Yoshi is a major character in the Mario series. He is a cutsy-looking green Yoshi hailing from Yoshi's Island. For many years, he has been a loyal friend and ally to Mario and Luigi. Yoshi is known for his friendliness, cheerfulness, large appetite (particularly for fruit), and bravery as he has helped defend the world and rescue captives from the evil Bowser many times.
- 1 Game appearances
- 1.1 Mario & Sonic series
- 1.2 Super Smash Bros. series
- 1.3 Sonic Lost World
- 2 Powers and abilities
- 3 Trivia
- 4 External links
Mario & Sonic series
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Yoshi is a green dinosaur with a big nose and sticky tongue. He's got serious wheels, and his awesome Speed will keep him near the front of the pack in all the racing events, while his quick reflexes will make him a strong table tennis competitor.
— Yoshi's profile, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games website
In both versions of the game, Yoshi has the following characteristics and icons:
In the Mission Mode in both the Wii and Nintendo DS versions of the game, Yoshi has to beat a set of five missions, which will unlock a final mission. Clearing all six missions will award the player with the Yoshi Emblem. These missions include:
- Hammer Throw: Throw right in the center! - Build up as much power as you can to throw the hammer 1 time(s) right in the center when "!" appears.
- High Jump: Jump from the blue zone! - Jump from the blue zone 2 time(s) and clear the bar!
- Individual epée: Win after parrying! - Win after parrying your opponent's attacks 6 times!
- Singles: Continue a rally! - Continue a 15 shot rally with your opponent! (You fail if either of you miss.)
- 100m Freestyle: Aim for the specified time! - Finish with a time between 48 and 50 sec.!
- 4x100m Relay:; Win with a perfect relay! - Pass the baton at exactly the right moment (GREAT!) each time and finish in 1st place!
- Nintendo DS:
- 10m Platform - Enter the water feet-first! Aim for an entry angle of around 170 to 180 degrees.
- Table Tennis - Win without giving away more than three points to your opponent!
- Trampoline - Enter 32 or more performance commands!
- Dream Basketball - Make five consecutive successful shots!
- Dream Canoe - Gather 20 coins within 60 seconds!
- 400m Hurdles - Beat Tails when he's in top condition!
in both the Wii and Nintendo DS versions of the game, the player can also earn the Yoshi Crown by getting all gold and 1st medals using Yoshi.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Yoshi is a playable character in both the Wii and Nintendo DS version of the game. In the Wii and Nintendo DS version, Yoshi also has the special skill, the Flutter Jump, which he can use in certain events to gain speed.
In both versions of the game, Yoshi has the following characteristics and icons:
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In the Wii version of the game, a Mii costume based on Yoshi can be unlocked in the game after winning five gold or/and 1st place medals in any Olympic/Dream Events with Yoshi and then buying the costume in the boutique.
In Adventure Tours mode in the Nintendo DS version of the game, Yoshi appears as one of the unlockable characters who can take part in the mode's sports events. He can be found in Polastraits where he must be beaten in a Luge event. After that, Yoshi will join the player's team. Later in Sparkleton, Yoshi is needed for the "Light Five Lamps!" mini-game. Here, the player has to light five lamps with Yoshi's tongue within a time limit. After the lights are lit, a gate in the overworld will open. Also, in Cubyrinth, Yoshi will tell everyone that it is easy to get lost there. He then puts his Drift Board down and goes for a walk, only to get lost and loses his drift board soon after. Although Birdo find's Yoshi drift board, she claims it is hers in spite of Yoshi's consent. After insisting that the drift board has to belong to the top athlete though, Birdo gives the board back to Yoshi after he completes the Ski Cross Racing event.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
In Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Yoshi appears as one of the playable characters in both the Wii and Nintendo 3DS version of the game. In the Wii version, Yoshi also has the special skill, the Flutter Jump, which he can use in certain events to gain speed.
In this game, across both versions, Yoshi has the following characteristics and icons:
|Icon||Skill Type||Stats (Wii)||Class (3DS)||Special Skill||Flag|
In the Wii version of the game, Yoshi also appears as an interactable character in London Party Mode. Here, the player can speak to him in order to play minigames and earn stickers. Also, a Mii costume based on Yoshi can be unlocked in the game by either winning it through a Scratch Card or paying ten blank cards.
