It’s not all that uncommon that a game takes a slight change in direction. If games didn’t end up different from beta to final release, Unseen 64 would be out of a job! Something gets cut out due to money and/or time constraints: Yoshi’s Island is no different. Although having a very unique development history which included a graphics overhaul later in development, it seems Nintendo also wanted to tweak some of Yoshi’s special abilities in Yoshi’s Island before release. Nintendo dropped these abilities on the cutting room floor but was kind enough to leave the sprites in the cartridge for everyone to see.
[Intro by MajorTom]
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