Plenty of Nintendo fans have taken it upon themselves to throw on some red overalls and a blue t-shirt to become the famous plumber and hero, Mario. I even did it myself once or twice at Halloween when I was a kid (complete with a large custom-built foam mushroom to carry as a prop). Some people have a lot of commitment to the bit though and take it upon themselves to go above and beyond in their Mario costume experience and wear the uniform of a specific Mario. Some choose Dr. Mario, while others add a yellow Super Mario World cape to the ensemble. I predict that there'll be a resurgence in Raccoon Mario costumes this year now that Nintendo has let official costume ears out into the world. When it comes to dedication though, you have to give credit to my colleague and pal David Oxford for choosing the model of Mario made famous by Bob Hoskins in 1993's Super Mario Bros. theatrical movie. Over at SMBmovie.com, David has explained why he chose Hoskins's interpretation to mimic:
Of course, as we all know, the movie did not do well at the box office, to say the least. Over the years, there would be many reactions to it: some hated it for "what it did" to Mario, while others would grow to love it in that "so bad it's good" way. Some would not discover it until much later and enjoy it as a simple novelty, and still others managed to enjoy it for what it was: more of an alternate dimension, darker, more "realistic" (so to speak) take on the Super Mario Bros. mythos.
Me? I've always been in the latter group. I've long seen it as being the thematic Mario equivalent to the Sonic SatAM cartoon, though the hedgehog's version would prove to be more popular and enduring among his fans at the time. What can I say? I've always been a big fan of Mario, whether he's portrayed by the late Captain Lou Albano, Walker Boone, Charles Martinet, or Bob Hoskins. Each has brought their own unique charm to the character, and together have formed a true legacy.
David put together an impressive costume and people actually did recognize the inspiration for the outfit. Nintendo would rather bury the film deep in its vault given the chance (and aside from the occasional stray barebones DVD re-release that manages to escape via a third-party distributor, it has), but the movie does have its fans today and lots of us from that era remember the movie fondly even if it wasn't the best production. Say, Nintendo, any chance we could get this Mario's outfit included as an alternate costume in the next Super Smash Bros. title? Just a thought. A pipe dream, if you will.