Yoshi Screenshot
System Famicom/NES, Game Boy
Developer Nintendo, Game Freak
Genre Puzzle

A puzzle game starring Mario and Yoshi. As Mario, swap the plates at the bottom of the screen and the growing towers of enemy blocks will swap with them. Match two enemies to clear them.

Stack enemies between two halves of a Yoshi Egg to hatch a Yoshi and earn bonus points. The more enemies that you trap provide a bigger Yoshi and more points.

You can play an Endless mode and aim for the high score, or Stage Clear to progress through the levels by clearing all the enemy blocks.

Yoshi was developed by Game Freak, better known as the developer of the Pokémon games.

Alternate Versions

Yoshi (Game Boy)

Yoshi (GB)

The Game Boy version, released alongside the Famicom/NES version, contains the same game modes and gameplay. However, due to the reduced screen size, there is only vertical stacking room for 7 blocks, rather than 8. This changes the scoring of the game as fewer enemy blocks result in a higher score.

Release Information

Famicom/NES Version

Region Date Name System
Japan 14 Dec 1991 ヨッシーのたまご Yoshi no Tamago Famicom/NES
US Jun 1992 Yoshi Famicom/NES
Europe 30 Dec 1992 Mario & Yoshi Famicom/NES
Japan 06 Mar 2007 ヨッシーのたまご Yoshi no Tamago Wii
Virtual Console
Europe 16 May 2007 Mario & Yoshi Wii
Virtual Console
US 09 Jul 2007 Yoshi Wii
Virtual Console
Japan 22 Aug 2012 ヨッシーのたまご Yoshi no Tamago Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console
US 21 Feb 2013 Yoshi Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console
Europe 02 May 2013 Mario & Yoshi Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console

Game Boy Version

Region Date Name System
Japan 14 Dec 1991 ヨッシーのたまご Yoshi no Tamago Game Boy
US Jun 1992 Yoshi Game Boy
Europe 17 Dec 1992 Mario & Yoshi Game Boy

Other Availability

Game Modes

  • A Type

    An endless game. Keep clearing blocks until a stack hits the top of the screen. After 40 enemy blocks have fallen, the speed of the blocks increases. Complete 10 Yoshi Eggs before Game Over and you will see a bonus screen.

  • B Type

    Enemy blocks come pre-stacked, and you must clear all of the blocks on screen to clear the stage.

  • 2-Player

    Played similar to the B Type game, but played with two human players. Clear all of the blocks on screen before your opponent. If you complete a Yoshi Egg, more enemy blocks will fall on the opponent's screen.