Baby Yoshi

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Baby Yoshi
Artwork of a Bubble Baby Yoshi in New Super Mario Bros. U
Bubble Baby Yoshi, a blue Baby Yoshi in New Super Mario Bros. U
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)
Variant of Yoshi
Notable members
“Yoshi! Yoshi! (Hey! I'm Baby Yoshi! You look like you know where to find food, so I guess I'll follow you!)”
Baby Yoshi, New Super Mario Bros. U

Baby Yoshis, sometimes known as Little Yoshis, are newborn Yoshis born from Yoshi's Eggs. They first appear in Super Mario World. Depending on the game, they may be depicted either as stout, reptilian creatures with beak-like mouths and half-shut eyes or simply as smaller versions of adult Yoshis with proportionally oversized heads. Certain titles depict them with designs sitting in-between these base templates.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World / Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2[edit]

Hopping yellow Mini-Yoshi from Super Mario World
baby yoshi double eat glitch
Baby Yoshi eating a single enemy twice

In Super Mario World, red, yellow, and blue Baby Yoshis[1] (or Mini-Yoshis)[2] are found only in Star World, where they hatch from eggs of the same color whenever Mario (or Luigi) makes his approach. Feeding the Baby Yoshis five enemies or objects—such as shells, coins, or active Grab Blocks—makes them turn into adult Yoshis. However, if a Baby Yoshi eats any power-up, it will grow up instantly. Rarely, Baby Yoshi will turn into a regular Yoshi after eating fewer than five enemies; this happens because sometimes the game considers a single enemy to have been eaten twice.[3] Yoshi himself hatches directly into an adult when Mario uncovers his egg, but this is because Bowser trapped Yoshi in the egg. Unlike their adult counterparts, Baby Yoshis cannot use their tongues to eat objects, and they eat only anything that they make contact with, similar to Yoshi eating a berry. Also, the eggs Mario rescues from the Koopalings all hatch into Baby Yoshis during the ending cutscene. While green Baby Yoshis have artwork for the game, they do not appear during gameplay, aside from briefly appearing when Yoshi comes out of the egg before instantly growing; however, a single one in the ending appears as one of the rescued Baby Yoshis.

In the Game Boy Advance version, once a Baby Yoshi has been found in Star World and fed enough enemies or objects to grow to maturity, it is possible to find a Yoshi of its color in any Prize Block containing a Yoshi Egg. However, these Yoshis do not remain as babies and instead grow straight into adults like a Green Yoshi. Mario's present form determines what color egg comes out of the Prize Block upon him hitting it.

The possible outcomes are as follows; forms written in italics always spawn that particular Yoshi, assuming it has already been found and fed in Star World, whereas forms not written in italics randomly spawn a Yoshi among those that have already been unlocked:

  • Green Yoshi for Small Mario, Super Mario, Fire Mario (if Red Yoshi has not been found and fed yet), and Caped Mario (if Blue Yoshi has not been found and fed yet)
  • Yellow Yoshi for Small Mario, Super Mario, Fire Mario (if Red Yoshi has not been found and fed yet), and Caped Mario (if Blue Yoshi has not been found and fed yet)
  • Red Yoshi for Small Mario, Super Mario, Fire Mario, and Caped Mario (if Blue Yoshi has not been found and fed yet)
  • Blue Yoshi for Small Mario, Super Mario, Fire Mario (if Red Yoshi has not been found and fed yet) and Caped Mario

In a 2017 interview, it was revealed that Baby Yoshis originally had a blob-like appearance.[4]

The name "Mini-Yoshi" would later be used for a partner in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and a toy in Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge (albeit unhyphenated).

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 blowing out bubbles in New Super Mario Bros. U
Blue Toad with a Bubble Baby Yoshi and a Goomba trapped in a bubble in New Super Mario Bros. U

Baby Yoshis return in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, and their Nintendo Switch ports. They play similarly as they do in Super Mario World but this time they have high-pitched voices and will not grow up into regular Yoshis, instead remaining as babies. Baby Yoshis also vocalize to the music when picked up.

