- "Hooray! Thank you for rescuing me. My name is Yoshi. On my way to rescue my friends, Bowser trapped me in that egg."
- ― Yoshi, Yoshi's Island 1, Super Mario World
In the main series, Yoshi is a deuteragonist and Mario's sidekick. In his series, Yoshi is the protagonist. He debuted in Super Mario World, claiming that he was trapped in an egg.
Yoshi is a little green dinosaur-like creature that helps Mario on various quests, serving as transportation. He has light green skin. His stomach, chest and mouth are white. He has two big blue eyes, round cheeks, and a big round nose. On his nape, he has three red spikes. On his back has a red saddle that can be used for riding him and he has orange shoes on his feet. In some rare cases, he is without shoes, when he does it, he reveals he has padded feet. He has a long sticky tongue that can be used for swallowing enemies.
Yoshi is kind and generous and childish at times. He loves his friends and is very compassionate and playful. In his youth, Yoshi was capable of leading the Yoshi clan in order to bring Mario and rescue Luigi and the stork from Bowser's clutches.
Powers and abilities
- Flutter Jump: Yoshi's unique ability allows him to stall in the air for a short duration.
- Super Eating: Yoshi can eat enemies and trap them in eggs.
- Shell Fusion: As seen in Super Mario World, by eating a certain color shell of a Koopa Troopa, Yoshi can gain certain powers by either spitting the shell out or keeping it in his mouth until he swallows it.
- Red: By eating a Koopa with a red shell, Yoshi can spit out three fireballs that travel in the direction he is facing. This can be useful in taking out enemies from afar.
- Blue: By eating a Koopa with a blue shell and keeping it in his mouth, Yoshi will grow wings and will be able to fly for a short time. This is needed for a level where Yoshi must fly underneath it in order to get to the secret exit. This doesn't last long as when Yoshi eventually swallows the shell, he loses his wings.
- Yellow: By eating a Koopa with a yellow shell and keeping it in his mouth, Yoshi gains a stomping ability when he jumps in the air. This lasts until he either swallows the shell or spits it back out.
- Green: Eating a Koopa with a green shell doesn't do much special ability-wise as Yoshi simply spits the shell back out. However, the can be used to defeat any enemies ahead from a distance without worry.
- Supernatural Survivability: Yoshi died countless times despite being immortal, he respawned in the Yoshi Egg.
- Athleticism: Yoshi participates events in Mario & Sonic series, with his athleticism aligning with other Mario & Sonic participants.
- Leadership: Yoshi leads the Yoshi clan.
- Vehicular Combat: In Mario Kart series, Yoshi can attack with Item Boxes. This ability also applies to other Mario Kart contestants.
Yoshi's gender can never be fully confirmed. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Yoshi was called an "asexual", it can simply produce its own eggs on its own, like Birdo. But in instruction booklets Yoshi is sometimes referred to as "he"; as seen in many games too like Mario Party 3.
Yoshi took a walk at Yoshi's Land. When Baby Mario landed on Yoshi, Yoshi decided to take Mario to his clan. The clan Yoshis panicked and yelled at each other to what to do for Baby Mario. Baby Mario points at something, sensing Baby Luigi's location. The Yoshis agree to carry the baby to its destination. Yoshis carried Baby Mario safely one-by-one to reach to King Bowser's Castle. Yoshi fought Baby Bowser, Kamek enhanced his size for Baby Bowser to continue the battle. Yoshi defeated Baby Bowser, then Kamek took Baby Bowser and left. Yoshi rescued Baby Luigi and the stork. Baby Bowser's castle collapsed and Yoshi marked the flag on his map. The stork set his duty to send Baby Mario and Baby Luigi to their parents' house.
Yoshi's friends have been captured by Bowser. When Yoshi tried to rescue his friends, Bowser trapped him inside an egg and he needed help.
Mario went to Dinosaur Land to have a vacation with Luigi and Peach. However, Bowser kidnapped Peach without Mario and Luigi knowing. Mario spots an egg. Curious, Mario opens it, only to reveal Yoshi. Yoshi thanked Mario joined forces. Mario and Yoshi ventured in Dinosaur Island to enter the Valley of Bowser. Mario entered the castle and defeated Bowser. Rescuing Peach, Mario, Peach and the Yoshis returned to Yoshi's Island.
Yoshi made his first appearance was in Super Mario World.
Before the events of Super Mario World, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi is the protagonist.
