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This article is about the Yoshi species. For Yoshi as a character, see Yoshi. For other uses, see Yoshi (disambiguation).
Yoshi
Group artwork - Yoshi's New Island.png
Artwork from Yoshi's New Island
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch) (2024)
Latest portrayal Kazumi Totaka (1997–present)
Variants
Relatives
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Notable members
“Wow! Yoshi faces... Everywhere! ♪ ”
Blue Yoshi, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Yoshis (referred to as Yoshisaurs in the Super Mario World cartoon, and alternatively pluralized as "Yoshies" in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island) are a sapient species of omnivorous dinosaur-like creatures that first appeared in Super Mario World. They later starred in their own series of games. The most well-known Yoshi is green, simply named Yoshi, and an ally of Mario, often aiding Mario or being a protagonist of his own adventures.

Yoshis are known for their long tongues, which they use to grab and eat fruits or enemies. They can lay eggs on their own, sometimes as a result of swallowing an enemy or eating enough food, and they can throw said eggs as an attack. Other eggs hatch into items, and some eggs hatch into Baby Yoshis. In some games, such as the Super Smash Bros. series, Yoshis can hide in eggs for defense (instead of using shields as with most fighters) and roll into eggs for an attack. Yoshis come in a variety of colors, such as red, blue, yellow, etc., although green is the most common color. Yoshis also mostly live on Yoshi's Island; however, they are a widespread species and can live on a number of other islands, such as Lavalava Island and Isle Delfino, as well as the continental Mushroom Kingdom and the neighboring Beanbean Kingdom.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Artwork scene of Mario, Blue Yoshi, and red and yellow Mini-Yoshis in Star World, from Super Mario World.
Mario and three colors of Yoshis in Star World

In Super Mario World, Bowser invades Dinosaur Land, and with his Koopalings, trap a number of Yoshis in enchanted eggs, and steal seven unhatched Yoshi Eggs, who then have to be rescued by Mario and Luigi. This is also how the brothers meet Yoshi, whom they befriend very early in the game. Red, Blue, and Yellow Yoshis appear in Star World, exclusively found as Mini-Yoshis, which can grow into adult Yoshis if they eat enough enemies or fruits or a power-up. However, Blue Yoshis can be obtained elsewhere if a player grabs Yoshi's Wings while riding any Yoshi in a level in the SNES version. Eating Koopa shells gives Yoshis different abilities: when eating a Red Shell, Yoshis spit out three fireballs, when eating a Yellow Shell, Yoshis can create sand clouds each time they land on the ground, and when eating a Blue Shell, Yoshis grow wings which allow them to fly. When they hold any shell in their mouths, Red, Blue, and Yellow Yoshis always experience the abilities of Red, Blue and Yellow Shells respectively, in addition to that shell's specific ability if it is of a different color than the Yoshi. Flashing Shells grant all three abilities, while Green Shells yield no extra abilities, and can merely be spat out as a projectile. If a Yoshi holds a shell in its mouth for too long, it swallows it. Yoshis can also eat most enemies, as well as berries that grow on bushes in certain areas; eating ten red berries causes a Yoshi to lay an egg that hatches into a Super Mushroom (or a Fire Flower, Super Star, or Cape Feather, depending on the Yoshi's color in the GBA version), two pink berries will release a Yoshi Cloud, and eating any number of green berries extends the Time Limit. If a Yoshi gets hurt by an enemy, it will drop Mario and run around in a panic until Mario jumps back on its shell.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Orange Yoshi
Orange Yoshi is one of the Yoshi colors in Super Mario Sunshine.

Yoshis are allies in Super Mario Sunshine. They can ridden by Mario on his quest to recover the Shine Sprites. To get a Yoshi, Mario must first find a Yoshi egg and give it the specific fruit it wants, the Yoshi will then hatch and Mario can ride on it. Depending on the fruit it has eaten, the Yoshi will be one of three colors: orange (if fed a papaya or a pineapple), pink (if fed bananas or a coconut), or purple (if fed a durian or pepper). Even after hatching, a Yoshi can still change colors by eating fruits of a different type. Each color will give a Yoshi the ability to spit juice of the same color (which replaces FLUDD's water tank) that affects enemies by turning them into various types of platforms. The orange juice turns enemies into orange stationary platforms, the pink juice turns them into pink ascending platforms, and the purple juice turns them into purple forward-moving platforms. All three types of platforms disappear after a short amount of time. Unlike FLUDD, Yoshis can also destroy Orange Juice Generators. Yoshis are unlocked by beating Episode 4 of Pinna Park, afterwards Shadow Mario will appear in Delfino Plaza carrying a Yoshi egg.

A Yoshi's juice meter depletes as the Yoshi sprays it, and will drain over time as well; the juice meter can be fully replenished by having the Yoshi eat any fruit, changing the Yoshi's color and the juice's properties depending on the fruit. If a Yoshi runs out of juice, it will turn green and begin to flicker for a few seconds before vanishing altogether; during this time, it can only spit water instead of juice. Landing in sufficiently deep water makes the Yoshi disappear immediately, as they cannot swim in this game.

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Yoshi, Red Yoshi, and Blue Yoshi in the Castle Grounds in VS Mode in Super Mario 64 DS

While Yoshi himself is playable in the main story, up to three additional Yoshis are playable in the multiplayer mode of Super Mario 64 DS. The first player (the host) plays as Yoshi, the second player plays as a Red Yoshi, the third player plays as a Blue Yoshi, and the fourth player plays as a Yellow Yoshi. Each Yoshi has the same abilities and can pick up caps of Mario, Luigi, and Wario to use the abilities of those characters. It is also possible for a Yoshi to eat another Yoshi and spit them out, but the same cannot be done on a Yoshi with a cap. When a Yoshi gets wings, it grows wings out of its body, like in Super Mario World. A Light Blue Yoshi appears in the minigame Tox Box Shuffle, alongside Yoshi himself after enough rounds have passed.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Multiplayer Minigame
Yoshi and Red Yoshi in the Snowball Slam minigame of New Super Mario Bros.

Yoshi, along with Red, Yellow, and Blue Yoshis, appear in the Snowball Slam and Balloon Racing minigames in New Super Mario Bros. In both minigames, player one controls Red Yoshi, player two controls Yoshi, player three controls Yellow Yoshi, and player four controls Blue Yoshi. In the Balloon Racing minigame, both Red and Yellow Yoshi's are colored slightly differently, with their head spines and saddles both matching their shoe color.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Three of the Yoshis found in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Green Yoshis, along with Yellow, Light Blue, and Pink Yoshis appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where they can help the Mario Bros. and the two Toads. Green Yoshis will always appear when playing alone, while the alternate colors only appear in multiplayer, and always depend on the number of players (Yellow for two players, light blue for three players, and pink for four players).

In this game, Yoshis only appear in World 1-3, World 2-5, World 3-2, World 4-5, World 6-4, and World 7-6, they also appear in World Coin-5 of the Coin Battle mode.

Yoshis can Flutter Jump and stomp enemies that Mario and the others cannot normally defeat with jumps. Like in Super Mario World, their main ability is eating enemies and fruits, but they cannot swallow shelled enemies, and the shells do not give Yoshis any special abilities. Instead, swallowing a Venus Fire Trap gives a Yoshi the ability to spit a fireball, they can also spit fireballs from a Venus Fire Trap or a player, iceballs thrown by an Ice Bro, and hammers thrown by a Hammer Bro. Eating five fruits and leaf-covered Pokeys causes Yoshis to lay eggs that hatch into power-ups for the players to collect. When hurt, the Yoshi drops off its rider and runs around in panic until someone jumps back on its saddle. Unlike in Super Mario World, Yoshis cannot be taken out of the levels in which they are found.

According to unused in-game data, Yoshis cannot be used while underwater, as the player automatically dismounts them if they fall into the water. Yoshis also cannot make Jumbo Rays chirp, cannot sink floating barrels, do not have proper animations for entering horizontal Warp Pipes, cannot hit Flying ? Blocks for items, and cannot use Bouncy Clouds properly; most of these issues are resolved with the Green Yoshis in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Originally, Red and Blue Yoshis were meant to appear, but they were replaced by the Pink and Light Blue Yoshis in the final game.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

Artwork of Blue Toad with a Bubble Baby Yoshi in New Super Mario Bros. UWiiU NewMarioU 3 char03 E3.pngArtwork of the Glowing Baby Yoshi with Mario in New Super Mario Bros. U
The three Baby Yoshis: Bubble Baby Yoshi, Balloon Baby Yoshi, and Glowing Baby Yoshi
Artwork of Mario and Yoshi, from New Super Mario Bros. U.
Mario riding on a Green Yoshi in New Super Mario Bros. U

In New Super Mario Bros. U, only Green Yoshis appear, though they behave identically to the ones in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Up to four Green Yoshis can appear in multiplayer.

Baby Yoshis also appear on the world map and certain levels and have different colors with special abilities. Bubble Baby Yoshis spit out bubbles that trap enemies when the player shakes their Wii Remote. Balloon Baby Yoshis inflate like a balloon when the Wii Remote is shaken. Glowing Baby Yoshis can illuminate the dark and stun enemies when the Wii Remote is shaken. Baby Yoshis are also vital in a Toad House minigame. A new meter appears when Yoshi eats fruits, which shows how many fruits Yoshi has eaten, effectively replacing the number system. Yoshis also appear in New Super Luigi U with the same role and purpose.

Adult Yoshis and Glowing Baby Yoshis cannot be taken out of levels, but Bubble and Balloon Baby Yoshis can.

Super Mario Run[edit]

A variety of colored Yoshis appear in Super Mario Run's second update as playable characters along with Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Toadette, and Daisy. They have the special ability of obtaining more Toads of their own color in Toad Rally. Blue Yoshi is the only Yoshi available to unlock if players do not have the full version of this game.

