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Yoshi's friends sketches by mattdog1000000 Yoshi's friends sketches by mattdog1000000
I was thinking about Yoshi's Island, and how every time they try to make a sequel to the game it ends up failing. So I was just thinking a lot about what other things they could do for another Yoshi game. And then I thought...

Why doesn't Yoshi have any dinosaur friends?

So I started drawing some dinosaurs, Yoshi style! The tough thing about Yoshi, is that even though he's a dinosaur, he doesn't give off a prehistoric vibe. So when designing other dinosaur friends it's difficult to achieve the Yoshi spirit without treading into prehistoric territory. Part of the reason for this is because Yoshi was purely designed around gameplay, these little guys that I drew look to have some gameplay in them, but more like in the sense of a power-up, almost like the animal buddies from the DKC series. Or a gameplay alternative to transformations.

I'm sure I'm not the first person to give Yoshi some dinosaur friends either. But I really felt like showing them to the Nintendo fans out there. Suggest some ideas for names if you want too.

Oh, and Poochy!
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DinoLover09 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are absolutely right!
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TheGuy07 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
this is very cool! I can imagine this!, each of those dinos in a different gameplay (heavy, flying, etc), and the style fits a lot!,.. would be a nice addition for a Yoshi's Island game or even in Mario game, with more focus on jurassic aspect. XD. totally awesome, friend. =)
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spongefox Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
you know, I too have drawn a pic of Yoshi with a Pterodactyl buddy. I'll send you the link via note.
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NachoNutria Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVED IT :D
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spongefox Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
D'aw. I had some ideas for Yoshi too.

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Just to show a few.
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mattdog1000000 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Haha! Fun and cartoony!! Definitely bringing back the prehistoric theme to Yoshi.
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spongefox Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
yes. ;D
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DinoLover09 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not bad.
Y'know if Yoshi needs some dinosaur buds, he can always check out Fossil Fighters ;)
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Bahmo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
This actually brings back memories for me. At one point, I envisioned a sequel I'd like to see to Super Mario World, with similar platforming gameplay, but the Yoshis (except for the green one, who would be the same) replaced by certain other iconic dinosaur species. As I recall, Yellow would be a triceratops because of its stomping ability (I never thought of a sauropod even though it's the most iconic dinosaur image for many, as it just seemed too big to be practical), Blue would naturally be a pterydactyl since it could fly (although it isn't really a dinosaur, but I didn't know that as a kid), and Red was, as I recall, a T-Rex, perhaps because it could breathe fire and thus reminded me of Radical Rex, a Sonic ripoff game around back then. I may even have drawn a picture of the idea at some point, but that was close to two decades ago, and I'm sure I don't have it now.
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mattdog1000000 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Nice. Yeah, I probably imagined more dinosaurs in further Mario sequels after SMW as well, as I'm sure a lot of kids did. I mean, that game actually made a point of Yoshi being a dinosaur, he sort of lost that status since then... Yeah, my bronto guy would probably be blue, the triceratops yellow, and the pterydactyl pink (blue would blend in too much with the sky it'd constantly be in, I'd think). I always saw Yoshi in the T-rex spot, even though he's not a T-rex... he still has a similar stature to them, and would take their place, I'd imagine.
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Bahmo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
I remember a letter to Nintendo Power's editors by a guy who said he thought Yoshi was a struthiomimus. Personally, I don't see it. I'd say he looks like a cross between a dromeosaur (raptor) and a hadrosaur (duckbill); plus maybe with a bit of frog or chameleon in him given the tongue.

If you want to get technical, there were what were supposed to be other dinosaurs in Super Mario World. Rex is obviously supposed to be a T-Rex, while Reznor and whatever that big thing thing that shrinks and breathes fire when you jump on them were probably supposed to be protoceratops or something.
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GilmourApatosaur Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:I'm in love with the sauropod Yoshi at the top:heart:
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wtg62 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Those are some realistic sketches.
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yoshi20111 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
really cool :P
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JustAlli18 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
aaw dats so cute =)
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BluebottleFlyer Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice concept, you've transferred Yoshi's charm to these friends of his very well. :nod: :thumbsup:
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teh-yoshi Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Oh man, that's such a cute style! I love these guys already, haha!
Heh, that Yoshi is interesting in that it has the Yoshi's Island face, but the spikes are three on the head and the saddle is a shell, like a compromise of the old and new style.
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mattdog1000000 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Aw, thanks! Yeah, I looked at a lot of Yoshis, and tried to draw one that looked modern but still had that Yoshi's Island charm to it. I tried doing it for Poochy too.

And for the new dinos I looked around and snagged features from a lot of places in the Mario and Yoshi universe. I had trouble with the Bronto's face, every time I gave it eyes it just ended up looking like Yoshi, and if I just gave it the black eyes it'd look a little too lifeless. So I gave it eyebrows, similar in style to Baby Mario from YI, and I think that worked.

Of course, you can probably tell just by looking at him that the triceratops has a bit of Dino Rhino and Reznor influence. But to Yoshi-fy them I wanted to give them large eyes, chubby cheeks, spikes, bulbous nose, and shoes (I was thinking about saddles/shells, might add those in later if I ever decide to draw them again). The pterodactyl just came together, I think he's pretty cute.

As for their eggs, I was thinking each dino's egg should have different shapes patterned on them. Yoshi has the circles, the triceratops could have triangles, the brontosaurus could have squares, and the pterodactyl could have stars... or something like that. Would be a nice way to differentiate between them other than size or color.
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koopaul Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never considered Yoshi a real Dino. Even Sakurai says some people think of him as a dragon than a dinosaur.
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BooDestroyer89 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
And since when was Sakurai known for writing absolute gospel about all things Nintendo? I'm pretty sure since, like, never.

(Yeah, I'm on here too from that other place!)
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koopaul Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, but I still don't consider Yoshi a true dinosaur.
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mattdog1000000 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, I get that. But... he's still a dinosaur, there's just not much out there reminding you that he is (SMW had dinosaur land and a bunch of enemies, and SMG had some dinosaur bones around Yoshi Star Galaxy). But yeah, he doesn't really give off a strong prehistoric vibe.

Still, I think he could use some friends. Remind people that he is a dinosaur, and that doesn't have to be a bad thing.
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JamesmanTheRegenold Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
We should've seen more of those dinos in the Mario games xDDD

oh, and Yoshi 'n Poochy FTW! :D
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mattdog1000000 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
There's a bunch of unfriendly dinos, like Reznor, Dino-rhino, and Rex. We haven't seen them in a while either. But I thought Yoshi should have some friends too. He doesn't have enough original characters for his own series of games anyways, guys like these would work great I think.
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