Nintendo celebrated their 139th birthday over the weekend as Japanese Twitter passed the 1 millionth tweet about クッパ姫 aka. Koopa-Hime aka. Bowsette.
It all began on September 19th with this Tweet
The Super Crown's some spicy new Mario lore pic.twitter.com/7DQe6UXvLQ— haniwa (@ayyk92) September 19, 2018
Referencing the new Super Crown item in New Super Mario Bros Deluxe, which turns Toadette into Peachette, this new take on the lovable villain Bowser took the internet by storm as artists around the world started pumping out their own fan art. It's no surprise that fan art happens, but it's the pace as which this has happened over the past 5 days that is surprising. Further more, several big-name artists have joined in on the trend as well
- Mitsuhiro Kimura (Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid)
- Kotoyama (Dagashi Kashi)
- The most direct Nintendo connection for now is perhaps CHOCO who has designed the blade Praxis in Xenoblade Chronicles 2
While "Trending on Twitter" is not much of a metric to go by, as a large percents of tweets at any given time will be from people asking what is trending and why it's trending, the numbers cannot be ignored.
With such an outpouring from fans, will this force Nintendo's hand to make her Bowsette official? Is anything that grows so massively in popularity in such a short time destined to crash and burn like Kid Icarus flying too close to the sun? Right now there is a sense of unity of peace as artists from all over the world join forces to create all this art that nobody seems to have any real big complaints about. Check out some more fanart below or check out the hashtag on Twitter (on your own risk as some of it is very NSFW)
*EDIT* I forgot to point out that the trending tweet right above クッパ姫 is キングテレサ which means "King Teresa", Teresa being the Japanese name for Boo.
Luigi's Mansion 3 is gonna be lit, is all I'm sayin'.
次の波はキングテレサ姫と聞いて！やっとルイージが活躍できますね色んな意味で pic.twitter.com/ft7yCpdt2j— 海苔の佃煮 (@TsukudaniNORIN) September 24, 2018
マリオはクッパ姫とくっつけばいいし— 鮫妻丈二 (@sameduma) September 24, 2018
Nintendo's stock went up
We live in a time where Nintendo stock jumps from 44.64 to 46.61 immediately after #Bowsette blew up.— AtlasOne (@TheAtlasOne) September 24, 2018
That's more than it jumped up after the last Nintendo Direct. I can't even believe this is a real thing. It's also the #1 trend on twitter in Japan. pic.twitter.com/WUiEE7GUxu