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Yoshi (ヨッシー Yosshī?, sometimes romanized Yossy in earlier Japanese materials)[2][3] (IPA: /ˈjoʊʃi/) is a fictional dinosaur who appears in video games published by Nintendo.[4] His debut was in Super Mario World (1990) on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System[5] as Mario and Luigi's accomplice (a role he has often reprised), and he later established his own series with several platform and puzzle games, including Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. He has also appeared in many of the spin-off Mario games, such as the Mario Party, the Mario Kart, and the Super Smash Bros. series, as well as in other various Mario sports titles. Yoshi also appears in New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009) as the characters' accomplice, similar to his original debut role in Super Mario World.[6] Like several other characters in the Mario series, Yoshi is named after some Japanese names (Ex: YOSHIkima, KyYOSHI, ect.) . Yoshis come in many different colors, though his original and most common color is green.[5] Yoshi's latest appearance is in Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010).[7]


Concept and creation

Shigeru Miyamoto stated that Nintendo had wanted Mario to have a dinosaur companion ever since Super Mario Bros.; however, it was not possible because of the limitations of the NES. During the development of Super Mario Bros. 3, Miyamoto had a number of sketches around his desk, including an image of Mario riding a dinosaur. Takashi Tezuka, a Mario series developer, speculated that Miyamoto's love of horse riding as well as country and western influenced Yoshi's creation. The concept of Mario riding a dinosaur also came from the NES video game Excitebike, which featured people riding motorcycles. He again wanted to feature Yoshi in Super Mario Bros. 3, but was still unable to. Tezuka designed two power-ups to make up for this limitation, the raccoon and frog power-ups. Once the more powerful Super NES was released, Miyamoto was finally able to implement Yoshi into the series, putting him into the video game Super Mario World.[9] Yoshi proved to be popular in his debut, which caused the next game in the series, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, to focus on his species.[10]

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