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Nintendo would like you to know that Mario doesn’t ‘possess’ things in Super Mario Odyssey

Someone found their thesaurus

Super Mario Odyssey - Mario capturing a Goomba
“Capturing,” not “possessing.”
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Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

You know how everyone spent all of E3 last week going gaga over Super Mario Odyssey and the myriad people, creatures and objects that Mario can quote-unquote possess in the game? Well, actually, Nintendo has a slight but firm note for everyone.

Mario’s classic red cap is sentient in Super Mario Odyssey, with eyes and everything. The Italian plumber can toss his hat at all kinds of things in New Donk City (and elsewhere) in order to transport his soul, the very essence of his being, into them. At that point, Mario will be able to control the noun in question, which will indicate its possessed nature by sporting a red cap on top and a thick, curved mustache on its face.

If you think this sounds a bit like the special ability of another popular Nintendo character, you’re not alone. Sam Logan, the artist behind the Sam and Fuzzy webcomic, posted a cheeky illustration on Monday to clarify the difference between a Kirby that has “eaten” Mario — and would therefore be able to copy the plumber’s abilities — and a Kirby that has been “possessed” by Mario:

As you can see, the tweet (and Logan’s corresponding Tumblr post) went viral. But Nintendo pushed up its glasses and issued a correction, saying, “Um, actually he’s been ‘Captured’ by Mario.”

This might be the sassiest tweet we’ve ever seen from Nintendo. But “captured” is, of course, a play on Cappy, the name of Mario’s possession-obsessed headgear — which is a cap — and “capturing” is actually the name of the mechanic in the game.

Nintendo Switch owners will be able to use Cappy to capture to their heart’s content on Oct. 27, when Super Mario Odyssey debuts. For more, check out our hands-on impressions from E3.

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