So y'all probably know about chocobos. They’re this fictional bird creature that characters from the final fantasy series can ride. They look like this in most contemporary artwork and renders.
Sometimes even way cuter like this stud muffin here
But it turns out that these guys here are way more bird-like than the original chocobo design. The chocobo first appeared in Final Fantasy II (1988) on the NES. Its original render looked like this:
That’s the world map. Originally, the idea was that the whole party of four would ride on the back of one chocobo (unlike the later chocobos designed to be ridden by a single rider). And so Yoshitaka Amano designed for the official artwork gigantic two-legged reptilian bird that could travel around the world with multiple riders. The first official chocobo artwork looked nothing like the chicken-thing we now know:
Fucking awesome right? One more thing: it was possible to summon a chocobo into battle in Final Fantasy III using “Chocobo Rage.” The game manual featured artwork for moves and items and featured this one for Chocobo Rage:
This interpretation of a chocobo quickly fell out of fashion. The concept art for Final Fantasy IV (1991) had already moved on to the chicken design we’re more familiar with:
Pretty neat, eh?