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Turns out Mario really was just abusing Yoshi into helping him

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Mario was actually beating Yoshi 2

Today marks the launch of the SNES Mini, which contains what many might consider the best Mario game of all time. Super Mario World is a captivating platformer that really holds up today still, but it’s also important for introducing Mario to a very green, friendly companion. Yoshi is a staple in Mario’s universe, helping out the red and blue plumber (yes) on his adventures. But according to what is now canon, their relationship isn’t as amicable as you might expect.

While many for some time believed that Mario would point in a direction and have Yoshi unfurl his tongue there, the truth is far more sinister. According to developers Takashi Tezuka and Shigefumi Hino in a new interview, it’s been revealed that the original concept for Mario and Yoshi’s relationship had the titular character punching the poor green dinosaur to have him do anything. Although it was later changed to show Mario being a little less abusive, his evil roots are now part of Mario history.

“Lots of people think that while Mario is pointing his finger foreward, 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. What’s more, there’s an added ‘bop’ sound. However, it seemed like people would say ‘Poor Yoshi,’ so that’s why it became that Mario is saying ‘Go

Yoshi being beaten

So while Super Mario World might be fantastic for its new art direction, its inspired level design and consistently surprising enemies, just remember that Mario is and always will be an absolute asshole for treating Yoshi like he did. What did that poor green dinosaur ever do to him.

Last Updated: September 29, 2017


  1. RinceThis

    September 29, 2017 at 12:42

    That is some dark shit. Why even come up with that?


    • Original Heretic

      September 29, 2017 at 12:46

      They felt like singing a song in a particular way.

      “Hello, Mario, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again.”


  2. Raptor Rants

    September 29, 2017 at 13:08

    The dude ran around killing the denizens of the mushroom kingdom because princess Peach chose Bowser over him. What did you expect?


  3. Original Heretic

    September 29, 2017 at 13:15

    Wonder what PETA is gonna say…


  4. Craig "Crios" Boonzaier

    September 29, 2017 at 14:45

    Well its not surprising seeing as he is killing all the Mushroom people denizen constantly. They were all turned into bricks when the Koopa tribe used their black magic.


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