Yellow Yoshi

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Yellow Yoshi
SMR Yellow Yoshi.jpg
A Yellow Yoshi
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Notable members
Little Yoshi

Yellow Yoshis are one of the color variants of the Yoshi species. In many games, a Yellow Yoshi serves as a palette swap option for Yoshi, having identical abilities with him. In several other cases, Yellow Yoshis have different abilities and stats than Yoshi, with their first appearance in Super Mario World, alongside other colored Yoshi variants, to have a special ability.

In Yellow Yoshi's first appearance in Super Mario World, its sprite features initially orange arms and brown shoes. Yoshi's Story depicts Yellow Yoshis wearing green shoes, and this has been the standard coloration for Yellow Yoshis since, with several exceptions. The current color scheme has a resemblance to modern Koopa Troopas, who are also depicted with yellow skin, similar facial features, and green shoes.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Screenshot of Yellow Yoshi using sand clouds to defeat a Rex, in Super Mario World.

In Super Mario World, Yellow Yoshis are one of the three colored variants that can be obtained in the game, the others being Red Yoshis and Blue Yoshis. All colored Yoshis can be found in the Star World as Baby Yoshis; Yellow Yoshis can be specifically found in Star World 3 and Star World 5. When they are first found, players have to feed them five enemies or objects before they mature into an adult Yoshi that they can ride on. Yellow Yoshis have the typical traits of a Green Yoshi, though Yellow Yoshis have the ability to create sand clouds when they land, which defeats most enemies nearby, and they fall faster when holding a Koopa Shell, in addition to spitting fireballs or flying if the shell is red or blue respectively.

In the Game Boy Advance remake Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World, once a Yellow Yoshi has been found in the Star World, it can be found in a ? Block in place of a Green Yoshi, provided it is Super Mario who hits a block containing a Yoshi Egg.

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

In Super Mario 64 DS, a Yellow Yoshi is controlled by the fourth player in VS mode.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Luigi riding a Yellow Yoshi in New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Yellow Yoshis also appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They hatch out of yellow Yoshi Eggs, but only when two or more players are playing. Yellow Yoshis can be found, like the other Yoshis, in the levels World 1-3, World 2-5, World 3-2, World 4-5, World 6-4 and World 7-6.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Yoshi's Bulb Yoshi form greatly resembles a Yellow Yoshi, except that his shoes are orange as opposed to green. No actual Yellow Yoshis make an appearance, though.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Although fully grown Yellow Yoshis do not appear in New Super Mario Bros. U, as all Yoshis which can be ridden in the game are now green, Glowing Baby Yoshis are introduced instead. Glowing Baby Yoshis are infant Yellow Yoshis with the power to illuminate dark areas and briefly blind nearby enemies, similar to Bulb Yoshis. Like the other Baby Yoshis, they wear orange shoes instead of the green ones a Yellow Yoshi normally wears.

Super Mario Run[edit]

Yellow 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 Yellow Yoshi's House from the Kingdom Builder shop, which becomes available only if the player has collected 300 Blue Toads, 300 Green Toads, and 200 Purple Toads. Alongside having all the abilities of Yoshi, Yellow Yoshi can recruit more Yellow Toads in Toad Rally.

Yoshi franchise[edit]

Tetris Attack[edit]

A Yellow Baby Yoshi makes an appearance in Tetris Attack, known as Little Yoshi.

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

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, a Yellow Yoshi is playable for every world's mid-fortress. In this game, their sprite retains their coloration from Super Mario World, but are featured with yellow arms rather than orange arms. Yellow Yoshi's shoes are red in its in-play sprites; however, in the opening cutscene and artwork, they are green, a coloration which would carry over into Yoshi's Story, the Game Boy Advance remake, and all later appearances.

Yoshi's Story[edit]

Artwork of a baby Yellow Yoshi from Yoshi's Story

A baby Yellow Yoshi appears as a playable character in Yoshi's Story, alongside other colored Yoshis. The Yellow Yoshi generally likes yellow food, with its favorite fruit being bananas. This is the game that established green as the standard color for Yellow Yoshi's shoes.


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

A Yellow Yoshi is playable in Yoshi's Woolly World, and in the remake Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World. After the player beats Baby Bowser, seven basic-colored Yoshis are freed, including a Yellow Yoshi.

