Fans have spent the last few days poring through the Gigaleak, a security breach at Nintendo that resulted in the dissemination of proprietary files belonging to classic games, such as Super Mario 64. While it’s hard to sum up the incredible number of things folks are discovering within the aptly-named Gigaleak, fans have become obsessed with snippets, particularly characters that have never seen the light of day.
The Super Mario World files, for example, have introduced the world to an unused sprite sheet containing an elongated, raptor-like version of Yoshi. The graphics show this bizarro-version of Yoshi doing what our actual reptilian friend does, like spewing fire or using its long tongue to eat stuff. But Yoshi this is not.
chain comps and nippers, hammer bro with big head— Frieze (@IsoFrieze) July 24, 2020
wall triangle has friends circle and square
also the key is upside-down for some reason pic.twitter.com/c707CxRCyt
Actually, this version of Yoshi seems to have more in common with ‘Skinny Mario,’ the lanky version of the plumber introduced in Super Mario Maker. Unsurprisingly, some fans are straight-up pairing the two together for maximum weirdness.
Fans are so taken with beta Yoshi that there’s a ton of fan art for him, most of it celebrating his appearance and his strangely satisfied-looking face. Here are some of our favorite reactions from social media, including some depictions which show beta Yoshi in motion.
I just made this Yoshi model based on the leaked SMW prototypes, boi I made this model like in 1 hour, I just wanted to finish it the fast I can. pic.twitter.com/NwDvkAh1IO— Lenoax (@thelenoax) July 24, 2020
Tried to piece together some of Proto-Yoshi's animations from those leaked sprite sheets. pic.twitter.com/sTMNFTGuuP— felineki (@felineki) July 25, 2020
I love these old Yoshis... pic.twitter.com/dv9lpYb08c— Katherine Crossan (@sirKackington) July 25, 2020
so about beta Yoshi.... pic.twitter.com/bH8iTOLTpS— ️ kalapati_man ️ @ hiatus w/ Xenoblade (@pydgyeon) July 25, 2020
beta yoshi goes for a stroll pic.twitter.com/Q4GfwHs4bL— beta yoshi fan club (@SlamGrene) July 25, 2020
In honor of the newly found mario world beta stuff, I decide to make some revamped sprites! (and yes, I know that the character on the far right is not supposed to be yoshi.) #pixelart #Pixel #art #bit #indiedev #digitalartwork #Mario pic.twitter.com/ROmvYTGatL— troopsushi (@troopsushi) July 24, 2020
Beta Super Mario World Bowser and Yoshi pic.twitter.com/lTfuevseGb— Butter (@Butterlord120) July 25, 2020
Seeing all this Beta Yoshi art got me in TEARS HE SO PRECIOUS pic.twitter.com/rRFnogM8Uj— Motfal (@Motfal) July 27, 2020