Exhibit A: Mario’s Colour Scheme
If anything can be said about Mario, it is that he seems to wear quite a bit a red. It’s on his name; it’s the colour of his suspenders, his super mushrooms, his flag, even his hat. But maybe this is all just a string of coincidences. Maybe the colour red being all over Mario and his games means nothing. After all, he’s not entirely red - his hair, shirt and shoes aren’t... Or are they?
Is this just a random occurrence by the Nintendo programmers, or was red selected intentionally and with purpose?
Exhibit B: The People’s Hero
The inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom are portrayed by Nintendo as slow-witted, poorly coordinated beasts of burden. Even Toad, who oddly enough gets captured in every world, seems only able to repeat a singular phrase. While Mario is supposedly fighting against a tyrannical Despot, we can see how expendable the people become when they hinder Mario’s bloodthirsty pursuit for power.