Video Game: Yoshi's Island
Yoshi!Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
, released on the SNES
close to the end of its lifespan, is the first game in a sub-series of the Super Mario Bros.
franchise, starring Mario's Non-Human Sidekick
The story is set before the original Super Mario Bros.
, who is at the time young Bowser's caretaker, looks into the future and sees the fate of his young master
. To prevent this, he blindsides the delivery stork as it's carrying the Bros to their parents but only snags Luigi, dropping Mario over Yoshi's Island and right on the back of one of the dinosaurs. Seeing the map that was bundled with the baby Mario, the Yoshis decided to work together in a relay style fashion to rescue Luigi, all the while dodging Kamek's troops who are searching for Mario.
Gameplay-wise, it shares much in common with its parent series and it even has many of the common Mario enemies. The game introduced Yoshi's egg-throwing ability as well as the Ground Pound
attack. One difference, however, is that Yoshi doesn't have traditional Hit Points
; instead, every time Yoshi is hit, Mario flies off Yoshi's back and a timer counts down. You must retrieve the screaming baby before the countdown reaches zero, otherwise he'll get kidnapped and you'll lose a life. You can increase the amount of seconds on the countdown by collecting stars.
A 2.5D spiritual successor
was released on the Nintendo 64
called Yoshis Story
, which did away with the crying baby and instead focused on Yoshi needing to eat 30 fruit to pass each level, with branching paths, similar to Star Fox 64
The original game was later remade for the Game Boy Advance
, exchanging its Super Mario World 2
label for Super Mario Advance 3
. This rerelease was later one of the ten Game Boy Advance games available to participants in the Nintendo 3DS
Ambassador Program, given a limited rerelease to early adopters of the Nintendo 3DS for free on its eShop in December 2011.
In 2006, Yoshi's Island DS
was released on the Nintendo DS
, which is much truer to the roots of Yoshi's Island
, effectively being its first "true" sequel. This time, you must protect the baby versions of other Mario-verse characters as well as Mario, each baby giving Yoshi new abilities. It starts off deceptively easy, but later descends into Nintendo Hard
A new installment to the series, tentatively titled Yoshi's Woolly World
, was announced on January 2013. It is similar to works like Kirby's Epic Yarn
In March 2014, a new installment titled Yoshi's New Island
was released for the Nintendo 3DS
. It follows the same gameplay as the original title, with a few added gimmicks. In this way, it is not dissimilar to the New Super Mario Bros.
series. The story, taking place directly after the SNES title, involves the stork delivering Baby Mario and Baby Luigi to Egg Island after it's revealed that they were delivered to the wrong parents. Kamek seizes the opportunity to kidnap the babies again, only for Mario to plummet upon the island.
Here, we find that a new flock of Yoshis has discovered the baby, while Kamek is hot on his trail. Meanwhile, Baby Bowser simply wants to turn Egg Island into his vacation home; thus, the Yoshis make it their mission to thwart Bowser and reunite Mario with his family.
-themed games include:
- Yoshi — Puzzle Game, featuring the grown up Mario and Luigi; one of the early works of Game Freak.
- Yoshi's Cookie — A completely different puzzle game, featuring the grown-up Mario, Peach, and Bowser. Developed by Bulletproof Software.
- Tetris Attack — Yet another puzzle game, featuring the grown-up Bowser. Of course, it's really just a sprite swapped-version of the Japanese game, Panel de Pon. Also has nothing to do with Tetris.note
- Yoshi's Touch & Go: First DS game to bear the title. In a way, this game harkens back to the early days of the original Famicom / NES, where the main objective is to get the highest score possible.
- Yoshi Topsy-Turvy; known by the name Yoshi's Universal Gravitation outside the U.S. — A very short platformer with a tilt gimmick and Yoshis Story style graphics, as well as featuring the grown-up Bowser.
- Yoshi's Safari — A light gun game. One of the few games for SNES's Super Scope. This game features the grown-up versions of Mario, "Peach"note , and Bowser.
The series provides examples of:
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Several levels in Yoshi's Story.
- Advancing Boss of Doom:
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: In World 2-1 of Yoshi's Island DS, you are forced to use Baby Donkey Kong to play through the entire level the first time you play it, and you could only use Mario and Peach upon replaying the level. While Baby Peach had a good reason, Baby Mario gets no justification for why you can't use him. The same thing was done in both World 3-5 and World 4-5, with Baby Wario and Baby Bowser respectively. Again, no justification exists on why you can't use the other babies the first time around in World 4-5.
