The June Nintendo Direct showed off plenty of surprises including a new 2D Mario game called Super Mario Bros. Wonder. And while the new Mario game looks lovely, it ended with a showstopper: Elephant Mario. We have seen approximately 1.5 seconds of Elephant Mario and we are ready to die for him.
Now to be clear, Mario has donned animal-themed suits lots of time in the past. Raccoons, frogs, penguins, even kitty-cats as immortalized in the recent Super Mario Bros. Movie. But all of those suits are just that: suits. They uniformly look like Mario putting on a pair of footie pajamas.
Elephant Mario is different. This isn’t Mario in an elephant suit. This is Mario as an elephant. Like an elephant happened to find 10XL-size overalls and grew out a beautiful mustache. Just look at this thicc king.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 21, 2023
For obvious reasons, Elephant Mario was an instant sensation. He immediately inspired Twitter reactions, Photoshops, and some shockingly speedy fan-art. You can check out a selection of the reactions below.
Super Mario Bros. Wonder releases October 20.
Super Mario Wonder (2023) pic.twitter.com/M5B2luKCO5
— ELTOMASSO (TOM)
Elephant Mario is built like Peter Griffin pic.twitter.com/8wfchEw7uj
— Marsh (@MarshKArt) June 21, 2023
Mario Elephant is the new Kirby Car pic.twitter.com/GVVrrcZqfI
— Glitch (@GlitchxCity) June 21, 2023
Everyone's talking about Elephant Mario, but no one is talking about the in-between. pic.twitter.com/zaVzQL1xm9
— Nathan (Fuck The Twit Boss) Peterson (@ItsGokaiOrange) June 21, 2023
Well… with elephant mario… does that mean we're gonna get shit like elephant Daisy? pic.twitter.com/Jr3GiNO1vw