There are three different types of Baby Yoshi, each with its own special power:

Balloon and Bubble Baby Yoshis can be found on the World Map periodically, with Balloon Baby Yoshis appearing in Acorn Plains and Sparkling Waters, while Bubble Baby Yoshis appear in Frosted Glacier and Rock-Candy Mines. Unlike their adult counterparts, Baby Yoshis can be taken into any level (minus Castle, Tower, and Airship stages) and can be kept until losing them, where they will start running like their adult counterparts. They will follow the player into the End-of-Level Fortress as well. if there are multiple players, all players can continue to use Baby Yoshis as long as one player finishes the level with one.

Glowing Baby Yoshis only appear in a small number of levels, and hatch out of a color-swapped Yoshi egg. They are only allowed to be used at their respective levels, like with their adult counterparts, and will give an extra life if the level is completed with them. In early builds of the game, it was intended that Balloon and Bubble Baby Yoshis would have functioned the same as the Glowing counterpart as they appeared in eggs as well, while in the final game, they never do so.

While a player swims with a Baby Yoshi, the player's swimming style resembles that of someone wearing a Frog Suit or Penguin Suit, and the Baby Yoshi's normal abilities are replaced by an underwater spin maneuver that gives the player a speed boost.

Baby Yoshis also appear in Red Toad House minigames. In this minigame, they swallow icons that give the player a chance to win or lose the minigame. Balloon Baby Yoshis have the item icons that determine what power-up the player obtains, Bubble Baby Yoshis hold multiplier icons that determine how many power-ups the player obtains, and Glowing Baby Yoshis hold a Toad icon or a Bowser icon. The former allows the player to get the power-up, and the latter automatically marks a loss. The player must fit the Baby Yoshis in their respective color spots.

Super Mario World television series[edit]

Luigi holding Yoshi in the Super Mario World episode Mama Luigi.
Yoshi as an infant in the Super Mario World television series

Baby Yoshi is the young version of Yoshi in the Super Mario World television series episode "Mama Luigi". He differs from the Baby Yoshis from the Super Mario World game, Baby Yoshi is shown to be able to move on his own and use his tongue as a baby, is able to eat many enemies without growing, and does not possess any shoes on his feet either. He knows how to talk right from birth, but mistakes the first person he sees for his mother, which happens to be Luigi.


Artwork of Little Yoshi in the game Yoshi

Baby Yoshis appear in the game Yoshi under the name of Little Yoshis[5] and can be seen on the title screen. A Little Yoshi will appear if the player sandwiches two egg shells together with no enemies, or at least one enemy on the NES version, rewarding the player 50 points.

Mario Paint[edit]

Green Baby Yoshis are used as a stamp for the Art Mode and an instrument for the music mode in Mario Paint. Their sprites are reused from Super Mario World. Their sound effect in music mode is the same sound effect as the Yoshi sound effect from Super Mario World.

Mario's FUNdamentals[edit]

In Mario's FUNdamentals, Baby Yoshis are used as the player's pieces in Checkers. Mario controls Koopa Troopa pieces, and the Baby Yoshis eat the Koopa Troopas when capturing them.

Mario's Picross[edit]

A Baby Yoshi makes an appearance as a puzzle in Mario's Picross, where it is referred to as "Mini Yoshi".

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

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

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, a pudgy Baby Yoshi, named Baby Fat,[6][7] appears as an inhabitant of Yo'ster Isle that hatches after Mario defeats the cake in Marrymore. Being a baby, his voice is higher than the older Yoshis. If Mario has Yoshi Cookies, he can feed Baby Fat with them. After Mario feeds him 30 Yoshi Cookies in total, he will become fat and exit the nest which is hinted at by another Yoshi. His voice becomes deeper, but not as deep as Boshi's voice. By continuing to feed him more cookies at the same time, he may give Mario various items by hatching them out from eggs. His fat appearance may be a reference to the Fat Chocobo from Square's own Final Fantasy franchise.

Tetris Attack[edit]

Little Yoshi eating a panel from Tetris Attack.
Little Yoshi tasting a panel from Tetris Attack
“Hey you Koopa! I can beat you- bring it on!”
Little Yoshi, Tetris Attack

A yellow Baby Yoshi, referred to as Little Yoshi, appears in the game Tetris Attack. He appears to be Yoshi's friend and accompaniment, although their relationship is not clarified.