- Artistic License – Biology: When you are inside Prince Froggy, you are supposed to Attack Its Weak Point, which turns out to be its uvula. Only humans have uvulas. And the uvula isn't in the stomach, and it triggers the gag reflex, not a bowel movement.
- Ascended Extra: The Stork in Yoshi's Island DS now helps Yoshi out via the Stork Stops.
- Attack Its Weak Point:
- Lampshaded in the battle with Sluggy the Unshaven: "Just remember, this slug has no weak points!" Unless you count the big red heart in the center of its body, that is. And guess where you have to aim at to hurt him?
- Lampshaded with Naval Piranha as well. The name is a dead giveaway.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: All of the bosses are enhanced by Kamek's magic in order to make his monsters grow. Inverted with Prince Froggy, though; instead of him being 50 feet tall, you're 2 inches tall.
- Autobots, Rock Out!: Final battle theme with Giant Baby Bowser. Blistering electric guitars, anyone?
- Autosave: The game saves after every level. As does its DS sequel.
- Auto-Scrolling Level:
- Many, and they rank among the most obnoxious levels for both games. "The Very Loooooooong Cave" and "The Cave That Never Ends" are utterly ridiculous with this, having the scrolling screen go in many different directions, crossing the same part of the level more than once in more than one different direction. "Hurry and Throw!" contains a section that scrolls in an endless loop until you figure out how to reach the exit.
- The section of Bowser's Castle just before the final fight in the original game, where Kamek desperately tries to zap you with his magic wand.
- Babies Make Everything Better: In the sequel, Yoshi ends up carrying babies other than Mario.
- Back for the Finale: Baby Wario and Baby Bowser return for the final level in Yoshi's Island DS.
- Background Boss: The original Yoshi's Island ends with this.
- Badly Battered Babysitter:
- Except it's not the babies delivering the battering...
- There's also Kamek. When the first thing your charge does is stomp you flat, there's a reason why he panicks when Baby Bowser wakes up.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: Upon reaching the boss room in the level "King Bowser's Castle", you'll at first only find Kamek ordering you to "HAND OVER THE BABY!!!", then Baby Bowser wakes up and stomps Kamek flat.
- Big Boo's Haunt: Bigger Boo's Fort and Hector the Reflector's Haunted House.
- Blackout Basement
- Book Ends: World 6 Secret, "Endless World of Yoshis" in the GBA remake, the last segment of which is... the intro level, "Welcome to Yoshi's Island".
- Boss Arena Idiocy: Tap-Tap the Red Nose is invincible to all Yoshi's attacks. Good thing he's just chilling on a stack of breakable blocks above lava!
- Bottomless Pit
- Brutal Bonus Level: Pretty much all of the secret and extra levels from both games are this.
- Bubbly Clouds: "In the Clouds" from DS and "Welcome to Cloud World" in the original. Probably a few other secret levels too.
- Bullet Seed: After eating a watermelon, Yoshi can spit watermelon seeds at enemies to kill them.
- Canis Latinicus: In Yoshi's Island there are six main enemy classifications, each of which is given "scientific nomenclature": Edibilis Boringusnote , Harrassimentia Phlyoverusnote , Projectilia Ritebakatchianote , Ucantia Defeatusnote , Dudim Phreykunoutonthisnote , and Mostosti Vomitonusnote .
- Canon Immigrant: Prior to this game, the Shy Guys' only appearance in the Mario series was as enemies held over from when Doki Doki Panic was turned into Super Mario Bros. 2. It was this game that codified them as Mario characters.
- Cat Smile: One of the fire enemies. raocow calls them "Catoboos" because of this.
- Chekhov's Skill: Bouncing an egg off the wall. What, you thought the Naval Piranha level just happened to train that to hell?
- Chest Monster: The evil flowers. They have fangs and an evil smile, and when you get near them, they fall down, and roll along the ground trying to kill you.
- Children in Tow: The Huffin' Puffins are generally followed by a line of smaller ones. You can bump off the parent and use the children as egg substitutes. According to Yoshi's Story, the children don't mind.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Poochy, who got his own level in Yoshi's Island, appeared as a selectable character in Tetris Attack, had a minor role sniffing out fruit in a couple levels of Yoshi's Story, and since then has only gotten two cameo appearances in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Party Advance.
- Color-Coded Characters: Each different-colored Yoshi does the same numbered level in each world (Green starts with the first level, Pink does the second, etc).
