Seriously, the amount of little tid-bits of information that Miyamoto gives about why things in Mario are the way they are; it’s surprising that there’s anything left to say. Apparently there is plenty more, and this time in an installment of Iwata asks Miyamoto tells us what we’ve all being dying to know for so long. Why is Mario a bit on the chubby side?
“The reason Mario is a plump shape is because gaming devices at that time could only read collisions between square boxes, not because I wanted to make him cute. His design turned out like that because I adjusted for the capabilities of the gaming device of the day. For example, resolution was low, so I made his face big. But today’s game consoles can handle collisions with round or irregular shapes.”