Character Image Unlock criteria
Yoshi Yoshi running in Super Mario Run. Recruit 30 Red Toads and 30 Yellow Toads through Toad Rally to unlock Yoshi's House, which costs 1000 coins to be built.
Red Yoshi Red Yoshi running in Super Mario Run. Recruit 1000 Yellow Toads and 9999 total Toads through Toad Rally to unlock Red Yoshi's House, which costs 50000 coins to be built.
Blue Yoshi Blue Yoshi running in Super Mario Run. Recruit 50 Red Toads and 50 Blue Toads through Toad Rally to unlock Blue Yoshi's House, which costs 800 coins to be built.
Yellow Yoshi Yellow Yoshi running in Super Mario Run. Recruit 300 Blue Toads, 300 Green Toads, and 200 Purple Toads through Toad Rally to unlock Yellow Yoshi's House, which costs 5000 coins to be built.
Purple Yoshi Purple Yoshi running in Super Mario Run. Recruit 150 Blue Toads, 150 Green Toads, and 100 Purple Toads through Toad Rally to unlock Purple Yoshi's House, which costs 3000 coins to be built.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Yoshis return in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, appearing in both the Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U styles, where they retain their functions in each style. They are replaced by the Goomba's Shoe in the Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 styles. In addition, Yoshi (and yarn forms) appears as an unlockable Mystery Mushroom costume in the original game, which can be unlocked either at random upon completion of the 100-Mario Challenge, or by scanning a compatible Yoshi amiibo. The standard Yoshi costume replaces the usual Super Mario Bros. sound effects with sounds from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island while Yarn Yoshis use sound effects from Yoshi's Woolly World.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Super Mario Maker 2 wallpaper
Fire Mario riding a Red Yoshi spitting fireballs in a wallpaper for Super Mario Maker 2

Yoshis appear in Super Mario Maker 2 with the same appearance and functionality as in Super Mario Maker. Red Yoshis are available as a course element created by applying the Super Mushroom modifier to Yoshi's Egg to create a big red Yoshi's Egg. Rather than using their tongue, they spit fireballs, and if Mario is Fire Mario, Red Yoshi will spit three fireballs at once like in Super Mario World.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

In addition to Yoshi himself, Red, Yellow and Light Blue Yoshis appear as playable characters in Super Mario Bros. Wonder. All the Yoshis are classified as "Beginner Characters", allowing them to not take damage when touching enemies although they will still lose a life if falling down abysses like bottomless pits or lava. All the Yoshis retain the ability to flutter jump and eat enemies as well. In multiplayer mode, other players can ride the Yoshis if they are chosen as playable characters, even if they are playing as a Yoshi as well.[1]

As in Super Mario World and the Super Mario Maker series, eating a fire- or bone-based enemy make Yoshis spit out three fireballs or bones, respectively, while they can also spit out watermelon seeds by eating the newly-introduced Melon Piranha Plants, akin to the mechanic of watermelons in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

Super Mario Adventures[edit]

Yoshi Village
Mutiple Yoshis living in Yoshi Village

In Nintendo Power's Super Mario Adventures comics, which is based on the Super Mario World video game, Bowser kidnaps various Yoshis from the Yoshi Village, and their leader, Yoshi himself, has to team up with Mario and Luigi to save them and Princess Peach. They later are able to free the Yoshis and have them stampede the wedding between Bowser and the brainwashed Peach, rescuing the princess. Bowser tries to hide in the giant wedding cake, but the Yoshis eat it, forcing him to accept defeat and leave Dinosaur Land.

Their language is shown to consist of nothing but the word "Yoshi", making Yoshis unintelligible to Mario and Luigi.

Club Nintendo[edit]

Yoshi appeared in various issues of the Nintendo-based German Club Nintendo comics. Other Yoshis also appeared in a few issues:

  • Super Mario: Mario im Wunderland: In this comic, Mario meets a Yoshi who wants darker skin, and is later turned into a Black Yoshi by the Crab wizard.
  • Super Mario: Verloren in der Zeit: Mario gets sent back to the Stone Age in this 16-page comic, where he encounters a Yoshi as well as dinosaurs and cave men. The Yoshi is wearing a hat reading "taxi" and offers his services to Mario, but he declines.
  • Auf der Suche nach dem Glück!: In this comic, Kamek sucks all of the color out of Yoshi's Island. But six gray Yoshi eggs hatch six colorful baby Yoshis. The Yoshis soon see that something is wrong with the world around them when a colorful Lakitu flies over to them and tells them the predicament that they are in. The Yoshis then go to town and start eating all of the fruit in the market. After that, the color starts returning. They are soon on a talk show that Baby Bowser is watching which makes Baby Bowser furious, so he and Kamek go out to find the Yoshis. Meanwhile the Yoshi finish the talk show and start a band concert about fruit. Baby Bowser and Kamek soon interrupt their concert and trap them in a force field. The people in the stands then start throwing fruit at the Yoshis, which the Yoshis eat and use to break out of the force field. Baby Bowser and Kamek attempt to fly away, but Baby Bowser falls off and lands in a cannon. A clown then blasts the cannon and shoots Baby Bowser into the sky, ending the comic.
A Green and Yellow Yoshi swimming away from a shark (which turns out to be a Black Yoshi) Translation: That wants to have us for breakfast!
  • Die Nacht der leuchtenden Yoshis!: This comic is the second part of the comic above. The Yoshis are at the beach, when a shark appears in the water. Everyone runs away except a Green and Yellow Yoshi who are still swimming. When they notice the shark, they panic and try to swim away, but end up needing to be saved by a lifeguard. After they are all out of the water, the shark turns out to be a Black Yoshi. When the Yoshis see him, they think he has dirt all over him because they have never seen a Black Yoshi before. So thinking they are cleaning him, they wash him. He turns out still black when he tells them this is his skin. They all reject and leave him and he stands in the same spot until night falls. The Yoshis then camp out as soon as night falls. Meanwhile, hiding in a bush, Baby Bowser and Kamek plan the Yoshis' capture, waiting until they are asleep before raiding the campsite with an army of Shy Guys. Then, out of nowhere, both Kamek and Baby Bowser are struck by Yoshi eggs. They then get angry and ask who did threw them, only to have dozens and dozens of eggs rain down and chase them away. It turns out that the Black Yoshi is the one who threw the eggs. He then unties the Yoshis and tells them his story. It turns out that he is the same Yoshi from Super Mario: Mario im Wunderland who was turned black by the wizard. It turns out that after he was turned black, his life got harder: he was not allowed into movies, he was yelled at, and he was chased by a chef who wanted to make a meatball out of him. The Yoshis finally accept the Black Yoshi as a friend, and they all have a good rest of the night.
  • Das Lied der Yoshi's!: This short 1-page comic is the third part of the above comics. It pictures the Yoshis continuing their life and doing many different things. The last part of the comic shows all of the Yoshis singing together.

Yoshi franchise[edit]

Yoshi[edit]

In Yoshi, Mario has to arrange egg halves and enemies to produce Small, Tall, Winged, and Star Yoshis. To get a Small Yoshi, Mario must combine two halves of a Yoshi egg. To get a Tall Yoshi, Mario must have one to four enemies in between the two halves of an egg. To get a Winged Yoshi, Mario must have five or six enemies in between the two halves of an egg. To get a Star Yoshi, Mario must have seven enemies in between the two halves of an egg. If a Small Yoshi hatches, 50 points are awarded. If a Tall Yoshi hatches, 100-250 points are awarded. If a Winged Yoshi hatches, 300-350 points are awarded. If a Star Yoshi hatches, 500 points are awarded.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

Yoshis from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its GBA port.
The Yoshis with Baby Mario.

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and the reissue Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Baby Bowser's caretaker, Kamek, predicts that two babies born that morning will spell disaster for the Koopas and attempts to steal them from the stork, who is carrying the babies to their parents. However, he only manages to snag Baby Luigi, while Baby Mario falls to Yoshi's Island and lands unharmed on Yoshi's back.

The infant causes some brief panic among the Yoshis, until Yoshi takes charge and decides to help reunite Mario and Luigi and send them to their parents. The other Yoshis agree to help him transport Baby Mario across Yoshi's Island to Bowser's Castle through use of a relay system. Each Yoshi carries the baby for one level in each world, before passing him on to the next Yoshi in line. Yoshis can eat enemies, turning them into eggs which they can then throw at other enemies and obstacles. Yoshis can also use the Flutter Jump ability, allowing them to prolong their descend and stay airborne temporarily. Yoshis can also transform themselves into various vehicles through the use of morph bubbles, which helps them progress through the island. Later in the game, Yoshi defeats Baby Bowser and forces Kamek to retreat, allowing him to rescue Baby Luigi and free the stork. The Yoshis then let the stork send Baby Mario and Baby Luigi to their parents.

Tetris Attack[edit]

The title screen of Tetris Attack shows the different Yoshi colors.

In Tetris Attack, Bowser curses Yoshi's friends, including a baby Yoshi, forcing him to battle them to break their spell. Baby Yoshis of various colors also appear in the title screen.

Yoshi's Story[edit]

Baby Yoshis in Yoshi's Story.
All of the Baby Yoshis in Yoshi's Story.

In Yoshi's Story, Baby Bowser steals the Super Happy Tree, the source of the island's happiness, and transforms it into a storybook. He curses the Yoshis, making them unable to stop him. However, the curse does not affect six Baby Yoshis in their eggs. When they hatch, the six Baby Yoshis go to find the Super Happy Tree to refill the island's happiness.

More and more worlds become available to the Yoshis as their happiness levels increase by eating fruit. Later on, the Baby Yoshis reach Baby Bowser's Castle where they defeat Baby Bowser and reclaim the Super Happy Tree.

The color of Yoshi used determines their favorite fruits; Green Yoshi favors watermelons, Yellow Yoshi favors bananas, Red Yoshi and Pink Yoshi favor apples and Blue Yoshi and Light Blue Yoshi favor grapes. Both Black Yoshi and White Yoshi favor all fruits equally (barring the Lucky Fruit chosen before a playthrough) while all Yoshi colors favor melons. Additionally, both Black and White Yoshis have faster horizontal flutter jump movement than the other Yoshis can while they are Super Happy.

The Black Yoshi is unlocked after the player finds a black-spotted Giant Egg in the Bone Dragon Pit or Torrential Maze, while the White Yoshi is unlocked after finding a white-spotted Giant Egg in The Tall Tower or Poochy & Nippy.

Each Yoshi also has a different pitch to their voices; Green and Yellow retain a normal pitch, Red and Pink are slightly higher and White Yoshi has the highest pitch, while Blue and Light Blue are slightly lower, and Black Yoshi has the lowest pitched voice. This is not present in the Japanese version of the game.

Brown and Purple Yoshis were originally going to appear in this game, but they were scrapped.

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

In Yoshi Touch & Go, the Yoshis have to transport Baby Mario to the stork after Kamek kidnaps Baby Luigi and causes the bird to drop Baby Mario. The color of the Yoshi varies depending on how many coins the player collects while guiding Baby Mario down to the ground. The amount of eggs a Yoshi can carry varies depending on their color: Green Yoshi has 20 eggs, Light Blue Yoshi has 25 eggs, Pink Yoshi has 30 eggs, Blue Yoshi has 35 eggs, Yellow Yoshi has 40 eggs, Red Yoshi has 45 eggs, Black, Orange, and Purple Yoshi have 50 eggs, and White Yoshi has unlimited eggs. In marathon, a Yoshi's own color changes after every 1,000 yards.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

Key artwork for Yoshi's Island DS
Yoshis each carrying a baby in Yoshi's Island DS

In Yoshi's Island DS, Bowser and Kamek travel back in time to kidnap seven star children in order to use the energy within their bodies to let Bowser take over the world. Without knowing the identity of the children, they plan to steal every single infant in the Mushroom World, but one way or another, the babies escape their grasps. Baby Luigi is successfully captured, but manages to avoid detection for the duration of his time at the castle, and all the other children escape or are cast out by the villains, and help the Yoshis save the rest of the babies.

In the final battle, Yoshi and three others fight Bowser, carrying Baby Mario, Baby Peach, Baby DK and Baby Wario, as Baby Bowser turns traitor when they reach Bowser's Castle. After their defeat, the Koopas return to the future and the babies are brought home by the storks.

