What is written on the ‘L is real 2401’ plaque?

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There’s an old folktale of the Mario 64 era that said that this plaque here is reading ‘L is real 2401’, and rumors said it meant that Luigi was somewhere in the game.

What is really written on that plaque? or is it supposed to be just gibberish text that people imagined read ‘L is real 2401’.

The answer could probably be found if there’s a high-rez version of that texture somewhere.


TL:DR: It’s just a joke put in by programmers. It’s believed to say just that; “L Is Real 2401,” but it likely says “Eternal Star” since that is what the statue is.

Many believe is does in fact say “L Is Real 2401” (not 2041 as you wrote). It’s led to many rumors that Luigi is in Super Mario 64, which has been debunked. This same plaque makes an appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as well.


One source also shows that someone once mailed a letter to Nintendo asking about this mystery to which they were basically told in response that it is a joke the programmers put into the game.


An Easter Egg Wiki for games discusses this more. Realistically, the plaque probably says “Eternal Star” which would make sense given what the statue is.

Luigi was suppose to make an appearance in Super Mario 64 as a second player, but was cut out due to the limitations of hardware at the time.

Source : Link , Question Author : Fredy31 , Answer Author : Timmy Jim

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