Yoshi (game)

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This article is about the game entitled Yoshi. For other uses of the name Yoshi, see Yoshi (disambiguation). For information about the character referred to as Yoshi, see Yoshi. For the upcoming Nintendo Switch title, tentatively just named Yoshi, see Yoshi (Nintendo Switch).
An image of Yoshi's box
NES box art.
Y Cover.jpg
Game Boy box art.
Developer(s) Game Freak
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Famicom/Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Virtual Console (Wii, 3DS, Wii U)
Release date Famicom/NES
Japan December 4, 1991
USA June 1992
Europe December 30, 1992 [1]
Game Boy
Japan December 12, 1991
USA July 1992
Europe December 17, 1992 [2]
Virtual Console (Wii)
Japan March 6, 2007
USA July 9, 2007
Europe May 16, 2007
Australia May 18, 2007
South Korea August 12, 2008 [3]
Virtual Console (3DS) (Ambassador Program Release)
Japan August 31, 2011
USA September 1, 2011
Europe September 1, 2011
Australia September 1, 2011
Virtual Console (3DS) (Full Release)
Japan August 22, 2012
USA February 21, 2013
Europe May 2, 2013
Australia May 2, 2013
Virtual Console (Wii U)
Japan June 12, 2013
USA June 12, 2013
Europe June 13, 2013
Australia June 13, 2013
Genre Puzzle
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
USK:USK 0.svg - All ages
Mode(s) 1-2 players in a same system
Media NES icon.png Cartridge
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Wii U:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Game Boy:
Media GB icon.png Cartridge
Nintendo 3DS:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Wii U:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Game Boy:
Nintendo 3DS:

Yoshi, known in Europe and Australia as Mario & Yoshi and in Japan as Yoshi no Tamago (ヨッシーのたまご, lit. "Yoshi's Egg"), is a puzzle game for the NES featuring the title character. In this game, enemies from past Mario games fall and the player must get two of the same enemy to stack on top of one another. If the enemies are the same, they'll disappear. If they're different, they'll just stay where they are. If too many stack up, the player loses the game. The concept of the game was inspired by Tetris.

The NES version of this game is available on the Wii's, Nintendo 3DS's, and Wii U's Virtual Console.

Game modes[edit]

1-Player Mode[edit]

Game Boy version.

In this mode, only one player who controls Mario plays the game. There are two "types" of game to play, the A Type, and B Type. Before each game, the player sets the type of game, level of difficulty, speed of falling enemies, and in-game music for the game ahead. A board is made out of four "plates" which enemies fall onto. Mario uses left and right on the D-Pad to move about, and the A Button/A Button/Two Button/Classic Controller a Button/A Button and B Button/B Button/One Button/Classic Controller b Button/B Button Buttons to make two plates switch places.


A screenshot of A Type.

Mario must match the enemy icons to earn points and, hopefully, make a high score. Any two enemies placed together vertically make a match, earning Mario five points. A very handy way of clearing excess enemies from the board are egg halves. There are two halves that stack together to make a full egg, thus hatching a baby Yoshi and getting fifty points for Mario. When a top half is placed by itself on the board, it will dissipate. But if a bottom piece is placed, there it will stay until another falls on top of it for an ordinary match, or a top piece stacks onto it.

A handy little tip is that no matter how many enemies are on top of the bottom egg piece, if the top piece is placed on the same stack as the bottom, it will plow through the entire stack until it reaches its other half. This is also a big point boost, as any enemy inside the stack equals fifty points. It will also result in a larger Yoshi hatching from the egg. The levels of Yoshis are as follows:

  • Small Yoshi: No enemies in the egg.
  • Tall Yoshi: One to four enemies in the egg.
  • Winged Yoshi: Five or six enemies in the egg.
  • Star Yoshi: Seven enemies in the egg.

As the game progresses, more and more enemies come down, faster and faster. The game never ends, though. The only point is to make a high score.


Exactly like the A-Type, but now games are timed. When the board is completed, not only is the score recorded, but also the amount of time spent on that game.

2-Player Mode[edit]

Before a player face-off, each one picks their own level and speed. The game plays just the same, but the board is now split in half, right half for Player 1, Mario, left half for Player 2, Luigi. If a player loses, he gains an "X", while the winning player (whoever was still alive when his opponent lost) gains an "O". An "X" simply signifies a lost game, and "O", one won. Won games are recorded on the upper part of each player board by Yoshi eggs. If a player has three eggs, he wins.


Appearances in other media[edit]

Yoshi was the subject of a manga called Yoshi's Egg by Kazuki Motoyama, who later went on to write a manga based on Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. It has two different stories. The first story involves Yoshi opening a restaurant called Yossy's Pizza (note that the Yossy in the name was how Yoshi's name was anglicized in Japan at the time). And the second story (divided into three separate parts) involves Yoshi, Mario, Luigi and Peach embarking on a journey to find his mother.


Yoshi received mixed to negative reviews for its repetitive and luck-based gameplay. Brett Alan Weiss of Allgame said that Yoshi was a "surprisingly dull game" and he noted that the controls were unique, but he also added; "the novelty wears off after a while."

The Virtual Console re-release also received negative reviews. GameSpot's Frank Provo and IGN's Lucas M. Thomas both gave the game 5 of 10 stars, with Thomas commenting the game's "slow" gameplay and the "cumbersome" controls.

Several video game websites said that players should refrain from buying Yoshi on the Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo World Report said; "There was too much luck and chance in the game to make playing it satisfying." Joystiq said; "While [the gameplay is] admittedly a pretty interesting way to spend an afternoon, it still feels kind of a ripoff."

1UP.com's Jeremy Parish stated that the gameplay was "not enough to justify the asking price" (500 points), but he later stated that, compared to Yoshi's Cookie, it was "decent and actually had some relationship to the Mario series."

N-Force gave the game a positive review saying that in a preview for the game that it was "basically the game is great. The fun of Tetris, but with colour and sound effects. Just as hard, maybe harder - definitely just as addictive." They later rated the game 4/5 stars in the Buyer's Guide for the Jan. 1993 issue saying that "Yoshi is great fun. Gameplay's nothing new - Tetris all over again! Graphics are a treat. Lots of fun - in short bursts."

Despite the negative reviews, the game sold well and helped Game Freak create the Game Boy Pokemon games.

References to other games[edit]

  • Super Mario Bros. 3: Mario's sprite from this game appears on the high score board. All of the enemies look identical to their sprites from Super Mario Bros. 3 (with the exception of Piranha Plants)
  • Super Mario World: Yoshi's many forms and the Piranha Plants' design are from this game.

References to later games[edit]

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

Yoshines fullbabyyoshi.png

An unused title screen graphic (pictured at the left) depicting a Baby Yoshi is found in the game files.


Box arts and logos[edit]


NES Title Screens[edit]

GB Title Screens[edit]


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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヨッシーのたまご
Yoshi no Tamago
Yoshi's Egg
Spanish Mario y Yoshi Mario and Yoshi
French Mario et Yoshi Mario and Yoshi
Dutch Mario en Yoshi Mario and Yoshi
German Mario und Yoshi Mario and Yoshi
Italian Mario e Yoshi Mario and Yoshi
Portuguese Mario e Yoshi Mario and Yoshi
Russian Марио и Йоши
Mario i Yoshi
Mario and Yoshi
Korean 요시의 알
Yosi ui al
Yoshi's Egg


  1. ^ Date info of the NES version from TMK
  2. ^ Date info of the GB version from TMK
  3. ^ Korean Virtual Console game list, www.nintendo.co.kr