Mario’s Red Hat Is ‘Pure Red’ In Only One Game: Super Mario 64

Hello, and welcome to a fact you may never have thought about in your life,

But which you will now notice every time you see a jumping plumber in a Nintendo game. While we all know that Mario wears a red shirt, red hat, and blue overalls. Almost every time the character appears in his own series, Red is a different color. Which is nice and interesting to know, and you probably already know this. But did you also know that only once in his entire career, Mario wore clean Red? Wonderful Dinner Mario Bouillon decided to sample Mario’s hat/shirt color from different games. Find the hex color and compare them. If you’ve never had to use them before, hexadecimal colors are when we give a numerical code to color. To accurately identify it when printing or using software such as let’s say photoshop.

What they found was pretty amazing!

Mario’s palette has changed from almost brown in earlier games to darker, more burgundy tones in 21st century 3D games, with one title in the middle of all that stands out: Super Mario, 64which has hex color code #FF0000, that is, pure Red. As red as a color can be. There’s something pleasantly circumstantial about the game that many longtime fans would consider the “purest” Mario 3D experience, having such a literal representation of that purity displayed on… Mario’s hat.

However, almost as interesting as this find are some of the disclaimers the blog had to add below.

As well as the fact that “NES game colors display differently on every device, and there really isn’t a standardized conversion of those colors to hex values” (I didn’t know that!), that the “pure” Mario N64 colors weren’t reproducible to its other appearances on the console (for example, Party Mario as well as smash) and what Super Mario Odyssey the textures were so complex that they couldn’t pinpoint a single hex color code, and instead they had to just blend them all together to “get close.”

If you somehow encounter some of the Dinner Mario Bouillon fantastic Nintendo Trivia, you can check out more on their Patreon page (which shows Mario, where, for reference, his shirt is numbered DF2424).

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