Little Yoshi also makes an appearance in the Vs. mode ending, eager to defeat Bowser, only to realize Yoshi and his friends already defeated Bowser seconds ago. Little Yoshi is disappointed, wanting to show how cool he is, but is quickly uplifted from compliments by Yoshi's friends.

Yoshi's Story[edit]

Baby Yoshis in Yoshi's Story.
The eight Baby Yoshis from Yoshi's Story, along with Poochy
Green Yoshi
A green Baby Yoshi from Yoshi's Story

In Yoshi's Story, eight Baby Yoshis are playable. Unlike in Super Mario World, Baby Yoshis in this game look and act similarly to their adult counterparts, possessing abilities such as the Flutter Jump, the Ground Pound, the ability to extend their tongues to eat Fruits and enemies, and the ability to lay eggs. Additionally, during the story sequences at the beginning and ending of the game, they were shown to have smaller and less developed bodies in contrast to the Yoshis seen only on the very first page in the intro.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

Main article: Team Chibi Yoshis

Six Baby Yoshis are the main characters in volumes 19 and 20 of the CoroCoro Comics manga Super Mario-kun, which cover the events of Yoshi's Story. They each have unique personalities and appearances, and accompany Mario and Poochy on a quest to retrieve the Super Happy Tree from the clutches of Baby Bowser. Throughout the story they are referred to as T.C.Y., or "Team Chibi Yoshis". Each of them has a page dedicated to their introduction with a four-panel comic that displays an outstanding aspect of their personality.

Game & Watch Gallery series[edit]

A Little Yoshi, from the Game & Watch Gallery 2 version of Chef. A Baby Yoshi, from the Game & Watch Gallery 3 version of Egg. A Baby Yoshi, from the Game & Watch Gallery 4 version of Chef.
A Baby Yoshi in Game & Watch Gallery 2, Game & Watch Gallery 3, and Game & Watch Gallery 4 respectively

In the Game & Watch Gallery series, Baby Yoshis mainly appear in the Modern remakes of Chef included in Game & Watch Gallery 2 and Game & Watch Gallery 4 (named Little Yoshis[8] in the former game), where Princess Peach has to feed Yoshi, but if she feeds him overcooked food, he reverts into a Little Yoshi. If she feeds Yoshi enough cooked food in a row, though, he releases an egg, which contains a Little Yoshi that replaces his parent.

In Game & Watch Gallery 3, Baby Yoshis appear in the Modern version of Egg. If the Yoshi eats enough cookies, he lays an egg, which eventually hatches into a Baby Yoshi. The Baby Yoshi assists the Yoshi by temporarily eating cookies at a random angle. A Baby Yoshi also appears during the credits, from an egg thrown by an adult Yoshi.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

In Paper Mario, Baby Yoshis are known as Yoshi Kids and are specifically a group calling themselves the Fearsome 5. When they were first encountered on Lavalava Island, they were being watched over by Sushie, though they were thinking up plans of their own. When Mario later returned to the village after he discovers that the path to Mt. Lavalava is inaccessible, the older Yoshis are going berserk over the Yoshi Kids' sudden disappearances. Mario helped Sushie down from the tree that they trapped her in and found all five Yoshi Kids.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Main article: Mini-Yoshi
Artwork of Mario and Yoshi from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Yoshi hatching out of his egg

A Baby Yoshi appears in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door as well, joining Mario's party after hatching out of an egg he had previously obtained. While in the English version he is referred to as a "Yoshi", the Italian version more specifically refers to him as a "Miniyoshi"[9], further explaining that Miniyoshis are "Yoshis just hatched from the eggs"[10] (his Japanese name is チビヨッシー, which is the Japanese term for Baby Yoshi[11]).

Despite being a newborn Yoshi, he is already able to talk[11], to lay eggs (with his Mini-Egg move), to carry Mario on his back and to flutter while carrying him. He is, however, able to jump only without Mario on his back, as seen in his Ground Pound move.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

A green Baby Yoshi, the seventh star child, hatching out of an egg
A green baby Yoshi hatches from a Yoshi's Egg.

