The question about whether Toad’s mushroom cap is a hat or part of his head has been plaguing gamers for ages, but gained special attention after an extensively researched post by Dorkly on the topic. Thankfully, Super Mario Odyssey producer Yoshiaki Koizumi has finally given us the definitive, canonical answer to this burning question.
In a recent Q&A video, Koizumi states that Toad’s mushroom cap is, in fact, part of his head.
While previous Mario-related games and media have shown Toad removing his mushroom cap in a hat-like fashion, Super Mario Odyssey shows a multitude of Toads wearing hats and other accessories on top of their mushroom caps like safari hats and headphones, giving some credence to those who believed that a Toad’s cap was, in fact, part of their biological makeup. Heck, Captain Toad wore a headlamp in his game on the Wii U, so Odyssey isn’t even the first game to show Toads accessorizing their caps.
The most damning piece of evidence for the pro-hat believers, however, was the Cappy than could be found on top of a Toad in the Mushroom Kingdom. As we know from playing Odyssey, Cappy can only find a home on a hatless head, so if Toad’s cap was actually a hat, that Cappy couldn’t land there.
Koizumi also answers questions about Mario’s lack of a belly button and some of the game’s design choices, but balks when it comes to speaking about Mario’s current relationship statuses with Pauline and Peach.
Super Mario Odyssey is available on Nintendo Switch.