Yoshi made an appearance in Super Mario 64. After Mario collects 120 Stars, he must go to the cannon. There, Yoshi is at the back. Yoshi gives Mario 100 lives and an improved triple jump, then jumps off the castle roof.
Yoshi then appears in Super Mario 64 DS as a playable character. At the beginning of the game, he is sleeping on the roof. Yoshi then wakes up mysteriously on the ground and Lakitu then tells him that Mario, Luigi and Wario have gone have not returned. Yoshi then frees Mario, Luigi and Wario while collecting Power Stars, and they all teamed up to rescue Peach from Bowser. In this game, Yoshi can swallow enemies, shoot eggs at them, and use his Flutter Jump.
Super Mario Odyssey
Yoshi appeared in Super Mario Odyssey as a playable character. First found upon Peach's Castlein Mushroom Kingdom, breaking his egg and throwing Cappy at him will allow the player to control him. The player can flutter jump and use Yoshi's tongue to eat fruits (when eating all the fruits, he will give the player a Power Moon) and stick to walls. He also appears on the Dark Side and Darker Side.
In Mario Kart series
Yoshi has appeared in every installment of the Mario Kart series. He has his own course ( in Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii) called Yoshi Falls. He says his name repeatedly and in Mario Kart Wii, he talks in a high-pitched voice. He falls under the medium weight class in Mario Kart Wii but a lightweight in Mario Kart DS. He has a red saddle and a trademark long tongue. He is one of the most popular characters in the Mario Kart series.
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Yoshi is one of the characters in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. In the past, Yoshi had been a dinosaur carrying Mario around places where Mario needed to get to. Now, Yoshi is a dinosaur swerving around corners with his partner leaving his opponents in the dust! Yoshi is a Medium weight having the Yoshi Egg as his Special Item. Yoshi also has his own kart, the Turbo Yoshi. Not just this, but Yoshi also has his own course, Yoshi Circuit (back in Mario Kart DS).
In Mario Party series
Yoshi is one of the first playable characters to appear in the Mario Party series. Yoshi owns a board in Mario Party named Yoshi's Tropical Island.
Mario Party 3
Mario Party 5
Yoshi appears in Mario Party 5. His Super Duel Car is Egg-celeration and his nickname is Mr. Lucky Yoshi.
Mario Party 7
Yoshi appeared in Mario Party 7. Yoshi and Birdo shared the Egg Orb and were partners.
Mario Party 8
Yoshi appeared in Mario Party 8 as a standard character.
Mario Party 9
Yoshi appeared in Mario Party 9 as a playable character.
In Super Smash Bros. series
Yoshi appeared in all Super Smash Bros. as a playable character. Although he only has two jumps, his second jump is very high and can help Yoshi reach places that otherwise would require three or four jumps to be made. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Yoshi's "Egg Throw" move is Yoshi's third jump. Yoshi's final smash is Super Dragon, where Yoshi grows wings, and can fly freely around the stage while breathing fire or shooting fireballs at opponents.
In other media
Super Mario World television series
Yoshi is featured as one of the four main characters in the Super Mario World animated television series produced by Nintendo and DIC Entertainment, successfully replacing Toad from the previous cartoons. In the cartoons, Yoshi is depicted as very young and childish, referring to himself and his friends in the third-person view. Yoshi is shown to have a considerably large appetite, which has the tendency to get himself in trouble (such as when he eats all the food at Dome City's barbeque), but sometimes saves Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool. He is voiced by Andrew Stanton.
Yoshi appears in the movie based on the Super Mario Bros series where he is voiced by Frank Welker. He is shown as a baby tyrannosaurus who is Koopa's pet. He takes a liking to Princess Daisy and befriends her.
Behind the scenes
Creation and development
Yoshi's concept art differs from his current appearance. Nintendo developers came up with the idea of Mario riding onto Yoshi. Yoshi was supposed to appear in the NES, but they could not do it on the Famicon.
Yoshi has different scripts in Japanese. They mean "good luck", "righteous" and "good, virtuous, respectable" respectively. The "good luck" may relate to the event when Baby Mario happened to land onto Yoshi's back.
Yoshi was named after Yoshio Sakamoto (Director of Metroid series) due to the friendship between him and Shigeru Miyamoto.
In Tokyo, people dress up as different Mario characters and ride on karts.
On the internet, Yoshi Committed Tax Fraud is a meme refers to jokes that Yoshi illegally evaded paying his taxes; it has lasted since 2016. The meme may also be based off his quote in Fortune Street.
