While Yoshi as we know him first arrived with the 1990 Japanese release of Super Mario World, Nintendo visionary Shigeru Miyamoto wanted Mario to have a dinosaur buddy back when the original Super Mario Bros. shipped in 1985. 8-bit tech didn't have the chops to render this concept convincingly, so, five years later, Mario's 16-bit debut finally saw Yoshi brought to life. And the persistent green dino has been ubiquitous ever since.
It's been nearly 25 years since he first hit the scene, and while Yoshi has had his share of flops, he remains a star worthy of his own franchise (on top of still appearing in most proper Mario games). Yoshi's New Island for 3DS brings the character back to his platforming roots, so it's the perfect time to look back on the lengthy--often experimental--history of the long-tongued beast. And what better way to judge his years as a star than by examining his box art?