When “Super Mario Galaxy” hit shelves in 2007, it came with a hidden message on its cover. Stars underneath the letters U R M R G A Y showed up. We connected the dots and formed UR MR. GAY.
Now, Nintendo never commented on that wacky phenomenon, but with “Super Mario Galaxy 2” shown at Nintendo’s Media Summit today, a similar quirky conundrum surfaced.
This time around, stars underneath the letters U R M I A Y appear. Now, this string of letters seems like nonsense, but consider the following.
If you reverse the string of letters, and switch in an E for the I (a translation issue I believe), you get the Japanese word “yameru,” which a Google search tells me means “to retire, to stop, to cease, to resign.”
Is Nintendo trying to tell us something is ending? Mario, as a character, certainly cannot be finished, but the Galaxy setting for his games may very well be.
Even if I’m far off with this assessment I still find it curious Nintendo chose to switch up the location of the stars to something with a possibility of questionable reference.