Why I Love… Yoshi!

Wow, I can’t believe it is September already! This year is flying by (and that’s a good thing, cuz it really sucks). Fall begins in a couple weeks, and I can’t wait! I love the summer but I’m ready for it to get a bit cooler out.

Anyway, this month’s Why I Love… post features one of my favorite game characters- he is second only to Kirby! I’m talking, of course, about Yoshi!!

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Cute little Yoshi!

It’s a little difficult to remember the first game I played that had Yoshi in it. Most people would say they first encountered him in Super Mario World, but I actually didn’t have that game growing up! I would say that I first saw him in Super Mario Kart, and I thought he was absolutely adorable. (I didn’t actually prefer to use him, though, as I thought his controls were a bit slippery.)

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I spent so many hours playing the first Super Mario Kart!

When I got my Super Scope 6, one of the games I got was Yoshi’s Safari! Man, was that game fun. Riding on Yoshi’s back, shooting baddies on the screen… it was unlike anything I’d ever played before! I felt bad when I shot the back of his head by accident, though. 😦 Something that always makes me smile when I think about this game is the fact that my mom LOVED this game- and she never liked to play video games with me! My uncle played it quite often as well. It wasn’t unusual to find them in my room playing Yoshi’s Safari well into the night!

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Screenshot from Yoshi’s Safari.

The game that really started my love for Yoshi was none other than Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. Yoshi’s Island put you in charge of Baby Mario, and you had to keep him on your back as you traversed through dangerous worlds in order to stop Kamek and reunite him with Baby Luigi. It was so much fun to take control of Yoshi and uncover the secrets in every level. This game also had some of the best music! To this day, it’s still one of my favorites.

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Screenshot from Yoshi’s Island.

Not only are Yoshi’s games fun and adorable, but he himself is just so cute, I can’t help but smile when I see him!

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Yoshi with his tongue out!

Yoshi is one of those characters that is just so versatile as well. He has been in many different types of games, from platformers to kart racing to puzzle games. His games are mostly easily accessible as well, though don’t be fooled by the cuteness- some of those levels in Yoshi’s Island get really tough!

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Yarn Yoshi and Yarn Poochy… one of the cutest combos ever!

In short, I love Yoshi because he is adorable and his games are fun. These are pretty simple reasons, but sometimes the simple things in life are the best! 😉