Yoshi is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Super Smash Bros. series Yoshi amiibo was first released on November 21, 2014 as part of Wave 1. The Super Mario Bros. series Yoshi amiibo can also be used as a Figure Player.
In Super Smash Bros. 4
Yoshi is currently placed in the D+ rank in Super Smash Bros. 4, making him one of the weakest amiibo in the game. Fortunately, Yoshi has a few redeeming qualities; his smash attacks, while somewhat slow, are moderately powerful and can potentially get a KO if timed just right. His recovery, which consists of his extended double jump and up special, is decent; Yoshi’s neutral special, Egg Lay, also serves as a command grab that allows him to rack up free damage on opponents. His heavyweight status helps keep him alive on the battlefield for longer.
Whereas most low-tier fighters lack viability due to AI flaws, Yoshi suffers from no such issues: his AI is actually quite solid and knows how to balance its melee and ranged attacks. Instead, it’s Yoshi’s character design that ultimately brings him down; his playstyle and moveset simply do not translate into an effective amiibo. Yoshi’s main finishers, his forward and up smash attacks, are slow, predictable and lack range; these traits extend to his jab, tilts, and grab as well. When it comes to getting KOs, Yoshi lacks options, and he often struggles to seal the deal even against heavily damaged opponents.
As a result of these flaws, Yoshi has received little to no tournament representation and has garnered terrible overall results. There is no record of a Yoshi amiibo winning a standard Smash 4 tournament, though trainers such as FarmingSim and MegaVGmaster attempted to raise a Yoshi but were met with poor results.
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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Yoshi has been significantly buffed for his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and is considered one of the most improved characters from the previous title. In addition to a hefty boost to his mobility, Yoshi also enjoys a more damaging moveset as well as enhanced KO options. Given that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s AI is now offensive (whereas Smash 4’s was defensive), Yoshi now functions much more efficiently.
However, changes to air dodge mechanics make Yoshi much more vulnerable when recovering, as if he is knocked out of his double jump he must rely on Egg Throw. Yoshi’s only spikes and meteor smashes are rather slow in terms of startup, meaning Yoshi often loses off-stage battles.
Yoshi is now seen as much more viable than in Smash 4, and has accrued strong tournament results. These placements can be credited to Blank, whose Yoshi amiibo has taken several championship titles.
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