Yoshi, one of Nintendo’s most popular video game characters, usually helps Mario in saving Princess Peach and will go for the occasional kart racing tournament here and there, but he’s been hiding a secret all along. The character we all know and love isn’t exactly who we think he is… Mario’s friend, living vehicle, and racing buddy has been a victim of mistaken identity this whole time. The beloved and iconic Nintendo character, isn’t simply known as “Yoshi.”
Blake Harris, author of Console Wars, has found an old Nintendo Character Guide that sheds some light on our favorite green dinosaur. Harris’ tweet, showing a scan of the official guide from 1993, states that Yoshi’s “proper” name is really T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas.
“Yoshi, properly known as T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas, had been held captive in an egg until Mario (homo nintendonus) bopped along and rescued him. Instantly, the young dinosaur and the plumber became fast friends. Together, they set out to rescue Yoshi’s dinosaur pals from the wickedness of Bowser.”
Interestingly, the official post also goes on to state that our beloved plumber is really “homo nintendonus,” meaning he’s technically not even the same species as the rest of us. The only thing left to wonder though is what exactly that “T” stands for. Maybe Toadstool? Who knows?
…Actually, probably Shigefumi Hino, Yoshi’s creator…
What do you think the “T.” stands for?