Nintendo has been promoting its latest Labo kit with the help of green Toad, and things have been getting a little uncomfortable.
But first, a little bit of background may be helpful: Line is a messaging service that includes many characteristics of a social network. It’s a popular app in Japan, although it’s also available in North America. Nintendo’s official Line account has a strange obsession with green Toad, and has been working him into promotional materials for years.
I love how Nintendo’s LINE account adds Toad to everything. pic.twitter.com/4B9JHNitZv— Axis1500 (@Axis1500) September 28, 2018
Which brings us to the latest Toad strangeness from Nintendo’s Line account: A short video that shows one of Labo’s foot pedals being used to ... give Toad a workout? We think?
Nintendo just posted this to their official Line account.— Kyle McLain (@FarmboyinJapan) April 12, 2019
Turns out Toad has a crazy foot fetish???
*warning: you may not be able to unsee this* pic.twitter.com/DlTYtDYDtW
Toad is supposed to be doing sit-ups in that video, and sit-ups are exactly where my mind went after watching the clip. Toad has been helping to show off some of the other toys that come with the Labo VR kit as well.
This isn’t even the first time Nintendo has used Toad to promote Labo, the following video is from early 2018:
The Toad from Nintendo's LINE account is back with more antics. Now he is a Nintendo Labo toy! pic.twitter.com/0FCELHLvAs— Daan Koopman (@NintenDaan) February 15, 2018
All of these clips are innocent on their face, but they also leave room for other, less-pure interpretations and thoughts. These are supposed to be family-friendly toys!
It’s fun to see Nintendo get weird from time to time, and being obsessed with Green Toad is a worthy distraction for an official corporate account. If you’ve been looking for a way to get regular, ongoing Toad content in your life? I guess this post has helped you out.
THE NINTENDO LINE ACCOUNT POSTED 5 MINUTES OF MONSTER HUNTER GAMEPLAY WITH TOAD NOISES ADDED— .R Y A N. (@KomasanExplore) December 13, 2015
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get the image of a foot smashing down on Toad’s body out of my head.