- Born Unlucky: The Yellow Yoshi must brave through every fourth level which includes the fortress and mini-boss. The Blue Yoshi has to storm every castle which includes the world's boss (except the last, which is Bowser's Castle for the Green Yoshi).
- Conspicuously Light Patch: Each level in the SNES game had 20 red coins, disguised as and placed among regular gold coins. However, if you look very closely, you'll notice that the disguised red coins have a subtle red tint to them, which makes them easy to distinguish from the gold coins once you know what to look for, especially on emulator. This was fixed in the Game Boy Advance remake so they all look the same.
- Constellations: Upon defeating Raphael the Raven, he flies off into the sky and becomes a constellation.
- Cosmetic Award: A Perfect Score in an Extra Level adds a Star on the Title Screen.
- Critical Annoyance: When you get hit, Baby Mario floats around in a bubble crying until you get him back. You will also hear a beeping noise.
- Crosshair Aware: The final boss, and a handful of regular enemies as well.
- Cute but Cacophonic: Mario is cute as a baby, but you won't like to hear him cry.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory: Defied in the Artoon sequels, where there are two control schemes who have played either the SNES release or the GBA port.
- Deer in the Headlights: The stork simply freezes and never bothers to escape in the two times he gets spotted by Kamek.
- Defeat by Modesty: Burt the Bashful in the original and the Burt Bros. in Yoshi's Island DS.
- Degraded Boss: Salvo the Slime, a boss from the first game's first world, reappears in a few endgame fortress levels guarding keys as a mini-boss of sorts.
- Though in these cases he's now a bit of a Puzzle Boss, as he no longer drops little Lemon Drop slimes to replenish your egg supply. You have ricochet eggs of the walls and floor to hit him multiple times with a single egg if you don't want to run out before he's dead.
- Delivery Stork
- Demoted to Extra: Poochy - see Chuck Cunningham Syndrome above.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: See Skippable Boss, where the game takes into account if you use a trick to defeat a boss before the fight technically begins.
- Disc One Nuke: in the original, getting 100% Completion on any given level is quite the feat, considering that, other than five flowers and twenty red coins - both well hidden - the player must also have his or her stars reaching the Cap of thirty by the end of the level; that said, managing to do so in every level in the first world awards the player with the Flip Cardsbonus minigame by making it accessible at will. This means that - especially when dissing the whole "avoid Kamek and you get 10 lives" thing - you can use the minigame purely as a source for items, including a whole pack of egg-ammo, the possibility to tell red and yellow coins apart, an "add 20 stars" item... you get the picture.
- Distressed Damsel: Not Peach, surprisingly, as she's actually a playable character in Yoshi's Island DS. (She does get kidnapped by monkeys in World 2-1, however.) In both games, the damsel is actually Baby Luigi.
- Down the Drain: "Naval Piranha's Castle" and "The Impossible? Maze" in the original game and "Big Bungee Piranha's Lair" in the DS game.
- The Dragon: Kamek.
- Elite Mook: The Zeus Guys. The near invicible bandit sub-species that throw energy balls at you and will punch and kick you if you get too close. They're usually in duos.
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: Nearly every boss level in the series is this.
- Evolving Title Screen: The title screen places flags on finished worlds, switches to the final world once reached and adds instruments to the music.
- Evolving Music: For each world you unlock, the map theme gets additional instruments.
- Excuse Plot: Yoshi's Island DS, the story involving Bowser and the Star Children is put into action in the opening, but after that it's only brought up in the second-to-last world and is in a Meanwhile Scene that has no real effect on the actual adventure.
- Extreme Omnivore:
- Yoshi, obviously. He can eat most of the enemies in the game along with watermelons that can give him fire or ice breath.
- Prince Froggy also qualifies because he eats you, forcing you to boss fight from inside his stomach. Froggy also eats Shy Guys.
- Fake Difficulty: The invisible clouds in Yoshi's New Island, which half of the game's Red Coins and Smiley Flowers are hidden in, which only appear (very transparently) for a split second at a time.
- Fat Bastard: The fat Shy Guys that are immune to being stomped due to their bulk. Yoshi can eat them to create huge eggs that act very similar to a POW block.
- Flipping Helpless: This is how you defeat Hookbill the Koopa in Yoshi's Island and (adult) Bowser's first form in Yoshi's Island DS; Flip them over, then Ground Pound their underside to cause damage.
- Future Me Scares Me / I Hate Past Me / Other Me Annoys Me: Baby Bowser and adult Bowser in Yoshi's Island DS do not get along well until they team up for the final boss fight.
