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First Installment Yoshi (1991)
Latest Installment Yoshi's Woolly World (2015)
Number of Installments 13 (12 main, 1 expansion game, and 2 ports)
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The Yoshi franchise is a series of games that star Yoshi, who was introduced to the Mario games in Super Mario World. Though he has his own franchise, Yoshi does still appear quite frequently in the Mario franchise. The Yoshi franchise includes characters from the Mario franchise, (usually as their baby forms), as well.

The Yoshi franchise's plot has varied greatly over the years. The main titles generally revolve around the kidnapping of Baby Luigi. Baby Mario must then be escorted and protected by Yoshis as he traverses through several worlds to rescue his younger brother. Yoshi's Story was the first main game that did not feature the Mario Bros. in any way other than a brief mention.

The other titles have varied somewhat in plot as well. While Yoshi and Yoshi's Cookie were Tetris-like puzzle games with no actual plot, Yoshi Topsy-Turvy had an entirely different story from both the main and puzzle titles. This game revolved around Yoshi having to rescue his island which had been turned into a storybook. In Yoshi Touch & Go, no concrete plot was revealed, similar to the puzzle games.

According to Takashi Tezuka, the games in the Yoshi franchise don't take place in the Mushroom Kingdom.[1]

Yoshi's Island Series

Main article: Yoshi's Island (series)

Yoshi Puzzles

Main article: Yoshi puzzles

Other Yoshi games

Cover, original release and system Synopsis
Yoshi's Safari
Japan 1993
Yoshi's Safari has Mario and Yoshi on a quest to save King Fret and his son, Prince Pine, of Jewelry Land from King Bowser and his Koopalings. Unlike most Mario/Yoshi games, it is a Rail Shooter. This game also utilized the Super Scope for the first time. The game itself is from Mario's point of view, while he is mounted on Yoshi.
Yoshi's Woolly World
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Australia June 25, 2015
Wii U
Yoshi's Woolly World is a side-scroller platform game for the Wii U, produced by Good-Feel. The game features backgrounds, characters and enemies made of yarn, textiles and fabric, similar to the Wii game, Kirby's Epic Yarn, produced by the same company. This is the first Yoshi game to a home console since Yoshi's Story. In this game, which is set in the Craft Island, Kamek turns the wool Yoshis into Wonder Wool, except for Green Yoshi and Red Yoshi. These two remaining inhabitants of the island must save the rest and defeat Kamek and Baby Bowser, who wishes to use the Wonder Wool to build a great castle for himself.
"Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World"
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Japan January 19, 2017
Nintendo 3DS
'Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World is a port of Yoshi's Woolly World set to be released in January 2017 in Japan and February 2017 everywhere else.

Cancelled Game

Image and system Synopsis
Untitled Yoshi 3D platformer

Nintendo 64
The Argonaut Yoshi platformer was a planned game for the Nintendo 64. Following their successful collaboration with Nintendo on Star Fox, British game developer Argonaut Games pitched a 3D platformer starring Yoshi and made a prototype for it. However, Nintendo didn't follow on the offer, with one Argonaut employee speculating this was because the company didn't want to let third-parties use its characters. Following this setback, Argonaut decided to retool the prototype as an original IP, Croc: Legend of the Gobbos.

Species and Characters

Yoshi the main leader

Yoshi and Baby Mario Artwork - Yoshi's New Island.png Yoshi is the star of the entire Yoshi franchise, thus each game revolves around him and his friends. He is a friendly dinosaur who lives on and protects Yoshi's Island from the evil forces that bring chaos there. Yoshi is notable for carrying the babies on his back, escorting it while on a mission. His powers are fairly widespread in the Mario series, but are somewhat limited in the Yoshi franchise. He can throw Yoshi Eggs after swallowing enemies, flutter through the air, and can Ground Pound various objects. Yoshi goes to far lengths to protect his island and its inhabitants.

Other Yoshis

Group artwork - Yoshi's New Island.png Yoshis are the main species of the Yoshi series. They mainly inhabit Yoshi's Island. Yoshis have very long tongues and are able to grab food from some distance away. Their mostly eat fruit and their favourite fruits often depend on their color. Yoshis also come in a variety of different colours, including Green, Red, Yellow, Blue, Pink, Light Blue, Purple, Brown, Black, White and Orange.

Colors of Yoshis

The following table gives an example of each color Yoshi that inhabits Yoshi's Island, and in which games it appears.

Color Appearances
Blue Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island · Yoshi's Story · Yoshi's Island DS · Yoshi's New Island · Yoshi's Woolly World
Black Yoshi's Story · Yoshi Touch & Go · Yoshi's Island DS · Yoshi's Woolly World
Brown Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island · Yoshi Touch & Go
Green Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island · Yoshi's Story · Yoshi's Island DS · Yoshi · Yoshi's Cookie · Yoshi Topsy-Turvy ·
Yoshi Touch & Go · Yoshi's New Island · Yoshi's Woolly World
Light Blue Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island · Yoshi's Story · Yoshi's Island DS · Yoshi's New Island · Yoshi's Woolly World
Orange Yoshi's Island DS · Yoshi's New Island · Yoshi's Woolly World
Pink Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island · Yoshi's Story · Yoshi's Island DS · Yoshi's New Island · Yoshi's Woolly World
Purple Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island · Yoshi's Story ·Yoshi's Island DS · Yoshi's New Island · Yoshi's Woolly World
Red Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island · Yoshi's Story · Yoshi's Island DS · Yoshi's New Island · Yoshi's Woolly World
White Yoshi's Story · Yoshi's Island DS · Yoshi's Woolly World
Yellow Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island · Yoshi's Story · Yoshi's Island DS · Yoshi's New Island · Yoshi's Woolly World


Yoshibowser.png Bowser has appeared in three main Yoshi games: Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, Yoshi's Island DS and Yoshi's New Island. In Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, Bowser served as the main antagonist. When Bowser terrorizes Yoshi's Island, the Spirits turn the island into a pop-up book. Yoshi must collect a certain amount of happiness medals in order to earn the chance to fight Bowser. During the events of Yoshi's Island DS, He serves as the main antagonist. Bowser travels back in time to find the seven star children, in hopes of receiving their power; if he were to receive their power, he could conquer the universe. Bowser kidnapped as many children as he possibly could, (including his infant self), in order to get the seven star children. However, the star children eventually foil Bowser's plan, forcing him to return to his original time. He also appears in Yoshi's New Island as the final boss—Bowser, however, can only be fought after the player has completed all of the main levels but does not use the Flutter Wings power-up.

Shy Guy

Shyguys.jpg Shy Guys are the most common type of enemies found in the Yoshi franchise. They are usually the first enemy in the franchise to be encountered in a game. Normal Shy Guys have no unique abilities that they can use to attack the Yoshis; their numerous sub-species, however, each have different abilities, from flying and walking on stilts, to using a baseball bat to ricochet incoming Yoshi Eggs. Shy Guys come in many different colors, and some of their sub-species do as well. Shy Guys are never the main antagonists in a Yoshi game, but there have been a few bosses based on Shy Guys.

Locations of those outside the two sub-series

Jewelry Land

Craft Island

Craft Island.PNG Craft Island is an island featured in Yoshi's Woolly World. It acts as the central hub of the game, and provides access to all of the worlds of the game. Kamek turns all except two of the Yoshis into Wonder Wool, and flies away, but they are able to defeat Baby Bowser to save Craft Island.


  1. ^ http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2015/11/20/yoshis-woolly-worlds-burning-questions.aspx