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There's a new video making its way around the web showcasing what happens when the traditional roles of Mario and Yoshi are reversed, and Mario becomes Yoshi's traveling pet. The video is pretty short and is just barely a minute long but it's hilarious, nonetheless.
Game Informer has the video embedded in their article while describing how it was put together by Dorkly. You can check it out below.
The video has already garnered more than 220,000 views with a lot of people commenting how funny it is that the two have switched places in the SNES version of Super Mario World. Things start out with Mario and Yoshi arguing about who has the harder job, with Mario claiming that dodging things and kicking turtle shells is hard business. Yoshi retorts that his job is difficult and that Mario should try doing what he does. Mario obliges.
What follows is a short vignette of Mario carrying around Yoshi, buck naked save for his shoes, and being faced with dealing with the same kind of hardships that Yoshi faces such as having to eat and swallow cactus monsters. The clip cuts off before Mario actually has to use his tongue on the cactus.
The next challenge for Mario is to make an impossible leap across a platform gap, resulting in Yoshi making the jump but Mario falling... but not to his death. He's cushioned by a bunch of rotting Yoshi bodies at the bottom of the pit.
The clip is pretty funny but does a lot to ignore the actual logic of the Super Mario universe. In a way, we have to ignore a lot of the fantastical elements that Nintendo introduced into the game world otherwise the series wouldn't be nearly as fun. Could you imagine if riding on Yoshi was handled like riding on a horse and he could only jump as high as a standard horse could in equestrian? It would make for rather boring platforming segments. That's not to mention that you couldn't eat things to defeat them... it would be the equivalent of riding a camel and having it lick a cactus.
For the most part we all ignore the otherworldly logic that most games employ in order to have fun in the colorful, fantasy worlds that Nintendo creates.
Dorkly, however, has built up quite a reputation on using old 8-bit and 16-bit games and their sprites to make machinima that a lot of YouTube viewers love. There's no denying that challenging the tropes of older games from Sega, Nintendo and Capcom makes for some fairly hilarious clips, such as the one above where Mario and Yoshi switch places, much to Mario's detriment.
While this video was kind of funny, I actually think their video about video game bosses being smart is the better video, which you can check out here. Anyway, after seeing the roles being reversed, does it change your outlook on the relationship between Mario and Yoshi in Nintendo's Super Mario games?