A green Baby Yoshi, the seventh star child, hatching out of an egg
A green Baby Yoshi hatching from its egg

A green Baby Yoshi is shown hatching in the end credits for the game, and is revealed to be the seventh star child.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

Yoshi's New Island takes place directly after Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and before Yoshi's Island DS, revealing that the stork delivered the babies to the wrong house in the previous game. Kamek then attacks and steals Baby Luigi and the stork, but Baby Mario falls onto Egg Island, another home of the Yoshis. Baby Mario is then found by the Yoshis, who help reunite him with his brother and save the island from Baby Bowser. During the final boss fight, after Baby Bowser is defeated, adult Bowser travels back in time and must be defeated so that Yoshi can rescue Baby Luigi and the stork.

Gameplay is similar to the original Yoshi's Island, with some new features. Yoshi can now eat Mega Guys and Metal Guys to lay Mega Eggdozers and Metal Eggdozers, respectively. The latter prevents Yoshi from flutter-jumping, but allows him to go undersea. New vehicle transformations also exist, such as Hot-Air Balloon Yoshi, Bobsled Yoshi, and Mine-Cart Yoshi. The Yoshi Star is also a new item that transforms Yoshi into Super Yoshi. Gold Yoshi Stars allow him to run on walls, while Red Yoshi Stars allow Yoshi to fly horizontally like a rocket.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

In Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, Kamek turns all Yoshis into Wonder Wools, except for Green and Red Yoshi, who hide from the events. The two set out to restore Craft Island to its former appearance. The gameplay is mostly the same as in the other Yoshi games, though instead of laying eggs, Yoshi will lay yarn balls, which act like Yoshi's Eggs. In addition to 10 basic colored Yoshis, there are 58 that have specific design patterns.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

In Yoshi's Crafted World, the 8 Yoshis (green, pink, red, orange, yellow, cyan, blue and purple) work together to gather the pieces of the shattered Sundream Stone after the gems were scattered in a fight with Kamek and Baby Bowser. The Yoshis here are similar in terms of abilities to the ones in Yoshi's Woolly World, though they can also flip between 2D and 3D perspectives as well as throw eggs at items in the background and foreground.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Sprite of a Red Yoshi, from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.
Sprite of a Yellow Yoshi, from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Mario and his partners visit Yo'ster Isle, where Yoshis race each other in a competition known as the Mushroom Derby.

Artwork of Boshi from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Boshi, a Yoshi in Super Mario RPG.

The last winner of the derby is a Yoshi named Boshi who proceeds to name himself leader of Yo'ster Isle and suspends the races. Instead, only one-on-one races between himself and slower Yoshis are allowed, with Yoshi Cookies as the prize. When Mario arrives, he helps Yoshi defeat Boshi in a race, prompting the Yoshis to try and appoint Yoshi as their new leader. Yoshi declines the offer, however, and instead re-opens the Mushroom Derby to everyone, with no Yoshi in charge.

During the game, Yoshi also serves as a translator between Mario and the Yoshis, who speak their own language.

Baby Fat
Sprite of a fatter Baby Fat, from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

A pudgy Baby Yoshi, named Baby Fat, appears as a inhabitant of the isle that hatches after Mario defeats the cake in Marrymore. It can be fed Yoshi Cookies, and if fed 30 of them, he will become fat. If fed more Yoshi Cookies afterwards, he may give out items by hatching them out of eggs for Mario to collect.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

SmashWiki article: Yoshi
Yoshi's icon from Super Smash Bros.
All of Yoshi's color schemes in Super Smash Bros. Melee
Yoshi, along with his Red, Pink, and Yellow Yoshi color schemes in the thumbnail of the Yoshi's Rainbow event from Super Smash Bros. Brawl

While Yoshi himself appears as a playable character throughout the Super Smash Bros. series, he also has alternate color schemes to reference other members of his species: Red, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Light Blue, Purple, and Black. Some stages and events involve fighting multiple Yoshis. In Super Smash Bros., Yoshi only has three alternate colors alongside his default green color scheme: Red, Light Blue, and Yellow. The first six Yoshi colors are used in the computer-controlled Yoshi team battled during the 1-Player mode, and they all become playable in Super Smash Bros. Melee and onward. Yoshis also make a small appearance in the opening of Super Smash Bros. Melee during a stampede, and as stickers in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Yoshi gained Purple and Black Yoshi color schemes in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, although Super Smash Bros. Ultimate replaced his Black Yoshi color scheme with a costume based on the Green Yoshi's appearance in Yoshi's Crafted World. Yoshis also appear during Yoshi's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Stampede!, which is based on the Super Smash Bros. Melee opening.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

The Village Leader in Paper Mario.An unused sprite of a Brown Yoshi from Paper Mario.A Green Yoshi from Paper Mario.A Light Blue Yoshi in Paper Mario.A Purple Yoshi in Paper Mario.A Red Yoshi in Paper Mario.A Yellow Yoshi in Paper Mario.
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The Yoshis living in Yoshi's Village.

Mario and his partners visit Yoshi's Village on Lavalava Island in Paper Mario. They are there looking for a Star Spirit that Bowser has trapped in a playing card and given to a minion to guard within the island's volcano, but they find they cannot get into the mountain on their own. The Yoshi Village Leader says he will help Mario and the others if they help round up five missing Yoshi Kids. With the help of their Cheep Cheep babysitter, Sushie, Mario and co. soon find the young Yoshis and can continue on with their quest.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Variants of the Yoshi in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Yoshi in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door can hatch into one of seven colors.

When Mario and his current set of partners visit Glitzville in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, they soon find themselves with custody of a Yoshi's Egg, after its initial owner, Mr. Hoggle, decides against cooking and serving it once he realizes it could move on its own accord. For a while, the egg follows Mario and his partners. Then, after the match with The Iron Adonis Twins, Mario returns to find that the egg has hatched into a Yoshi Kid, the color of whom varies depending on how much time has passed between Mario's acquisition of the egg and its hatching. Mario names the Yoshi, who then travels with him and the other partners for the remainder of the game, before becoming a fighter in the Glitz Pit after the quest is over.

One of the Yoshi's attacks involves summoning a stampede of Green Yoshis to trample the enemy, and another Green Yoshi businessman can be found on the Excess Express.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

“Listen here, dino-dragon things! It's not OK to go around eating people whole. I mean, you don't even know where Mario has been! I'd go brush my teeth if I were you.”
Huey, Paper Mario: Color Splash

For the first time in the Super Mario franchise, nonspecific Yoshis appear as enemies in Paper Mario: Color Splash, even though they cannot be targeted or defeated. They are found in the Emerald Circus. When Mario first arrives, the Yoshis are locked in a cage around the corner of the main entrance. If Mario attempts to open the cage, one of the Yoshis will swallow him and spit him out, dealing 5 points of damage to him. After Lemmy flees from the stage, the Yoshis escape from the cage. During the battle on the stage, they will randomly appear out of a curtain to try to eat Mario. Mario has to block their tongues, or they will waste his next card. The Yoshi will then run back into the curtain. Yoshi also appears in the Dark Bloo Inn, albeit invisible at first. If Mario tries to mount him, he runs off to the Emerald Circus, where Mario can talk to him once the Yoshis escape from their cage. A picture at Tangerino Grill appears to be the silhouette of a Toad riding a Yoshi.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Although Yoshis do not appear in Paper Mario: The Origami King, the specifications of the Boot Car mention that it outputs 150 Yoshis, equivalent to the real-life horsepower for motor vehicles.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its remake, Yoshis are shown living in the Beanbean Kingdom. They are found at the Yoshi Theater and Mario and Luigi must find Bean Fruit for seven hungry Yoshis to earn Neon Eggs and ultimately obtain a Beanstar piece. They can be seen in the credits in Yoshi Theater watching the events of the game at the conclusion of the end credits; the remake instead shows a similar scene during a pre-intro cutscene. Regardless of their color, the Yoshis in the original GBA version all have orange or yellow shoes. In the 3DS remake, the Yoshis have their normal shoes, depending on their skin color.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, the Shroobs drop a Giant Egg on Yoshi's Island. It then becomes a tourist attraction, but later hatches into a Yoshi-like creature known as Yoob, which proceeds to eat every Yoshi with its tongue. A factory in its belly then encases the eaten Yoshis in eggs, so that they will also hatch as Yoobs. The plan is stopped by Yoshi, who is aided by Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, and their adult counterparts, who had both traveled back in time to save Peach and stop the Shroobs. Yoshi discovers a way to escape through Yoob's digestive tract and the four Mario Bros. free the captured and imprisoned Yoshis to help him. They also defeat the guardian of the factory, Sunnycide, by pushing a large rock on him, and once the Yoshis escape and the factory is destroyed, Yoob falls asleep. In international releases, a Black Yoshi appears in the Sunnycide boss battle, the only instance of one appearing, while the original version shows a Yellow Yoshi instead.[2]

After Yoob falls asleep, the Yoshis all think that Baby Bowser rescued them, until the Cobalt Shards send him flying, and Toadbert tells the Yoshis that the Mario Bros. saved them.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Yoshis appear in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team as one of the many species invited to Pi'illo Island. Many Yoshis can be seen in various places such as Pi'illo Castle, Mushrise Park and Wakeport, coming in Green, Red, and Yellow.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

A Red Yoshi in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.A Yellow Yoshi in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.A Green Yoshi in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.
The Yoshis in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.

In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Yoshis act as minor NPCs throughout the game and can be found in the various Toads Villages throughout the Mushroom Kingdom. One Yoshi appears in the Gloomy Woods Village, and has to be beaten in a footrace to win the melon he has so it can be given to Wiggler. Later on, this Yoshi's brother appears in Mount Brrr, and challenges the trio to a more difficult race, giving them the Speed Gloves as a prize if they win.

Mario & Sonic series[edit]

A screenshot, displaying a Red, Blue, Yellow, Light-Blue, Pink, Black, and White Yoshi after completing Dream Equestrian in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Seven different Yoshi colors, as seen in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Yoshis appear as a species in certain games of the Mario & Sonic series. In Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Dream Equestrian involves players carrying a wagon full of seven color Yoshi eggs, all hatching into Yoshis upon reaching the goal. In the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, five differently colored Yoshis (red, blue, light blue, yellow, and pink) accompany the playable Green Yoshi as his teammates in the Football event, and the Yellow and Light Blue Yoshis operate shops in the Road to Rio mode, with Yellow Yoshi's shop being used to trade apples for Mii outfits, and Light Blue Yoshi's shop being used to trade melons with sports gear. In the Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Yoshis appear in the Mario League, where Team Mario does not have enough non-guest characters to create three teams of four for any of the events, so Red and Yellow Yoshi are featured alongside Yoshi himself as one of the members of Team Mario, with each Yoshi occupying a team.

