Dark Horse’s Super Mario Encyclopedia Allegedly “Borrows” From Super Mario Wiki

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Been waiting three long years to get your hands on Dark Horse’s localization of the Super Mario Encyclopedia: The Official Guide to the First 30 Years? Believe it or not, there’s been some unexpected drama about it: upon its release today, the Super Mario Wiki’s Twitter account’s been claiming the encyclopedia lifts name straight from their wiki. Check out the relevant tweets below:

As noted in this tweet, the Super Mario Wiki transliterates names that were never officially localized into English; as seen above, this was the case for many of Super Mario Land 2‘s enemies, so the wiki took liberty with their names. Meanwhile, names like “Lumacomète” are indeed official, but they’re taken from other languages that officially published their names; in other words, the American localizations never granted them names.

So, uh, what does this mean? Upon first glance, one would assume Dark Horse didn’t fully collaborate with Nintendo of America regarding these characters’ names and simply lifted them from fan wikis under the assumption “Lumacomète” and “Dokanto” were their official English names. While this would display incredible carelessness and a lack of professionalism on Dark Horse’s part, one of the translators asserts this isn’t necessarily the case. According to Zack Davission, while he did reference the wiki to confirm certain names, “Nintendo folks” were indeed involved with the editing process, so uh, Lumacomète may be the screechy Luma’s American name after all.

While Dark Horse has yet to officially comment on this story, we’ll leave the verdict to you readers. Do you think they borrowed a little too much from the Super Mario Wiki, or is this just a bunch of hoopla? Let us know in the comments below!


Anthony Pelone
Eating, breathing and living video games on a daily basis, Anthony is particularly fond of the Nintendo variety, but is by no means a console warrior. Somewhere in the midst of his obsession with cat pictures, he finds the time to pen about his favorite hobby. Having previously written for over three sites, Anthony remains dedicated to spreading the gospel of EarthBound.

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