Nintendo recently experienced a major data breach, an event that has since been dubbed “Gigaleak.” The spilled data contains stacks of old character designs, source codes, beta soundtracks, and much more for games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, and Star Fox 2.
The Gigaleak is extremely controversial. For one thing, the data is fascinating and gives us deep insight into how our favorite games were made. Pokemon leaks are common enough that an entire community has been built around “Missing Numbers.” On the other hand, it is still stolen property that is full of confidential information. It is a confusing situation on which it is difficult to take a position. Personally, I am upset that we will never have context for sprite art recovered from Mario characters hanging in an apartment building. Peach and Bowser appear to be together while Mario lies down alone, and Toad is a chain smoker. Listen to your voice. We knew it all the time.
In particular, the leaked sprite sheet for the beta version of Yoshi has simultaneously delighted and horrified Nintendo fans. When Mario’s dinosaur mount was first introduced in 1990’s Super Mario World, we easily fell in love with the lovable reptile’s bulbous snout and cute boots. Beta Yoshi, however, looks more anatomically like theropods that ran through the late Cretaceous jungles. He’s lanky, beaked, and more like a plucked turkey than the round friend we know today.
Your therapist may tell you, “Beta Yoshi is not real. It can’t hurt you. ” They are only half right. Beta Yoshi is indeed a fossil that only exists in old Nintendo data, but he left little pieces of himself scattered throughout the final version of Super Mario World. As for whether those pieces can hurt you, well, let’s say if you’re a Koopa Troopa, your life is lost.
If you want to find the remains of Beta Yoshi, you don’t need to look far. Launch Super Mario World, easy enough, since it’s available everywhere, including Nintendo Switch Online, and visit Star Road. Each level in Super Mario World’s Heavenly Highway provides Mario with a baby Yoshi. When the cub eats five enemies, he becomes an adult Yoshi with unique innate powers. Blue Yoshi grows wings when he eats a Koopa Troopa, Red Yoshi spits fire, etc.
The multicolored Yoshis are useful, but have you ever gotten a good look at the babies that are born in front of Mario? They made me and my friends uneasy when we played Super Mario World as kids. We call babies “pelicans” because their pointed faces and enlarged guts resemble the beaks of waterfowl.
They are the “spikes” of baby Yoshis that I returned to when I saw the long schnozz of Beta Yoshi. Certainly, there is a resemblance between this lost father and his offspring. It suggests that Nintendo designed the Yoshi babies to look like their father Beta, but forgot to update the baby sprites after Yoshi received their final design.
That, or Nintendo didn’t bother to update Baby Yoshis sprites beyond giving them a pair of boots. You probably thought it wasn’t necessary since the nightmare ends quickly; Again, baby Yoshis only needs to eat five enemies to grow big and strong.
By the way, you can make the process more interesting by feeding the baby Yoshi’s enemies bigger than him. Watch as enemies fight in vain against their horrible fate. Koopa Troopas put on an especially dramatic show as he swallowed them alive. My God, why does this macabre demonstration fascinate me? What’s up with me
Nintendo’s weird, squat representations of baby Yoshi still appear in games as recently as Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. Its sharp overbite has been rounded to hide its theropod roots, but the Gigaleak shows that history rarely remains buried for long. Now that Beta Yoshi is out of her cage and galloping through social media, I encourage you to take a moment and think about the children who vomited from her long, long loins. They lived through the purge and grew up to help Mario, the sole purpose for which they were born. They are survivors.