In the Nintendo 3DS version, Yoshi belongs to the Challengers class and can only take part in sports events selected for this group. In the game's story mode, before the Olympics, Yoshi came to Stonehenge to train. Here, he met Bowser Jr., and the two of them challenged each other to a few event after being persuaded by a pair of Shy Guys. After being defeated, Yoshi congratulated Bowser Jr. and decided to train some more in preparation for a rematch during the Olympic Games. Some time after, a strange fog enveloped London. Arriving at the fogged up London Bridge, Yoshi was not able to cross the bridge due to the fog. He later found Sonic and Tails, and explained his predicament. Immediately after though, they were found by Fog Imposters of Shadow and Silver, whom Yoshi challenged when he mistook them for the reals ones. After defeating the Fog Imposters, Yoshi realized they were fake when they faded away. The real Silver and Shadow soon after showed up though, and the gathered group told them what they knew. Soon after, Jet flew overhead. After the group cornered Jet, they convinced hin to show them where the local Fog Machine was on the bridge. When everyone got to the Fog Machine however, Bowser Jr. appeared, who was protecting the machine. Yoshi, Shadow, and Silver managed to defeat him however. Shadow subsequently destroy the Fog Machine, which made the fog disappear and causing the bridge to be lowered. After Bowser Jr. then fled the scene, Yoshi decided to chase after him. Some time after however, the fog returned, except now more intense, to London. In response, Yoshi, Silver, Shadow, and Jet cleared the London Bridge of the fog, which the group later reported back to Sonic and Mario about to support them during their showdown with the masterminds behind the fog: Dr. Eggman and Bowser. After everything had been resolved, Yoshi came to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, a badge of Yoshi can also be obtained from the badge machine.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games
In Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Yoshi appears as one of the playable characters. In this game, Yoshi has the special skill, the Flutter Jump, which he can use in certain events to gain speed.
In this game, Yoshi has the following characteristics and icons:
|Icon||Skill Type||Special Skill||Biography||Flag|
|Speed||Flutter Jump||Yoshi has been a faithful friend to Mario and Luigi for many years. Impressive speed is Yoshi's greatest asset.|
In Legends Showdown, Yoshi is on the first team, along with Sonic, Tails and Donkey Kong. Also, a Mii costume based on Yoshi can be unlocked in the game by getting over 90% perfect in a single Mario’s Figure Skating Spectacular. .
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
In the Wii U version of the game, Yoshi is available from the beginning and playable in all events. Also, a Mii costume set based on Yoshi can be unlocked in the game by completing Yoshi's Carnival Challenge. However, it must be collected in two separate parts, each with their own stat changes.
In the Wii U version of the game, Yoshi has the following characteristics, description and icons:
|Icon||Skill Type||Stats||Playable Event(s)||Biography||Flag|
|Speed||6||8||4||All events||This voracious friend of the Mario brothers hails from Yoshi's Island. He uses his long tongue to eat just about anything, but is especially fond of melons and other fruits. He's attending these Olympic Games with a host of colorful friends at his side.|
In the Road to Rio mode in the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Yoshi appears as a small supporting character.
In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Yoshi is available from the beginning and has the following characteristics:
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||Sonic's Story Day 1|
In the arcade edition of the game, Yoshi is available from the beginning and has the following characteristics:
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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Yoshi makes a reappearance as a playable character. He is once again a Speed type, but his actual stats aren't present this time around. He is only playable in the 2020 Events, and unlike most of the roster, he does not wear any sports attire for the events.
Yoshi's role in the story campaign is rather minimal; he first appears in Chapter 15, where he partners with Peach to defeat Knuckles and Shadow in Doubles Badminton, charging up the Excitement Battery in the process. He remains incognito until the Final Chapter, where he joins the heroes in the 100m dash and helps them triumph over Bowser and Dr. Eggman. He celebrates the heroes' victory during the ending cutscene alongside Shadow, only for the latter to scoff and walk away.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
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In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Yoshi makes his third appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series as a playable fighter. In this game, Yoshi is a starter character, making him available from the beginning.
