I wrote this comic thinking of it as the introduction to a nonexistent video game called Birdo’s Quest.
Birdo is the most popular character to come out of Super Mario Bros. 2, and has appeared in over 33 Nintendo games. Not bad for a character who started out as a joke.
Birdo (Catherine, or Kyasarin), first appeared in the 1987 Famicom game Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (“Dream Factory: Heart-Pounding Panic”).
This game was adapted into the American Super Mario Bros 2, known in Japan as Super Mario USA, and is one of the classic games for the NES. Birdo appears as a very persistent miniboss, and you’ll spend a lot of time fighting her, in different colors and guises.
The manual misidentified her as “Ostro,” and said, “He thinks he’s a girl and he spits eggs from his mouth. He’d rather be called Birdetta.”
A Japanese advertisement for Super Mario USA had a costumed actor as Birdo, portrayed as a drag queen type with a masculine voice.
In Japan, the Satellaview (or BS-X) offered unique downloadable games via satellite radio for the Super Famicom (SNES). Games would be broadcast, television-style, with voice acting. These games can no longer be played with voices as broadcast.
"BS Super Mario USA" featured voice acting for Mario and friends. We met the King and Commander of Subcon, and the cinematics put heavy emphasis on the Birdos - pink, green and red - the "Super Catherines."
The three Birdos were played by masculine-voiced Japanese drag performers, or Okama, from the transsexual cast of Shiroi Heya (“White Room”), a night club in Shinjuku, Tokyo. There was an edge of adult humor, and even Princess Peach became angry and started swearing (bleeped out) by the end of the game.
This was not the most positive portrayal for a transgender character in a video game. Birdo was a joke, and one that was considered too adult for American players after awhile. In the US Nintendo tends to say Birdo is female, period.
The official Japanese site for Mario Kart: Double Dash states “Catherine appears to be Yoshi’s girlfriend… or does that mean boyfriend!?”
The Japan-only game Captain Rainbow is full of cruel, adult humor at Birdo’s expense.
And yet, Birdo has stuck around, and remained a popular character, often teamed up romantically with Yoshi, and long since reformed from her villainous ways.
To put it simply, Super Mario fans like Birdo, and she’s not going anywhere.
- mahoxshojoxmorbid reblogged this from shoyou-hinata
- mahoxshojoxmorbid likes this
- reddyrabbit likes this
- heller-hemingway-and-hot-coffee likes this
- heller-hemingway-and-hot-coffee reblogged this from ninjadentist
- ninjadentist reblogged this from thelegendofj
- ninjadentist likes this
- thelegendofj reblogged this from tayfaith-lorddeath
- thelegendofj likes this
- tayfaith-lorddeath likes this
- shoyou-hinata reblogged this from tayfaith-lorddeath
- xxjessidollxx likes this
- tayfaith-lorddeath reblogged this from tygerbug
- radioactiveporcupine95 likes this
- roberttheglitcherino likes this
- maruigi2yoshi likes this
- askspooky likes this
- askwendyokoopa reblogged this from thenewgamemaster
- one-eyed-hero likes this
- viletheroguehunter reblogged this from thedukeofnukem
- viletheroguehunter likes this
- docproto likes this
- wolfessmoon reblogged this from thenewgamemaster
- wolfessmoon likes this
- the-howling-titan likes this
- chaeis likes this
- engineer-of-newhyrule reblogged this from libbyandirene
- engineer-of-newhyrule likes this
- acideyeferos reblogged this from thedukeofnukem
- lahtheantihero likes this
- thedukeofnukem reblogged this from thenewgamemaster
- libbyandirene likes this
- libbyandirene reblogged this from thenewgamemaster
- thenewgamemaster reblogged this from always-thirsty-pocket
- qaz369 likes this
- viviapple likes this
- strange-girl-named-star likes this
- stayheartgold likes this
- tokiro07 likes this
- kyoushiro likes this
- lw28 likes this
- dannypageoflight likes this
- papermakerstuff reblogged this from always-thirsty-pocket
- papermakerstuff likes this
- thedaylightworldofbrian likes this
- luigi2111ftw reblogged this from always-thirsty-pocket
- luigi2111ftw likes this
- always-thirsty-pocket reblogged this from tygerbug
- reospeedragon likes this