Codex Gamicus

Yoshi in Mario Party 8.

Game series Mario series
First appearance Super Mario World (1991)
Species: Yoshi
Gender: Male
Home: Yoshi's Island
Creator(s): Shigefumi Hino, Shigeru Miyamoto
Voice actor(s): Andrew Sabiston (US TV), Kazumi Totaka (Games)

Yoshi is one of the more prominent Mario characters. It is a species of dinosaur like creatures that hatch from spotted eggs. Yoshis always come in many different colors. These include, but are not limited to: Green, Blue, Red, Yellow, Turqoise, Orange, Pink, Magenta, Black, and White. The colors usually do not have any special meaning, other than Black & White being rarer than others, and determining what fruit the yoshi likes best. "Yoshi" can also refer to the normal, green, character that Mario has gone on adventures with. Things they swallow tend to turn into eggs, which can then be used for throwing. His first appearance was in Super Mario World.


Why are Yoshis born with boots on? Can they be taken off?

Yoshi has had many abilities that have been added and removed over the course of its games.

  • Floating - When jumping in mid-air, Yoshis kick their feet rapidly to stay airborne for as long as gravity allows them to. This ability has been displayed in games like Yoshi's Island and Super Smash Bros. Melee.
  • Ground Pound - Like Mario's ground pound, Yoshis can do a quick flip in mid-air and then quickly ram their bottom into the ground.
  • Swallowing - Yoshis often use their long tongues to swallow almost anything - fruits, enemies, and other objects. These are often turned into eggs that follow the Yoshi everywhere. Yoshis seem to universally dislike swallowing peppers.
  • Egg Throwing - Objects that were converted to eggs can be used for throwing. This is prominent in games such as Yoshi Touch & Go and Yoshi's Story.
  • Fruit Spraying - In Super Mario Sunshine, they are able to eat fruits (which, in turn, change their color) and earn the ability to spray juice at people or objects.
  • Flying - In Super Mario World, when the blue yoshi eats a blue koopa, the Yoshi grows wings and he then is able to fly.
  • Flame Throwing - When a Yoshi eats a red koopa in Super Mario World, he can spit out flames to kill other enemies.
  • Egg Roll - Starting with Super Smash Bros. Melee, Yoshi has the ability to hide inside an eggshell and roll about the stage, knocking into enemies at high speeds.


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