Yoshi has been a staple for both Nintendo, the Mario series, and Super Smash Bros. for a long time, but this was his true first game. Funny enough, he would have been created earlier, but limitations on the NES made it nearly impossible to make Yoshi in the same form as we see here.
I thought it was neat as a kid to be Yoshi. Though now, he does limit Mario’s speed and jumping.
But he is good with eating enemies, and if you get hit, you only lose Yoshi (who you can get back with effort) instead of any lives or power-ups.
You can also send Yoshi to his doom for a cheap jump. Don’t do it… Think of the Yoshi!