Before Nintendo dreamed up the Inklings we all know and love from Splatoon, it tested the series' famous turf-battling gameplay with a host of other characters, both new and familiar. Some of these include rabbits, tofu blocks, and even Yoshis.
A picture of Splatoon test footage featuring a blue Yoshi popped up during Nintendo's Splatoon panel at GDC 2018. The talk also recalled some facts we already knew about the Splatoon games, like how rabbits were once considered as the series' protagonists instead of the Inklings. Nintendo included some previously-unseen artwork of the rabbits, who are clearly designed in the same slick style as the Inklings, though maybe a bit angrier (they're very territorial, you see).
The rabbits were divided into teams of black and white, and still shot ink at each other. Nintendo ultimately went with their final (and now-iconic) Inkling design, but these are admittedly some cool bunnies. Probably a better fit than Yoshis, frankly. Yoshis are peaceful critters who just want to eat and chill, not get into heated paintball matches. And I doubt either Yoshis or war-rabbits would become a cultural phenomenon in Japan the way the Inklings have.
[With reporting by Caty McCarthy]