In gameplay, Yoshi is a rather heavyweight, but small, character. Despite what his weight might lead others to believe though, he possesses the fastest air speed in the game, with a recovery that centers around the best midair jump in the game. In addition, many of his attacks are tail-based, due to his forward tilt being changed from Super Smash Bors. Melee. He also has a unique shield technique that does not shrink when used, which makes him immune to certain combat strategies. Overall, Yoshi possesses amazing all-around movement speed and speed attacks for his moveset and an amazing jumping ability. He is also capable of breaking free of grabs without getting knocked back in many situations, which is complemented by an amazing pivot grab technique. Also, because of his heavy weight and his average falling speed, he has one of the game's greatest horizontal survivability with above-average vertical survivability. In addition, Yoshi has a nice all-around reach, a great get off move in his jab maneuver, and a surprisingly good counter agaist air-projectiles with his Egg Throw maneuver. Despite all his advantages however, Yoshi possesses a number of flaws too. Most notable is his minimal options for techniques that he can perform while using his shield technique, as he is the only character in the game that cannot jump out of shields. This is combined with his slow standing grab and poor roll dodge, which makes it easy to put Yoshi under pressure. His recovery also relies too much on his double jump maneuver, which makes him vulnerable to certain techniques. Additionally, he has slow and laggy standing and dashing grabs and a rather large hittbox on his nose that makes it easier to hit Yoshi and keep him away. His power when it comes to KOs are also mediocre due to a lack of efficient finishers amongst his mostly low-powered moveset (not including his smash attack).
In the Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, Yoshi is one of the many characters from the World of Trophies that got caught up in the schemes ofand his minions, whom they would work to defeat together.
Yoshi also appears in the game as a few Trophies and Stickers:
|Image||Name||Page||ID||Area of Effect||Effect||User|
|Mario & Yoshi (Super Mario Sunshine)||9||24||Indirect||Attack +13||Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser|
|Yoshi (Mario Party 2)||101||246||N/A||Launch Resistance +25||Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser|
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
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In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Yoshi makes his fourth appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series as a playable fighter. In this game, Yoshi is a starter character, making him available from the beginning.
In gameplay, Yoshi is a short and heavy character. In this game, he maintains his high speed, impressive agility, and great mobility on both the ground and in midair, along with a more upright posture that lessens his hitbox's radius and a considerably faster decent dashing speed. He boasts the greatest default air speed of all the fighters in the game and his double jump is the second-highest in this title and gives him a great deal of armor. His mobility on the ground has likewise been improved. The game's expansion of the utility of Yoshi's moveset also provides him with a number of strengths: his neutral attack and up tilt maneuvers are good for starting combos, his down tilt is useful for predicting or chasing an opponent's recovery in order to attack them before they can react, his neutral aerial technique is great when it comes to approaching or preventing an offstage recovering opponent from reaching the stage, his Egg Lay technique is a normal grab, his Egg Roll move allows Yoshi to force approaches or escape from pressure, his Egg Throw maneuver is an effective projectile, and the Yoshi Bomb has strong KO potential and can pressure shields. Yoshi's KOing options and set-ups has also been improved. In addition, his shield maneuver still does not shrink when used. He can also now jump out of his shield. On the downside, Yoshi still retains many of his weakness. His grab game in this title is also rather bad, with his grab maneuvers being amongst the lowest in this title, and his throws have almost no utility. In addition, in exchange for his increased mobility, his overall damage output has been lowered. Yoshi also lacks much defensive potential, and his sidestep and roll moves are unsafe to use. He is as well unable to drop through a soft platform while shielding, and Yoshi's shield itself is the smallest of all the fighters'. His low traction also greatly hinders his options to performs actions while his shield is up. There are also still problems with Yoshi's KO potential; while his smash attacks, up aerial move, and Yoshi Bomb technique are powerful, they all boast short duration and notable ending lag. Yoshi also has a very short vertical recovery outside of his double jump, since his Egg Throw recovery move gives minimal vertical distance and deteriorates when used excessively in midair.
