Mario's face

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The floating Mario head as seen in Mario Teaches Typing 2
“I'm-a bet you can't-a do this! WHEEEEEEEEE! Ahahaha!”
Mario's face, Mario Teaches Typing 2

Mario's face, also referred to as the Mario face, is a floating disembodied head of Mario. The gameplay element of an interactive floating head of Mario has made several appearances.


The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

Mario's floating head first appears in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Mario's head appears during The Mario Rap and as a transition during live-action segments.

Mario Teaches Typing / Mario Teaches Typing 2

Mario's floating head (animated with VActor technology) later appears in Mario Teaches Typing and its sequel, Mario Teaches Typing 2. He narrates players' lessons and actions as they learn to type, while also making random small talk, sometimes invoking jokes and comments about his lack of body.

Super Mario series

Super Mario 64

Mario's head later appears on the title screen of Super Mario 64, where players can tug and stretch his facial features (his nose, ears, cheeks, chin, and hat) to humorous positions. As Super Mario 64 was Nintendo's first title for the Nintendo 64, an interactive Mario face served to familiarize the player to the Nintendo 64 Controller without worrying about actual gameplay. Additionally, on the Game Over screen, Mario's head appears dazed and worn out.

Super Mario Sunshine

Although a floating Mario head does not appear in Super Mario Sunshine, it has appeared in website advertisements for certain events that promoted the game. In the Guide Book, an icon of Mario's face represents the area on the map of Isle Delfino he is in.

Super Mario 64 DS

In Super Mario 64 DS, the Mario head has a different role than in Super Mario 64. Like in the original, Mario's face appears on the title screen, although it can turn into an ink outline version of itself, which can be distorted with the stylus or by using various buttons. A Yoshi head sometimes makes an appearance. The player can also erase the face and draw their own creations.

Mario's face is also a feature in some of the minigames. When the player opens a treasure chest in Boom Box, the chest makes a sound, astonishing Mario's face on the top screen. If the player makes a mistake, Mario's face frowns, while if the player succeeds, Mario's face beams joyously at the player. If the player gets a Game Over in any minigame, Mario's face will yell and look dazed. When the player clears any minigame round or beats a high score, Mario's face is astonished, then bursts out laughing. In Tox Box Shuffle, if the player finds Yoshi in the right Tox Box, the Mario head will burst into laughter like how the player succeeds in Boom Box, and will yell if the player loses twice in a round.

Super Mario Galaxy

In Super Mario Galaxy, the heads of Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and Toad, along with Mii heads, appear as file icons.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, the file icons from Super Mario Galaxy make a reappearance. There is a Rosalina head that can be unlocked as a file icon when the player collects 120 Stars and unlocks the Green Star Prankster Comets. Unlike Super Mario Galaxy, the Peach head icon does not have a neck.

Mario Party series

Mario Party 2

Mario's face later appears in the Mario Party 2 version of Face Lift, as the Mario Party version only features a Bowser head. The minigame involves the player having to alter the face of Mario or another character. The more accurately the face is changed to match a picture, the more points the player receives. The player who earns the most points wins, although two players can win if they earn the same number of points. Mario's head, along with a Luigi head, Peach head, Yoshi head, Wario head, and Donkey Kong head, appears in the 1-vs-3 minigame Look Away, where each head has to dance along to the music, and the team of three heads must avoid looking in the same direction as the single player head.

Mario Party 3

In Mario Party 3, Mario's face is one of the faces (alongside Wiggler and Toad) to appear in the minigame Picture Imperfect. The player must get his M on his hat right, nose right, mustache right, mouth right, and eyes right.

Other appearances

Super Mario-kun

Mario's face is spoofed in a beginning chapter of Super Mario-kun Volume 16, which follows Super Mario 64's story. Later in the volume, there is a 4-koma that involves Yoshi playing the game and not only moving Mario's face to bizarre positions but also drawing on it.

