Mario was originally punching his companion Yoshi in Super Mario World

Super Mario World made its debut in Japan nearly 30 years ago and was a huge commercial success globally selling over 20 million copies. Those that have played the game will remember Yoshi, the lovable dinosaur character that made its debut and that Mario could ride. Along with being a reliable mode of transportation, Mario could also command Yoshi to use its tongue to grab onto objects and also spit them out as projectiles, with the simple, yet assertive thrust of his fist.

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. This news is coming from a new interview with Shigefumi Hino, a designer that worked on Super Mario World. Naturally, this did not seem to line up with Mario's good guy image and the team at Nintendo decided to change it so that Mario was indeed just commanding Yoshi instead.

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

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Source: Nintendo via Polygon | Image via Nintendo

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