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

Yellow Yoshi Sprite - Super Mario RPG.png

Several Yellow Yoshis appear as non-playable characters on Yo'ster Isle in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

A Yellow Yoshi also appears as an alternate coloration for Yoshi in all Super Smash Bros. installments.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

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

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In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its 3DS remake, the Yoshi Theater houses Yoshis, which is the only location in the game where they can be found. One of the seven hungry Yoshis is a Yellow Yoshi and thus must be fed a Bean Fruit to produce a Yellow Neon Egg. When players obtain all seven Neon Eggs from the Yoshis, Boddle gives them a fragment of the Bean Star.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, a Yellow Yoshi is among the initial group of Yoshis hiding from Yoob in Yoshi's Island. After the group is discovered by Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi, all of the Yoshis run away and end up being eaten by Yoob. Later, after the heroes end up eaten by Yoob, they find the Yellow Yoshi, who is now lying on the floor with hunger. There is a nearby piece of fruit that can be given to the Yellow Yoshi, who immediately feels rejuvenated and runs to help the other Yoshis push a Chomp Rock down Yoob's stomach. Later, Yellow Yoshi helps the other Yoshis push the Chomp Rock out of the way of a doorway, and run into it once a path has been cleared. The Yoshis then take refuge in a side room, where the Yellow Yoshi only complains about wanting more food. Once Sunnycide is defeated, all of the Yoshis immediately escape Yoob. The Yellow Yoshi, along with the other Yoshis, briefly believe that Baby Bowser saved them until Toadbert explains the situation to them, who promptly thank the heroes.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Yellow Yoshis and the Yoshi species are one of the various NPCs in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, alongside Green and Red Yoshis.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

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A Yellow Yoshi appears in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam in the Gloomy Woods village. He has found a huge melon the Mario Bros. want to feed a Wiggler blocking their path. When they ask for the melon, the Yoshi challenges the brothers to a race, with the winner getting the melon. During the race, the Yellow Yoshi flutter jumps to cross gaps, along with ground pounding when the Mario Bros. are nearby. When the Mario Bros. win the race, the Yoshi reluctantly gives up the melon.

Mario Tennis series[edit]

Mario Power Tennis / New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis[edit]

In Mario Power Tennis, Yoshi can change into one of six colors every time he performs a Rolling Egg Return, provided the player has completed the Flower Cup with any character. One of the colors that Yoshi can turn is yellow.

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

Yellow Yoshi as he appears in Mario Tennis Open

Yellow Yoshi appears in Mario Tennis Open as a downloadable QR code character. Like Bowser, Donkey Kong, Wario, and Metal Mario, he is a power type character. Though not as powerful as the other characters in his type class, he offers more speed and agility than the other power characters, and he is the most powerful Yoshi variant. He is the slowest Yoshi variant with the least control however. Yellow Yoshi, alongside the other colored Yoshi variants, has sets of gear for Miis that players can purchase off the shop. If Yellow Yoshi's tennis racket is combined with the Yoshi costume, the Mii additionally receives a bonus.

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

In Mario Tennis Aces, a Yellow Yoshi appears as a spectator in Piranha Plant Forest.

The game's version 2.1.0 update added Yellow Yoshi as a playable color swap of Yoshi. This variant is used by the fourth player in the Yoshi's Ring Shot co-op challenge, although it can be unlocked for use in other modes by accumulating 80,000 points in the aforementioned co-op challenge. Unlike in Mario Tennis Open, Yellow Yoshi has the same green racket as the green Yoshi. Also, Yellow Yoshi's Egg Roll uses a yellow Yoshi Egg.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

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A Yellow Yoshi is playable in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, exclusive to the multiplayer Game Boy Advance link play modes of the game, when players choose the Single Game Pak option. In this mode, players use Yoshi and his colored variants, where a Yellow Yoshi is played by player 4.

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2[edit]

A Yellow Yoshi is one of the many character cameos and props used in Yoshi Park 1 from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2. During the first lap inside the first amusement park attraction, Yellow Yoshi is one of the Yoshis that pop out of eggs towards the players in the first lap of the course.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

In Mario Kart 8, Yellow Yoshi appears as an alternate skin for Yoshi, unlocked by purchasing both the Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing DLC packs. Yellow Yoshis can also be seen cheering at the sides of some of the courses, and certain ones may hum Totaka's Song. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Yellow Yoshi is available from the start, and also appears as the 200cc staff ghost for 3DS DK Jungle.

Mario Hoops 3-on-3[edit]

Yellow Yoshi appears as an alternate color of Yoshi in Mario Hoops 3-on-3. The alternate colors are unlocked by achieving a silver trophy in the Flower Tourney in Hard Mode. The player must hold the +Control Pad right or Y Button while putting normal Yoshi in the hoop during character selection.

