In an effort to promote both the 30th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. series and this week's release of Super Mario Maker for the Wii U, Nintendo UK posted a Shigeru Miyamoto-starring, myth-busting new video to its official Twitter page.
Miyamoto addressed a number of fan questions and rumors in the short clip. These range from the silly "Would you let Dr. Mario operate on you?" — to which Miyamoto vigorously shakes his head "no" — to the more revealing "Do you know who Bowser Jr.'s mother is?"
To answer that one, Miyamoto nods solemnly, then points to himself. That's...unexpected?
The theory is that the game, which opens on a theater curtain, is in fact a "stage show" in which "Mario was never once in any real danger." Miyamoto confirms the theory in the video, granting credibility to this long-held rumor.
Super Mario Maker arrives in stores tomorrow, Sept. 11, but don't expect to find any levels designed by Miyamoto yet: The veteran designer also notes in the video that he hasn't uploaded any of his own creations yet, but that he's working on it.