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First Installment Yoshi (1991)
Latest Installment Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (2017)
Number of Installments 13 (12 main, 1 expansion game, and 2 ports)
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The Yoshi franchise is a series of games that star Yoshi, who was introduced to the Mario games in Super Mario World. Though he has his own franchise, Yoshi still appears quite frequently in the Mario franchise. The Yoshi franchise includes characters from the Mario franchise (usually in their baby forms) as well.

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

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

According to Takashi Tezuka, the games in the Yoshi franchise do not take place in the Mushroom Kingdom.[1]

Video Games

List of Games


Artwork Summary List of Games
Yoshi's Island series
Yoshi and Baby Mario Artwork - Yoshi's New Island.png The Yoshi's Island series is a video game sub-series of the Yoshi franchise. It is a series of 2D side-scrolling platformers, with the unique feature of the ability to throw eggs to defeat enemies. Most of the installments take place in Mario's past, featuring Yoshi and Baby Mario setting out on a journey to rescue Baby Luigi from Kamek and Baby Bowser. Another common story line has Yoshi going on a quest to restore Yoshi's Island to its original form after it is turned into a storybook. Most of the series' titles were developed by Nintendo EAD. However, Yoshi's Island DS and Yoshi Topsy-Turvy were developed by Arzest; Yoshi's New Island, while still being developed by Nintendo EAD, was additionally developed by other companies. The series began with a focus on console titles but later switched to handheld installments.

Yoshi puzzles series
Yoshi 24.jpg The Yoshi Puzzle series is a video game sub-series of the Yoshi franchise. It is a series of Tetris-like puzzle games in which players must direct objects to match them with other objects and clear them from the screen. The objects being directed vary from game to game, some examples being Yoshi Cookies, enemies from the Mario series, and multi-colored blocks. The games have very little story, focusing primarily on gameplay. Some of the games feature characters from the Mario series while others adopt a style inspired by the Yoshi's Island series. The series has not had a new game released in over a decade.

Other Yoshi games

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

Ports and remakes

Cover, original release and system Synopsis
Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World
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Japan January 19, 2017
Nintendo 3DS
Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World is a Nintendo 3DS port of Yoshi's Woolly World that was released in January 2017 in Japan and February 2017 in other regions. It includes the entirety of the original game's levels, but multiplayer mode, Miiverse stamps (replaced by Pencil Pieces), and bonus minigames have been cut. This port otherwise includes more features when compared to the original: more amiibo are compatible (and thus more Yoshi amiibo patterns are available), the Yoshi patterns unlocked from collecting Wonder Wool are available in three color schemes each (as opposed to one in the original), short videos featuring characters from the game can be viewed in the Scrapbook Theater (the player is quizzed on the video after viewing, if answered correctly, beads are awarded), the player can create up to 10 of their own Yoshi patterns, and a new mode centering on Poochy called Poochy Dash has been added.

Canceled Game

Image and system Synopsis
Untitled Yoshi 3D platformer

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

Species and Characters


Artwork of Yoshi and Baby Mario.

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

Artwork of several Yoshis.

Other Yoshis

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

Colors of Yoshis

The following table lists each color of Yoshi in the Yoshi franchise, and in which games they appear.

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


Artwork of Bowser.
Bowser has appeared in three Yoshi's Island games: Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, Yoshi's Island DS and Yoshi's New Island. In Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, Bowser served as the main antagonist. When Bowser terrorizes Yoshi's Island, the Spirits turn the island into a pop-up book. Yoshi must collect a certain amount of happiness medals in order to earn the chance to fight Bowser. During the events of Yoshi's Island DS, He serves as the main antagonist. Bowser travels back in time to find the seven star children, in hopes of receiving their power; if he were to receive their power, he could conquer the universe. Bowser kidnapped as many children as he possibly could, (including his infant self), in order to get the seven star children. However, the star children eventually foil Bowser's plan, forcing him to return to his original time. He also appears in Yoshi's New Island as the final boss; however, he can only be fought after the player has completed all of the main levels but doesn't use the Flutter Wings power-up. Bowser also appears in Yoshi's Safari, where he attacks Jewelry Land, imprisoning its rulers. He also steals twelve gems that keep the land stable, splitting the land into two halves in the process. These actions force Yoshi and Mario to stop him. In Tetris Attack, Bowser appears as the final opponent Yoshi must battle in VS. Mode. Bowser also appears as one of four playable characters in Yoshi's Cookie.

Shy Guy

Artwork of Shy Guys.

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

Locations of those outside the two sub-series

Jewelry Land

A screenshot of Jewelry Land from Yoshi's Safari.
Jewelry Land is a kingdom ruled by King Fret and Prince Pine. It is the country in which Yoshi's Safari takes place. Giving the country its name are magical gems that maintain peace and stability in the kingdom. In the plot of the game, Bowser and the Koopalings steal the jewels, causing an earthquake which splits the kingdom into two halves: the Light Realm and the Dark Realm. Bowser and the koopalings also kidnap King Fret and Prince Pine, leaving Mario and Yoshi to recover the gems and rescue the kingdom's rulers.

Craft Island

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


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