Mario Party series[edit]

The Blue and Pink Yoshis in Yoshi's Tropical Island from Mario Party
The Blue and Pink Yoshis in Mario Party

In Mario Party, a Blue Yoshi and a Pink Yoshi appear on the board Yoshi's Tropical Island. The Blue Yoshi is separated from the Pink Yoshi, who is trapped in a small island surrounded by whirlpools and the Blue Yoshi is unable to get across. The players must collect the stars to use them as a bridge to allow the Blue Yoshi to go to the island, The game ends when the bridge is formed to allow the Blue Yoshi to reunite with the Pink one. They are also accompanied by the top three winners along with Toad, Boo, Koopa, a Thwomp, and a star, while the fourth place player tries to join them, but is devoured by Bubba.

There is also an unused minigame known as Yoshi's Tongue Meeting, where the players jump atop a Yoshi, either Pink, Yellow, Blue or Red (if the player plays as Yoshi, he just stands in the same position without a rider). The Yoshis have baby Wigglers on their tongues, which extend to the Wigglers' mothers in order to reunite the children with their parents. If it comes too late, the baby will kick its mother into the bush. If it comes too far, both the Wiggler and its baby will simply cry. However, if A Button is pressed at the right time, the mother and child will reunite and the player wins.

Yoshis reappear in Mario Party Superstars due to the Mario Party board Yoshi's Tropical Island returning. Unlike the original N64 version, there are a few more Yoshis on the board. The Blue Yoshi returns but is moved to Cantaloupe Island and is now seen relaxing on a sliced cantaloupe. A Red Yoshi appears on the central island, replacing the Pink Yoshi (though it now appears on a sliced cantaloupe floating on the water beside Cantaloupe Island)[3] and being surrounded by Cheep Cheeps instead of whirlpools from the original game. A Yellow Yoshi additionally appears on Watermelon Island cheering on top of a sliced big Watermelon.

Mario Golf series[edit]

Mario Golf (Nintendo 64)[edit]

Yoshi's alternate costumes in Mario Golf

In Mario Golf, Yellow, Red, and Light-Blue Yoshi can be selected as Yoshi's alternate costume on the character select screen. The player can choose the colors by using Right C Button, Down C Button, and Left C Button, and each Yoshi can be chosen multiple times if there is more than one player.

Mario Golf: Super Rush[edit]

Yoshis are non-playable characters in Mario Golf: Super Rush. A Pink Yoshi appears in Bonny Greens in the qualifying round. It is then never seen again unless the player plays the qualifying round again.

As of the version 2.0.0 update:

  • If the player achieved a rank of A- or higher in the Ranked Match during August 2021, they would be able to unlock Red Yoshi, Blue Yoshi, and Yellow Yoshi as variants for Yoshi.
  • If the player achieved a rank of A- or higher in the Ranked Match during April 2022, they would be able to unlock Pink Yoshi, Light-Blue Yoshi, and Orange Yoshi as variants for Yoshi.

Mario Tennis series[edit]

Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64)[edit]

Yoshi and his alternate costume from Mario Tennis in the Tiebreaker mode.
Yellow Yoshi in Mario Tennis

In Mario Tennis, if both players select Yoshi in the Short Game or Tiebreaker Game, the second player will have a Yellow Yoshi as Yoshi's alternate costume.

Mario Power Tennis[edit]

In Mario Power Tennis, if players play the doubles tournament and complete the Mushroom Cup and the Flower Cup, they can power up the Rolling Egg Return, making Yoshi change into one of eight colors every time he uses it. The eight colors are Red, Yellow, Green, Light-Blue, Blue, Pink, Black, and White. An image of the Yoshis also appears in the mini-game Artist On the Court on Expert Mode.

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

Most of the colored Yoshis (excluding the Purple, Orange, and Brown varieties) make an appearance in Mario Tennis Open as downloadable QR characters. The different colors, and their playing types, are listed below.

  • Red Yoshi - Technique
  • Blue Yoshi - Speed
  • Light-Blue Yoshi - Speed
  • Yellow Yoshi - Power
  • Pink Yoshi - Technique
  • Black Yoshi - All-Around
  • White Yoshi - Tricky

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

Colored Yoshis return as alternate colors for Yoshi in Mario Tennis Aces, in the October 2018 update. Unlike in Mario Tennis Open, all Yoshis have the same green tennis racket as Green Yoshi in this game.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

Solo artwork for Red Yoshi in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
Red Yoshi in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
Official artwork of Black Yoshi.
Black Yoshi in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX

In Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, Red and Black Yoshis appear as downloadable color swaps of Yoshi, with their own exclusive Special Items: Egg Bazooka, and Rolling Egg respectively.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Black Yoshi iconWhite Yoshi iconPink Yoshi icon
Red Yoshi iconOrange Yoshi iconYellow Yoshi icon
Yoshi's head icon in Mario Kart 8Light-blue Yoshi iconBlue Yoshi icon
The playable Yoshis in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Yoshis can be seen as spectators jumping and waving in Sweet Sweet Canyon, Mount Wario, GBA Mario Circuit, SNES Donut Plains 3, N64 Yoshi Valley, GCN Yoshi Circuit, Excitebike Arena, GCN Baby Park, and Super Bell Subway. In the latter game, they appear in Merry Mountain, as well as the battle courses Sweet Sweet Kingdom, SNES Battle Course 1, and 3DS Wuhu Town. Some are seen sitting in their seats. Occasionally, some of these Yoshis will hum Totaka's Song.[4] Additionally, three different-colored Yarn Yoshis (green, pink, and light blue) are seen in the background of GBA Ribbon Road.

Also, several differently colored Yoshis are playable as variants of Yoshi, namely Light Blue, Black, Red, Yellow, White, Blue, Pink, and Orange Yoshis. In Mario Kart 8, these variants are unlocked when both DLC packs (The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 and Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8) have been purchased, while in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, they are available from the start in the base game. Red Yoshi is the Staff Ghost for GCN Yoshi Circuit and Orange Yoshi is the Staff Ghost for GBA Cheese Land; additionally, in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, White Yoshi is the 200cc Staff Ghost for Shy Guy Falls, Yellow Yoshi is the 200cc Staff Ghost for 3DS DK Jungle, and Blue Yoshi is the 200cc Staff Ghost for Super Bell Subway.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Blue Yoshi, White Yoshi, and Red Yoshi tricking on Paris Promenade 3R in Mario Kart Tour
Red, Blue and White Yoshi tricking on Paris Promenade 3 in Mario Kart Tour

In Mario Kart Tour, Yoshis can be seen as spectators on many courses in the game such as GCN Yoshi Circuit.

All of Yoshi's alternate colors from Mario Kart 8 return as playable drivers, separate from Yoshi himself, those being Red, Black, Blue, White, Pink, Orange, Light-blue, and Yellow Yoshi, who were respectively introduced in the 2020 New Year's Tour, 2020 Yoshi Tour, 2021 Yoshi Tour (blue and white), September 2021 Sydney Tour, 2022 Autumn Tour, 2023 Yoshi Tour, and Sunshine Tour and have the Yoshi's Egg (red, orange, light-blue, and yellow), Double Bob-ombs, Dash Ring, Triple Mushrooms, and Heart as their respective special skills. Red, Blue, Pink, Orange and Light-Blue Yoshi are classified as Super drivers while Black and White Yoshi are classified as High-End drivers. Black Yoshi and White Yoshi were originally exclusive to their debut tour and several subsequent tours but became regular High-End drivers starting with the Berlin Tour and September 2021 Sydney Tour, respectively.

Yoshi (Kangaroo) and Yoshi (Gold Egg) take the appearance of a Yellow Yoshi (albeit with orange shoes instead of green). While most of the colored Yoshis retain a similar coloring as the one seen in Mario Kart 8, Blue Yoshi features a brighter, more saturated blue coloring instead.

Mario Strikers series[edit]

Super Mario Strikers[edit]

In Super Mario Strikers, Yoshis can be seen as spectators in stadiums during gameplay.

Mario Strikers: Battle League[edit]

Yoshis return as spectators in Mario Strikers: Battle League. Sometimes, one Yoshi will throw a ? Block to one of the teams' members during gameplay. The player can select up to four Yoshis on the character select screen per team. Different colored Yoshis will be playable based on the corresponding team color, excluding the lime-green team using Green Yoshis and the purple and light-purple teams using Blue Yoshis (though originally Purple Yoshi was seen on the purple team in the overview trailer for the game, but was scrapped in the Mario Strikers: Battle League First Kick pre-release demo and the final game).[5]

Regardless of the color chosen though, all Yoshi colors excel best at Passing and Shooting, while their other stats are low.

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

Five colored Yoshis (Red, Blue, Yellow, Light Blue, and Pink) along with Yoshi himself appear in Mario Super Sluggers as unlockable characters. Unlike Yoshi himself, however, they do not have Star Skills nor can they be selected as a team captain.

Mario Sports Mix[edit]

Blue Yoshi and Red Yoshi are non-playable characters in the Dodgeball game in Mario Sports Mix, assisting the blue and red teams on the sidelines, respectively. Yoshi also has three unlockable alternate colors (Light-blue, Yellow, and Pink).

The Super Mario Bros. Movie[edit]

A herd of Yoshis appears in Illumination's The Super Mario Bros. Movie when Mario, Toad, and Peach go on a quest to seek the Kongs' aid to defeat Bowser. Yoshi himself makes a brief appearance in a post-credits scene, where he begins to hatch from his egg. Since no green Yoshis make an appearance during their brief cameo early on, this also appears to foreshadow Yoshi's hatching at the end of the movie.

Other appearances and references[edit]

In the Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance 4 adaptations of Super Mario Bros. 3, the king of the Pipe Maze is transformed into a Green Yoshi by Ludwig von Koopa (whereas in the NES version of the game, predating Yoshis, the king was transformed into a Piranha Plant).

In Super Mario Chess, Yoshis appear as knights on Mario's team.

In addition, many Yoshi-themed Mario Kart racecourses have appeared: Mario Kart 64 has Yoshi Valley, Mario Kart: Super Circuit has Yoshi Desert, Mario Kart: Double Dash!! has Yoshi Circuit, Mario Kart DS has Yoshi Falls and reuses the GameCube course Yoshi Circuit, Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 has a two-course Yoshi stage, and while it does not introduce a new course, Mario Kart Wii reuses Yoshi Falls from the DS title. Yoshis also spectate a few courses in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Yoshi Valley from Mario Kart 64 and Yoshi Circuit from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! also reappear as retro courses in these two games. A track based on Yoshi's Island appears in both the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass DLC and Mario Kart Tour under the same name, as well as Yoshi Circuit from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Yoshi Valley from Mario Kart 64 and Yoshi Desert from Mario Kart: Super Circuit all returning as classic courses.

Although Yoshis do not appear in Super Paper Mario, a stone statue of one appears in Chapter 5: Land of the Cragnons. There is also a Sammer Guy called "Belly of the Yoshi", which is a reference to how Yoshis can eat as much food as they want without getting full. Yoshis were also referenced in Super Mario Galaxy by a planet shaped like a Yoshi's Egg in the Good Egg Galaxy and by a planet shaped like a Yoshi head in the Space Junk Galaxy. Similarly, in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, there is a sphinx in World 2-2 called the Yoshi Sphinx, whose head is shaped exactly like a Yoshi's head.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and its remake are the only games in the Mario & Luigi series that does not feature Yoshis. Yoshi noises can be found in audio files within the original game's code, but they are unused. It is unknown if Yoshis themselves were going to appear in the game or its remake or it was left over from Partners in Time (as the game's engine was based off this game's).

