Did you know exactly what you were enabling when pressing the "Y" button to use Yoshi's tongue?
You know, that huggable, loyal reptilian that only exists to advance Mario through his obstacles? According to Super Mario World's directors, you were making Mario punch that adorable creature in its sweet face.
Now it can be told. In a recent interview commemorating the release of the mini SNES Classic, Nintendo developer Shigefumi Hino explained why Yoshi's tongue would stick out in the original version of the game:
“Lots of people think that while Mario is pointing his finger forward, he’s saying ‘Go,’ and Yoshi’s tongue comes out. However, the set up that I drew was that when Mario punches Yoshi in the head, the character’s tongue shoots out in surprise.”
So animal cruelty was a part of the original game. Nice.
That discovery got a tongue-lashing.
Hino and his team eventually realized that Mario's punching maneuver was a bit douchey; however, Mario does leave Yoshi to fall to his death after leaping off his new friend's back to save himself.
Mario is far from a stand up guy.
Even Fox's Animation Domination High-Def parodied Yoshi's demise.
This gamer imagined Yoshi's greatest revenge.
The abuse wasn't a huge revelation for everyone.
You can now revert to animal abuse with the release of the SNES Classic. Have at it, and point away, cruel gamers.
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