Ah, Yoshi. This loveable green dinosaur has been an irreplaceable member of Nintendo’s colorful cast of characters for three decades now. You can’t have Mario without Yoshi, so Yoshi has dutifully appeared in just about every Mario-related game since its first appearance in 1990.
However, Yoshi has… a bit of a nasty habit. It can grab and eat just about anything with by snatching it with its tongue, and even safely regurgitate whatever it ate—just out of the opposite end and encased in an egg. This became a canon joke in Super Mario 64 DS, not to be mistaken for the title that was initially released on the Nintendo 64.
Twitter user @MarioBrothBlog, well known for posting obscure Mario facts, recently revealed that players can eat a baby penguin while playing as Yoshi in Super Mario 64 DS. Said penguin will comment on this unspeakably horrible act, screaming and saying, “Please don’t eat me! I promise I don’t taste good! Plus, I’ll give you cavities.”
But wait, there’s more! While it is not accessible by normal means, hacking the game reveals that the penguin has additional dialogue coded for the exchange. Apparently, penguin society in Super Mario 64 DS is suitably advanced enough for them to have bogeymen, and by eating a baby penguin, Yoshi has proved itself to be a penguin’s worst nightmare.
The baby penguin is coded to respond to Yoshi by saying, “So it IS true that there’s a monster that eats naughty kids…” What this penguin has done to deserve getting eaten by Yoshi isn’t elaborated on, but considering that Nintendo ended up cutting that line out of the game itself, maybe the penguin was retconned to be a very nice penguin, and players should feel bad for eating it.
It’s a funny little detail and would have been even funnier if Nintendo had seen fit to keep it in the game. Is Yoshi a monster? Your opinion on that depends on how invested you are in Smash, but it’d be nice to see Yoshi facing the consequences of eating every little thing that crosses its path.
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