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Miyamoto reveals the truth about Bowser Jr., Super Mario 3 myths

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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 video also brings up a theory about Super Mario Bros. 3, which is addressed in an anonymous fan piece that's been circulating on the internet for a few years now.

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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.