were writing this feature, we stumbled upon this piece of art that seemed to have been stolen from our minds of what a perfect image would be for this article. Click here to go directly to Makotron’s site to see a bigger version and check out the artist's other great work while you’re there.

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37 comments

  • Hypershadic - August 7, 2010 2:41 a.m.

    Wow even mario likes to cross dress once in a while
  • Lazydidwhat - September 4, 2009 1:24 a.m.

    mario is kinda old but no offence mario is still alive.
  • marioman50 - June 5, 2009 1:49 a.m.

    AH-HAAA! You forgot the blue shell power-up! Now there's even more, with the penguin and propeller suits.
  • eyesfire2 - May 21, 2009 4:19 a.m.

    wtf is all i can say
  • captfuzzo - April 26, 2009 3:35 p.m.

    u forgot referee from mike tysons knock out
  • dibber - March 7, 2009 2:03 p.m.

    Loved the article, but one major omission in my opinion: In Sunshine, you had the ability (thanks to a courteous Pianta) to borrow sunglasses and eventually a Hawaiian print shirt as well. Would have been nice to to see this chilled-out Beach Bum Mario style featured here.
  • Spybreak8 - February 27, 2009 6:19 a.m.

    You can just see Mario being told to wear this suite and he's like I'm not going to do this shit, I'm freakin Mario! Storms off and slams his trailer door haha. Mario so wouldn't have all those incredibly funny looking costumes if he were created in the USofA. Lol more like war uniform and whatnot.
  • Yellowhat17 - February 26, 2009 1:30 p.m.

    I wish the Raccoon Suit would return. It's a great looks for him. Greta article, guys.
  • Thequestion 121 - February 25, 2009 8:29 p.m.

    The last collage of Mario was awesome. Great work for stumbling upon it. Also, Cape Mario is my favorite next to Fire Mario.
  • deathrebellion - February 25, 2009 11:16 a.m.

    Fireball underhand Wuss ROFLMAO..... the last pic wuz epic
  • BluePikmin - February 25, 2009 10:45 a.m.

    My favorite suit is the cape. Also, there is a spelling error on page three second paragraph
  • Peefree - February 25, 2009 2:58 a.m.

    That shot of him snowboarding is as an unlockable in one of the SSXs for the GC right?
  • GR_HenryGilbert - February 25, 2009 1:08 a.m.

    Though I didn't mention it in the article, I felt Ice Mario, like star power and metal Mario, were just a total color change on Mario instead of a change of clothes. So by my fluid definition, it didn't count as a costume
  • skyguy343 - February 25, 2009 12:10 a.m.

    i dont get the racoon suit. racoons cant fly, so why can he fly?
  • GoldenMe - February 24, 2009 11:49 p.m.

    Tennis Mario? That's more than enough to scar my brain with that memory. Great article GR.
  • RedOutlive10 - February 24, 2009 11:48 p.m.

    Hammer suit was very extremely fun (and imba), Nintendo should add the old costumes as secrets to Mario games. A bit of nostalgia is never bad.
  • FierceDeity - February 24, 2009 11:09 p.m.

    hey dont diss bunny ears lol link has a pair and they're one of his most useful powerups and tennis mario is freaking creepy
  • brummboy12 - March 2, 2009 8:47 p.m.

    This was a great article
  • Cernunnos - March 2, 2009 2:22 p.m.

    "Can you think of a better way to indicate a fire power-up without using color?" he could have been a flaming homosexual.
  • phoenix_wings - March 2, 2009 6:43 a.m.

    What about Referee Mario from Punch Out? I think that was Mario...was that Mario? Maybe it was Luigi in their 'identical days' like in Mario World.

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