Alec asked a question about the newly-released Super Mario 3D World. I’ve yet to play it, but the question sounds really interesting, so let’s take a look!
Hello, I was wondering if I could trouble you for a quick translation request. It is regarding a new item in the Super Mario series that appears in Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U.
The item in question is shaped exactly like a Goomba’s body and wearing it will cause enemies to ignore you. The item can be found when you defeat certain Goomba’s in specific levels. A fun little concept.
Unfortunately, a small controversy has been stirred up on a number of gaming forums that I frequently visit. A number of people have expressed concern that Mario and friends could very well be wearing the deceased corpse of the Goomba they just stomped on.
Some people argued that the item is some kind of mask or costume, but couldn’t back up their claim with an proof. The item doesn’t have an official name in the digital manual. It isn’t even listed in the power-up and item page on the game’s official website.
One user did some digging around and found an interview with a few of the game’s developers conducted by Satoru Iwata. During the interview, some of the new items and power-ups were discussed. When one of the developers mentioned the Goomba item, he referred to it as a mask.
When this was presented to the users on the forum, most people were convinced it was merely a harmless mask. One user, however, still wasn’t too sure. He said that the interview could have been localized for western audiences and wouldn’t change his mind unless he saw the original Japanese interview translated.
Here’s where my request comes in. I would like to ask you to translate these lines of text taken directly from the interview in question:
The lines in question are the five lines on the very bottom of the page.
If you could let us know how the Japanese developers referred to the item, I would greatly appreciate it.
No problem at all! Here’s a basic translation of the text in question, but keep in mind that since I haven’t played the game or even looked at the text for either version of the game, I might be missing context or extra info that might be relevant. But here goes:
Motokura: Also, as a little extra, you can wear a Kuribo (Goomba) too.
Iwata: A… Kuribo?
Kuramoto: Yes. Sometimes a Kuribo will drop a paper-maché Kuribo when defeated. If you put it on, Kuribos won’t spot you.
Iwata: Ha-ha-ha (laughter).
Motokura: The concept for a Kuribo one always came up each time we made a 3D Mario, so after 5 or 6 years, it’s finally been made reality. So it’s a really special one.
So it looks like this Kuribo/Goomba thing is intended to be a paper-maché version of a Goomba, not an actual Goomba that you’ve killed or anything like that.
Again, since I haven’t played the game yet I can’t really speak as a total authority, but from the interview text alone, it appears they’re just paper-maché Goombas.
Hopefully that helps answer fans’ questions!