Also, the Fawful Guy and its dark variant have an attack where a roar very similar to Yoob's can be heard in the original game; a long tongue then snags them, turns them into an egg and throws the egg at their target using a Yoshi's Island-style targeting cursor.

In Fortune Street, many Yoshis can be seen in the background on the Yoshi's Island board. A majority of the Dragon Quest characters refer to them as "dragons."

General information[edit]

Physical appearance[edit]

Artwork of Yoshi, from Super Mario World.
A Green Yoshi in Super Mario World

Yoshis are bipedal non-avian dinosaurs that come in many different colors, with green being the most common. They have large, round snouts with big eyes protruding out of the very tops of their heads, their faces resembling those of Koopa Troopas. Red, stegosaurus-like spines run down their backsides, and they have white underbellies. They are almost always seen wearing large, brightly-colored shoes, which are usually orange or red. They were initially portrayed with somewhat more realistic, therapod dinosaur-like features, such as a hunched-over, birdlike stance, a longer neck, and small hands with three digits. Hands with four digits appear first in the Super Mario World television series from DIC, then in the Japanese commercial of Mario Paint,[6] and in artwork of Super Mario Kart;[7] this has become a common design choice by the end of the 1990s.[8] The design of Yoshis has since changed to make them more anthropomorphic, with upright postures, shorter necks and human-like four digit hands. They usually retain their hunched stance in games where other characters ride them, however. Even though Yoshis are typically portrayed as having no visible teeth and swallowing their enemies whole without chewing them, they have been shown to have a full set of upper and lower teeth since the Super Mario Picture Books published by Shogakukan and written in collaboration with Nintendo,[9] in particular: Super Mario Story Quiz Picture Book 2: Mario's Sports Day,[10] and Super Mario Chie Asobi Ehon ④ Larry No Itazura (Super Mario Wisdom Games Picture Book ④ Larry's Mischief),[11] with the new design retaining them as seen in artwork for Yoshi's Story.[12] The teeth are commonly shown in-game in sprite-based Yoshi platformers while one is flutter jumping. Yoshis were originally conceived of as a type of Koopa, with the saddles on their backs being their shells.[13] Even in the bio of Yoshi on Nintendo's Japanese site, the saddle is considered to be a shell. Although most Yoshis have never been seen without their shoes, the appearance of Boshi in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars confirms that Yoshis have three toes on each foot, and also have white pads on the bottom of their feet, as shown in Super Mario Story Quiz Picture Book 5: Mario's Amusement Park (「スーパーマリオおはなしクイズえほん 5 マリオの ゆうえんち」).[14] Early Yoshi sprites for Super Mario World showed babies that were blob-like in shape and adults with mouths resembling those of the current Baby Yoshis.

A Yoshi's physical appearance changes depending how old they are. For example, in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the Yoshi Kid appears much smaller compared to adult Yoshis. He also has hair, while most other Yoshis do not, though this is most likely to differentiate the character as playable. Newly-hatched Baby Yoshis featured in Super Mario World (among other games) are both smaller and also proportioned differently than the adults, with short, stubby bodies lacking in saddles, almost no neck, and a slightly down-curved snout. After eating enough enemies, food or power-ups, these Baby Yoshis will undergo a rapid growth spurt and turn into adults from that point onward.

Color variations[edit]

Yoshis come in a variety of colors. In Super Mario Sunshine, they can change skin color by eating different fruit, while their colors are determined by hatching time in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. In Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, Yoshis come in many themed designs and patterns as opposed to being one color, including designs based on enemies, Nintendo consoles and even other Nintendo characters. Shoe color changes along with skin color: a Green Yoshi has orange shoes, a Red Yoshi has blue shoes, a Yellow Yoshi has green shoes, etc. This shoe color denomination was not standardized until Yoshi's Story.

In Super Mario World, Yoshis have different abilities depending on their color and the Koopa Shell they hold in their mouth. If a Blue Yoshi holds a Koopa Shell of any color, it can temporarily grow wings until it is swallowed or spat out. If a Red Yoshi holds a shell of any color, it can spit it back out as a trio of fireballs. If a Yellow Yoshi holds a shell of any color, it can create sand clouds when landing on the ground until it is swallowed or spat out. Shells of corresponding color can also grant these abilities for a Yoshi of any color. In the Super Nintendo version, all Yoshi sprites, excluding the overworld map sprites, have orange arms. This was changed for the GBA port to having the arms match the rest of the body.

The following is all the known colors of Yoshis and the first appearance of said color of Yoshi:

Image Color Primary shoe color First appearance
Artwork of Yoshi for Mario Party 10 (reused for Super Mario Party and Mario Kart Tour) Green Orange Super Mario World
Red Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour Red Blue
Orange (Super Mario World)
Turquoise (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island)
Super Mario World
Blue Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour Blue Magenta
Orange (Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros. U (Bubble Baby Yoshi))
Super Mario World
Yellow Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour Yellow Green
Orange (Super Mario World)
Super Mario World
Pink Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour Pink Golden yellow
Light blue (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island)
Orange (Super Mario Sunshine)
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Light-blue Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour Light-blue Violet
Yellow (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island)
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Artwork of a Purple Yoshi in Super Mario Run. Purple Orange (Super Mario Sunshine, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U)
Teal (Yoshi's Story)
Brown (Yoshi's Woolly World)
Magenta (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island)
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Artwork of a Brown Yoshi Flutter Jumping, from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Brown Red-brown (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island)
Green (Yoshi's Story)
Plum (Paper Mario)
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Black Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour Black White Yoshi's Story (as a Baby Yoshi)
White Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour White Azure Yoshi's Story (as a Baby Yoshi)
Orange Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour Orange Blue
Orange (Super Mario Sunshine)
Game & Watch Gallery 2 (Game Boy Color)
NSMBU Balloon Baby Yoshi Artwork.png Magenta Orange Super Mario Sound Picture BookMedia:SMSPB Peach Party.png
GlowbabyyoshiNSMBU.png Gold Orange New Super Mario Bros. U

Biology[edit]

Yoshis are known for their long, chameleon-like tongues that allow them to swallow whatever they eat and turn it into an egg. The eggs can then be thrown at obstacles, enemies, and bosses, while other eggs hatch into items like 1-Up Mushrooms. Yoshis usually swallow items and enemies very quickly, although in Super Mario World, Yoshis takes a while before swallowing Koopa Shells.

Yoshis have large snouts which they can use to sniff out fruit and other collectibles or objects that are buried underground, although this ability is seen only in Yoshi's Story.

Most games show that Yoshis can swim, although how well they swim varies. In Super Mario World, they can swim and dive, although in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island DS, they cannot dive without their submarine form. Yoshi also cannot dive in Super Mario Galaxy 2, although he can swim. In Super Mario Sunshine, Yoshis that live on or around Isle Delfino turn green and disappear if they touch water.

In Super Mario World, when carrying a Yellow Shell in their mouths (or any shell if the Yoshi itself is yellow), the Yoshi becomes heavy and shakes the ground each time it lands after a jump or fall. Yoshis are also one of the first creatures shown performing proper Ground Pounds - a move in which the performer jumps into the air, flips, and then slams into the ground. Yoshis first performed the move in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Yoshi's Yoshi Bomb in the Super Smash Bros. series has him ground pound as his down special move. Bowser is shown doing the equivalent of a Ground Pound in Super Mario Bros. 3 (before the debut of Yoshis), and in games since then. Other characters have also been shown Ground Pounding, including Mario himself in titles such as Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and various entries in the Mario Party franchise.

Gender and reproduction[edit]

The in-game Japanese text of Yoshi's trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee states that Yoshis are neither male nor female. In the Chef minigame in Game & Watch Gallery 2 and Game & Watch Gallery 4, a Yoshi is shown to hatch other Yoshis without a mate; after being fed long enough, the Yoshi produces an egg that eventually hatches into another Yoshi. The baby then takes its parent's place and proceeds to eat enough food to turn into an adult, eventually producing an egg of its own, which then continues the cycle.

Other sources have shown Yoshis appearing to have a gender. At least one of the Yoshis in Paper Mario refers to his "son," and in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the Yoshi who sometimes appears on board the Excess Express expresses his hatred of business trips due to them keeping him away from his "lovely wife". The original Mario Party also features a pair of Yoshis which appear to be one male and one female, although the exact nature of their relationship is not known. Additionally, while Yoshi is rarely referred to with gender-specific pronouns in Japanese, he is consistently referred to with masculine pronouns in translation, with laying eggs being one of his trademarks. This confusion is addressed in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where Solid Snake assumes that Yoshi is a female because of his egg-laying abilities, only to be corrected by Otacon (both of whom use "it" rather than "he" or "she" while they are talking about Yoshi). It is addressed again in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where Viridi remarks that there is nothing natural about a male who lays eggs while Palutena asserts that all living beings have both male and female elements.

Diet[edit]

Though omnivorous, Yoshis favor fruit, and in Yoshi's Story, they become happy when eating fruit of their own color. Melons are their favorite fruit regardless of color. Some Yoshis, such as Black and White Yoshis, can digest Peppers without hurting themselves. However, in Super Mario Galaxy 2, Yoshi can eat the Dash Pepper, turning him into Dash Yoshi, and causing him to run very fast for a short amount of time. All Yoshis can eat enemies of various kinds, from large Koopa Troopas to plants. Also, if they eat a Bean Fruit, then they will lay a rare Neon Egg, the color of which depends on the Yoshi's own color.

Speech[edit]

A translation guide for Yoshis.
A translation of the Yoshi language, as seen in the Super Mario Adventures comic.

Yoshis are capable of speaking intelligibly, as demonstrated by Yoshi in Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Tetris Attack, and Super Mario Galaxy 2, as well as other Yoshis in games like Yoshi's Story, Paper Mario, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and others. However, other games present Yoshis' speech in parentheses, such as Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (in which Yoshi must translate the speech of other Yoshis for Mario) and the Mario & Luigi series. Others have Yoshis only say the word "Yoshi" followed by a translation of what they are saying in parentheses, such as the Mario Baseball series, Fortune Street, Super Mario Party, and others. The Super Mario Adventures comic jokes that Yoshis only say the word "Yoshi" to communicate. Their language has been referred to as simply "Yoshi".[15]

In some games, particularly older ones, Yoshis produce a sound of two pitch-bended orchestra hits (in Super Mario World, only Yoshi speaks with a text bubble, though this was changed in the Super Mario Advance 2 version). In Yoshi's Story and many later games, the Yoshis are voiced by Nintendo musician Kazumi Totaka, who mutters the word "Yoshi" and other unintelligible sounds, such as "blum" and "ho hup". His voice is sped up to create the baby-like, high-pitched voices of the Yoshis.

