Nintendo Developers: 'Mario is Punching Yoshi'

Kelley Robertson
September 30, 2017

While it might seem a bit cruel, as it turns out, the original idea behind the motion was that Mario would, in fact, be punching Yoshi in the head, not making a gesture.

Super Mario World originally released for the SNES. "However, the set up that I drew was that when Mario punches Yoshi in the head, the character's tongue shoots out in surprise". At the time, fans thought that Mario was directing Yoshi to stick its tongue out by pointing his finger.

Regardless, the latest update also adds new content for all players and includes a new mode which is described by Nintendo on the Google Play Store as "Super Mario Run in bite-sized bursts" delivering courses which are extremely short and hence maximally suitable for playing on the go. The most recent interview included Takashi Tezuka, director of Super Mario World, and Shigefumi Hino, a graphics/character designer for the game.

It's a shell. In the design specifications Tezuka gave to Hino for Yoshi, he insisted that the character is of a species related to turtles, and thus has a shell on his back.

We took a close look at the sprite that we captured on the previous page, as well as the artwork above, and it actually looks like it tells a different story - that Mario isn't punching his steed in the back of the head, but instead pointing and commanding Yoshi to eat whatever's in front of him.

"I think he likes horses", Tezuka said of Shigeru Miyamoto, who reportedly drew a photo of Mario on a horse and pinned it on the wall near his desk during Super Mario Bros. However, Hino and the rest of team eventually decided that it was simply too mean for Mario to mistreat his new friend that way. We're guessing that more courses will be added in the coming months.

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