United Kingdom

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United Kingdom
MASATLOG London.png
London, the United Kingdom's capital, in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Greater location Europe
Capital London
Inhabitants Humans, Animals, etc.
First appearance NES Open Tournament Golf (1991)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (2019)

The United Kingdom (UK for short, and officially known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) is a country in Western Europe consisting of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It is the main setting of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games and a featured location in several other games.

History[edit]

NES Open Tournament Golf[edit]

Hole 6 of the United Kingdom course in Mario Open Golf

The United Kingdom is one of the three levels that are playable in NES Open Tournament Golf, along with Japan, the United States of America, France (in the Japanese version), and Australia (in the Japanese version). Like all golf courses, it has 18 holes. The UK is the largest of all five courses and has more obstacles. The background music played sounds like bagpipes being blown.

Mario is Missing![edit]

In Mario is Missing!, Luigi visits one city in the United Kingdom on his quest to rescue Mario, the capital city of London. London is visitable in all three versions of the game: the MS-DOS, SNES, and NES versions. Several notable landmarks are visited, including the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Luigi must also return famous artifacts back to the three landmarks - the crown jewels from the Tower, a Shakespeare bust from Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben's minute hand.

In addition to the cities that Luigi can travel to, several cities in the United Kingdom that are visible on the Globulator that are not able to be traveled to. The cities included vary depending on the version of the game.

SNES version
PC & MS-DOS versions

Mario's Time Machine[edit]

London, England circa 1843 in the PC version of Mario's Time Machine

Mario travels to several locations in the United Kingdom in Mario's Time Machine. Like the cities on the Globulator in Mario is Missing!, the cities included are different depending on the version of the game.

PC version
SNES version
NES version

In addition, Great Britain is mentioned when Mario travels to other time periods as well. Namely, the country is referenced when he is in Calcutta, India in 1947, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in 1776

Donkey Kong Country television series[edit]

In the episode "Bug a Boogie" of the Donkey Kong Country television series, Kaptain Skurvy, Kutlass, and Green Kroc sing a song which features lyrics that references to British culture. In one of the lines, Kaptain Skurvy sings, "I'd swipe the Crown Jewels, and Merlin's crystal ball, but the Crystal Coconut is the daddy of 'em all!" "The Crown Jewels" refer to the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, which are a collection of valuable objects owned by the British Royal Family. "Merlin" refers to the wizard Merlin, a character in historical British mythology.

WarioWare: Twisted![edit]

The United Kingdom is one of the countries featured on the Globe souvenir in WarioWare: Twisted! The Globe shows a picture of the British flag, the Union Jack, and lists the country as "Great Britain."

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games[edit]

Mario and Sonic shaking hands on top of Big Ben in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is based entirely in the United Kingdom, namely the city of London. The game is based on the real-life 2012 Summer Olympics which took place in London.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Mario Kart Tour features London Loop, a course set in the United Kingdom's capital city.

Locations based on the United Kingdom[edit]

The following sections describe elements from Mario-related media that are not located in the United Kingdom but are inspired by their landmarks and locations.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]

The episode The Adventures of Sherlock Mario of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! takes place in a fictional city known as Victoria, which is heavily based on London. The name itself is named after the Victorian Period, which took place in the mid-to-late 19th century and is named after Queen VIctoria. Mario describes Victoria as being the land of mystery, cloaks and daggers and screams in the night and is somewhat dark and gloomy in appearance at night, being surrounded by extremely thick fog. This clearly alludes to the city of London's portrayal in popular media such as mystery movies and books. The episode also features the character Herlock Solmes, who is based on the fictional British detective Sherlock Holmes.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

The first location that Mario visits in Super Mario Odyssey is Bonneton in the Cap Kingdom, which is also heavily based on Victorian Period London. The misty haze throughout the Kingdom, the architecture in the background, and the clothing worn by the Bonneters all point back to 19th century England. Further, the residents of Bonneton use many British expressions.

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese イギリス
Igirisu
Spanish Reino Unido / Gran Bretaña
French Royaume-Uni
Dutch Verenigd Koninkrijk
German Vereinigtes Königreich
Italian Regno Unito
Portuguese Reino Unido
Russian Великобритания
Velikobritaniya
Korean 잉글랜드
Inggeullandeu
Chinese 聯合王國 (Traditional)
联合王国 (Simplified)
Liánhé Rángguó
Romanian Regatul Unit