Well That Sucks: Mario Was Actually Punching Yoshi In The Back Of The Head To Make Him Stick His Tongue Out

September 29, 2017

In terrible news, during an interview to celebrate the release of the new SNES Mini, Super Mario World developer Shigefumi Hino admitted that Mario is, in fact, punching Yoshi in the back of the head to make him stick his tongue out and eat stuff in the game. Come on -- that's no way to treat your mount.

"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."

"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.'"

Wow, that ain't right. I feel so bad now. I don't even know how many times I punched that poor little dinosaur in the back of the head when I was growing up, but it was definitely in the thousands, possibly in the tens of thousands. I blame Mario. Well, I guess there's only one thing left to do. "Play Super Smash Bros as Youshi and rip Mario a new one?" That guy's gonna have like thirty buttholes when I'm through with him.

Thanks to n0nentity, Christine and Adam, who agree all that turtle stomping wasn't cool either.

  • MustacheHam

    oh, all this time I thought he was signalling Yoshi.

  • Jan Bergström

    I think Mario is just pointing forward. Like "All cannons fire!"

  • asdfadfs

    I always told my brother mario was punching yoshi in the back of the head. now i have proof I was right

  • asdfadfs

    iirc he also used to abuse donkeykong

  • BigChick

    I always knew Mario players were sadistic freaks! (looks around and screams for PETA!!!!!) lol

  • asdfadfs

    they already did this

  • Jenness

    I always knew Mario players were sadistic freaks! (looks around and screams for PETA!!!!!) lol

  • Xockszky

    I noticed that back when I was a kid.


    I think this quote is misconstrued. It's like with Star Wars and the Ewoks were supposed to be Wookies, or Sonic having a human girlfriend named Madonna, the punching was design phase and not final. The gif in this article shows Mario's not punching Yoshi. At least, that's how it reads and looks to me.

  • asdfadfs

    samus is canonically a "dick girl" according to one of the devs involved in her design process

  • TheQiwiMan

    I also enjoy looking at unequivocal proof right in the face and then rejecting it in favor of holding on to my wrong opinions.


    I like to think of it more as looking at the statement critically and seeing others jumping to conclusions based on brief anecdote from a larger interview in Japanese without an official English translation*, making the statement easily misread and not definitive. The person in question is talking about the original designs, afterall, not the final product. Otherwise I guess Ewoks are Wookies afterall.

    *At least, I don't think it's official. I can't find an English version of the interview, just that quote. But even if official, it reads more cheeky as in "Lots of people think the creatures in Return of the Jedi are Ewoks. However, we designed them to be Wookies."

  • Tim Morgan
  • I came here to post exactly that. I love ADHD.

  • Perpetual Pizza

    And he flinches as well.

  • side effect

    Oh donkey punch!

  • Perpetual Pizza


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