It was called the Blue Shell in the movies, but that’s not what Nintendo has called it for over 25 years.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie stays true to its source material, and it’s no surprise that it’s been praised for the number of references it packs into its 90 minutes. However, there are moments in the film where longtime fans debate what a particular Mario Kart item should be called: a flying shell that can be used to take out whoever leads the race. Blue shell or spiny shell?
Minor spoilers for the upcoming Mario movie. There’s a section of the movie where most of the cast run through Mario Kart his style Rainbow Road. Afraid of losing the good guys, Bowser his Troopers fire blue shells at Mario, sending the Plumber and Donkey his Kong into the ocean below. We’ve all been there, except in the movies, and Latiku wasn’t on hand to save them.
That moment sparked a debate because the item that makes Mario and DK plunge into the water is called the Blue Shell. But it turns out that shells aren’t what they’re officially known for.
This item has been called the Spiked Shell since it was first introduced in Mario Kart 64’s Mushroom Kingdom. A photo of the item can be found in the game instructions, with its name right above it, the thorn. shell. Since then, every Mario Kart game seems to have called it up to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which includes the Spiny Shell Cup.
There is an argument that the lore has changed since many people already called the blue shell the item in the Mario movies, but it could also be argued that Mario is very new to the movie’s Mushroom Kingdom. can. He doesn’t know its official name. The same logic can be applied to the tanuki suit, which DK calls the raccoon suit, and Mario won’t fix him.
Next: No more 15 year Easter eggs