Sorry for the lack of updates.. it may seem like nothing's going on, but I've been making small changes here and there. For starters, I have uploaded all images to a single server so they're still be there in case the original websites are lost. Second, I've been creating screen shots for each game's title screen to add to each update.
I've recently added an entry for today's update. Yoshi's final smash may seem strange to some, but I can assure you, it makes perfect sense. I couldn't find images on the web, so I played through the first 10 minutes of the game to obtain these shots.
Yoshi made his video game debut in the SNES launch title Super Mario World, originally released in Japan on November 21, 1990, and later released in the United States on August 13, 1991. In this sequel to the NES best-seller, Super Mario Bros. 3, Princess Peach is vacationing in Yoshi Island with her favorite plumbers when King Bowser arrives to stir up trouble. Not only has he kidnapped the princess for the third time, Bowser has stolen the Yoshi eggs from the island. It is up to Mario and Luigi with the help of newcomer Yoshi save the missing eggs and rescue Princess Peach.
Yoshi's appearance was so well received that he went on to appear in his own series of games from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island to puzzle game Yoshi's Cookie. Yoshi even seemed to go backwards in time when he appeared on the NES console in Yoshi's Egg. While it may seem that Yoshi made his debut here, Yoshi's egg was not released until December 1991, a full year after the release of Super Mario World. Yoshi went on to appear in the starting line-up of compilation games including Super Mario Kart and the original Super Smash Bros.
Yoshi's Final Smash stems from his abilities in Super Mario World. Depending on which colored shell Yoshi eats, he will temporarily obtain a new skill. These skills are outlined in the Super Mario World instruction manual, pictured below:
After eating a red shell, Yoshi gains the ability to breathe fire:
After eating a blue shell, Yoshi gains the ability to fly:
Though not confirmed in Brawl, Yoshi gains a third ability after eating a yellow shell. As seen in the manual, he gains the ability to create small sand clouds, knocking out enemies in his proximity.
Special thanks to S.S. for the scan from Super Mario World manual