Nintendo DS tech demo

Mario's face is featured in a tech demo for the Nintendo DS, titled Mario's Face, a precursor to the title screen featured in Super Mario 64 DS. In it, Mario's face could be squeezed and stretched so as to demonstrate the functionality of the Touch Screen. A Wario face was also available.

List of appearances

Title Year of release System/format Role
Mario Teaches Typing (CD-ROM version only) 1994 PC Communicates to the player during gameplay.
Super Mario 64 1996 Nintendo 64 Appears on the title screen and sometimes speaks. Can be altered using the hand icon.
Mario Teaches Typing 2 1996 PC Communicates to the player during gameplay.
Mario Party 2 1999 Nintendo 64 Featured in the minigame Face Lift, which involves altering the shape of Mario's face. The face also appears in the minigame Look Away, along with other character heads.
Pokémon Stadium 2 2001 Nintendo 64 Cameo appearance on TV screen, using its appearance from Super Mario 64.
Super Mario 64 DS 2004 Nintendo DS Featured on the title screen; touching Mario's face with a stylus converts it into a sketch. Mario's face also observes several minigames from the upper screen.
Mario Superstar Baseball 2005 Nintendo GameCube Appears in certain loading screens, along with heads of Peach, Yoshi, Wario, Donkey Kong, and Bowser.
Super Mario Galaxy 2007 Wii File icon
Super Mario Galaxy 2 2010 Wii File icon and the shape of Starship Mario
Super Mario 3D All-Stars 2020 Nintendo Switch Same as in the original respective Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy releases


These quotes are from Mario Teaches Typing and its sequel, Mario Teaches Typing 2.

