Gallery: “Yossy” Images

Yoshi is an iconic Nintendo character known throughout the world, yet his name has caused some confusion in the past – sometimes it’s instead written as “Yossy” on Japanese products and games.Β This article explains why.Β The gallery below showcases several examples of this “Yossy” spelling in use. (Click on the thumbnails to see the full images.)

We hope to add more to this gallery as we find more instances of Yossy. So if you have screenshots or merchandise with “Yossy” written on them that you’d like to see on this page, email them to gallery@legendsoflocalization.com!

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  1. Yossy huh? Sounds kinda neat. Now, here’s something totally awesome that I think you would appreciate as well. Back in the old days, games and such didn’t support kanji properly and thus were forced to only use Kana. You can see this in many 8-bit games of the era. English versions of course didn’t have this problem. Now, why I’m telling you this you ask? Certain modern games, when referencing past games of this era in dialogue and such would only use kana as well, painting the medium in other words. One of the Colonel’s crazy codec calls in MGS2 quotes the opening of the very first Metal Gear game in the MSX and the Japanese version uses only kana in that particular call. Neat, huh? Something similar happens in the King Whomp’s dialogue in Super Mario Galaxy 2. While his game of origin (Super Mario 64) isn’t a 8-bit game by any means, it happened to use only kana as well and therefore has dialogue to match in a game that otherwise uses kanji properly. Got any other examples to add to this list?

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