Although Baby Yoshis retain their squeaky voices in New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, their speech bubbles once again consist of the word "Yoshi" followed by a translation.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

  • Nintendo Power Issue #28: Yoshi has three special abilities that are triggered when he swallows Koopa shells of certain colors. He also has three cousins who come in those colors and carry one of Yoshi's special traits when they swallow any shell. You'll discover them in the elusive Star World.[16]
    • Red Yoshi: When this crimson creature grabs the shell of a Koopa, he lets forth a three-Fireball blast.
    • Blue Yoshi: By biting down on a tasty turtle, this blue wonder will gain the ability to fly for a few seconds.
    • Yellow Yoshi: When Yoshi's yellow cousin eats a Koopa, he'll be able to shake the ground with super strong jumps.

Super Mario Run[edit]

Notebook bios[edit]
  • Red Yoshi: "Yoshi is Mario's loyal adventuring buddy. He can Flutter Jump, and he's got no fear of spikes! Popular with Red Toads."
  • Blue Yoshi: "Yoshi is Mario's loyal adventuring buddy. He can Flutter Jump, and he's got no fear of spikes! Popular with Blue Toads."
  • Purple Yoshi: "Yoshi is Mario's loyal adventuring buddy. He can Flutter Jump, and he's got no fear of spikes! Popular with Purple Toads."
  • Yellow Yoshi: "Yoshi is Mario's loyal adventuring buddy. He can Flutter Jump, and he's got no fear of spikes! Popular with Yellow Toads."
Items descriptions[edit]
  • Blue Yoshi's House: "The house where Blue Yoshi lives. Place this and Blue Yoshi will join!"
  • Purple Yoshi's House: "The house where Purple Yoshi lives. Place this and Purple Yoshi will join!"
  • Yellow Yoshi's House: "The house where Yellow Yoshi lives. Place this and Yellow Yoshi will join!"
  • Red Yoshi's House: "The house where Red Yoshi lives. Place this and Red Yoshi will join!"

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

  • North American website bio: "The path to Princess Peach is full of foes—luckily, you’ll also meet some friendly and familiar faces along the way. Hatch a Yoshi Egg to get a lift or pick up a Baby Yoshi and use their unique skills to help you reach tough places, light up passages, and more!"

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

  • Trading card bio: These long-time companions to Mario can grab things with their long, sticky tongues and flutter jump to rescue.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Official Nintendo Player's Guide: The cookie-loving Yoshis helped save Baby Mario and Baby Luigi once before. Now they meet again—without the annoying crying![17]

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

  • Shogakukan guide: 平和な南の島に住む恐竜の一族。ある日のこと、のんきにお散歩を楽しんでいたら、空から赤ちゃんが降ってきた。なんとかこの赤ちゃんを、パパとママのもとへとどけたい。なんでもぺロリと食べてしまう食欲はあい変わらず。食べたものをタマゴにして投げれば、赤ちゃんをねらう敵をやっつけることもできる。ヨッシーたちは仲間を集め、冒険の旅に出発した⋯⋯。カメックの魔の手から赤ちゃんを守って、無事にパパとママの家にたどり着けるだろうか。旅の途中で変身アイテムを取ると、ヨッシーはいろんなものに変身して、特別な能力を使うことができるようになるぞ。[18]

(A family of dinosaurs lives on a peaceful southern island. One day, while they were taking a carefree stroll, a baby fell from the sky. They wanted to bring this baby back to his mother and father. He still has the same appetite to eat anything and everything. If they could turn what they could eat into eggs and throw them, they can defeat the enemies who are trying to harm the baby. Yoshi and his friends gathered together, and started their adventurous journey... Will they be able to protect the baby from Kamek's evil and get back to the home of mom and dad safely?
By acquiring transformation items along the way, Yoshi will be able to transform into various objects and use his special abilities.)

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

MKAGPDX Red Yoshi artwork.jpgMKAGPDX Black Yoshi artwork.jpg

  • Weight Class: Medium
  • Stats
    • Speed: Gold star.pngGold star.png
    • Acceleration: Gold star.pngGold star.pngGold star.pngGold star.png
    • Handling: Gold star.pngGold star.pngGold star.png

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Red Yoshi[edit]
  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter: "For some, red is the luckiest color. No wonder Red Yoshi looks so happy! Paired with the Red Turbo Yoshi, these two are sure to have good luck on the tracks!"[19]
Blue Yoshi[edit]
Pink Yoshi[edit]
Orange Yoshi[edit]
Special skill Yoshi Egg from Mario Kart Tour. Yoshi's Egg
Favorite courses
(Three items per Item Box)
New York Minute 2 from Mario Kart Tour
New York Minute 2
New York Minute 3 from Mario Kart Tour
New York Minute 3
Los Angeles Laps 3T from Mario Kart Tour
Los Angeles Laps 3T
Los Angeles Laps 2T from Mario Kart Tour
Los Angeles Laps 2T
N64 Yoshi Valley R from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Yoshi Valley R
GBA Riverside Park T from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Riverside Park T
N64 Royal Raceway T from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Royal Raceway T
DS Airship Fortress T from Mario Kart Tour
DS Airship Fortress T
Merry Mountain T from Mario Kart Tour
Merry Mountain T
3DS Rosalina's Ice World R from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Rosalina's Ice World R
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon R/T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon R/T
N64 Kalimari Desert R/T from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Kalimari Desert R/T
GBA Cheep-Cheep Island from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Cheep-Cheep Island
Bangkok Rush R from Mario Kart Tour
Bangkok Rush R
Bangkok Rush T from Mario Kart Tour
Bangkok Rush T
N64 Kalimari Desert from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Kalimari Desert
RMX Choco Island 2 from Mario Kart Tour
RMX Choco Island 2
N64 Luigi Raceway from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Luigi Raceway
3DS Daisy Hills R from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Daisy Hills R
GBA Yoshi Desert R/T from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Yoshi Desert R/T
Amsterdam Drift from Mario Kart Tour
Amsterdam Drift
Athens Dash 2R from Mario Kart Tour
Athens Dash 2R
GBA Bowser's Castle 1 from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Bowser's Castle 1
SNES Choco Island 2R from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Choco Island 2R
Wii Maple Treeway T from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Maple Treeway T
Piranha Plant Cove 3R from Mario Kart Tour
Piranha Plant Cove 3R
N64 Mario Raceway R from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Mario Raceway R
New York Minute 2R from Mario Kart Tour
New York Minute 2R
Paris Promenade 3R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Paris Promenade 3R/T
SNES Vanilla Lake 2R/T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Vanilla Lake 2R/T
Athens Dash 3R from Mario Kart Tour
Athens Dash 3R
Favored courses
(Two items per Item Box)
New York Minute 2T from Mario Kart Tour
New York Minute 2T
New York Minute 2R/T from Mario Kart Tour
New York Minute 2R/T*
Los Angeles Laps T from Mario Kart Tour
Los Angeles Laps T
New York Minute 3R/T from Mario Kart Tour
New York Minute 3R/T**
GCN Yoshi Circuit R from Mario Kart Tour
GCN Yoshi Circuit R
N64 Yoshi Valley from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Yoshi Valley
GCN DK Mountain from Mario Kart Tour
GCN DK Mountain
GCN DK Mountain R/T from Mario Kart Tour
GCN DK Mountain R/T
DS Airship Fortress R/T from Mario Kart Tour
DS Airship Fortress R/T
3DS Bowser's Castle R from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Bowser's Castle R
GBA Bowser's Castle 3 from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Bowser's Castle 3
Merry Mountain R from Mario Kart Tour
Merry Mountain R
Merry Mountain R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Merry Mountain R/T
3DS Rosalina's Ice World from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Rosalina's Ice World
3DS Rosalina's Ice World R/T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Rosalina's Ice World R/T
3DS Daisy Hills R/T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Daisy Hills R/T
GBA Cheep-Cheep Island R/T from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Cheep-Cheep Island R/T
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon R from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon R
GBA Cheep-Cheep Island T from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Cheep-Cheep Island T
Bangkok Rush from Mario Kart Tour
Bangkok Rush
Bangkok Rush 2R from Mario Kart Tour
Bangkok Rush 2R
Bangkok Rush 3T from Mario Kart Tour
Bangkok Rush 3T
Bangkok Rush 2R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Bangkok Rush 2R/T
Bangkok Rush 2T from Mario Kart Tour
Bangkok Rush 2T
Bangkok Rush 3RT from Mario Kart Tour
Bangkok Rush 3R/T
N64 Kalimari Desert R from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Kalimari Desert R
GBA Sunset Wilds T from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Sunset Wilds T
GBA Sunset Wilds R/T from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Sunset Wilds R/T
N64 Luigi Raceway T from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Luigi Raceway T
RMX Choco Island 2R/T from Mario Kart Tour
RMX Choco Island 2R/T
SNES Mario Circuit 2 from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Mario Circuit 2
SNES Mario Circuit 2T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Mario Circuit 2T
SNES Mario Circuit 3 from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Mario Circuit 3
SNES Mario Circuit 3R from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Mario Circuit 3R
3DS Daisy Hills T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Daisy Hills T
3DS Wario Shipyard T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Wario Shipyard T
3DS Wario Shipyard R/T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Wario Shipyard R/T
Wii Dry Dry Ruins from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Dry Dry Ruins
Wii Dry Dry Ruins R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Dry Dry Ruins R/T
Wii Dry Dry Ruins R from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Dry Dry Ruins R
GBA Yoshi Desert R from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Yoshi Desert R
Paris Promenade 2T from Mario Kart Tour
Paris Promenade 2T
Amsterdam Drift R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Amsterdam Drift R/T
Athens Dash 2T from Mario Kart Tour
Athens Dash 2T
Athens Dash R from Mario Kart Tour
Athens Dash R
GBA Bowser's Castle 2R from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Bowser's Castle 2R
SNES Choco Island 2R/T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Choco Island 2R/T
Wii Maple Treeway from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Maple Treeway
Piranha Plant Cove 3 from Mario Kart Tour
Piranha Plant Cove 3
RMX Choco Island 1T from Mario Kart Tour
RMX Choco Island 1T
RMX Choco Island 1R from Mario Kart Tour
RMX Choco Island 1R
Wii Daisy Circuit R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Daisy Circuit R/T
New York Minute from Mario Kart Tour
New York Minute
Rome Avanti R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Rome Avanti R/T
Madrid Drive 2 from Mario Kart Tour
Madrid Drive 2
Madrid Drive R from Mario Kart Tour
Madrid Drive R
Sky-High Sundae T from Mario Kart Tour
Sky-High Sundae T
Athens Dash 3 from Mario Kart Tour
Athens Dash 3

* indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 3. ** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 6.
*** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 8.

