So, the Super Mario Maker 2 direct came out recently and throughout the entire video, my major concern was "Is Mary O. still going to be in this game??? Is that female narrator supposed to be her or is it someone else?"
They showed that Undodog and Mr. Eraser in the story mode - in 3D, with what seems to be actual roles in the story. So that made me hopeful because, if two characters who usually only appear in the SMM interface have roles in the story mode now... does that mean Mary O. could be in the game with a role in the story?!
Then I realized... since I still haven't seen Mary O. at all in the trailer, that STILL doesn't prove that she'll be in the game at all let alone in the story.
Then I realized something even more disappointing: technically Undodog and Mr. Eraser still haven't appeared in 3D, because for the story mode, Nintendo basically just stuck their 2D artwork (adding a LITTLE depth) in a 3D environment. So... if Mary O. appears in the story mode, they probably gave her the same treatment and now she's going to be canonically confirmed to be a 2D being in a 3D world.
Knowing that made me feel weird about myself... all this time I've had it in my headcanon that she's 3D and would be shown as such if she were in SSB or Mario Kart or something. If she ends up being 2D in a 3D world, that would not make her as attractive as I always thought she'd be...
I felt weird about that for a day or so.
Then today I discovered something even more disheartening:
She's probably not going to be in the game at all, or in any game ever again, because she seems to have been replaced with a new character named Nina.
This is the most disheartening thing I've seen in a while. WHY DID THEY HAVE TO REPLACE HER? Why HER? It's just my luck that only one Super Mario Maker character has been replaced and it happens to be Mary O. - Undodog is still Undodog, Mr. Eraser is still Mr. Eraser, Coursebot is still Coursebot, even Yamamura is still Yamamura as it turns out, but they had to replace MY FAVORITE CHARACTER.
I changed my mind. I'm perfectly fine with the idea of Mary O. being two-dimensional, as long as she's still around! :(
I feel somewhat better knowing that I'm not the only one who was distraught about this - look at this outpouring of support for Mary O. in the comments:
"Kay but I didn't want Mari O. To go..."
"No, Mary O. was my girl, I can't believe they did her dirty like that and just replaced her"
"Oh man, Yamamura! Does this mean that Mar-
"mary o.: she replaced me!? she is going to get it!"
"They fired Mary-O and replaced her with Nina?"
"I prefer Mary O."
"R.I.P. Mary. O 2015-2019 replaced by Nina."
"That's it, guys.
Mary O. is dead.
Nina killed her."
"I miss Mari, her design was so lovely, Nina is just wearing a dang tshirt"
"Today I would like to honor the loss of Mary O. She was a great aid in creating levels, sad she had to leave us after only 4 years"
A lot of people are (jokingly?) saying that Mary O. will be the villain of the story mode because Nina replaced her. In any other circumstance I would be disappointed if one of my fictional crushes that wasn't already a villain turned out to be one, but in this case I don't think I'd have a problem with it, because at least that would still mean she's IN the game!!
But there's also a lot of people making fun of the people who are obsessed with Mary O. OR Nina enough to care which one is in the game, so that makes me feel bad about myself.
And admittedly, most of you probably similarly think it's crazy that I'm THIS disappointed that a manual guide was replaced. But that doesn't change the fact that I AM this disappointed about it! :(
You know how one of my April Fools' jokes this year was that I finally have a unique mood theme and it's Mary O.? I know this is a weird time to finally say so, but yes, that's actually a mood theme I've legitimately been considering for quite some time now, and I got the idea exactly the way I described in the prank - I thought it'd be amusing to bring up the idea in an April Fools entry first and then later on be like "Oh actually, that part wasn't a prank; I'm actually planning on making that mood theme!" But now that Mary O. is most likely GONE, never to appear in a game again, that pretty much takes the joy out of it. :(