Yoshi's Full Name Is Not Yoshi, According to 1993 Nintendo Character Guide

An old Nintendo character guide reveals Yoshi's full-length name.

Ask most people to name that green, egg-throwing, enemy-swallowing dinosaur from Mario games and they will tell you definitively that his name is Yoshi. Through many games, the dino has been referred to as Yoshi, and never anything else. But apparently, in a surprising revelation, "Yoshi" is nothing but a nickname.

Blake Harris, author of the book Console Wars about the corporate battle between Nintendo and Sega during the 1990s, unearthed the character's full name in a copy of the Nintendo character guide from 1993. According to the guide, Yoshi's full name is actually T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas. Unfortunately, what the T stands for is still unknown.

In addition to Yoshi's full name, the guide also reveals that Mario is not a traditional human but a person of a different species. The full paragraph states, "Yoshi, properly known as T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas, had been held captive in an egg until Mario (homo nintendonus) bopped along and rescued him. Instantly, the young dinosaur and the plumber became fast friends. Together, they set out to rescue Yoshi's dinosaur pals from the wickedness of Bowser."

Yoshi made his first appearance in Super Mario World, released in 1990. He appeared alongside Koopalings who received names based on musicians during localization for an American release.

There's no indication if we'll ever know what the T stands for, or if it means anything. What do you think it stands for? Let us know in the comments.

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153 comments
Agitokatana
Agitokatana

why do people keep taking this as canon information, it was probably just something made up by translators....

deadpen
deadpen

The "T" stands for "The". So it goes The Yoshisaur Munchakoopas. I'm just glad I didn't know this as a kid cause the Munchakoopas is disturbing. 

Iamshmee
Iamshmee

Wow I always thought Yoshi's Cookie was his first game since it was on NES, but apparently it came out in 92, while Mario World came out in 90 in JP and 91 in US, weird stuff!

meharu
meharu

T stands for tyrant. Even though Yoshi looks cute and friendly. Tyrant-Rex Yoshisaur Munchakoopas Junior.

Johny_47
Johny_47

...It's a f*^kin' game character, who cares if its name is F anny Schmeler, f*^k sake.

LtReviews
LtReviews

Yoshi's initials are therefore "T.Y.M"


Which also happen to be the abbreviation for "Test Your Might", a Mortal Kombat mini-game.


Yoshi confirmed guest character for Mortal Kombat X


FATALITY

Elranzer
Elranzer

That guidebook isn't canon. The movie isn't canon. His name isn't T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopa. Mario is not a "homonintendonus". Mario and Luigi's last name is not "Mario."


Find me Japanese source material for any of these and we'll talk.

blackothh
blackothh

My 2 cents would be that T was a nod to the dinosaurs with T. Rex

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

so this thing known for 21 years is suddenly news? Guess what, according to the movie, Mario and Luigis last name is Mario

so_hai
so_hai

The T is a reference to Tamagon - a character in the 1984 Devil World game.

MMX377
MMX377

 According to the guide, Yoshi's full name is actually T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas.


...


*The creator who named Yoshi's real name throws out of the building*


sortajan
sortajan

I could swear I knew this. I don't know why or how, but I swear I heard this many years ago.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

That was a mouthful, no wonder he's called Yoshi

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Because politically correct western fanfic is canon rite?



toddx77
toddx77

Wow so for 21 years no one remembered this or came across it again? lol

catsimboy
catsimboy

Based on Mario's Latin species name it's just some idiot who wrote guides in the 90's who thought they were funny. No further consideration needs to be given.

Richie_Kotzev
Richie_Kotzev

The T stands for T as in T-rex (also notice yoshi's resemblance to a t-rex.

catsimboy
catsimboy

The fact that Mario's species is listed in the guide as "*blank* nintenonus" (stupid comment censor) just shows how seriously you should take this stupid tidbit (hint: none at all). Some idiot in the 90's just thought they were funny and typed this stuff in.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Mario's last name is also Mario.  The Mario Brothers movie confirmed this.

JFERNANDEZ84
JFERNANDEZ84

Sometimes Nintendo is just R-Tarded, really.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

"T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas"

I am actually blown away. No, seriously no joke 8D

hayashi_levin
hayashi_levin

@Johny_47 You must be having a rough day, man.  Why don't you go unplug and relax a bit?  Take a long shower, pamper yourself a little, have something tasty for dinner, and spent the evening with something feelgood..  maybe a favorite game, or movie?  :)  

chronocommander
chronocommander

@Johny_47 It's called trivia, something to spice up the encyclopaedia of the fans, no need to get all upset over it.

c0mmanderKeen
c0mmanderKeen

@LtReviews Also, T.Y.M consists of three letters, and the y looks like a mirrored lambda. Half Life 3 confirmed

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

@Elranzer Agreed. This stuff should be taken about as seriously as the CDI games when it comes to canon.

LtReviews
LtReviews

@Elranzer

There is no canon to begin with... they aren't meant or intended to be characters that have a coherent plot.

Elranzer
Elranzer

@ArchoNils2 The movie isn't canon. Nor is this guidebook, or Captain N, or the Nintendo Comics, etc.

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

@Bellum_Sacrum It's from a confidential official Nintendo document that was given to marketing department/game departments to ensure they DIDN'T make up a bunch of BS. This is Nintendo's official name for Yoshi (at the time). Considering it hasn't been mentioned it 20+ years it's safe to say even Nintendo no longer views it as such.


Stupid? Yes. Fanfic? lolnope. This is as official as one can get. https://twitter.com/blakejharrisNYC/status/496814672910114816/photo/1 .

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

@catsimboy Once again, read my post above. It's an official document from Nintendo that was given out to key employees that worked for Nintendo to ensure that they DIDNT make up stuff for the characters. This is a confidential reference guide for artists, writers, etc. This was straight from the top.


snaken313
snaken313

@Thanatos2k The movie was so god aweful that I'm not sure the games applied any of the contents from it.

Johny_47
Johny_47

@hayashi_levin @Johny_47 nothing at all wrong with the day at all. Trivia is it? what a complete pile of boll ocks for time wasters, when gamespot put cr^p like this up it's like they're struggling to fill the news with things so just shove any sh*t there.


Bloody hell they need to bring back Johnny and his mad feedbackula, stick it to the brain dead sheep every week.

SigurdJohannsen
SigurdJohannsen

@gan_57 @Richie_Kotzev  Everyone knows that gan_57. (Except it's "T. Rex" and not "T-rex") But for kids it would make sense to have a "T. Rex" and a "T. Yoshisaur". Like Richie_Kotzev says - I believe the T is actually meant as a T, as a reference to the dinosaur, that Yoshi resembles.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Xplode_77 @Thanatos2k Calling Mario Jumpman is like calling Dr. Robotnik Eggma-oh the idio.ts did that I'm so sorry.