Light-blue Yoshi[edit]
Special skill Yoshi Egg from Mario Kart Tour. Yoshi's Egg
Favorite courses
(Three items per Item Box)
GCN Yoshi Circuit R from Mario Kart Tour
GCN Yoshi Circuit R
N64 Yoshi Valley T from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Yoshi Valley T
GBA Riverside Park T from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Riverside Park T
GCN Baby Park R/T from Mario Kart Tour
GCN Baby Park R/T
Paris Promenade 2T from Mario Kart Tour
Paris Promenade 2T
Amsterdam Drift R from Mario Kart Tour
Amsterdam Drift R
Amsterdam Drift 2 from Mario Kart Tour
Amsterdam Drift 2
3DS Neo Bowser City R/T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Neo Bowser City RT
DS Airship Fortress from Mario Kart Tour
DS Airship Fortress
SNES Donut Plains 1 from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Donut Plains 1
Wii Koopa Cape from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Koopa Cape
DS Shroom Ridge from Mario Kart Tour
DS Shroom Ridge
Wii Coconut Mall R from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Coconut Mall R
GBA Snow Land T from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Snow Land T
GBA Sky Garden R/T from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Sky Garden R/T
3DS Mario Circuit R/T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Mario Circuit R/T
N64 Mario Raceway R from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Mario Raceway R
N64 Luigi Raceway from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Luigi Raceway
SNES Mario Circuit 3R from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Mario Circuit 3R
Singapore Speedway R from Mario Kart Tour
Singapore Speedway R
Rome Avanti from Mario Kart Tour
Rome Avanti
Wii Moonview Highway R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Moonview Highway R/T
GCN Dino Dino Jungle T from Mario Kart Tour
GCN Dino Dino Jungle T
Piranha Plant Cove T from Mario Kart Tour
Piranha Plant Cove T
Wii Dry Dry Ruins T from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Dry Dry Ruins T
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach R from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach R
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon R from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon R
Sydney Sprint 2R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Sydney Sprint 2R/T
Squeaky Clean Sprint T from Mario Kart Tour
Squeaky Clean Sprint T
Tokyo Blur 2 from Mario Kart Tour
Tokyo Blur 2
Los Angeles Laps 3R from Mario Kart Tour
Los Angeles Laps 3R
RMX Vanilla Lake 1T from Mario Kart Tour
RMX Vanilla Lake 1T
SNES Vanilla Lake 2T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Vanilla Lake 2T
Vancouver Velocity 3T from Mario Kart Tour
Vancouver Velocity 3T
Sydney Sprint 3R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Sydney Sprint 3R/T
Favored courses
(Two items per Item Box)
GCN Yoshi Circuit from Mario Kart Tour
GCN Yoshi Circuit
GCN Baby Park R from Mario Kart Tour
GCN Baby Park R*
GBA Riverside Park R from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Riverside Park R
Yoshi's Island from Mario Kart Tour
Yoshi's Island
Yoshi's Island T from Mario Kart Tour
Yoshi's Island T**
Piranha Plant Cove 3T from Mario Kart Tour
Piranha Plant Cove 3T
New York Minute B from Mario Kart Tour
New York Minute B
Paris Promenade R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Paris Promenade R/T
Paris Promenade 2R from Mario Kart Tour
Paris Promenade 2R
Amsterdam Drift R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Amsterdam Drift R/T
Amsterdam Drift 2T from Mario Kart Tour
Amsterdam Drift 2T
3DS Neo Bowser City T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Neo Bowser City T
GBA Bowser's Castle 2R/T from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Bowser's Castle 2R/T
DS Airship Fortress R from Mario Kart Tour
DS Airship Fortress R
GBA Bowser's Castle 3 from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Bowser's Castle 3
SNES Bowser Castle 3 from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Bowser Castle 3
SNES Donut Plains 1R/T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Donut Plains 1R/T
Wii Mushroom Gorge R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Mushroom Gorge R/T
N64 Royal Raceway R from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Royal Raceway R
GBA Snow Land from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Snow Land
Wii Coconut Mall R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Coconut Mall R/T
GBA Peach Circuit T from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Peach Circuit T
3DS Mario Circuit R from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Mario Circuit R
N64 Mario Raceway from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Mario Raceway
N64 Luigi Raceway R/T from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Luigi Raceway R/T
Singapore Speedway from Mario Kart Tour
Singapore Speedway
Wii Moonview Highway from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Moonview Highway
GCN Dino Dino Jungle R/T from Mario Kart Tour
GCN Dino Dino Jungle R/T
Piranha Plant Cove from Mario Kart Tour
Piranha Plant Cove
Piranha Plant Cove 2 from Mario Kart Tour
Piranha Plant Cove 2
Wii Dry Dry Ruins R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Dry Dry Ruins R/T
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon T
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach T from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach T
Sydney Sprint 2T from Mario Kart Tour
Sydney Sprint 2T
GCN Daisy Cruiser from Mario Kart Tour
GCN Daisy Cruiser
Squeaky Clean Sprint from Mario Kart Tour
Squeaky Clean Sprint
Tokyo Blur from Mario Kart Tour
Tokyo Blur
Los Angeles Laps 3 from Mario Kart Tour
Los Angeles Laps 3
MKT Icon Frappe Snowland R.png
N64 Frappe Snowland R
SNES Vanilla Lake 1T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Vanilla Lake 1T
RMX Vanilla Lake 1 from Mario Kart Tour
RMX Vanilla Lake 1
Sky-High Sundae from Mario Kart Tour
Sky-High Sundae
SNES Vanilla Lake 2R/T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Vanilla Lake 2R/T
Tokyo Blur 3 from Mario Kart Tour
Tokyo Blur 3
Sydney Sprint 3R from Mario Kart Tour
Sydney Sprint 3R
Vancouver Velocity 3R from Mario Kart Tour
Vancouver Velocity 3R
Madrid Drive 3T from Mario Kart Tour
Madrid Drive 3T

* indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 3. ** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 6.
*** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 8.

Yellow Yoshi[edit]
Black Yoshi[edit]
  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter: "Black Yoshi is here for part two of the Yoshi Tour! He's ready and raring to make his mark with the Double Bob-ombs special item."[20]
White Yoshi[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Sticker
Eight Yoshis
A Sticker of Yoshis.
Artwork from: Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island
Effects in The Subspace Emissary: [Arm, Leg] - Attack +18
Usable by: Yoshi
Sticker
Yoshi
Sticker of a Blue Yoshi from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Artwork from: Yoshi Touch & Go
Effects in The Subspace Emissary:
Usable by: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

Yoshi
A side view of Yoshi, from Mario Super Sluggers.
Team Yoshi Eggs Ability Tongue Catch
Bat Left Glove Right
Batting 4/10 Pitching 4/10
Star Pitch Rainbow Ball Star Swing Egg Swing
Fielding 6/10 Running 9/10
Good chemistry Mario Birdo Baby Mario Baby Luigi Baby Peach Baby Daisy Baby DK Mii (light-green) Bad chemistry Bowser Magikoopa Red Shy Guy Boo King Boo
Bio: Top-class speed in the field and on base.
Red Yoshi
A side view of a Red Yoshi, from Mario Super Sluggers.
Team Yoshi Eggs Ability Tongue Catch
Bat Left Glove Right
Batting 4/10 Pitching 3/10
Star Pitch N/A Star Swing N/A
Fielding 4/10 Running 8/10
Good chemistry Mario Birdo Baby Mario Baby Luigi Baby Peach Baby Daisy Baby DK Mii (red) Bad chemistry Bowser Magikoopa Red Shy Guy Boo King Boo
Bio: A speedy Yoshi with all-around skills.
Blue Yoshi
A side view of a Blue Yoshi, from Mario Super Sluggers.
Team Yoshi Eggs Ability Tongue Catch
Bat Left Glove Right
Batting 2/10 Pitching 4/10
Star Pitch N/A Star Swing N/A
Fielding 6/10 Running 8/10
Good chemistry Mario Birdo Baby Mario Baby Luigi Baby Peach Baby Daisy Baby DK Mii (blue) Bad chemistry Bowser Magikoopa Red Shy Guy Boo King Boo
Bio: A speedy Yoshi with a decent arm.
Yellow Yoshi
A side view of a Yellow Yoshi, from Mario Super Sluggers.
Team Yoshi Eggs Ability Tongue Catch
Bat Left Glove Right
Batting 4/10 Pitching 3/10
Star Pitch N/A Star Swing N/A
Fielding 6/10 Running 7/10
Good chemistry Mario Birdo Baby Mario Baby Luigi Baby Peach Baby Daisy Baby DK Mii (yellow) Bad chemistry Bowser Magikoopa Red Shy Guy Boo King Boo
Bio: A speedy Yoshi with a decent bat.
Light-Blue Yoshi
A side view of a Light Blue Yoshi, from Mario Super Sluggers.
Team Yoshi Eggs Ability Tongue Catch
Bat Left Glove Right
Batting 3/10 Pitching 3/10
Star Pitch N/A Star Swing N/A
Fielding 6/10 Running 8/10
Good chemistry Mario Birdo Baby Mario Baby Luigi Baby Peach Baby Daisy Baby DK Mii (light-blue) Bad chemistry Bowser Magikoopa Red Shy Guy Boo King Boo
Bio: A speedy Yoshi with a decent glove.
Pink Yoshi
A side view of a Pink Yoshi, from Mario Super Sluggers.
Team Yoshi Eggs Ability Tongue Catch
Bat Left Glove Right
Batting 3/10 Pitching 2/10
Star Pitch N/A Star Swing N/A
Fielding 6/10 Running 9/10
Good chemistry Mario Birdo Baby Mario Baby Luigi Baby Peach Baby Daisy Baby DK Mii (pink) Bad chemistry Bowser Magikoopa Red Shy Guy Boo King Boo
Bio: An extra-speedy Yoshi who loves to run.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

  • North American website bio: "There's Yoshi, and then there are all the other Yoshis: red, pink, blue, yellow, and more."

Mario Strikers: Battle League[edit]

  • Type: Offense
  • Default color: Green
  • Hyper Strike: Egg Stomp
  • Strength: 10/25
  • Speed: 10/25
  • Shooting: 17/25
  • Passing: 17/25
  • Technique: 9/25

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Yoshi (species).