  • "Oh! That's the file menu. Hmm."
  • "Oooh! That's-a the student's menu."
  • "That's-a the lesson's menu."
  • "You're fantastic! I know you're going to be a great typist one day."
  • "I'm-a going to fly for you. Mmmmmph. Mmmmmmmph. Mmmmmmmmph. Mmmmmmmph. KRSH! Ow! ... I hit my nose."
  • "Oh no! I'm-a fallen, and I can't-a get up! That is my impression of American advertising! Thank you very much! Thank you! Thank you!"
  • "Hmmm... Oh! Nice computer you've got here. Can I have it?"
  • "Look, I'm a video game. Pong...pong pong...pong pong...pong... Thank you very much, thank you, thank you."
  • "Hey, you got a good joke for Mario?"
  • "My nose-a feels-a funny against this screen. Hmm."
  • "Have you seen Luigi? Hmm."
  • "Have you seen the Princess? PRINCESS! Hmm."
  • "Thank you for choosing Mario Teaches Typing, from Nintendo and Interplay."
  • "Have you seen the Princess? PRINCESS! Hmm, I'm-a can't find her."[1]
  • "Say, I'm-a thirsty. You got something to drink-a?"
  • "Hey, I'm-a hungry. Have you got any food?"
  • "Okey-dokey. Let's do the next-a lesson."
  • "Oh, boy, finally! I'm-a get to move on the ground! Here we go! Movin' on the ground, movin' on the ground! Hee hee hee hee hee! Hey, where'd everybody go? Oh, there you are! Hahaha!"
  • "Hey! Are you ready to Mariocise? Okey-dokey. You do just like Mario, OK? One... Very good! Two... And three! Wheeeeee! Oh. Sorry. That's hard for you, but easy for me. You know why? (in sing-song voice) I ain't got no body! (in normal voice) Get it? No body? Heeheeheeheehee! Eeheeheehee! Wheeee haha!"
  • "Hey, can you tell me what the back of my head looks like? Oops! I'm-a disappeared for a minute. Hey, why are you upside-down? Oh, sorry. Heeheehee! It was me."
  • "Can I sing a song for you? When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, that's amore; when an eel lunges out, and he takes a bite of your snout, that's a moray! Get it? The moray eel? Heeheeheeheehee! I said-a funny!"
  • "Hey, wait a minute. Where's all my furniture? Hey, somebody must've brought a moving van in here! Hmm."
  • "Oh, boy! That-a makes me so happy, I'm-a lightheaded! Wee!"
  • "Hey, what are you doing upside-down anyway? What's-a matter for you? Oh, wait a minute... Hmm... Oh, it's me, sorry. Heehee!"[2]
  • "Oh, boy, look at that keyboard! I'll bet you're going to learn how to type on it! Heehee!"
  • "Hoo hoo! Hello! It's me, Mario! And I'm-a want to thank you for choosing Mario Teaches Typing. I know you're gonna be a great typist. Hee hee."
  • "I'm-a bet you can't do this! WHEEEEEEEEEE! Ahahaha!"
  • "Hello! It's me, Mario! Thank you for starting me up!"
  • "Hmm, Mario's Smash and Dash."
  • "Mario's Wet World Challenge."
  • "Ooh! Mario's Tunnel of Doom! Very scary!"
  • "Oh, look! It's-a Mario's Expert Express!"
  • "Oh, look! Hmm... It's Mario's Expert Express! I bet you're an expert, too."
  • "Oh, you're doing great!"
  • "Ooh! You're getting faster. Keep it up."
  • "Hey, who's that behind you? Made you look! Made you look! Heeheehee!"
  • "Look, I don't got no tonsils! Aaaah..."
  • "Hoo hoo! I always want to type."
  • "Hoo hoo! You're getting better with each lesson."
  • "Oh, boy! That was a tough lesson! But I bet, if we do it again, it's-a gonna be easier!"
  • "Hmm... Guess what time it is? It's time for you to type! Let's do this!"
  • "Hey, Luigi! It's-a time for you to try!"
  • "Hello there, are you ready to type? Good! Then let's go."
  • "Hey, are you ready to type? Gooooooooooood!"
  • "So, you want to type, eh? Well, there's no better time than now. Go for it."
  • "If you ready, go for it."
  • "Okey-dokey! I'm-a ready to run!"
  • "Okey-dokey! Begin typing now!"
  • "Okey-dokey! Get ready to move your fingers!"
  • "Hey, that was pretty good. But I know you can do even better."
  • "Hey, that was pretty good. Let's see if we can go even faster next lesson, eh?"
  • "Okey-dokey. It's time to type now, so go for it."
  • "That was great! Want to try again?"
  • "Uh-oh! That wasn't as fast as last time. Let's try again, okay?"
  • "Uh-oh. That wasn't quite as-a fast as the last time. Hmm... Are your fingers getting tired? Mine would be by now...if I had any! Hehehehehe!"
  • "Uh-oh, we slipped a little bit. Now let's get back in there and try real hard to get better, eh?"
  • "That was fantastic! See you next time! Okay, bye-bye! ... Peekaboo!"
  • "Hey, don't leave me alone. Hey, where is everybody? Come back!"
  • "Get ready to show those rock heads what you can do!"
  • "Okey-dokey, it's time to type now, so go for it."
  • "Hmm, you have a nice PC here. Hmm, very nice. Hmm, nice keyboard, too."
  • "Hey! Anybody got a diving board?"
  • "Hey! I wonder there's hidden treasure down there?"
  • "Oooh! I can swim very fast when someone is chasing me!"
  • "Welcome to the outside world. You going to be typing one letter at a time. I know you can do it."
  • "Welcome to the intermediate level. You going to be typing whole words now. Hoo hoo!"
  • "Okey-dokey. Now we go to advanced level. Watch out for falling rocks! Heeheehee, scary!"
  • "On your mark...get set...go!"
  • "Typing is fun. Try it!"
  • "Hey, I got something in my eye. Can you help me get it out?"
  • "I'm-a look better when I standing still. Hmm!"
  • "When I kiss-a the Princess, I'm-a get lightheaded. Hee!"


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Chinese (Simplified) 马力欧头像[3]
Mǎlì'ōu Tóuxiàng
Mario Head Portrait


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  3. ^ iQue's Super Mario 64 DS instruction booklet, page 7.