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.


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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, 2015 at 4:02
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    @Arkive Yeah, a Mario 'twist' to it (the "longa" in this case). ;p
    – HarryCBurn
    Feb 13, 2015 at 7:23
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    Thanks. I've been wondering this since...1996? Whoa. Aug 8, 2016 at 4:40
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    This answer would be improved with an official source. Feb 22, 2017 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. Jul 28, 2020 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. Feb 12, 2015 at 23:19
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    You have a typo in 'Bowser'. Feb 13, 2015 at 6:50
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    You didn't see anything...
    – The Man
    Feb 13, 2015 at 11:46
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    The link no longer says that. That's the danger of citing Wikis. Feb 22, 2017 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.
    – Person
    Mar 12, 2021 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, 2019 at 17:13
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    @MacItaly your comment is ok, don't beat yourself up. Jul 29, 2020 at 14:57
  • @MacItaly I feel you. As an American, I'm assumed to eat 5 pounds of McDonalds a day. Mar 12, 2021 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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