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Yoshi as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008).
Series Mario/Yoshi
First game Super Mario World
Created by Shigefumi Hino
Designed by Shigefumi Hino
Masanori Sato (artwork)
Akiko Hirono
Voiced by (English) Andrew Sabiston (Super Mario World television series)
Frank Welker (Super Mario Bros. film)
Voiced by (Japanese) Chika Sakamoto (Super Mario World: Mario to Yoshhi no Bōken Land, red)
Ikue Ōtani (Super Mario World: Mario to Yoshi no Bōken Land, green)
Keiko Yamamoto (Yoshi's Egg commercial)
Satomi Kōrogi (commercials)
Kazumi Totaka (video games)
Fictional information

Yoshi (ヨッシー Yosshī?, sometimes romanized Yossy in earlier Japanese materials)[1][2] (IPA: /ˈjəʊ.ʃi/) is a fictional dinosaur.[3] His debut was in Super Mario World on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System[4] as Mario's accomplice, and he later established his own series with several platform and puzzle games, including Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. He has also appeared in many of the spin-off Mario games, such as the Mario Party, the Mario Kart, and the Super Smash Bros. series , as well as in other various Mario sports titles. Most recently, Yoshi appears in New Super Mario Bros. Wii as the characters' accomplice, similar to his original debut role in Super Mario World. [5] Yoshis come in many different colors, but his original and most common color is green.[4] Yoshi is set to appear in the upcoming Super Mario Galaxy 2.


Concept and creation

Considered after the development of Super Mario Bros., Yoshi's early design differs greatly from the finished appearance[6]

Shigeru Miyamoto stated that Nintendo had wanted Mario to have a dinosaur companion ever since Super Mario Bros.; however, it was not possible because of the limitations of the NES. During the development of Super Mario Bros. 3, Miyamoto had a number of sketches around his desk, including an image of Mario riding atop a dinosaur. Takashi Tezuka, a Mario series developer, speculated that Miyamoto's love of horse riding as well as country and western influenced Yoshi's creation. The concept of Mario riding a dinosaur also came from the NES video game Excitebike, which featured people riding motorcycles. He again wanted to feature Yoshi in Super Mario Bros. 3, but was still unable to. Tezuka designed two power-ups to make up for this limitation, the raccoon and frog power-ups. Once the more powerful Super NES was released, Miyamoto was finally able to implement Yoshi into the series, putting him into the video game Super Mario World.[7] Yoshi proved to be popular in his debut, which caused the next game in the series, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island to focus on his species.[8]

The version of Yoshi seen in the Super Mario Bros. film was made using a three foot tall animatronic dinosaur. He was designed in the film by Dave Nelson. It had nearly 200 feet of cable and hundreds of moving parts inside of it, and was controlled by nine puppeteers. The body is cable-controlled, while the head is radio-controlled. Nelson described the overall process as being "difficult."[9] The creation of Yoshi was handled by a company independent from the filmmakers.[10]


Yoshi's trademarks are his long sticky tongue, his green-dotted egg, his speech, and his jump. Yoshis can come in a variety of colors, though they are primarily green.[4] Other common colors include blue, red, pink, and yellow. In Super Mario World for the SNES, different colors of Yoshi had different abilities, such as fire-breathing and flying. Yoshis are often shown living in villages with a few wooden constructions. Their social structure is developed and organized, as they are shown living together in settlements, having meetings and working together. Yoshi has many different abilities which are useful whenever Mario or another hero is riding him. Yoshi's special jump called the flutter jump allows him to kick wildly in the air to stay afloat, making his jumps longer and higher. His long tongue allows him to swallow many things (particularly small enemies) and use them to lay eggs which he can throw. [4]


Yoshi as he appears in Yoshi's Island DS.

Yoshi made his debut in Super Mario World as a native dinosaur that Mario or Luigi could ride on in order to eat enemies and otherwise navigate Dinosaur Land more quickly and easily. This game spawned a prequel entitled Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island for the Super Nintendo in which the player could control Yoshi in order to keep Baby Mario out of harm's way as they advanced through the game. This led to a spin-off series of games including Yoshi's Story for the Nintendo 64, Yoshi's Universal Gravitation for the Game Boy Advance, and a number of games for the Nintendo DS, including Yoshi Touch & Go, and Yoshi's Island DS and Super Mario 64 DS.

Although he was introduced on the SNES in 1990, Yoshi was also the star of two self-titled games for the original NES released in '92 and '93: Yoshi and Yoshi's Cookie, respectively. Both of these games were released for the Game Boy as well. He also appeared as a supporting cast member in Mario is Missing for NES, SNES and MS-DOS in 1993.[11] Yoshi appeared in Super Mario 64 as a non-playable character who could be seen upon completion of the game. He also appeared in the DS remake as a playable character, and in Super Mario Sunshine where he could be ridden on by Mario in the same fashion as in Super Mario World. However in this game, he is referred to as a tropical yoshi which changes to different colors after eating different fruit. Most recently, Yoshi appears in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. His role in New Super Mario Bros. Wii is very similar to his original role in Super Mario World. A number of different colored Yoshis can be obtained by hitting question mark blocks throughout the game. He can then be ridden by characters in the game, though his color no longer represents special abilities. Yoshi is also slated to appear in the upcoming game Super Mario Galaxy 2, where he can also be ridden by the characters in the game.

