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Nintendo Programmer Admits That Mario Has Been Physically Abusing Yoshi All These Years

By Koh Mochizuki

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.