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Published: Sun, October 01, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Mario Has Been Punching Yoshi Since the SNES Days, Nintendo Confirms

Mario Has Been Punching Yoshi Since the SNES Days, Nintendo Confirms

Now, we're no experts on matters of animal cruelty as it relates to pet dinosaurs - especially digital discourse which has always been something of a grey area - but we must say that the idea of Mario punching Yoshi in the head strikes us as a bit odd. Naturally, this did not seem to line up with Mario's good guy image and the team at Nintendo made a decision to change it so that Mario was indeed just commanding Yoshi instead.

In a recent interview on Nintendo's official site, longtime developers Takashi Tezuka and Shigefumi Hino talked about the creation of Super Mario World and Yoshi. However, the answer to this mystery is the more violent of the two: Mario was originally hitting Yoshi on the head to surprise the dinosaur into sticking his tongue out.

Super Mario World marks the first appearance of Yoshi, Mario's rideable dinosaur-like companion.

For the longest time, players of Super Mario World were convinced that Mario was simply pointing his finger for Yoshi to lash out its tongue, but this interview revealed that this was not actually the case.

You'll be able to enjoy playing Super Mario World starting tomorrow with the release of the SNES Classic Edition.

According to Tezuka, Shigeru Miyamoto said he wanted Mario to ride a horse.

Perhaps realizing that fans may come to the same conclusion, Hino noted that Nintendo realized that people may say "Poor Yoshi", which is why "it became that Mario is saying 'Go'". This includes a new Remix Mode that will allow gamers to unlock new buildings, and it will also introduce a new character Daisy, where one of the character's abilities is to jump another time while mid-air, which should help gamers snag more coins and gain more points. "What's more, there's an added 'bop" sound.

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