Years ago, I had an argument with a friend about the colors of the Yoshis in Super Mario World. I claimed them to be green, red, yellow, and blue; my friend argued that the colors were green, red, yellow, and purple. (His argument, which is admittedly challenging to refute, is, "Look at it.") We've had this argument continually for over a decade.

Like everyone else with a pulse, I've been playing around with ChatGPT. I decided to see how it would do in settling this dispute. Here was its response:

ChatGPT attempt at settling Yoshi debate

My immediate response, based on my experience, was that nearly none of this is true. But, I hesitated because of the claim that there are different versions. After some searching, I still have no evidence that this is true, but I have seen some strange things that still leave me with a bit of doubt, such as this Quora post in which someone again asserts there to be six Yoshis (albeit a different six than what ChatGPT told me).

My question is: Is there any truth to either the claim of six Yoshis or of some alternate versions? Certainly, there are localized versions in different languages, but I'm asking if there's a more profound version difference of some sort that I have missed.

I imagine this answer comes from a conflation of SMW with some entirely different game (SMW2: Yoshi's Island, perhaps? Or Yoshi's Story?) but I can't seem to find a perfect match to support that assertion. I think this is an important example about the inherent limitations of AI language models, but I'd like to be just a bit more confident that I have the facts right before using that example.

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    So you are basically asking: how many Yoshis are there? I appreciate the effort you put into this, but I believe a lot of this post doesn't really add anything to it.
    – Joachim
    Commented Jan 26, 2023 at 18:23
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    Sorry if I wasn't clear; I'm asking if there exist other versions of Super Mario World besides the one I'm familiar with, which has 4 Yoshis. Commented Jan 26, 2023 at 18:25
  • You can edit your post to clarify things. You might want to start with the title, since it doesn't mention Yoshis, yet you seem to focus on that.
    – Joachim
    Commented Jan 26, 2023 at 18:31

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According to Fandom:

There [are] eleven known colors. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Light Blue, Blue, Pink, Purple, White, Black and Brown.

enter image description here The Yoshi Clan, with every colour except Brown Yoshi.

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    Thanks for the answer! I think this settles it -- ChatGPT is making things up or conflating them with something else. Commented Jan 26, 2023 at 20:10

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