A green Baby Yoshi makes an appearance in Yoshi's Island DS. After six of the star children are shown during the credits, a Baby Yoshi is revealed as the seventh and final star child upon hatching. Similarly to the Yoshis in Yoshi's Story, this baby Yoshi looks strikingly similar to an adult Yoshi despite being a newborn. Due to his green coloration and status as a star child, it is possible that this baby Yoshi is the very same Yoshi that the grown up Mario Bros. would go on to rescue and ally with in Super Mario World and subsequent Super Mario games.

WarioWare: D.I.Y.[edit]

A Baby Yoshi in WarioWare: D.I.Y. is a sprite for the Yoshi instrument when making records in the game.

Super Mario Party[edit]

In the Toad's Rec Room minigame Puzzle Hustle, one of the puzzles is a sprite of Mario holding a Baby Yoshi from Super Mario World.


Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 恐竜族
性格 くいしんぼう
登場ゲーム ワールド

Baby Yoshi
Species: Dinosaur Tribe
Disposition: Glutton
Appears in: World
Yoshi, a child in the peak of his eating years
There are three types of little Yoshi living in Dinosaur Land: Red, Blue, and Yellow. When you grab one, it is a child and of little use to you, but if you feed it five enemies or items, it will grow up to be a great Yoshi.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

  • Electronic manual bio: "If you run into certain enemies while holding Baby Yoshi, he will gobble them up. Pressing ZR Button (R Button) / shaking Wii Remote will activate Baby Yoshi's special power."

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

  • Play Nintendo: "If you find a Baby Yoshi on the World Map, it will follow you into the next course you select (except for towers and castles). Baby Yoshis have special skills to help reach tough places, light up passages, and more."[13]


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

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チビヨッシー / ちびヨッシー
Chibi Yosshī
Chibi Yoshi; romanized as "Chibi-Yossy" in the Super Mario World Shogakukan guide[14]

Chinese 小耀西
Xiǎo Yàoxī
Little Yoshi

Dutch Baby Yoshi
French Bébé Yoshi
Baby Yoshi
German Baby Yoshi
Italian Baby Yoshi
Korean 꼬마요시
Little Yoshi

Portuguese (NOE) Yoshi Bebé[15]
Baby Yoshi
Russian Малыш Йоши
Malysh Yoshi
Baby Yoshi

Spanish Bebé Yoshi
Baby Yoshi


  1. ^ Stratton, Bryan. Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 92. "When you find a find a Red, Yellow, or Blue Yoshi Egg in a Star World, approach it to hatch a Baby Yoshi of that color. Pick up the Yoshi by holding B Button and carry it to an enemy. The Baby Yoshi automatically eats the enemy. When it has eaten five enemies, it grows into an adult Yoshi and you can ride it like a normal Green Yoshi. Furthermore, when you discover a Yoshi Egg from now on, you have a chance of randomly getting a Yoshi of that color."
  2. ^ Super NES Nintendo Player's Guide, page 14.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Wawro, Alex (September 28, 2017). Have a look at Nintendo's early prototype for Yoshi. Gamasutra. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  5. ^ Yoshi instruction booklet, page 14 on NES and page 13 on Game Boy.
  6. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) Issue 47, page 97. "Once you win, you’ll receive your prize and be free to wander around the place, talking to a couple of lovesick mushrooms (aaah!) who mention the Grate Guy’s Casino (one to note down), and feeding on the giant toddler called Baby Fat. He’ll keep chomping on all the cookies you give him, and when he’s full, you’ll receive some very interesting new items... Chow down, fat boy!"[1]
  7. ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Official Nintendo Player's Guide, page 41.
  8. ^ Game & Watch Gallery 2 instruction booklet, page 21
  9. ^ Fifth part of Wonky's tale about Miniyoshis in the Italian version of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year DoorMedia:PMTTYD Italian Yoshi Explanation 5.png.
  10. ^ Second part of Wonky's tale about Miniyoshis in the Italian version of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year DoorMedia:PMTTYD Italian Yoshi Explanation 2.png.
  11. ^ a b kaomoji7952 (July 12, 2009). ペーパーマリオRPG 縛りプレイpart38. YouTube. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  12. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 110.
  13. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Tips & Tricks. Play Nintendo. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  14. ^ Super Mario World Shogakukan Book 1 (pg. 27)
  15. ^ Nintendo Portugal. (January 18, 2019). New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Trailer de apresentação (Nintendo Switch). YouTube. Retrieved January 10, 2021.