|First appearance||Super Mario Odyssey (2017)|
Moe-Eyes are a species from Super Mario Odyssey that can be controlled with Cappy. They are based on their namesake, the moai statue heads, and have a pair of feet, earrings and sunglasses, and a tuft of green hair.
Super Mario Odyssey
In Super Mario Odyssey, Moe-Eyes are found in the Moe-Eye Habitat, the Transparent Maze of the Sand Kingdom, and the Underground Moon Caverns in the Moon Kingdom. They are shy creatures that try to run away from Mario when he approaches them. When captured by Mario, they gain his cap and his mustache, and the player can put on or take off the sunglasses by pressing . While the sunglasses are on, the player is able to see invisible platforms, invisible coins, and Hidden Blocks, though the Moe-Eye walks much slower than usual in this state. As Moe-Eyes are unable to jump, Mario has to use elevators to access higher platforms. The captured Moe-Eye can also be heard faintly humming the first few notes of the "Ground Theme" or the "Ending" theme from Super Mario Bros., the Super Mario World "Ending" theme, "Gusty Garden Galaxy" from Super Mario Galaxy, or another unknown theme while the sunglasses are on.
Despite being harmless, they will return with the same purple effect that signifies a respawning enemy after they fall into poison or lava. Additionally, NPCs appear to still be frightened by Moe-Eyes if Mario goes near the characters in question while capturing a Moe-Eye. This can be shown if Mario flies near their habitat as Glydon, who will tell the Moe-Eyes to stay away if Mario captures one.
Concept and creation
The design of the Moe-Eye used peculiar textures that would make them easily distinguishable from the ruins of Tostarena. Great care was poured into getting an appropriate appearance of the forehead, although this is typically not visible during the game.
- Website bios
- Japanese: つぶらな瞳がチャームポイント。メガネをかければ、見えないものもバッチリ見えちゃう。 (Their round eyes are their charm. When wearing glasses, they can see invisible things perfectly.)
- English: Give a wiggle of its magical shades, and the Moe-Eye can reveal hidden objects and new paths to explore.
|Super Mario Odyssey||ObjectData/Megane.szs||Megane||Romanization of「眼鏡」(spectacles), referring to its eyewear|
Names in other languages
|Portmanteau of「見る」(miru, to see) and「像」(zō, statue)|
|Literally "looking statue"|
Kàn kàn xiàng
|Literally "looking statue"|
|French||Ma'tuvu||Pun on "m'as-tu vu" (French phrase meaning "did you see me?")|
|German||Röntgolith||From "röntgen" (x-ray) and "-lith" (a common suffix for rocks)|
|Italian||Spionelito||From "spione" (a colloquialism of spy) and "-lito" (the common suffix for rocks)|
|Literally means "dare to see"|
|From "глаз" (glaz, eye) and "-лит" (-lit, common suffix for rocks)|
- Thomas Game Docs (May 8, 2022). Nintendo’s music is FULL of hidden secrets. YouTube. Retrieved May 23, 2022.
- SenderwalkTest. (November 28, 2020). SenderwalkTest on Twitter: "The Super Mario Wiki needed some sourcing. This video should do the trick. #SuperMarioOdyssey #NintendoSwitch". Twitter. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
- Post about the concept art of a Moe-Eye from the Japanese Super Mario Odyssey official Twitter account. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
- Official French Super Mario Twitter