Is Super Mario’s Luigi a trans woman?

Fans of Super Mario Bros. have leapt on a new revelation from Nintendo to declare Luigi as a trans woman. In describing the Super Crown bonus item in the Nintendo Switch game New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, the gaming giant told visitors to its website that “when Toadette finds one of these, she can transform into the super-powered Peachette. (Sorry Luigi—only Toadette can use this item!)”

While this announcement killed off the hope many fans had that the Super Crown—which gives its wearer a woman’s body and stereotypically feminine clothing—could be used to make Bowser into “Bowsette,” Nintendo’s additional detail gave rise to a new theory: Luigi is trans.

Luigi has a history of going by feminine names and dressing in traditionally female clothing, and though neither of these habits necessarily mean that someone is trans, it has been offered as proof that Mario’s sibling might be.

By Josh Jackman, Pink News

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