Not since Mario’s nipples has the video game world been rocked this hard by a revelation about anatomy: Goombas have arms and hands!
The discovery of these appendages comes courtesy of photos of a Goomba keshi rubber figure (an eraser) shared to Twitter by user Joe Piconi, which shows the Goomba with his arms and hands folded behind his back, thus giving him the armless appearance.
This is a potentially stunning revelation given that, for decades, the Goombas have been able to do all kinds of activities, like baseball and bowling, without using these hidden arms.
It also brings up the question: Is this statue even accurate? The figure is emblazoned with “NINTENDO” on the back, giving it the appearance of authenticity. But that’s no guarantee that this is either an official Nintendo-approved toy or even Mario canon.
Readers responding to Piconi shared the same mix of stunned confusion and wonderment.
EVERYTHING I KNOW IS A LIE
— Nicely done. (@ngjperron) April 19, 2019
One other Twitter user, Forest of Illusion, pointed out that Goombas were shown to have hands in the old animated Japanese-language special Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach. A screenshot from that special seems to confirm that, for at least one televised special, the Goombas had arms and hands.
But what’s the deal now? Where does this sit in Nintendo lore? We reached out to Nintendo of America for the full answer and we’re awaiting their answer with bated breath.
The world needs to know the answer.