Okay, Wow, Mario Regularly Punched Yoshi in the Head

Okay, Wow, Mario Regularly Punched Yoshi in the Head

Mario punches more than just bricks.

There were few surprises as big as when we found out that Mario punches bricks instead of bopping his head up against one like previously believed. So when it came out recently that Mario uses his fists to punch out Yoshi's tongue from the back of his head, well let's just say this starts to paint a pretty consistent picture of Mario.

In a new interview, only available in Japanese, Nintendo sat down with Takashi Tezuka and Shigefumi Hino who worked on Super Mario World to talk about Yoshi's origins. Based on a report by Kotaku, Tezuka revealed that Shigeru Miyamoto wanted Mario to ride a horse. However, despite having an illustration of Mario riding a horse pinned by Tezuka's desk, the two brainstormed ideas that would be more in-line with Super Mario World's concepts.

Tezuka said, "I thought, 'I guess he [Miyamoto] wants Mario to ride something.' So, when we were making Super Mario World, we had this 'dinosaur land' concept, and I had Hino draw reptile type art." Apparently the original versions of Yoshi really were more reptilian than the cute dinosaur we know today. "It looked like a crocodile," said Tezuka.

What's wild is that the rumors were true and the sprite animation for Yoshi's tongue attack really is Mario punching Yoshi in the back of the head. "Lots of people think that while Mario is pointing his finger forward, he's saying 'Go,' and Yoshi's tongue comes out," explains Hino. "However, the set up that I drew was that when Mario punches Yoshi in the head, the character's tongue shoots out in surprise."

That's pretty messed up.

Nintendo is continuing its series of interviews with creators who worked on original SNES games to celebrate the launch of the SNES Classic this week. We already covered how Captain Falcon almost became a mascot for Nintendo and how Super Metroid's most famous scene was contested in the office. Who knows what other childhood moments will be ruined through these interviews?

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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