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Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island/Unused Object Graphics

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This is a sub-page of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

Graphics that are never displayed in-game.

Playable Characters

Yoshi

SMW2-UnusedYoshiHeads.png

Unused Yoshi heads, looking up from the front and back, and an early hit animation. These exist in both empty and full form.

Yoshi sticks to magnet.

An unused frame of Yoshi repeated two times with a different palette, found next to two magnet frames. The other two magnet frames are found near the Baby Mario graphics.

What's interesting about the magnet is that when Yoshi morphs into a helicopter, the magnet will be loaded into VRAM. What's even more interesting is that removing the helicopter graphics reveals that the magnet is actually hidden behind the helicopter, pointing downwards and using Yoshi's palette (as opposed to the red palette). Maybe the helicopter had the ability to lift objects early in development?

Hmmm...
To do:
Should a screenshot be posted here?
(Source: Peardian, helicopter morph find by Doggycharly)

Go, Yoshi, Go! Swinging in the breeze.

Some early frames of Yoshi skiing, none of which include Baby Mario. His eyes also have some odd shading applied.

YI-AlternateGiantEgg.png

An alternate design of the giant Yoshi egg with a thinner outline.

Baby Mario

Goo goo?

A lot of Baby Mario frames are never used. Three frames are of him facing the screen. The frame of Baby Mario being carried might be related to the aforementioned magnet sprites.

The kanji on the right is 仮 (temporary), so it may have just been a sort of artist's scratchpad.

(Source: Peardian)

He's very slowly getting away!

Crawling? There's no opportunity for this animation to show up in-game: Baby Mario runs, not crawls, once he gets a Super Star, and he doesn't move in any of the bonus mini-games. It is possible to see these sprites among the jumbled graphics that appear as a result of the "eat Baby Mario" glitch, however.

(Source: Peardian)

Two points!

Baby Mario doing a victory pose.

(Source: Peardian)

Enemies

Bob-omb

Walking along Watch out!

Bob-ombs! The first set of tiles is uncompressed in the ROM, while the other three are compressed. The actual palette is currently unknown.

(Source: Peardian)

Early Sluggy

Go on a diet, you...thing.

What appears to be a larger, rounder version of Sluggy.

(Source: Peardian)

Grinder Kong

Mr. Miyamoto is not pleased.

A giant version of the Grinder enemy, made to resemble Donkey Kong. It even has a barrel throwing animation. And barrels!

Nipper

Buncha Muncha Cruncha Yoshis

A spotted version of the Nipper baddies that appear in various areas. It's worth noting that this Nipper design greatly resembles the Nipper Spores used in the final game.

(Source: Peardian)

Rocky Wrench

Wrenching excitement They can walk?!

The only Mario series enemy to throw wrenches is Rocky Wrench. All that remains of this enemy are what appear to be a pair of legs.

(Source: Peardian)

Shy Guy

Heave Ho

Unused animation of a Shy Guy lifting an object.

Huffin' Puffin

YI-unusedhuffinpuffinframes.png

Two unused frames of Huffin' Puffin.

Baby Bowser

YI-UnusedRock BabyBowser.png

A small rock is stored with Baby Bowser's graphics.

Super Mario All-Stars Leftovers

Right game, but wrong graphics.

A Shy Guy and a Tweeter, imported from the All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 2. These may have been used as reference graphics by the artists, but there's no Tweeter enemy in the final game.

(Source: Peardian)

Objects

Bubble

Bobble

An unused bubble size. This is smaller than the bubbles that Baby Mario and the transformations appear in, but larger than the bubbles that some enemies spit.

Dragon Coin

It's huge!

A Dragon Coin, first seen in Super Mario World. This was probably replaced by the Flower item, and they're mechanically similar: there are five of them in a level, they both make a coin sound when collected, and collecting all five gives the player a 1-Up.

(Source: Peardian)

? Block

Please hold all questions until the end of the article.

Found early in the ROM, uncompressed. While its use seems to be obvious, it doesn't really fit in with the Yoshi's Island gameplay style. Note that ? Blocks did appear in Yoshi's Island DS.

(Source: Peardian)

? Box

What's inside? The stuff dreams are made of.

An alternate design for the crates in the game. These graphics are loaded in rooms that use the stone bridge tileset, but no crates are ever present in those areas.

Snow Platform

YI-UnusedMiniSnowPlatform.png

A smaller version of the tilting snowy platform.

Bandit's House

YI-BanditsHouseChimneySprite.png

There is a copy of the Bandit House's chimney stored as a sprite.

Miscellaneous

Arrows

ClockwardsYI-TitleScreenArows.png

Two arrows pointing in a clockwise fashion. This is found next to the menu cursor graphics.

World Map

I know what 3 means.

A map icon for a third control style! This only shows up in the Japanese version: it's blanked out in all other revisions. The text translates to "config".

Placeholder Graphics

Before After
Choose a player Yoshi!

Placeholder graphics. "Player" is where the Yoshi graphics will be placed in VRAM, and the 7 is where the countdown timer is stored.

Obscured Graphics

Sprite graphics that are used in-game but parts of them cannot be seen by normal means.

Lunge Fish

Did you wake me?

Since the Lunge Fish is always submerged in opaque water, the lower half of its body is not entirely seen.

Water Platform

Looks like an egg.

Like the Lunge Fish, the lower half of this sprite is always submerged, unseen.

Raphael the Raven

Ravenstar Runner

Raphael the Raven has a star on his belly, but it's never seen, as the palette the star uses is always the same color as Raphael's skin. This might have been used for the Raphael constellation earlier in development, but in the final version that constellation is part of the background, not a sprite.