Last week Nintendo experienced its largest data leak to date, and over the weekend people began sharing some of the odd things they found in the hundreds (or probably thousands) of files and folders.
The leak (check it out here) seemed to only contain old information like never-before-seen characters, artwork, levels, and even entire games that Nintendo developers made but either didn't use or release.
Of all the nostalgia-inducing stuff being shared around, these are the 10 weirdest secrets uncovered from Nintendo's past.
Luigi in Super Mario 64
The proof that Luigi was going to be a playable character in Super Mario 64 is the biggest get from this leak.
L IS REAL I REPEAT L IS REAL HE IS IN THE ORIGINAL SM64 SOURCE CODE pic.twitter.com/TIFFQ26adE— ecumber (@ecumber05) July 25, 2020
It also may confirm an old theory that programmers left a clue about Luigi on a statue in the castle that some thinks reads "L is real 24 01."
THEY ARE FINDING LUIGI 24 YEARS AND ONE MONTH AFTER SUPER MARIO 64 CAME OUT— SpotartCOMMISSIONS OPEN!!! (@SpotartStation) July 25, 2020
L IS REAL 2401 pic.twitter.com/8Uu7LSeSn7
guys, luigi has been found in a recent sm64 leak...— Rhyan (@RhyanLister) July 25, 2020
its been 24 years and 1 month since sm64 released...
L is real 2401, holy fuck everything has been leading up to this. pic.twitter.com/U56wKpBJE4
People even found old files for Luigi's outfit that they then put on Mario to see how he would have looked in the game.
super luigi 64 in Real pic.twitter.com/2mbm8wlnK3— axo #BlackLivesMatter (@axoonium) July 26, 2020
Luigi Flipping the Bird
This one is just funny. It's the kind of prank you really wish had made it into Super Mario World (1990).
This is an actual unused character graphic asset of Luigi giving the player the middle finger that found within the source files for Super Mario World dated 1989. pic.twitter.com/IsnZ3qTEvz— OKD (@OKeijiDragon) July 24, 2020
Long Neck Yoshi
Early designs of Yoshi from Yoshi's Island (1995) show him looking very different from what we know him to be.
Proto-Yoshi: pic.twitter.com/aVi6dZgxF3— Andy Robinson (@AndyPlaytonic) July 24, 2020
He looks pretty messed up like this so thankfully long neck Yoshi was scrapped early on.
The evolution of Yoshi, as revealed in the recent Nintendo leaks. pic.twitter.com/udi3QPINww— felineki (@felineki) July 24, 2020
There were tons of character sprite sheets in the leak, like this one that includes a version of Yoshi with a mustache and cane.
GRANDPA YOSHI pic.twitter.com/Ar9SX58NUK— Kapuccino ᗷᒪᗰ / ACAB (@nb_zeraora) July 24, 2020
Was this going to be Yoshi's grandpa, or Yoshi putting on a disguise to steal Social Security money? We may never know...
Early 3D Link
Dude had more triangles than a pyramid scheme.
Dated from July 1994, this is possibly the first, or one of the first 3D model Nintendo ever made of Link, as an experiment on the Super FX chip. (colors were manually added). pic.twitter.com/0tV6DGaUjH— Starxxon (@vl_tone) July 25, 2020
Super Donkey SNES Demo
This demo was found tucked away in the files for Yoshi's Island. The character looks almost like Rayman but there's no actual information about him.
The only hint about this game is its file name: Super Donkey.
Whatever the hell that means.
Employees Arguing about Porn
Internal emails showed the Star Fox developers arguing about looking at porn at work.
A Traumatic Childhood Experience Involving a Mr. Potato Head pic.twitter.com/v5kHlAEQz9— Kaitlyn Molinas (@orcastraw) July 25, 2020
You wonder what kind of resolution were they getting on porn back then anyway. Although with the way Japanese porn gets censored today, the 8-bit pixelation was probably as good as it got.
Donkey Kong Prototype
This version of Donkey Kong looks like the manager from my first job.
Unused Super Mario 64 Levels
These levels were probably built just for developers to test game controls.
Seeing them is like looking at someone's ex and feeling confident you at least never looked that bad back in the day.
Uncompressed Star Fox 64 Voices
All these leaks are for the nerds, but this one is truly for the nerdiest nerds.
This 25 minute compilation has every voice over recording used for the Star Fox 64, only they're uncompressed so you get to hear how the voice actors really sounded.
"Do a barrel roll" will never be the same.
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL "DO A BARREL ROLL" VOICE LINE FROM STAR FOX 64— Mattt (@MatttGFX) July 25, 2020
U N C O M P R E S S E D pic.twitter.com/94VXbypksB