Yaya Panda is a anthropomorphic panda bear who lives the zen bamboo forests of deep Asia. She first appeared in the mobile game Crash Nitro Kart 2.
She is voiced by Stephanie Sheh in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
Crash Nitro Kart 2
Yaya Panda teams up with Crash Bandicoot and his sister Coco to save her home forest when Nitros Oxide intends to eliminate it with the help of Dr. Neo Cortex and his henchman Ripper Roo. She can be unlocked as a playable driver by completing the fifth and sixth challenges in Challenge Mode.
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D
Yaya Panda reappears as a racer that the player can unlock by collecting either Wumpa Fruit or every letter found on the fairy track during the Wumpa Cup.
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2
In this game, Yaya Panda can unlocked as a playable character by obtaining 52 mission points.
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
Yaya Panda first appears during the Winter Festival Grand Prix and can be purchased at the Pit Stop using Wumpa Coins. Yaya is a Speed class character.
Yaya Panda seems to be quite confident in her driving skills and likes extreme speeds. She also acknowledges her own "cuteness" and is not afraid to make others aware of it. It is implied in Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2 and Nitro-Fueled that Yaya might known some forms of martial arts.
- Yaya's voice and personality in Nitro-Fueled bares some similarities to Vanellope von Schweetz from the Wreck-It Ralph animated films. It is unknown if this was intentional or just a coincidence.