Yoshi SSBU
Yoshi, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Abilities Flutter Jump
Eating certain enemies
Dragon Transformation.
Species Yoshi
Homeworld Yoshi's Island
Affiliation(s) Mario, Luigi
Enemies Koopa Troop, Kamek
Subspecies {{{subspecies}}}
Notable member(s) {{{notable}}}
Games Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Yoshi's Story
Dino & Aliens (as a nameless Dino)
Yoshi Topsy Turvy
Yoshi Touch & Go
Super Mario 64 DS
Yoshi's Island DS
Mario Kart games
Mario Party games
Mario sport games
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Yoshi's Crafted World (2019) (Upcoming)

Yoshi (ヨッシー, Yosshi in Japanese) is a dinosaur who appears frequently through out as a main character in the Super Mario series. He is usually depicted as a Green Yoshi, but has been shown in many alternate colors, including Red, Pink, Yellow, Light Blue, Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, White/Gray, Black, and Brown.

Yoshi has his own series with several platforming and puzzle games, including Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi Touch and Go. However, Yoshi does still appear quite frequently in the Super Mario series. The Yoshi series includes characters from the Mario series (usually in their baby forms) as well. He also appeared in many of the spin-off Mario games, such as the Mario Party series, the Smash Bros series, the Mario Kart series as well as in other various Mario sports titles, such as Mario Sport Mix. He has also appeared in the Mario Party series. 4 September 2006.

Since his debut, Yoshi received universal acclaim from critics, and fans and is seen as a cultural gaming icon, His references in T.V shows, Movies, and possible upcoming events has spawned from his popularity in the 1990's.

Yoshi's CreationEdit


Yoshi did not appear until Super Mario World, which was released in 1990. However, Shigeru Miyamoto has stated in interviews that he wanted Mario to ride an animal companion after the completion of Super Mario Bros. Apparently, technical restrictions on the NES kept Mario from being able to ride an animal, but with the development of the Super Famicom in 1990, Yoshi could be created. The character of Yoshi was specifically created by Shigefumi Hino, a graphics designer.

Yoshi likely originated from another Nintendo character, Tamagon. Tamagon was the star of the game Devil World, a game released in Japan for the Famicom in 1984 and later in Europe for the NES. Like Yoshi, Tamagon was a green lizard that hatched from an egg and could eat enemies with his large mouth. Tamagon makes exactly the same noise when he hatches as Yoshi does in Super Mario World. Additionally, in the Super Mario World article in the History of Mario booklet from the Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition game for Wii, game designer Takashi Tezuka said that Yoshi was originally going to be a type of Koopa, and the saddle on his back was supposed to be his shell.

Yoshi's appearance has changed dramatically throughout his video game history. In Super Mario World, Yoshi's first appearance, the green dinosaur was very much created in the image of an actual dinosaur. Yoshi had a long neck, small arms that appeared orange on his sprite (but not in the game's art), and a long back. A second design change was used in Yoshi's Cookie, Super Mario All-Stars, and in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. In those games, Yoshi was made shorter and stouter. Additionally, much longer human-like arms, complete with large hands to manipulate objects, replaced his short, tyrannosaurus-like arms. This design change was developed even more in Yoshi's Story. Instead of being hunched over, Yoshi stood up straight and swung his arms as he walked, much like a human. This design also gave him apparent fingers instead of paw-like hands. This design has stuck ever since.

Actual AppearanceEdit

Yoshi is a little green dinosaur. He has green skin. His stomach, chest and mouth are white as well as the underside of his tail. He has three red minimal spiky hair on his nape, two large blue eyes and a big round nose. On his back he has a red saddle that can be used for riding him. He also wears orange shoes, sometimes red. In some rare cases, he is barefoot with padded feet. He has been seen with a yellow rein on occasion.

Full Description Edit

Yoshi is a green dinosaur that is the same size as a human. Yoshi helps Mario on various quests, serving as transportation. Yoshi's are hatched from spotted eggs. Yoshi has a long, sticky tongue that he uses to eat certain objects, like enemies and fruit. Ever since his debut, Yoshi has been one of the major characters in the games. Yoshi are omnivorous, meaning he can eat both plant-like items and meat, but seem to enjoy tropical fruits the most, as displayed in Yoshi's Story and Super Mario Sunshine. Yoshi's nose can detect fruit and other secrets buried underground. Yoshi also have teeth, but are rarely seen or even used. The few times they are seen are mostly in Yoshi's Story and Yoshi's Island.

Yoshi is very intelligent, being able to defend themselves as infants. In sports games such as Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Tennis Series, 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, all Yoshi had the same main abilities, no matter what color they were. In later games, Yoshi can eat certain enemies to give him special abilities.

Yoshi comes in 12 different colors. Those colors are green, red, yellow, blue, pink, light blue, purple, brown, black, white, orange and magenta.

Yoshi is able to lay an egg that has the same color spots as it. For example, if a Blue Yoshi lays an egg, the spots on the egg will be blue, just like the Yoshi that laid it.

In games such as the Super Smash Bros. series, different colors of Yoshi appear. There are seven colors in total, one being purple in the first game. The purple Yoshi has returned in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

In Super Mario Sunshine, Yoshi can be either orange, purple or pink, depending on the fruit he eats. He will also turn green if he isn't fed fruit once his juice meter runs out. Oddly, Yoshi can't swim. See article:Super Mario Sunshine

As shown in Super Mario World, Yoshi can do different things when he eats a shell as long it stays in his mouth. It stays in his mouth until he swallows it.


