Birdo was famously characterized as a cross-dresser in the manual for Super Mario Bros. 2
, but seems to have been made female in her appearances in the Mario sports games. According to Chris Kohler, who is currently playing through the Japanese version of Captain Rainbow,
the character's gender dysphoria is back, and being discussed in-game for the first time.
It turns out that Birdo has been in jail on Mimin Island for using a women's restroom. She asks Captain Rainbow to find proof that she's a female so she can get out of jail, and he does -- buzzing, under her pillow. When he picks it up, it is censored.
Maybe Nintendo will rewrite this bit so it's about sandwiches
it could be released outside Japan.
The weirdest thing about Birdo's gender is that the thing
seems to be gender-free except for the bow. So, then, does it mentally
identify as a man identifying as a woman? And let's ignore the egg-laying issue entirely.