Purple Yoshi

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Purple Yoshi
SMR Purple Yoshi.jpg
Super Mario Run artwork of Purple Yoshi
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)

Purple Yoshis are a variety of Yoshi that first appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.


Yoshi franchise[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, the Purple Yoshi is playable on the fifth stage of each eight-stage world.

Yoshi's Story[edit]

Purple Yoshi, with Brown Yoshi, were originally intended to be in Yoshi's Story, but both were removed in the final version. A Purple Yoshi still appears in the intro of Yoshi's Story. Artwork for the Purple Yoshi was also released alongside the game leading people to believe that they were an unlockable character that could be unlocked by collecting every coin in the game and was covered by numerous websites but this rumor was eventually debunked.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

They reappear in Yoshi's Island DS, with an identical role to that of Yoshi's Island. At the end of the game, Purple Yoshi, along the other Yoshis, with Baby Wario on the back, help defeat Bowser.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

In Yoshi's New Island, Purple Yoshis are again playable on the fifth level of each world. Also, if a Grim Leecher touches any Yoshi color, the Yoshi will turn purple, and the controls will be reversed.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Purple Yoshi in Super Mario Sunshine.

Purple Yoshis appeared in Super Mario Sunshine. Yoshis can turn purple by eating a Durian or a Pepper. While purple, they can spit juice, turning enemies into Yoshi Platforms that move horizontally.

Super Mario Run[edit]

Purple Yoshi was made available as a playable character in Super Mario Run following the release of the version 2.0.0 update on March 22, 2017. It can be unlocked after purchasing Purple Yoshi's House from the Kingdom Builder shop, which only becomes available if the player has collected 150 Blue Toads, 150 Green Toads, and 100 Purple Toads.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Purple Yoshis make their Super Smash Bros. debut in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U as an alternate color for Yoshi. Like in Super Mario Sunshine, they wear orange shoes. It is also set to reappear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

A Purple Yoshi appears in Paper Mario: Color Splash in The Emerald Circus, where it is found in a cage along with other wild Yoshis. Once the Yoshis break out of their cage, the Purple Yoshi can attack Mario with its tongue, eating one of his Battle Cards if he doesn't block the attack.

Physical appearance[edit]


In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Purple Yoshi has purple skin and wears shoes and a saddle that are both orange. These traits were carried over into Yoshi's Island DS and have been the most consistent aspects of its design ever since. However, Purple Yoshi has slight altered appearances for a few games; the Game Boy Advance port of Yoshi's Island and early artwork of Yoshi's Story feature Purple Yoshi wearing pink shoes, Yoshi's New Island features it wearing red shoes, and Super Mario Run features it wearing light brown shoes.

Official profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario Run[edit]

  • Notebook bio: "Yoshi is Mario's loyal adventuring buddy. He can Flutter Jump, and he's got no fear of spikes! Popular with Purple Toads."

List of game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Playable Character 1995 SNES
Yoshi's Story Cameo 1998 Nintendo 64
Paper Mario Non-Playable Character 2001 Nintendo 64
Super Mario Sunshine Playable Character 2002 Nintendo GameCube
Yoshi Touch & Go Playable Character 2005 Nintendo DS
Yoshi's Island DS Playable Character 2006 Nintendo DS
Yoshi's New Island Playable Character 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Playable Character (Palette swap of Yoshi) 2014 Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Helper teammate 2015 Nintendo 3DS
Yoshi's Woolly World Unlockable Playable Character 2015 Wii U
Paper Mario: Color Splash Non-Playable Character 2016 Wii U
Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World Unlockable Playable Character 2017 Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Run Unlockable Playable Character (as of version 2.0.0) 2017 iOS / Android
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Non-Playable Character 2017 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Playable Character (Palette swap of Yoshi) 2018 Nintendo Switch



Sprites and models[edit]

Purple Yoshi[edit]



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Yoshi morado Purple Yoshi
French Yoshi violet Purple Yoshi
Dutch Paarse Yoshi Purple Yoshi
German Lila Yoshi Purple Yoshi
Italian Yoshi viola Purple Yoshi
Portuguese Yoshi roxo Purple Yoshi
Russian Фиолетовый йоши
Fioletovyy yoshi
Violet Yoshi