- Galactic Conqueror: Bowser aims to be this in Yoshi's Island DS. He would later try again in Super Mario Galaxy.
- Gangplank Galleon: World 3 in Yoshi's Island DS.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy is called Lustiges Sporen Drama in the German version.
- In one of the paths in Bowser's Castle, there is a bandit trapped in a small room with burning Shy Guys beneath his feet. Mook punishment?
- A gross way of doing this yourself in the final battle: just press Y when behind Baby Bowser when you beat his first phase. No wonder Bowser grows up to be a Card-Carrying Villain.
- After you defeat Prince Froggy, Yoshi squeezes down the bottom of his stomach. When the scene changes to outside, Froggy lays on his back in agony while Yoshi appears between his legs and grows back to normal size.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Bowser appears this way in Yoshi's New Island.
- The Goomba:
- Oddly enough, not the Goomba (which does appear but not until many levels into the game), but rather the Shy Guys from Super Mario Bros. 2.
- Also Crayzee Dayzees, which appear later in Paper Mario.
- Goomba Stomp: Well it is a Mario series, although here, it won't be your primary means of attack.
- G-Rated Drug: Fuzzies.
- Green Hill Zone: Much of the first world in all of the games in the series.
- Ground Pound: Trope Namer.
- Guest Star Party Member: In DS, Baby Wario and Baby Bowser are only usable for very specific sets of levels, after which they leave the 'party' until the final level.
- Happy Ending Override / Retcon: It turns out that the Mario Bros. were delivered to the wrong house, leading to the events of Yoshi's New Island.
- Hard Levels, Easy Bosses: Marching Milde's Fort is long and challenging, but Marching Milde itself is pathetically easy to defeat.
- Heel-Face Turn:
- Baby Bowser in Yoshi's Island DS. And he Face Heel Turns RIGHT BACK when you reach the Final Boss.
- Also some of the bosses and enemies in Tetris Attack.
- Most notably among the bosses turning good would be Raphael the Raven, who also appeared in Paper Mario and helped Mario get access to the volcano.
- Here We Go Again: The opening cutscene for Yoshi's New Island reveals the stork dropped Mario and Luigi off at the wrong house at the end of Yoshi's Island, and when he rushes to deliver the babies to their proper parents Kamek intercepts him and makes off with Luigi again.
- High-Altitude Battle: Rapheal the Raven from the original and Moltz the Very Goonie in Yoshi's Island DS. Former battled on the moon, latter literally battled in free fall.
- Hijacked by Ganon: It is implied by his refering to him as his masterful master in the final boss fight against adult Bowser in Yoshi's New Island that Kamek was given the job of raising Baby Bowser by Bowser's future self.
- Human Snowball: If you hit a rock on a skiing level, you will trip and turn into one.
- 100% Completion:
- In Yoshi's Island, each level allows Yoshi to collect 30 starsnote , 20 red coins, and 5 flowers (each of which provides a specific number of points adding up to 100). In a single world, collecting a full 100 points from seven different levels unlocks a replayable Bonus Challenge that allows you to farm items or lives, and collecting 100 points in all eight levels of a world will unlock an Extra Level for the world, which also allows you to collect 100 points.
- In the Super Mario Advance 3 version, defeating Baby Bowser also unlocks a Secret Level for each world with another 100 points to collect (for a total of an even thousand points in each).
- I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy.
- Identity Concealment Disposal: The epilogue in Yoshi's New Island reveals that Mr. Pipe, a warp pipe character that helps Yoshi if he loses too many lives in a incomplete level, is actually Adult Mario in disguise.
- Immediate Sequel: Yoshi's New Island begins right where the original game ends.
- Implacable Man: Tap-Tap the Golden, encountered in the cave behind Door 3 in Baby Bowser's Castle. He will steadily chase you across the cave and cannot be damaged or defeated by any means; even if he falls into one of the Bottomless Pits he will somehow manage to jump back out. Your only option is to knock him backwards with eggs and flee.
- Interchangeable Antimatter Keys : In castle levels, it is apparent.
- Interface Screw: Four words: "Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy."
- The same thing happens whenever Yoshi will attempt to throw a giant egg.
- There is also the "Grim Leecher", which thankfully is encountered only in a bonus level in Yoshi's Island.
- Interquel: Yoshi's New Island directly follows the original games thus is set before Yoshi's Island DS.
- Invasion of the Baby Snatchers: In Yoshi's Island DS, where there's a worldwide baby-snatching spree.
- Jack of All Stats: Mario (who else?) in Yoshi's Island DS.
