The Yoshi video game series is set of popular video games that spawn from the Super Mario series. The first game in the series can be considered arguable, though if you consider platformers then most will credit Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island as the first, though multiple other spinoff games that starred the green dinosaur Yoshi have appeared on the SNES, NES, and Game Boy. Although the primary character of the Yoshi series is Yoshi himself, Baby Mario and the other baby characters often feature in the games, riding on Yoshi's back
The series' main character, Yoshi the cute little dinosuar, first appeared in Super Mario World for the SNES. The game was popular for multiple reasons, though the introduction of Yoshi is one of the more notable events that occurred in the game. Nintendo later made a sequel to the game which can arguably be considered a Yoshi title rather than a Mario title, seeing as how Yoshi is the star while Mario is a secondary character.
The series has received criticism for being too "childish", particularly Yoshi's Story, which was also deemed "too easy". Regardless, the Yoshi series continues to be popular with Nintendo fans of all ages.
- Yoshi (1991, NES/Game Boy)
- Yoshi's Cookie (1992, NES/Game Boy; 1993, SNES)
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995, SNES)
- Yoshi's Story (1997, Nintendo 64)
- Yoshi's Universal Gravitation (2004, Game Boy Advance)
- Yoshi's Touch & Go (2005, Nintendo DS)
- Yoshi's Island DS (2006, Nintendo DS)
Yoshi's popularity has led to the use of him in all spinoff games thus far, sometimes in all his colors. Super Smash Bros. Melee has a Yoshi's Story themed stage while Super Smash Bros. Brawl has a Yoshi's Island themed stage. Yoshi is a playable character in Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door and the species appears in Paper Mario. Yoshi can also be summoned in Super Mario Sunshine, New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Galaxy 2.