character analysis: yoshi (05)
wii u/3ds: ✔️
yoshi is a fictional anthropomorphic dinosaur who appears in video games published by nintendo. yoshi debuted in super mario world (1990) on the super nintendo entertainment system as mario and luigi's sidekick.
yoshi has received a significant number of buffs in the transition from smash 4 to ultimate with only a few minor nerfs. his KO power has been noticeably improved, as has his ability to rack up damage at lower percents thanks to changes to moves like back air and forward tilt. all of his aerials have reduced landing lag, and the universal nerfs to air dodging make his edgeguarding with both aerials and egg throw much more potent. his aerial speed, already the best in smash 4, was increased, as was his walk and run speed.
however, yoshi still retains some flaws from smash 4, particularly a lack of effective recovery options other than his double jump (despite egg throw being buffed).
overall, despite his flaws, yoshi has been able to achieve very good results in tournaments - arguably being the strongest he has ever been in the smash series.