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

In Mario Super Sluggers, a Yellow Yoshi is a team player. Among all of the playable Yoshis though, it had the weakest running abilities though he hits balls harder than the team player Yoshis aside from Red Yoshi, having a batting stat of 4/10. Yellow Yoshi runs slower than Red Yoshi, but has a stronger fielding stat than Red Yoshi. As with all the other Yoshis, Yellow Yoshi has Tongue Catch as its special ability, where it can retrieve balls from far away while fielding. Also as with all palette swap characters, it shares the same chemistry with the other Yoshis. In Challenge Mode, it is found in Yoshi Park by ground pounding next to a tree near the rainbow bridge leading to Birdo.

Mario Sports Mix[edit]

Yellow Yoshi also appears in Mario Sports Mix, as an alternative coloration of Yoshi. The Yellow Yoshi can be unlocked by playing 20 matches with Yoshi or completing the Yellow Yoshi mission at the Flower Cup alternate route.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games[edit]

Yellow Yoshis occasionally appear as team members exclusively in the Mario league in the Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

A Yellow 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 Yellow Yoshi can attack Mario with its tongue, eating one of his Battle Cards if he doesn't block the attack.

Other appearances[edit]

In Fortune Street, two Yellow Yoshis make cameo appearances in the Yoshi's Island board.

In StreetPass Mii Plaza for the Nintendo 3DS, a Yellow Yoshi Hat can be unlocked and worn by a Mii.

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 Yellow Toads."

Mario Super Sluggers Profile[edit]

Name Biography Ability Bat Glove Stats
Yellow Yoshi A speedy Yoshi with a decent bat. Tongue Catch Left Right Pitch 3/10
Bat 4/10
Field 6/10
Run 7/10

List of game appearances[edit]

Title Role Release Date System/Format
Super Mario World Supporting Character 1990 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Playable Character 1995 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Non-playable Character 1996 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Tetris Attack Non-playable Character 1996 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Yoshi's Story Playable Character 1997 Nintendo 64
Mario Golf Cameo 1999 Nintendo 64
Super Smash Bros. Non-Playable Character 1999 Nintendo 64
Paper Mario Non-Playable Character 2000 Nintendo 64
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Playable Character (Multiplayer) 2001 Game Boy Advance
Super Smash Bros. Melee Playable Character (Palette swap of Yoshi) 2001 Nintendo GameCube
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Non-playable character 2003 Game Boy Advance
Super Mario 64 DS Playable Character (Multiplayer) 2004 Nintendo DS
Mario Power Tennis Playable Character (Alternate color for Yoshi) 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Yoshi Touch & Go Playable Character 2005 Nintendo DS
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Non-playable character 2005 Nintendo DS
Yoshi's Island DS Playable Character 2006 Nintendo DS
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 Playable Character (Alternate color for Yoshi) 2006 Nintendo DS
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Playable Character (Palette swap of Yoshi) 2008 Wii
Mario Super Sluggers Playable Character 2008 Wii
New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis Playable Character (Alternate color for Yoshi) 2009 Wii
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Supporting Character 2009 Wii
Super Mario Galaxy 2 Supporting Character 2010 Wii
Mario Sports Mix Playable Character (Alternate color for Yoshi) 2011 Wii
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Non-Playable Character 2011 Wii
Fortune Street Cameo 2011 Wii
Mario Tennis Open Playable Character 2012 Nintendo 3DS
New Super Mario Bros. U Supporting Character 2012 Wii U
New Super Luigi U Supporting Character 2013 Wii U
Sonic Lost World Cameo in Yoshi's Island Zone (DLC) 2013 Wii U
Yoshi's New Island Playable Character 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Kart 8 Downloadable Playable Character (Alternate color for Yoshi) 2014 Wii U
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 Supporting Character 2015 Nintendo 3DS
Yoshi's Woolly World Unlockable Playable Character 2015 Wii U
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Non-Playable Character 2015 Nintendo 3DS
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Non-Playable Character 2016 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 Playable Character (as of version 2.0.0) 2017 iOS / Android
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Playable Character (Alternate color for Yoshi) 2017 Nintendo Switch
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Non-Playable Character 2017 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Tennis Aces Playable Character (alternate color for Yoshi; as of version 2.1.0), Non-Playable Character 2018 Nintendo Switch
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Playable Character (Palette swap of Yoshi) 2018 Nintendo Switch


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Yellow Yoshi.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese イエローヨッシー
Ierō Yosshī
Yellow Yoshi
Spanish Yoshi amarillo Yellow Yoshi
French Yoshi jaune Yellow Yoshi
Dutch Gele Yoshi Yellow Yoshi
German Gelber Yoshi Yellow Yoshi
Italian Yoshi giallo Yellow Yoshi
Portuguese Yoshi amarelo Yellow Yoshi
Russian Желтый йоши
Zheltyy yoshi
Yellow Yoshi