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GoNintendo Video - My Parents Play: Yoshi's Island

The rumors of this series' demise were GREATLY exaggerated! I finally got some time to edit a Parents Play episode! Let's get back into the groove with my parents checking out the classic, Yoshi's Island!

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Hallmark Yoshi ornament now available

Yoshi the green dinosaur from the Super Mario Bros.™ series is Mario's sidekick and a courageous hero in his own right. The video game legend's adventures in Mushroom Kingdom have captivated kids, teens and adults for decades. Place this Yoshi Christmas ornament in a prominent spot on your tree to remind gamers of this fun pastime that brings families and friends together for hours of play. Coordinating Mario ornament sold separately. Learn more about Keepsake Ornaments.

- Christmas tree ornament.
- Dated 2017 in copyright.
- Pre-packaged for easy gift giving, preservation and storage.
- 1.6" W x 3.5" H x 1.55" D
- Coordinating Mario ornament sold separately.

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If you remember awhile back, we told you about the lineup of Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi ornaments that Hallmark was selling. The Yoshi one was dated for Oct. 7th, which means it's finally available! As a reminder, the Luigi option cannot be bought online, as it's only available in-stores.

SNES Classic: Dev Interview Vol. 5 - Super Mario World/Yoshi's Island (how Yoshi took on a starring role)

The following comes from a Nintendo internal interview with Takashi Tezuka, Shigefumi Hino and Hisashi Nogami...

Interviewer: Why did you want to make Yoshi the main character?

Hino: It's just my personal opinion, but I felt like, with Super Mario World, we had done everything we could with a side-scrolling jumping game.

Interviewer: Oh, I see. After that, Super Mario 64 came out and for a while the focus was on more three-dimensional action and not side-scrolling.

Hino: Right. I wondered what kind of side-scrolling platform game we could make and thought we could create new gameplay if Yoshi were the main character. I think I started with the idea of having Yoshi carry something to the goal.

Interviewer: Making Yoshi the main character would give birth to new actions.

Tezuka: Right. We made new actions, and one I thought was good was the Flutter Jump. Mario can't do an action like that and it would help people who have difficulty with platformers.

Full interview here

Mario originally WAS punching Yoshi in the head in Super Mario World

The following comes from Nintendo's Takashi Tezuka and Shigefumi Hino...

TT: “I think he (Miyamoto) likes horses. When we were making [Super Mario Bros. 3], he drew a picture of Mario riding a horse and had put it up on wall next to where he sits. When I saw that, I thought, ‘I guess he wants Mario to ride something.’ So, when we were making Super Mario World, we had this ‘dinosaur land’ concept, and I had Hino draw reptile type art.”

HH: “Initially the keyword that I had was ‘horse,’ so I imagined something quite later and, for the time being, drew a large lizard type creature.”

TT: “It looked like a crocodile.”

HH: “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.’”

Man, learning this and combining it with the weird Yoshi design from earlier tonight, my whole childhood has been torn apart. The strange Yoshi was funny, but this news of Mario punching Yoshi in the back of the head is too much for my heart!

Original Super Mario World sprite sheets show a very different looking Yoshi

This comes from the latest SNES Classic Edition dev interview, which focuses on Super Mario World and Yoshi's Island. In the interview, we get a sneak-peek at some of the original design sprites for Super Mario World. The artwork for Yoshi shows a much more reptilian-based design, which was later transformed into the style we now know and love. Dear lord, this Yoshi design is both hysterical and kind of freaky!

Yoshi's Island - Flower Garden one-man band cover

Man, this guy just keeps nailing it, song after song. He's super impressive and deserves a ton more attention!