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Random: Who Is Kinopio-Kun, And Why Is He In The Background Of So Many Nintendo Games?

Mario is dead, long live Kinopio-Kun.

We love Toads here at Nintendo Life. And how could you not? He’s a great friend, an adequate butler, and an acceptable Mario Kart choice. In Japan, he’s also the mascot of Nintendo’s LINE account — a social media platform that’s super popular over there. You may recognise this green guy from that really weird Toad-shaped Labo kit, or that other weird Toad-shaped Labo kit.

But the LINE mascot isn’t just any old Toad. He’s Kinopio-kun. “Kinopio” is what Toad is known as in Japan, and “-kun” is an honorific referring to junior people, so, roughly translated, he’s called “Lil Toad”. LOVE IT.

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