US Government “Borrowed” Yoshi’s Island DS Music For EPA Flash Game (Update: EPA Responds!)

You thought Yoshi’s tax fraud was bad?
yoshi's island DS

Over the past year, Yoshi’s nefarious tax feud with the IRS has captivated the public, with traces of his economic anxiety documented as far back as 2011’s Fortune Street. However, as seen in a shocking report by Mario preservation site Forest of Illusion, the Environmental Protection Agency — and by association, the United States Government — retaliated against Nintendo’s dastardly dino the only way they knew how: seizing musical assets from 2006’s Yoshi’s Island DS for the purposes of an educational flash game. Behold the fascist authority of the world’s biggest superpower:

Damning as it may be, the twists don’t stop there: Forest of Illusion further points out the music file doesn’t even hide its Yoshi origins, it being titled “yoshidsunderground.mp3”. Sloppy editing? Perhaps — and given the details we’ll cover shortly, some may deduce this is nothing more than blatant “an eye for an eye” theft — but others have drawn more sinister conclusions, namely in this file being a thinly-veiled warning towards Mario‘s beloved dinosaur.

Despite Yoshi Island DS‘s decade-plus age, the Web Archive first catalogued this flash game within February 1st, 2017. Supposing the Recycle City Challenge wasn’t a leftover from the Obama administration’s twilight stages, that would place this theft not only within the burgeoning chaos of the Trump Administration, but right before EPA Head Scott Pruitt’s February 17th swearing-in by the Supreme Court. Given how Mr. Pruitt eventually resigned over countless ethical scandals, we can’t definitively declare this is mere coincidence. (Sadly, Mr. Pruitt nor President Donald Trump could be reached for comment.)

The ball is now in Nintendo’s court — will they challenge the government on IP theft? Could the implications of President Trump’s refusal to release his own tax returns reveal him as a Yoshi sympathizer? Was Pruitt already pulling strings before his confirmation, or was Obama the real thief all along? And with Yoshi himself stuck between the middle, will Nintendo’s lovable lizard pull off another grand heist as a publicity stunt for Yoshi’s Crafted World?

You, our dear armchair political analyst, must decide for yourself.

UPDATE: It has come to our attention the EPA has reached out to Hollywood Reporter with the following statement: “The Recycle City Challenge game was created for EPA by a contractor. We are looking into whether the contractor received permission to use the music, to the extent permission was necessary in this instance.”

According to Forest of Illusion, the music’s been switched off accordingly. We suspect Yoshi’s tricky fingers may’ve had a hand, but feel free to draw your own conclusions.


Anthony Pelone
Eating, breathing and living video games on a daily basis, Anthony is particularly fond of the Nintendo variety, but is by no means a console warrior. Somewhere in the midst of his obsession with cat pictures, he finds the time to pen about his favorite hobby. Having previously written for over three sites, Anthony remains dedicated to spreading the gospel of EarthBound.

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