Other appearances

Yoshi has appeared in nearly all of the Mario sports and spin-off games. He appears in every game of the Mario Kart series as a playable character (usually with a medium weight). He also appears in every Mario Party game to date as a playable character. He has also made appearances in multiple Mario sports titles, including Mario Tennis, Mario Golf, Mario Super Sluggers, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, and Super Mario Strikers.[12]

Yoshi is a playable character in all three titles in the Super Smash Bros. series; he is also the subject of collectible items in them. Yoshi is featured as a heavy character who has excellent speed and jumps. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Yoshi's final smash is called the "Super Dragon" and by using it, he grows wings and is able to breathe fire and fly for a short time. In the Subspace Emissary, Yoshi is awakened from his sleep by various subspace enemies and teams up with Link and other Smash Bros. characters to defeat Tabuu and save the world.

Yoshi has made cameo appearances in other video games. In Super Mario Galaxy, an image of his head appears as a wooden planet that Mario can visit in the Space Junk Galaxy. He also made a few cameo appearances in The Legend of Zelda series, specifically in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.[citation needed]

Appearances in other media

An animated series followed Super Mario World, bearing the same name, and was similar in plotline to the previous series, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, but with a different setting. The show featured Yoshi as a regular character, voiced by Andrew Sabiston. Yoshi was featured as a young dinosaur who often talked in 3rd person. He was also featured in the Nintendo Adventure Books. He is also featured prominently in the Super Mario Adventures comic serial printed in Nintendo Power. Yoshi also appears in the Super Mario Bros. movie. In the movie, Yoshi took the form of a realistic animatronic dinosaur, very much like a smaller version of Jurassic Park's velociraptors, instead of a live-action animated character.[13] In the movie, Yoshi was Koopa's pet and isn't referred to as a Yoshi but as a raptor, however he joined sides with Daisy and when she is about to be attacked, Yoshi saves her but he gets stabbed in her place. In the end however, he is seen alive and with Princess Daisy and the Goomba turned Toad, they bid the Mario Bros. goodbye as the brothers leave to their human world.


Yoshi is one of the more recognizable characters in the Mario series. Yoshi is also featured heavily in Mario merchandise; he is the subject of toys, shirts, and figures. Yoshi also appeared in two of the McDonald's Happy Meal promotions of Mario toys which only starred Mario, Donkey Kong, and Yoshi himself.[14] In a poll conducted in 2008, Yoshi was voted as the third-favorite video game character in Japan, with Cloud Strife and Mario placing second and first, respectively.[15]


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From Japanese ヨッシー (Yosshī)

Proper noun




  1. An established Japanese male name.


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Box artwork for Yoshi.
Developer(s) Game Freak
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Puzzle
System(s) NES, Game Boy, Virtual Console
Players 1-2
ESRB: Everyone

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Game Series Mario series
1st Appearance Super Mario World (1991)
Alter Ego:
Japanese Name:
Gender: male
Blood Type:
Fighting Style:
Special Skill(s):
Creator(s): Shigefumi Hino, Shigeru Miyamoto
Voice Actor(s): Andrew Sabiston (US TV), Kazumi Totaka (Games)

Yoshi is one of the more prominent Mario characters. It is a species of dinosaur like creatures that hatch from spotted eggs. Yoshis always come in many different colors. These include, but are not limited to: Green, Blue, Red, Yellow, Turqoise, Orange, Pink, Magenta, Black, and White. The colors usually do not have any special meaning, other than Black & White being rarer than others, and determining what fruit the yoshi likes best. "Yoshi" can also refer to the normal, green, character that Mario has gone on adventures with. Things they swallow tend to turn into eggs, which can then be used for throwing. His first appearance was in Super Mario World.



Why are Yoshis born with boots on? Can they be taken off?

Yoshi has had many abilities that have been added and removed over the course of its games.

  • Floating - When jumping in mid-air, Yoshis kick their feet rapidly to stay airborne for as long as gravity allows them to, while they make some struggling "Nnnnggghhh!!!" sound. This ability has been displayed in games like Yoshi's Island and Super Smash Bros. Melee.
  • Ground Pound - Like Mario's ground pound, Yoshis can do a quick flip in mid-air and then quickly ram their bottom into the ground. "Brrrring-ha!" indeed, Yoshi.
  • Swallowing - Yoshis often use their long tongues to swallow almost anything - fruits, enemies, cyanide caplets, etc. These are often turned into eggs that follow the Yoshi everywhere. Yoshis seem to universally dislike swallowing peppers.
  • Egg Throwing - So, now they've got this egg following them. Now what? Throw it! Yoshis are apparently born with excellent aiming instinct. They will eat you, encase you in an egg, and then throw you at another enemy. Hardcore. Shown in games such as Yoshi Touch & Go and Yoshi's Story.
  • Fruit Vomiting - Okay, okay, fruit spraying. In Super Mario Sunshine, they are able of eating fruits and then spraying fruit juice at people/things. This could be used as a replace for water in getting rid of sludge, or get rid of special kinds of path blockers.


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