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UPDATE: A beta Whomp has also been discovered and it’s face is quite different! Check it out in the video below:


We’re still reeling from the recent discovery of a playable Luigi in a leaked early build of Super Mario 64, but it hasn’t stopped there. Fans are still picking apart the many files that spread online following Nintendo’s latest data breach, including a never-before-seen enemy model.

Going by the dashing and grabbing animations, this chubby fellow is thought to be a beta version of the Chuckya enemies, the purple, Bob-omb-like spheres that would pick up and hurl Mario great distances.

A logo has also been found that reads “Ultra.” This is likely explained by the fact that an early codename for the Nintendo 64 was the “Ultra 64,” and the leaked files refer to Super Mario 64 as “Ultra 64 Mario Brothers.” This logo could possibly be a remnant from an early title screen.

To round out these latest findings, here’s some nightmare fuel for you. A model of Yoshi was uncovered with the various body parts of the model disassembled. This was likely just used for animation testing, but it’s difficult not to see it as though someone cruelly shattered poor Yoshi into pieces. The blank, pupil-less eyes aren’t helping matters, either.

Mario isn’t the only one getting lots of attention from the ongoing prototype leaks, as Zelda fans have also recently found tons of unused and early assets from other popular Nintendo 64 titles Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask.

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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!