Overall, Yoshi received positive reception. Brad Fear (from WhatCulture!) considered Yoshi to be #1 on "20 Top Video Game Sidekicks Of All Time" on his blog. Lit Lists has placed Yoshi #3 on the list as "10 Of The Best Mario Characters", having a "variety of abilities that stand out relative to other characters in the Mario series".
- Yoshi was originally supposed to be a type of Koopa, and the saddle on his back would have been his shell.
- In some Mario games (ex. Super Mario Sunshine), Yoshi cannot swim; however in Super Mario 64 DS, he is the fastest swimmer.
- Yoshi appeared as a doll in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.
- A picture of Yoshi can be found in Hyrule Castle Courtyard in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This picture was omitted from the 3D remake.
- Yoshi and Mario appeared in Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes as dolls on Otacon's desk. When the doll was shot, it made the famous Yoshi sound and shooting Mario made the 1-Up sound effect, refilling Snake's health. Yoshi also appeared in Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D as an easter egg.
- Yoshi did appear in Super Mario 64 as a non-playable character, but appeared in the DS version as a starting character.
- In Mario Kart 64, Yoshi's sound effects are when Mario sits on him from Super Mario World.
- The furniture item Yoshi's Egg in Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf when activated, bounces and makes his famous Yoshi sound.
- Yoshi (along with Mario) had a cameo in Donkey Kong Country 2 as one of Cranky's Video Game Heroes. Yoshi is in second place (third if the player beats Mario's first place score) with 29 DK Coins.
- In Super Mario World, it seems that Mario is actually hitting Yoshi to make Yoshi extend it's tongue. Mario actually points but does not have a finger pointing animation and Mario's hand animation seems like his fist is always bald up. Mario hand or "fist" goes diagonally when Mario is trying to make Yoshi extend it's tongue indicating that he is pointing.
- Yoshi was the star of 3 Nintendo puzzle games, Yoshi (a.k.a. Yoshi's Egg by Game Freak), Yoshi's Cookie by TOSE, and Tetris Attack by Intelligent Systems (a western adaptation of Panel de Pon). He was also the star of the Super NES game, Yoshi's Safari and a sidekick to Luigi in a 3rd party spin-off game, Mario is Missing.
- Yoshi can speak English, first time speaking in Mario Kart: Super Circuit.
- ↑ Jenna (2017-05-02). So This is Yoshi's Real Name. IGN. Retrieved on 2020-04-03.
- ↑ > (1993) Nintendo Character Guide. Nintendo, 17.
- ↑ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island instruction booklet (English), page 3-6
- ↑ Nintendo EAD. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Nintendo. Super Nintendo Entertainment System. 1995-10-04.
- ↑ Nintendo EAD. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Nintendo. Super Nintendo Entertainment System. 1991-08-13.
- ↑ Javier Reyes (2019-04-12). 7 Facts About Nintendo's Yoshi. Mental Floss. Retrieved on 2020-04-08.
- ↑ Super Mario World – 1990 Developer Interview. shmuplations. Retrieved on 2020-04-03. “The biggest thing was not having to worry about the hardware limitations like we did in the Famicom days. One specific example would be Mario riding Yoshi: we came up with that idea a long time ago, but couldn’t do it on the Famicom. I’m really happy we finally got to realize that in SMW.”
- ↑ AWOL (2016-11-30). Um, Guys, You Can Go Real-Life Mario Karting In Tokyo. AWOL. Retrieved on 2020-04-03.
- ↑ Yoshi Committed Tax Fraud. Know Your Meme. Retrieved on 2020-04-03.
- ↑ Hard Evidence. Know Your Meme. Retrieved on 2020-04-03.
- ↑ Square Enix. Fortune Street. Square Enix, Nintendo. Wii. 2011-05-12. Speaker: Yoshi. “Yoshi Yoshi? (Could I please be exempt from paying taxes, <player's name>?)”
- ↑ Brad Fear (2011-11-23). 20 Top Video Game Sidekicks Of All Time. WhatCulture!. Retrieved on 2020-04-03.
- ↑ 10 Of The Best Mario Characters. Lit Lists (2019-08-06). Retrieved on 2020-04-03.
- ↑ Nintendo. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. Nintendo. Game Boy. Level/area: Mabe Village. 1993-08. “You got a Yoshi Doll! Recently, he seems to be showing up in many games!”
- ↑ Nintendo. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Nintendo. Nintendo 64. Level/area: Castle Courtyard. 1998-11-23.