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Mario’s iconic sidekick, Yoshi, made his first appearance in Super Mario World. He was a faithful companion Mario could ride and command with an encouraging fist pump. JK! It turns out we’ve been socking our poor dinosaur pal in the head since childhood.

As spotted and translated by Kotaku, Yoshi creator Shigefumi Hino has finally ended the enduring “punching or pointing” fan debate. “Lots of people think that while Mario is pointing his finger forward, he’s saying ‘Go,’ and Yoshi’s tongue comes out,” Hino says. “However, the set up that I drew was that when Mario punches Yoshi in the head, the character’s tongue shoots out in surprise.” That cute little noise Yoshi makes when his tongue shoots out just became a horrifying squeal for…

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