Origin and DevelopmentEdit
Yoshi did not make an appearance until Super Mario World. However, Shigeru Miyamoto has stated in interviews that he has wanted Mario to ride a dinosaur from the very start. Technical limitations rendered this obsolete, but when the SNES came out, Yoshi made his very first appearance and has now become synonymous with the Mario series.
In the instruction booklet of Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition for the Nintendo Wii, game designer Takashi Tezuka stated Yoshi was originally going to be a type of Koopa and the saddle on his back was supposed to be his shell.
Interestly, while Miyamoto said the NES couldn't handle Yoshi, some unofficial games on the NES have Yoshi perform like he did in SMW, the most faithful being a Mario homebrew on the NES that had Yoshi play almost identical to his SNES counterpart.
Yoshi first appeared in Super Mario World as an Egg similar to a ? block,that Mario was able to break.
Mario encountered Yoshi on his way to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser,once again.If Mario takes any damage riding Yoshi,Yoshi will frantically run around in panic and if you let him do this too long,he will disappear.
In Super Mario World 2:Yoshi's Island, Baby Mario falls out of the sky and loses his brother. Yoshi and his friends guide him through various levels so that he can re-unite with his brother Luigi.
Once Mario collected all 120 Power Stars in Super Mario 64,he could use a cannon to shoot himself onto the castle roof and Yoshi would reward him with 100 lives(along with a message from the development team.)
Yoshi returned in Super Mario Sunshine and was found in his traditional egg. Depending on what fruit you gave him,Yoshi would turn different colors and assist you with platforming. However,in this installment once Yoshi touches deep water,he will disintegrate and you must find him again. Note that this does not occur in shallow water,that Yoshi can easily run on. Yoshi was only found in certain levels and was present in Delfino Square always.
In Super Mario 64 DS,Yoshi is given a role reversal. Mario is no longer present on his back and Yoshi can't pick up objects like the other characters(but suprisingly,he can triple jump) What Yoshi specializes in though,is the ability to eat enemies and capture them in eggs,just like all Yoshi's Island games. In addition,Yoshi can find special hats hidden throughout the level to play as other characters,using their same movesets and properties,allowing him to punch.
Yoshi plays a very minor role in New Super Mario Bros Wii and can only be found in certain levels.
Different colored Yoshi's appear by default,unlike Super Mario Sunshine and Yoshi's old voice returns for this outing.
Contrary to Super Mario Sunshine,Yoshi will not wait for you either. Instead,Yoshi will run around frantically like he did in Super Mario World.
Berries will appear in levels with Yoshi and if Mario collects 5,Yoshi will lay a special egg.
In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Yoshi appears fairly early in the game,as opposed to Super Mario Sunshine.
Mario only spends one Galaxy without him.
Yoshi first appears en route to the first Power Star in Yoshi Star Galaxy. Mario must rescue him by defeating the Magikoopa holding him captive in a cage,who thanks Mario for his efforts.
Yoshi's moveset is the exact same as it was in Super Mario World,meaning egg eating and throwing is absent from this installment. Instead,Yoshi's tongue can spit out Spiky shells and the like at enemies and can be used to pull platforms towards him. There are also flowers that Yoshi can grapple onto with his tongue to advance through the level. Super Mario Galaxy 2 also sports various power-ups exclusive to Yoshi,like the Bell Pepper that can make Yoshi dash rapidly up steep hills for a limited period of time and the Blimp fruit which allows Yoshi to float similiar to Mario's power up in Super Mario 64 DS.
In New Super Mario Bros U, more different colored Yoshi's appear and even Baby Yoshi's are added to the mix.
Baby Yoshi's can spit bubbles and other Yoshi's behave exactly like they did in New Super Mario Bros Wii.
In Yoshi's New Island Yoshi nurtures Baby Mario once again,in the same way he did in Super Mario World 2:Yoshi's Island.
All abilities from the original return. However,new to the series are Giant Eggs which can be thrown into pipes to grant 1-ups to the player. Metal Eggs are also introduced,serving as a way to keep Yoshi underwater.
However,since Yoshi's appearance in Super Mario World was in Dinosaur Land, many began to question whether he was a dinosaur or a lizard. Nintendo has never confirmed what Yoshi actually is,but perhaps they're trying to keep the mystery alive.
