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In most older incarnations of yoshi, he had what appeared to be a saddle on his back, which mario would ride on in games like Super Mario World. Now newer 3d renditions show this to actually be a red shell. Do we know for sure whether it was ment to be a saddle or a shell?

  • Yoshi on the right is younger than Yoshi on the left. Yoshi on the left has clearly been through a few too many of Mario's ground-pounds. – Casey Kuball Jun 24 '16 at 23:09
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    I'm super surprised this wasn't posted on Arqade. – Ash Jun 24 '16 at 23:49
  • Shell-shaped saddle? – Paul D. Waite Apr 8 '17 at 18:08
  • @Ash Arqade doesn't allow backstory questions – TheAsh Dec 28 '17 at 22:28
  • @TheAsh it does, in some cases, actually. – Ash Dec 29 '17 at 1:58

According to Super Mario History, it's a saddle that was originally a shell during development.

Yoshi was originally supposed to be a type of Koopa. That saddle you see on his back was actually his shell. - Takashi Tezuka

The official German Club Nintendo magazine apparently also refered to it as a saddle, but I can't confirm it.

Translated from German:

He's wearing jump boots and he has a saddle on his back. He's green and very hungry. He's a dinosaur and Mario's best friend. He's good, because he's YOSHI!!!

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    "He's good, because he's YOSHI!!!" Quite possibly the video game quote of the decade! – RLH Jun 24 '16 at 16:26
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    @RLH And then Luigi reads the "best friend" part and does a spit-take. – Rogue Jedi Jun 24 '16 at 16:54
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    @RLH "Fun" fact! The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb originally meant exactly the opposite of what the shorter version means today. – Engineer Toast Jun 24 '16 at 17:53
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    @EngineerToast, fun fact, every time someone mentions the blood and water thing, there will always be at least one person there to mention the supposedly original quote and its inverse meaning. – Arturo Torres Sánchez Jun 24 '16 at 18:00
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    @RLH "He's good, because he's YOSHI!" is because "yosh" is a Japanese expression of excitement meaning "okay!" or "all right!". – Gorchestopher H Jun 24 '16 at 18:18

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