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“Thank You Mario, But Our Princess is in Another Castle” (also known as “Sorry, But Our Princess…”) is a popular quote originally found in the classic Nintendo video game Super Mario Bros.
Its phrasal template “Sorry X, but your Y is in another Z” is typically used in replying to another user who is searching for a particular person or object in the wrong place. Because of its potential usage as a sarcastic remark, the quote is appropriately used as a mockng response and enjoyable resource for image macros and parodies, as well as some high-rated YouTube comments.
In 1985, Nintendo published a video game for the NES called Super Mario Bros. The player takes on the role of the main protagonist of the series, Mario, whose objective is to race through the Mushroom Kingdom, survive the forces of the main antagonist, Bowser, and save Princess Peach Toadstool.
The final stage of each world takes place in a castle where Bowser or one of his decoys are fought. When Mario defeats one of Bowser’s decoys for the first time in World 1-4, Mario runs through the end with the intent of finding the kidnapped princess. However, he is greeted by a Toad, who says:
“Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle!”
This event gets repeated in every single castle in the game (except of the World 8-4 castle, which is the final stage in the game), causing anger and disappointment to the player (and possibly to the main protagonist).
In 2008, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats and Kaki King wrote a tribute song titled “Thank You Mario But Our Princess Is In Another Castle.”