Fans of Super Mario think that the character Luigi is a transgender woman after a new revelation from Nintendo.
When describing the Super Crown bonus item in the Nintendo Switch game New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, the gaming giant wrote on its website:
When Toadette finds one of these, she can transform into the super-powered Peachette. (Sorry Luigi — only Toadette can use this item!)
While the announcement killed off the theory that the Super Crown - which gives characters stereotypically female clothing and a more curvacious figure - could turn Bowser into Bowsette, it also added to the theory that Luigi is a transgender woman.
There are a number of other theories that contribute to fans thinking that Luigi is trans, including Yoshi calling Luigi 'mama' in the TV series Super Mario World; Luigi dressing as female characters in Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga and the Super Mario Adventures Comic, and considering wearing a dress in Luigi's Mansion, reports Pink News.
Luigi is also one of the queens in 2009 Super Mario Chess Game: Nintendo Collector’s Edition.
Needless to say, people on Twitter have quickly embraced the idea:
So, Luigi is a Trans Woman? Nice. 👍
— Steve. Not the fella from Minecraft though. (@Steve. Not the fella from Minecraft though.)
@IDontNotDoThing Nintendo: *low key dropping hits for decades that luigi is trans.*
— Kate sanchez, enterprise system host (@Kate sanchez, enterprise system host)