Yoshi is a green dinosaur from Yoshi's Island. For many years he has been a loyal friend and ally to Mario. Yoshi is known for kindness and bravery as he has helped defend the world and rescue captives from the evil Bowser many times. Yoshi has appeared alongside Mario in every one of his cross-overs with Sonic the Hedgehog.
Mario & Sonic series
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, while competing in the Olympic Games, Yoshi was drawn up against Tails in a Table Tennis match. The two stared across the table at each other trying to intimidate one another and the two quickly became very competitive towards the match. Fortunately due to the friendly nature of both sidekicks, they came out in good humor and high spirits, evidence being that they are later seen side by side, smiling and raising their fists in enthusiasm and joy. Despite Yoshi and Vector both being green reptiles, no friendship or meeting between them has ever officially been established. Yoshi is a speed type character along with Sonic, Shadow and Daisy. After speed he has a pretty decent skill level leaving his power and Stamina to be a satisfactory. Yoshi stands as one of the more well rounded speed characters. His Emblem and flag is the famous Yoshi egg. This is also his symbol in the Super Smash Bros. series.
Yoshi has missions both in DS and Wii versions:
- Wii missions:
- Build as much power as you can to throw from the center when ! mark appears once in Hammer throw.
- Jump from the blue zone two times and clear the bar in High jump.
- Parry 6 opponent's attacks and win in fencing
- Continue a rally with 15 shots with your opponent in table tennis
- Finish between 48–50 seconds in 100m freestyle.
- DS Missions:
- Enter to the water feet-first (entry angle from 170 to 180 degrees) in 10M platform.
- Don't let your opponent score points (2 is okay, but third point ends mission) in Table tennis.
- Enter 32 or more performance commands in Trampoline.
- Make five consecutive successful shots in Dream Basketball.
- Gather 20 coins within 60 seconds in Dream canoe
- Defeat Tails in 400m hurdles.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Yoshi returns for the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. According to the third trailer for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Yoshi has formed a new friendship with Silver the Hedgehog. In the DS Adventure Tours, Yoshi will challenge Mario and Sonic to a Skeleton match and then join their group. Yoshi uses his extra long tongue to open a gate in Sparkleton.
"Yoshi is Mario's friend living on Yoshi Island and usually accompanies Mario and Luigi on their Adventures. Yoshi will put forward great effort in the Olympic Winter Games with his Flutter Jump Ability on the Wii and DS and his Thrash Dash Ability on the DS."
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Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
In Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Yoshi makes another appearance, again competing in the Olympics for a third time. He remains a speed type character, just as in the first two games.
"Yoshi is Mario's friend living on Yoshi's Island and sometimes accompanies Mario and Luigi on their adventures. Yoshi will put great effort in the London 2012 Olympic Games with his new abilities."
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games
In Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Yoshi returns, participating in the winter Olympics for the second time along with the rest of his friends. Yoshi's special trophy animation with Silver shows their friendship again from Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Yoshi returns in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He remains a speed type character. In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Yoshi is playable in the 100m Dash and Football events. Just like from Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Yoshi and Silver maintain their special trophy animation and friendship.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Yoshi makes an appearance as a playable character.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, making his 3rd playable appearance in the Super Smash Bros. Series, Yoshi is a fast and heavy fighter with strong smash attacks and amazing jumping ability.
In addition to being a playable character, Yoshi also appears as two trophies and some stickers in this game.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Yoshi returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. He maintains his high speed, mobility and agility. He also maintains a more upright posture. On the downside, most of his attacks became weaker.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Yoshi returns as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Sonic Lost World
In the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World, there is a downloadable Zone based off of Yoshi's Story, titled Yoshi's Island Zone. The location, music and artstyle are based off the Yoshi's Story areas in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, and the Red Star Rings have been replaced with Flowers from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Yoshi Eggs are collectible, and bringing them to the goal will hatch the eggs making different colored Yoshis come out of them and grant Sonic 1-Ups.
Powers and abilities
Yoshi and his species are famous with their long tongues. They can also do the Flutter Jump which can go higher than Mario's Jump. His Flutter Jump can be done by jumping and running in thin air but in a few seconds, Yoshi can get weary and fall to the ground.
- Yoshi was first introduced in Super Mario World around the same time that Sonic the Hedgehog made his game debut.
- In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Yoshi was among the only characters to not receive new artwork (Along with Wario and Waluigi).
- Yoshi appears in the fake screenshot of Sonic and Tails in Super Smash Bros. Melee, printed in Electronic Gaming Monthly as an April Fools joke.
- Interestingly, Naoto Ohshima, the character creator of Sonic the Hedgehog and Dr. Eggman, moved on to form Artoon and later, Arzest, who created Nintendo titles such as Yoshi's Island DS and Yoshi's New Island.
- Yoshi has the same eye color as his rival Tails, except that Yoshi's eyes are a darker blue while Tails' eyes are a lighter blue.