The Tanooki suit has become one of the most well-recognized power-ups in the Mario franchise since its debut nearly 30 years ago, but history almost played out very differently. When Super Mario Bros. 3 was early in development, long before anyone had dreamed of a Tanooki-based power-up, the development team was considering an item that would transform Mario into a centaur.

This little-known tidbit is one of many fun facts in Did You Know Gaming’s new episode on Super Mario Bros. 3. Did you know that the game was originally going to have a top-down perspective or that Chain Chomps were inspired by a mean dog that chased Shigeru Miyamoto as a child? You can catch all the Mario trivia by clicking the video above!

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