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Yoshi
YoshiMPIT
Yoshi from Mario Party: Island Tour.
First Game Super Mario World (1990)
Gender Male
Homeland Yoshi's Island
Race Yoshi
Alternative Form(s) Dash Yoshi
Blimp Yoshi
Bulb Yoshi

Yoshi is a Japanese dinosaur-like creature who appears in the Mario series and is Mario's sidekick, as well as the tritagonist in many games. His debut was in Super Mario World. He later had his own series with several platform and puzzle games, including Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. However, Yoshi does still appear quite frequently in the Mario series. The Yoshi series includes characters from the Mario series (usually as their baby forms) as well. He has also appeared in many of the spin-off Mario games, such as Mario Party, and Mario Kart series as well as in other various Mario sports titles. He is voiced by Kazumi Totaka in every game.

Biography

Super Mario World

Yoshi's first appearance was in Super Mario World in 1991. The dinosaur's friends have been captured by Bowser. Once Yoshi tried to rescue his friends, Bowser trapped him inside an egg and he needs help.

Mario went to Dinosaur Land to rescue Peach from King Koopa. On his way, he sees an egg. Curious, Mario opens it, only to reveal Yoshi. Yoshi thanks Mario and says they should team up together. Mario and Yoshi were able to rescue the princess, and Peach thanks Yoshi for assisting Mario.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Before the events of Super Mario World, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island features mostly Yoshi. The dinosaur sees a bag being carried by The Stork. The bag falls, and Yoshi was desperate to get it. The bag contains Baby Mario and Baby Luigi, and Yoshi and the others were happy. But Kamek appears and kidnaps Baby Luigi, and Yoshi must defeat Kamek and Bowser Jr. and rescue the baby. Baby Mario and Yoshi were able to do it, and they all lived happily ever after.

Super Mario 64/ Super Mario 64 DS

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 then runs off.

Yoshi then appears in Super Mario 64 DS as a playable character. Yoshi was the only playable to not get in the castle, since he is sleeping on the roof. Yoshi then wakes up mysteriously on the ground and Lakitu Bro. tells him that Mario, Luigi and Wario have gone missing. Yoshi then frees Mario, Luigi and Wario while collecting Power Stars, and they all teamed up to rescue Peach from Bowser.

Appearance and Characteristics

Yoshi Eating Goomba - Super Mario 64 DS

Yoshi eating a Goomba in Super Mario 64 DS

Yoshi is a little green dinosaur like creature that helps Mario on various quests, serving as a transportation. He has a long, sticky tongue, that he uses to eat certain enemies. Ever since Super Mario World, Yoshi has been one of the major characters in the games. Yoshi can eat almost anything, and is also known to be very intelligent, being able to defend himself even as a baby. Although in the Super Mario World Cartoon, Yoshi can speak just like a human, in most games, his only means of communication are incoherent babbles and noises. In sports games such as Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Tennis, Yoshi is known for his speed and his tongue capability. It's safe to assume that all Yoshi have the same abilities as the main Yoshi, as seen in Yoshi Island, where all Yoshi had the same abilities. In Super Mario Sunshine, Yoshi can not touch water. If he does, he will dissolve and return to his egg. However, in Super Mario Galaxy 2, Yoshi can not only touch water, but he can also swim. In some games, Yoshi can flutter to get to higher places.

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 Middleweight Character, 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).

Yoshi Colors

While the main Yoshi is green, the species comes in many colors. They also come in black and white, although rarely. The eggs are usually white with spots like, green, blue, red, yellow, and many other colors, almost always the same color as the Yoshi that laid them. In games such as the Super Smash Bros. series, the colors of Yoshi are optional, but all Yoshi eggs are always white with green spots.
Yoshi colours

Various coloured yoshis.

Appearances In Games

Yoshi first appeared in the Super Mario World games in 1991 on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Yoshi had a rival in the form of a bad-tempered, sunglasses-wearing blue creature named Boshi. Yoshi also made an appearance in all of the Super Smash Brothers games. Yoshi made other appearances such as:

In the 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.

Karts and Bikes in Mario Kart

In the Mario Party series

Yoshi has consistently appeared and been playable in all of the mainstream Mario Party games. He even got his own stage on Mario Party. Since his debut to the Mario Party series, Yoshi has usually been partnered with Birdo.

Mario Party

Yoshi is one of the first playable characters to appear in the Mario Party series. Yoshi owned a board in Mario Party named Yoshi's Tropical Island.

Mario Party 2

Yoshi was a playable character.

Mario Party 3

Yoshi is a playable character. Also in Duel Mode, his partner of choice is Boo.

Mario Party 4

Yoshi is a playable character.

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 Tag Teams

The following list of Tag Teams names with Yoshi and an Ally.

Mario Party 9

Yoshi was a playable character.

Mario Party: Island Tour

Yoshi is again a playable character in this game.

Super Mario 64 DS

Yoshi wearing mario's hat

Yoshi wearing Mario's hat in Super Mario 64 DS

In Super Mario 64 DS, Yoshi is a playable character. At the beginning of the game, Yoshi is woken up by a Lakitu. The Lakitu tells him that Mario, Luigi, and Wario were captured, and Yoshi needs to save them. In this game, Yoshi can swallow enemies, shoot eggs at them, and use his Flutter Jump.

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.

Gallery

Main article: Yoshi/gallery

Trivia

  • 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, Yoshi can't 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 1up sound effect, refilling Snake's health. Yoshi also appeared in Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D as an easter egg.
  • Yoshi was named after Yoshio Sakamoto (Director of Metroid series) due to the friendship between him and Shigeru Miyamoto.
  • 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. 
  • Disturbingly, in Super Mario World, to make Yoshi extend his tounge, Mario punches him.
  • Yoshi's full name is T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas. This was shown in a Nintendo Character Guide published in 1993 and came to light on August 6, 2014. 

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