Each version of the game also comes with their own Trophies of Yoshi:
|Yoshi||Fighter||As dependable a partner as one could hope for, Yoshi often aids Mario in his adventures. Yoshi can swallow just about anything and make an egg of it instantly. He's got some serious airborne power, making launching opponents skyward and then following up with more attacks a wise choice.||They say man's best friends is a dog, but Mario's may well be Yoshi. He lives on Yoshi's Island, and can swallow up just about anything, then lay it as an egg. In this game, jumping is his forte - he can leap really high, then quickly land again, making chasing after launched opponents and getting in sneaky follow-up strikes easy.||Clear Classic with Yoshi.|
|Yoshi (Alt.)||Fighter||Yoshi's up special move Egg Throw is a projectile attack that travels farther the longer the button is held. Yoshi will also rise a bit if this move is used in midair. The side special Egg Roll turns Yoshi into a rolling, damaging egg. Yoshi won't roll off an edge if no directions are pressed.||When you use the Egg Throw up special, how far Yoshi throws the egg depends on how long you hold the button. In mid-air, the move also makes him rise a bit. Egg Roll, a side special, sends him rolling inside an egg. If you don't control him while he's rolling, he'll stop just before he rolls off the edge of a platform.||Clear All-Star with Yoshi.|
|Yoshi's New Island||Series Related||One day, Baby Mario came floating down from the sky, dropped by the stork carrying him. But what happened to Baby Luigi? Does this whole affair sound familiar? Looks like it's up to the Yoshi clan to help Baby Mario out! It won't be easy, though—not with Baby Bowser involved.||One day, Baby Mario came floating down from the sky, dropped by the stork carrying him. But what happened to Baby Luigi? And why does this whole affair sound so familiar? Looks like it's up to the Yoshi clan to help Baby Mario out! With that little scamp Baby Bowser involved, though, it's not going to be easy...||Random|
|Yoshi + Egg 1||Series Related||This heartwarming contraption looks more at home in a theme park than a raceway, but don't be fooled—this egg- shaped frame can dive under the sea or soar through the skies with ease! Your opponents will be filled with envy when you break this out in Mario Kart 7.||This kart combo looks like it belongs in a theme park rather than on a racetrack. But, of course, looks can be deceiving! The egg-shaped frame known as the Egg 1 is a speed demon in the water. Mario Kart 7's tracks include everything from deep blue seas to soaring slide routes, so you've got to be prepared for anything!||Random|
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Yoshi makes his fifth appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series as a playable fighter. In this game, Yoshi is a starter character, making him available from the beginning.
In gameplay, Yoshi is a medium-heavyweight and short character. In this game, Yoshi's eggs, which are deployed via his Egg Throw technique, can now bounce off the ground. Also, his new Final Smash, Stampede!, has him summoning a herd of different-colored Yoshis to trample his opponents. Yoshi's overall mobility has also been heighted to a greater degree: he now has faster walking, dashing, and air movements. He also possesses a higher initial dash. The changes made to the gameplay mechanics have also benefitted Yoshi's combat potential. This includes a reduced short hop timing, lowered landing lag as a part of his aerials, directional air dodging, and increased attack options in different situations. Yoshi's pummel is also much faster, but weaker as well. Regardless, the overall damage he can inflict on opponents have been slightly improved, and several of his attacks have more knockback to them. Additional, a costume based on Yoshi's appearance from Yoshi's Woolly World is available for Mii Brawlers.
In the Adventure Mode of the game, "World of Light", Yoshi was one of the many fighters (aside from Kirby, who had managed to escape) who got captured by so that he could clone them and create puppet fighters for evil spirits to control. During the Adventure Mode, several puppet fighters of Yoshi are used for spirit battles. An evil version of Yoshi can be fought and defeated so that the true Yoshi can be awoken and join the fight to defeat Galeem and later .
In this game, Yoshi also appears as a few Fighter Spirits, a Primary Spirit and a few Support Spirit with the following characteristics:
|297||Yoshi||Yoshi's Island Series||
|298||Yoshi (Yoshi's Crafted World)||Yoshi's Island Series||Purchase from the Vault Shop for 300G|
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 Winter 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.
- 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.