|Debut||Super Mario World (1990)|
|Affiliation(s)||Mushroom Kingdom, Yoshi's Island Birdo, Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Bowser|
Yoshi (sometimes specified as Green Yoshi) is one of the heroes of the Mushroom Kingdom, an ally of Mario and Luigi as well as the protagonist of his own series. He is a member of the Yoshi species and has aided his brethren in saving their homeland on multiple occasions. Yoshi has also saved other kingdoms from the villain Bowser as well. In his youth, Yoshi managed to rescue and protect Baby Mario and Baby Luigi from the wrath of Kamek and the Koopa Troopa. According to Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Yoshi is the only one of his species who can speak the language of the other characters. However, in later games, he doesn't speak the language (as shown in Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers). This is contradicted once again, in Super Mario Galaxy 2, when Yoshi speaks in perfect English. Yoshi made his very first appearance, game-wise, in the Super Mario World level, Yoshi's Island 2. The roles he plays in the series vary from game to game.
Creation and DevelopmentEdit
Yoshi did not appear until Super Mario World, which was released in 1990. However, Shigeru Miyamoto has stated in interviews that he wanted Mario to ride an animal companion after the completion of Super Mario Bros. Apparently, technical restrictions on the NES kept Mario from being able to ride an animal, but with the development of the Super Famicom in 1990, Yoshi could be created. The character of Yoshi was specifically created by Shigefumi Hino, a graphics designer. Yoshi likely originated from another Nintendo character, Tamagon. Tamagon was the star of the game Devil World, a game released in Japan for the Famicom in 1984 and later in Europe for the NES. Like Yoshi, Tamagon was a green lizard that hatched from an egg and could eat enemies with his large mouth. Tamagon makes exactly the same noise when he hatches as Yoshi does in Super Mario World. Additionally, in the Super Mario World article in the History of Mario booklet from the Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition game for Wii, game designer Takashi Tezuka said that Yoshi was originally going to be a type of Koopa, and the saddle on his back was supposed to be his shell.
Yoshi's appearance has changed dramatically throughout his video game history. In Super Mario World, Yoshi's first appearance, the green dinosaur was very much created in the image of an actual dinosaur. Yoshi had a long neck, small arms that appeared orange on his sprite (but not in the game's art), and a long back. A second design change was used in Yoshi's Cookie, Super Mario All-Stars, and in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. In those games, Yoshi was made shorter and stouter. Additionally, much longer human-like arms, complete with large hands to manipulate objects, replaced his short, tyrannosaurus-like arms. This design change was developed even more in Yoshi's Story. Instead of being hunched over, Yoshi stood up straight and swung his arms as he walked, much like a human. This design also gave him apparent fingers instead of paw-like hands. This design has stuck ever since.
Yoshi returns as a default character in Mario Kart: Mega Mash-Up. He is a medium racer and his karts and bikes will follow a light green and white (sometimes also red) colour scheme.
He will do the following to each stat in whatever kart or bike he rides:
- Speed: +1
- Weight: +2
- Acceleration: +3
- Handling: +0
|The Video Games Fanon Image Database contains renders of this subject. For all available renders of this character, see here.|
|This character has an amiibo based off them. For information on their amiibo, see Yoshi (amiibo).|
|Mario Kart Ultimate Characters|
|Default Characters (Small):||Toad • Lakitu • Baby Mario • Koopa Troopa|
|Default Characters (Medium):||Mii • Mario • Luigi • Yoshi • Peach|
|Default Characters (Large):||Bowser • Donkey Kong • Wario • Waluigi|
|Unlockable Characters (Small):||Toadette • Baby Luigi • Paratroopa • Shy Guy • Penguin|
|Unlockable Characters (Medium):||Daisy • Birdo • Bowser Jr. • Kamek • Hammer Bro.|
|Unlockable Characters (Large):||King Boo • Wiggler • Petey Piranha • Boom Boom • Pianta|
|Purchasable Characters (Small):||Dry Bones • Goomba • Baby Peach • Baby Daisy • Whittle|
|Purchasable Characters (Medium):||Diddy Kong • Fawful • Professor E. Gadd • Chargin' Chuck • Rex|
|Purchasable Characters (Large):||Rosalina • Midbus • Funky Kong • Pom Pom • Wart|
|Mario Kart NX Characters|
|Playable Characters||Ashley • Baby Daisy • Baby Luigi • Baby Mario • Baby Peach • Birdo • Boo • Bowser • Bowser Jr. • Callie • Cat Peach • Daisy • Diddy Kong • Donkey Kong (Super Kong) • Dry Bones • Dry Bowser • Fighter Fly • Funky Kong • Goomba • Honey Queen • Iggy Koopa • Isabelle • King Boo • Kitsune Luigi • Koopa Troopa • Lakitu • Larry Koopa • Lemmy Koopa • Link • Ludwig von Koopa • Luigi (Ice Luigi) • Luma (Black Luma · Blue Luma · Cyan Luma · Green Luma · Orange Luma · Purple Luma · Red Luma · Yellow Luma) • Magikoopa • Marie • Mario (Fire Mario) • Metal Mario (Gold Mario) • Mii • Morton Koopa Jr. • Nabbit • Olimar • Peach (Fire Peach) • Pianta • Pink Gold Peach • Roy Koopa • Shy Guy (Black Shy Guy · Blue Shy Guy · Cyan Shy Guy · Green Shy Guy · Orange Shy Guy · Pink Shy Guy · White Shy Guy · Yellow Shy Guy) • Spike • Sprixie Princess • Tanooki Mario • Toad (Blue Toad · Cyan Toad · Green Toad · Orange Toad · Pink Toad · Purple Toad · Red Toad · Yellow Toad) • Toadette • Tom Nook • Waluigi • Wario • Wendy O. Koopa • Wiggler • Yoshi (Black Yoshi · Blue Yoshi · Cyan Yoshi · Orange Yoshi · Pink Yoshi · Red Yoshi · White Yoshi · Yellow Yoshi)|
|Hazardous Characters||Cows • Fire Piranha Plants • Goats • Lava Bubbles • Penguins • Piranha Plants • Sidesteppers • Thwomps|
|Background Characters||Fish Bones • Miis • Lumas • Nokis • Penguins • Piantas • Professor Chops • Shy Guys • Toads|