Names in other languages[edit]

Yoshi[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヨッシー
Yosshī
Yoshi; romanized as "Yossy" in earlier Japanese materials.[21] Portmanteau of Mie Yoshimura's name and Nessie.[22]

Chinese (simplified) 耀西
Yàoxī
Transliteration of the international name

French Yoshi
-
German Yoshi
Yoschi[23]
-
A partial spelling adaption to German; only used in the Super Mario World manual
Greek Γιόσι
Giosi
Transliteration of the international name

Italian Yoshi
-
Korean 요시
Yosi
Transliteration of the international name

Latvian Joši[24]
Transliteration of the international name
Portuguese Yoshi
-
Russian Йоши
Yoshi
Transliteration of the international name

Spanish Yoshi
-
Ukrainian Йоші[25]
Yoshi
Transliteration of the international name

Light-blue Yoshi[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese みずいろヨッシー
Mizuiro Yosshī
Water color Yoshi

Chinese (simplified) 浅蓝色耀西
Qiǎnlánsè Yàoxī
Light blue Yoshi

Chinese (traditional) 淺藍耀西 (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Bros. Wonder)
Qiǎnlán Yàoxī
淺藍色耀西 (Mario Kart Tour)
Qiǎnlánsè Yàoxī

Light blue Yoshi

Dutch Lichtblauwe Yoshi
Light blue Yoshi
French (NOA) Yoshi bleu pâle
Pale blue Yoshi
French (NOE) Yoshi bleu ciel
Sky blue Yoshi
German Hellblauer Yoshi
Light blue Yoshi
Italian Yoshi azzurro
Sky blue Yoshi
Korean 하늘색요시
Haneulsaek Yosi
Sky blue Yoshi

Portuguese (NOA) Yoshi azul-claro
Light blue Yoshi
Portuguese (NOE) Yoshi Azul-Claro
Light blue Yoshi
Russian Голубой йоши
Goluboy Yoshi
Light blue Yoshi

Spanish Yoshi azul claro (Mario Kart 8)
Yoshi celeste (Mario Kart Tour)
Light blue Yoshi

Black Yoshi[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese くろヨッシー
Kuro Yosshī
Black Yoshi

Chinese 黑色耀西
Hēisè Yàoxī
Black Yoshi

Dutch Zwarte Yoshi
Black Yoshi
French Yoshi noir
Black Yoshi
German Schwarzer Yoshi
Black Yoshi
Italian Yoshi nero
Black Yoshi
Korean 검정요시
Geomjeong Yosi
Black Yoshi

Portuguese (NOA) Yoshi preto
Black Yoshi
Portuguese (NOE) Yoshi Preto
Black Yoshi
Russian Черный йоши
Chernyy Yoshi
Black Yoshi

Spanish Yoshi negro
Black Yoshi

Red Yoshi[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese あかヨッシー
Aka Yosshī
Red Yoshi

Chinese (simplified) 红色耀西
Hóngsè Yàoxī
Red Yoshi

Chinese (traditional) 紅色耀西
Hóngsè Yàoxī
Red Yoshi

Dutch Rode Yoshi
Red Yoshi
French Yoshi rouge
Red Yoshi
German Roter Yoshi
Red Yoshi
Italian Yoshi rosso
Red Yoshi
Korean 빨강요시
Ppalgang Yosi
Red Yoshi

Portuguese (NOA) Yoshi vermelho
Red Yoshi
Portuguese (NOE) Yoshi Vermelho
Red Yoshi
Russian Красный йоши
Krasnyy Yoshi
Red Yoshi

Spanish Yoshi rojo
Red Yoshi

Yellow Yoshi[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese きいろヨッシー
Kīro Yosshī
Yellow Yoshi

Chinese (simplified) 黄色耀西
Huángsè Yàoxī
Yellow Yoshi

Chinese (traditional) 黃色耀西
Huángsè Yàoxī
Yellow Yoshi

Dutch Gele Yoshi
Yellow Yoshi
French Yoshi jaune
Yellow Yoshi
German Gelber Yoshi
Yellow Yoshi
Italian Yoshi giallo
Yellow Yoshi
Korean 노랑 요시
Norang Yosi
Yellow Yoshi

Portuguese (NOA) Yoshi amarelo
Yellow Yoshi
Portuguese (NOE) Yoshi Amarelo
Yellow Yoshi
Russian Желтый йоши
Zheltyy Yoshi
Yellow Yoshi

Spanish Yoshi amarillo
Yellow Yoshi

White Yoshi[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese しろヨッシー
Shiro Yosshī
White Yoshi

Chinese 黑色耀西
Báisè Yàoxī
White Yoshi

Dutch Witte Yoshi
White Yoshi
French Yoshi blanc
White Yoshi
German Weißer Yoshi
White Yoshi
Italian Yoshi bianco
White Yoshi
Korean 하양요시
Hayang Yosi
White Yoshi

Portuguese (NOA) Yoshi branco
White Yoshi
Portuguese (NOE) Yoshi Branco
White Yoshi
Russian Белый йоши
Belyy Yoshi
White Yoshi

Spanish Yoshi blanco
White Yoshi

Blue Yoshi[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese あおヨッシー
Ao Yosshī
Blue Yoshi

Chinese (simplified) 蓝色耀西
Lánsè Yàoxī
Blue Yoshi

Chinese (traditional) 藍色耀西
Lánsè Yàoxī
Blue Yoshi

Dutch Blauwe Yoshi
Blue Yoshi
French (NOA) Yoshi bleu foncé
Dark blue Yoshi
French (NOE) Yoshi bleu
Blue Yoshi
German Blauer Yoshi
Blue Yoshi
Italian Yoshi blu
Blue Yoshi
Korean 파랑요시
Parang Yosi
Blue Yoshi

Portuguese (NOA) Yoshi azul
Blue Yoshi
Portuguese (NOE) Yoshi Azul
Blue Yoshi
Russian Синий йоши
Siniy Yoshi
Blue Yoshi

Spanish Yoshi azul
Blue Yoshi

Pink Yoshi[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピンクヨッシー
Pinku Yosshī
Pink Yoshi

Chinese (simplified) 粉色耀西 (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe)
Fěnsè Yàoxī
粉红色耀西 (Mario Kart Tour)
Fěnhóngsè Yàoxī

Pink Yoshi

Chinese (traditional) 粉紅耀西 (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe)
Fěnhóng Yàoxī
粉紅色耀西 (Mario Kart Tour)
Fěnhóngsè Yàoxī

Pink Yoshi

Dutch Roze Yoshi
Pink Yoshi
French Yoshi rose
Pink Yoshi
German Rosa Yoshi
Pink Yoshi
Italian Yoshi rosa
Pink Yoshi
Korean 핑크요시
Pingkeu Yosi
Pink Yoshi

Portuguese (NOA) Yoshi rosa
Pink Yoshi
Portuguese (NOE) Yoshi Rosa
Pink Yoshi
Russian Розовый йоши
Rozovyy Yoshi
Pink Yoshi

Spanish Yoshi rosa
Pink Yoshi

Orange Yoshi[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese オレンジヨッシー
Orenji Yosshī
Orange Yoshi

Chinese 橙色耀西
Chéngsè Yàoxī
Orange Yoshi

Dutch Oranje Yoshi
Orange Yoshi
French Yoshi orange
Orange Yoshi
German Oranger Yoshi
Orange Yoshi
Italian Yoshi arancione
Orange Yoshi
Korean 오렌지요시
Orenji Yosi
Orange Yoshi

Portuguese (NOA) Yoshi laranja
Orange Yoshi
Portuguese (NOE) Yoshi Laranja
Orange Yoshi
Russian Оранжевый йоши
Oranzhevyy Yoshi
Orange Yoshi

Spanish Yoshi naranja
Orange Yoshi

Trivia[edit]

  • According to the German Official Strategy Guide, each Yoshi from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island has its own name.[26] The green one is called Yoshi, the light-blue one is called Jonny, the yellow one is called Sunny, the pink one is called Claudi, the brown one is called Eddi, the red one is called Netty, the dark-blue one is called Tommy, and the purple one is called Marci.
  • In the Club Nintendo comic The Hunt For Happiness, newborn Yoshis are stated to be 1.3 meters tall and bright enough to be seen in the darkness up to 50 meters away.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nintendo of America (June 21, 2023). Super Mario Bros. Wonder - Nintendo Direct 6.21.2023. YouTube (American English). Retrieved June 21, 2023.
  2. ^ Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time/Regional Differences. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved April 4, 2023.
  3. ^ Swiftjar (September 30, 2021). Yoshi’s Tropical Island Analysis & Comparison (N64 Vs Switch) - Mario Party Superstars. YouTube (English). Retrieved June 27, 2024.
  4. ^ GameXplain (January 12, 2015). Totaka's Song in Mario Kart 8 (Secret). YouTube (English). Retrieved June 27, 2024.
  5. ^ Nintendo of America (May 12, 2022). Mario Strikers: Battle League – Overview Trailer – Nintendo Switch. YouTube (American English). Retrieved June 27, 2024.
  6. ^ Japancommercials4u (January 17, 2009). Mario Paint JPN Commercial. YouTube (Japanese). Retrieved June 27, 2024.
  7. ^ Artwork of Yoshi in Super Mario KartMedia:Yoshi SMK artwork.jpg, note how his hands have four digits.
  8. ^ Mario and Yoshi finding a shiny object in Super Mario Story Quiz Picture Book 6: Friend KidnappedMedia:SMSQPB6 Finding.png, a book realized in collaboration with Nintendo and published by Shogakukan in 1998. Note how Yoshi's hands feature four digits.
  9. ^ Back of Super Mario Story Quiz Picture Book 5: Mario's Amusement ParkMedia:SMSQPB5 Back.png.
  10. ^ A three legged race in Super Mario Story Quiz Picture Book 2: Mario's Sports DayMedia:SMSQPB2 Three-legged Race.png, both the upper teeth and lower teeth can be seen.
  11. ^ Part of the activity on the back of Super Mario Chie Asobi Ehon ④ Larry No Itazura (Super Mario Wisdom Games Picture Book ④ Larry's Mischief).Media:SMWGPB4 Back.png
  12. ^ A Pink Yoshi performing a Flutter Jump in Yoshi's StoryMedia:Pink Yoshi Flutter Jump.png, note both sets of upper and lower teeth.
  13. ^ "Yoshi was originally supposed to be a type of Koopa. That saddle you see on his back was actually his shell." – Takashi Tezuka. Super Mario History.
  14. ^ A shoe recognition game on the back of Super Mario Story Quiz Picture Book 5: Mario's Amusement ParkMedia:SMSQPB5 Shoes.png.
  15. ^ NintendoAmerica (January 4, 2016). To be honest, Mario’s resolutions are pretty similar every year. What are *your* Nintendo-themed resolutions?. X. Retrieved July 9, 2024. (Archived January 27, 2016, 01:37:37 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  16. ^ September 1991. Nintendo Power Issue #28. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 9.
  17. ^ Hoffman, Chris (November 18, 2005). Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Official Nintendo Player's Guide. ISBN 1-59812-006-9. Page 3.
  18. ^ 1995. 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 4Media:Super Mario Yossy Island Shogakukan P4.jpg.
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  20. ^ mariokarttourEN (April 18, 2020). Post. Twitter (English). Retrieved June 27, 2024.
  21. ^ Mandelin, Heidi (March 6, 2018). 24 Times “Yoshi” Was Called “Yossy”. Legends of Localization (English). Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  22. ^ February 8, 2016. ファミコンの生みの親とスーパーマリオのデザイナーが登場!. GAME Watch (Japanese). Retrieved June 5, 2022.
  23. ^ Nintendo (1992). German Super Mario World instruction booklet. Nintendo of Europe (German). Page 17–18. Retrieved April 23, 2023.
  24. ^ Joši dāvanu nama paplašinājuma maršruts. LEGO.com (Latvian). Retrieved July 8, 2022. (Archived March 6, 2023, 07:13:19 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  25. ^ Будинок Маріо і Йоші. Додатковий рівень. LEGO.com (Ukrainian). Archived January 15, 2023, 11:50:54 UTC from the original via Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 11, 2023.
  26. ^ November 19, 2022. Super Mario World 2 - Yoshi's Island - SNES - Offizieller Nintendo Spieleberater. Nintendo of Europe (German). Retrieved October 24, 2023.