Yoshi first appeared in the games in Super Mario World in 1990 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, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Safari, Yoshi's Story, and Yoshi's Island DS, Yoshi's Cookie, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Super Mario 64 DS, Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, Yoshi Touch & Go, Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart DS, Dino & Aliens, Mario is Missing, Mario Superstar Baseball, Mario Tennis series, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Mario Kart Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and a few other games.  Yoshi is also set to be a playable character in Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, which is now available. Also, Yoshi's Wooly World is out to play. Yoshi also appeared in the Super Mario World Television Series, voiced by Andrew Sabistion. Yoshi can be captured at the end of Super Mario Odyssey.

Yoshi's LanguageEdit

Although Yoshi is in many games, he has never been heard talking in formal speech. The possible explanations for this are that he either has no voice or he can only simply make random noises such as saying his name. There have been a few times where he actually has a speaking part. In the Super Mario World cartoon, he is given a speaking part. This is also the case with a type of Yoshi that players may ride on in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Later, he is given a speaking part in the Paper Mario series. In these games, The Yoshi species has the ability to speak. In Mario Kart Wii, Yoshi can actually talk in a squeaky voice. He can also be heard speaking in Mario Strikers Charged/Mario Smash Football.

Nintendo Land's Yoshi Fruit Car Mini GameEdit

In Nintendo Land, a game for the Wii U, there's a minigame called Yoshi Fruit Car. You use a Yoshi Car to pick up fruit. If you can collect speedy fruit, you get an egg with Bonus points. There are also Presents, with checkpoints and coins. If you can collect all the fruit, a door will open. If you enter the door, you will go to the next level. There's also a door with an ? on it. Enter it, and you will skip a lot of levels. There's also Mini Fruit. This fruit is smaller than the other fruit. Also there is Flag Fruit. Look at the numbers on the flags, cause you need to collect it from 1 to 2, 2 to 3, finally, there's Moving Fruit. This fruit is running around and it's hard to catch it. Watch out for pits and bees, and be careful to watch your fuel! You can eat Spicy Fruit to eat all the fruit in your direction.

Reception and Legacy

Since his debut in 1990, Yoshi has received positive reception and is considered an icon of Nintendo, as well as being one of the main mascots. Yoshi's popularity has spawned into a successful spin-off with the legendary classic: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. His spin-off contains several main games, puzzles, platforms, and sequels. Yoshi has also been shown in a myriad of merchandise such as toys, memorabilia, and even Pogs.

Yoshi has been referenced, and featured in many shows, and movies such as The Simpsons, Robot Chicken, Recess, Steven Universe, The Big Bang Theory, Ready Player One, and more. Yoshi appears in the 1993 film: The Mario Bros. Movie as a small dinosaur. He also appears in a DIC Canadian animated series based of Super Mario World in 1991. There have even been possibilities stating Yoshi will soon appear along with the other Main Mario characters in the MACY'S Thanksgiving Parade.

In Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros.Edit


Yoshi has appeared in every game dating from the first game, Super Smash Bros. to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Yoshi's moveset has been kept the same throughout all games with very minor tweaks. It should be noted that in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wiii U, Yoshi stands more upright.



  • The word "Yoshi" is a common Japanese name meaning "Good luck" and "The best."
  • Yoshi was supposed to appear in Super Mario Bros, but was scrapped because the NES was not powerful enough.
    • Yoshi was also supposed to appear in the Super Mario Bros. 3 but again, he was scrapped due to limited memory.
  • Yoshi's full name is T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas!
  • Yoshi has been in every single Mario Kart, Mario Party and Super Smash Bros. installment up to date.
  • Yoshi was originally going to be a tame Koopa. This idea was scrapped and he became a dinosaur, because the shape of a dinosaur’s body meshed better with Mario’s sprite.
  • Yoshi was probably influenced by a Japanese game that takes place in hellDevil World is the only Shigeru Miyamoto-designed game to never be localized for Americans because, well, it revolved around a dinosaur attacking hell and collecting crucifixes and bibles to defeat a Speedo-wearing Satan. For our purposes today, the important part of that insane description is the dinosaur part — the hero of Devil World was Tamagon, a small green dinosaur with red spikes on his back that hatched from an egg and swallowed enemies. Sound familiar? The game’s sound effects and music also had a distinctly Yoshi-esque feel.
  • The creators of Pokemon made Yoshi’s first spin-off. Yoshi’s first solo game, the NES match-three puzzle game Yoshi, was made by Game Freak, who would go onto create Pokémon five years later.
  • Yoshi can jump or bounce.
  • The Crayola-colored visual style of Yoshi’s Island was a direct result of Miyamoto rebelling against demands that the game be done in Rare’s patented pre-rendered style.    
  • Yoshi won’t eat dolphins (in America at least). In the American version of Super Mario World, Yoshi can’t eat the dolphin enemies, but he has no problem gobbling them up in the Japanese version.
  • Yoshi is voiced by K.K. Slider. Yes, Yoshi’s squawks and yelps are provided by a real person, and that person is Kazumi Totaka, the Nintendo composer who is also the voice and inspiration for K.K. Slider, the rad guitar-strumming dog of Animal Crossing fame.