Yoshi's Island is considered a prequel to the entire Mario series. Yoshi nurtures Mario as a baby and his friends guide him through various levels and worlds.
Since Super Mario World has Mario all grown-up,the question still remains whether the Green Yoshi in Super Mario World 2:Yoshi's Island is the same as the one Nintendo uses in the series.
Canonically, Green Yoshi is the Yoshi Nintendo use the most,having appeared in multiple spin-off games. In addition, Yoshi is always green on the boxart for Yoshi platformers.
When playing Super Mario World or Super Mario Galaxy 2, you can jump off Yoshi to get onto higher platforms. Many theories suggest that Yoshi dies from this and that Mario is a "murderer". Considering how Yoshi raised Mario in Yoshi's Island, the backlash is no surprise. Once again,Nintendo haven't confirmed whether Yoshi truly dies or not but since the Green Yoshi is a staple to the series, one could say it's invincible.
Yoshi's voice has gotten significant upgrades throughout the Super Mario series.
In Super Mario World Super Mario World 2:Yoshi's Island and Super Mario 64 Yoshi's voice is significantly lacking compared to his later outings.
From Super Mario Advance 3:Yoshi's Island onwards,Yoshi is given an entirely new voice. Not only has his voice changed,but now Yoshi will now shout out his name. In addition,he will shout out "Nintendo!" when you start up the game. Yoshi will also shriek while doing a Flutter Kick.
Yoshi's voice changes back to Mario World/64 style in New Super Mario Bros Wii.
List of Games Featuring YoshiEdit
- Super Mario World
- Yoshi (NES/Game Boy)
- Super Mario Kart
- Yoshi's Cookie(NES/Game Boy)
- Yoshi's Safari
- Yoshi no Cookie: Kuruppon Oven de Cookie
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- Super Mario 64 (minor appearance)
- Super Mario All Stars+Super Mario World
- Mario Kart 64
- Game & Watch Gallery
- Game & Watch Gallery 2
- Yoshi's Story
- Mario No Photopi
- Mario Party
- Super Smash Bros
- Super Mario Brox Deluxe(minor appearance)
- Mario Golf
- Game & Watch Gallery 3
- Mario Party 2
- Mario Tennis
- Mario Party 3
- Mario Kart:Super Circuit
- Mario Family
- Super Smash Bros. Melee
- Super Mario Sunshine
- Super Mario Advance 2:Super Mario World
- Super Mario Advance 3:Yoshi's Island
- Mario Party 4
- Game & Watch Gallery 4
- Mario Golf:Toadstool Tour
- Mario Kart:Double Dash!!
- Mario Party 5
- Mario Golf:Advance Tour
- Paper Mario:The Thousand-Year-Door.
- Super Mario Fushigi No Kokoro Party
- Mario Power Tennis
- Mario Party 6
- Super Mario 64 DS
- Yoshi Topsy-Turvy
- Mario Party Advance
- Yoshi Touch & Go
- Yakuman DS
- Mario Superstar Baseball
- Mario Tennis:Power Tour
- Mario Kart Arcade GP
- Super Mario Fushigi No Kokoro Party 2
- Mario Party 7
- Mario Kart DS
- Super Mario Strikers
- Tetris DS
- Mario Slam Basketball
- Game & Watch Collection
- Yoshi's Island DS
- Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
- Mario Strikers:Charged Football
- Mario Party 8
- Itadaki Street DS
- Mario & Sonic At the Olympic Games DS/Wii
- Super Smash Bros Brawl
- Mario Kart Wii
- Mario Super Sluggers
- Mario Party Fushigi No Kokoro Catcher
- New Play Control! Mario Tennis(Wii)
- Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games
- New Super Mario Bros Wii
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 Wii
- Mario Sports Mix
- Mario & Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games 3DS/Wii
- Mario Party 9
- Mario Tennis Open
- New Super Mario Bros U
- Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
- Mario And Sonic At The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
- Mario Party:Island Tour
- Yoshi's New Island
- Mario Golf:World Tour
- Mario Kart 8
- Super Smash Bros For Nintendo 3DS
- Super Smash Bros For Wii U
- Yoshi's Wooly World
- Super Mario Maker