I can't fully understand what Mario actually means when he throws Bowser in to the mine.
It sounds a little blurry, so I hoped someone could translate that for me.


He's saying "So long(-a), Bowser".

You can hear the audio clip without the background music on The Mushroom Kingdom. Basically, it is just saying "So long, Bowser" with a Mario affectation.

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    Mario inflection? – Arkive Feb 13 '15 at 4:02
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    @Arkive Yeah, a Mario 'twist' to it (the "longa" in this case). ;p – HarryCBurn Feb 13 '15 at 7:23
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    Thanks. I've been wondering this since...1996? Whoa. – Justin Force Aug 8 '16 at 4:40
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    This answer would be improved with an official source. – Mr. Bultitude Feb 22 '17 at 20:40
  • My hearing isn't great so it kind of sounds like "so long me baby". Which is why I wanted to look it up in the first place. – MrBoJangles Jul 28 '20 at 22:33

According to Mario’s voice actor Charles Martinet himself, he is saying: “So long kinga Bowser!”


According to the Mario Wiki, Mario says: "So long King Bowser!"

  • I always thought it was this, but after listing to the clip linked in @Ktash's answer, and also watching/listening to a clip of the actual fight on YouTube, I have to conclude that Ktash's answer is more correct. – Jon Schneider Feb 12 '15 at 23:19
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    You have a typo in 'Bowser'. – doppelgreener Feb 13 '15 at 6:50
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    You didn't see anything... – Shadow Z. Feb 13 '15 at 11:46
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    The link no longer says that. That's the danger of citing Wikis. – Mr. Bultitude Feb 22 '17 at 20:41
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    Now the page says “So long kinga Bowser!”, presumably because Martinet himself revealed that’s what he was saying there, as I mentioned in my answer. – Igettäjä Mar 12 at 14:36

It sounds like, "So long-a Bowser." That would make sense since he has a stereo-typical Italian accent where "a" is added to the end of most words. Also, if it was meant to be cleaver, "a" in Italian means "to" in English, so Mario could be saying, "So long to Bowser." Just an idea

  • I'm an Italian who does not support-a this comment. – MacItaly Apr 30 '19 at 17:13
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    @MacItaly your comment is ok, don't beat yourself up. – MrBoJangles Jul 29 '20 at 14:57
  • @MacItaly I feel you. As an American, I'm assumed to eat 5 pounds of McDonalds a day. – OKprogrammer Mar 12 at 16:41

Mario is italian. I'm assuming he said "re" bowser or bowsey (italian accent for bowser?)

Re means in italian is king.

So long re-bowsy!

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