You may remember this box art to the original NES version of Mario. You may have also wondered if Mario is about to lose a life, as it looks like he's about to fall into the lava. Don't worry. Miyamoto says he won't... Likely because this image is eternally on pause.
Miyamoto was asked point blank if he knew who Bowser Jr.'s mother was. He solemnly nodded... and pointed to himself. Hey, makes as much sense as everything else in the game. It's not like Mario Bros. is realistic.
In a silly interlude, Miyamoto was asked if he would let Dr. Mario operate on him. He was very emphatic with his answer, which was a resounding "no." I don't blame him. I don't trust any doctor who tries throwing pills at every problem. Dr. Mario is clearly in the pocket of Big Pharma.
So is this game all just an elaborate performance? According to the game's creator... [drum roll]... it is! So don't worry if you lose a life while playing. Mario didn't die. It's just part of the script.
Who knew Mario was such a good actor? This is hilarious when you realize that Super Mario Bros. 2 was just a dream and its sequel was just a play. Mario took a long break away from actual adventures. Guess that's when he found the time to get his doctorate.