- Jungle Japes: World 3 in the original Yoshi's Island, and world 2 in Yoshi's Island DS.
- Kangaroo Pouch Ride: In the DS version.
- King Mook: Nearly all of the bosses.
- Last Episode New Character: Baby Yoshi in The Stinger of Yoshi's Island DS.
- Lethal Lava Land: Many levels, but Yikes! Boiling Hot! is the most obvious example of this, as the naming suggests.
- Living MacGuffin: The seven star children (Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Peach, Baby Donkey Kong, Baby Wario, Baby Bowser, and Baby Yoshi) in Yoshi's Island DS.
- Make My Monster Grow:
- Just about every boss fight. It's almost a Running Gag for the final Bowser fight in the series now, after a basic fight against Baby Bowser/Bowser, he gets made 20/200 times bigger by Kamek's magic and ends up trying to crush Yoshi and the final castle level flat.
- Inverted one time when Kamek shrinks Yoshi and he gets eaten by the boss.
- Maniac Monkeys: Aw, look at the cute little monkey... wait, did it just steal Baby Mario from me? And why are the other monkeys throwing cactuses and bombs at me?
- Marathon Level: The Very Looong Cave and Endless World Of Yoshis from the original game, along with The Cave That Never Ends, A Light In The Dark and Yoshi's Island Easter Eggs from the DS version.
- Market-Based Title: Most likely to play on the success of Super Mario World, the original game was named Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island in North America and Europe, despite the fact that it is a prequel. In Japan, it was simply called Super Mario: Yoshi's Island. In all countries, the Super Mario World 2 part is dropped completely from the GBA remakes, in favor of Super Mario Advance 3.
- Meaningless Lives: In the DS game, it is very easy to rack up over 100 lives in the first half of the game. Subverted in that, in the second half of the game, you WILL need them.
- Minecart Madness: "High Speed Cart Race" in Yoshi's Island DS.
- Mini-Dungeon: Both Yoshi's Island games have fortresses at the middle of the worlds, and unlike in the more traditional Mario games, each of them has a different, unique Mini-Boss.
- Monster Compendium: DS has a museum of every enemy defeated with an egg.
- Mordor: The last level of every game.
- Mushroom Samba: The Fuzzies, which cause Yoshi to stumble around as if drunk for a little while, screwing up his movements. As it happens, the "scientific name" of the Fuzzies is Dudim Phreykunoutonthis.
- Musical Nod: The end credits play a slowed-down remix of the Super Mario Bros. Course Clear fanfare.
- Nerf: In Yoshi's Island DS, red eggs will not bounce off surfaces. Though it nerfs the egg projectile in general, the primary effect is that it makes exploiting the fact that eggs change colour as they bounce to gain red eggs harder than in the original.
- DS nerfed the entire game in general by completely removing the inventory system. Now, not only can you not make the game easier by refilling your egg supply at the touch of a button or whipping out a melon to spit seeds at enemies, but you are now forced to guard your health bar with your very life, since you can no longer max out your star count at the goal ring simply by using a +10 or +20 star card.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The TV commercial for the original SNES version. It made this game look like a Grossout Game.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Herod!: If anything, Kamek's scheme to prevent the conflict between Mario and Bowser by getting to Mario while he was still an infant only accomplished the opposite effect; in effect, he began the conflict by getting the ball rolling.
- Nintendo Hard:
- Yoshi's Island DS.
- As well as Crazy Maze Days/Endless World of Yoshis and Kamek's Revenge in either the original game or the Super Mario Advance 3 remake of the original game.
- Getting all of the totally useless stars on the opening screen in the original game and the DS sequel, which involved finding twenty red coins, five flowers, and having a completely full health meter on every level. It's even worse in Yoshi's New Island, since the game takes away inventory items (meaning you can't refill your star meter), and the game reduces your number of stars to the default 10 if you lose a life. So if you're at a checkpoint later in the stage, you might as well just try again from the beginning because you're not getting 100% completion.
- No Name Given: Luigi, for some reason. He's just referred to as "Baby Mario's brother" in the original, but is referred to as Baby Luigi for the sequels.
- Non-Linear Sequel: Yoshi's Island itself to Super Mario World, taking place in the past, yet being named Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
- Nostalgia Level: Most of World 4, but especially 4-1, consists largely of classic Mario enemies including Goomba, Koopas, Piranha Plants and Wigglers, featured in higher abundance than other levels.
- In the DS game, World 1-1 is a recreation of 1-1 from the original game, 1-4 is a recreation of 1-4 (complete with almost the same boss, except in Dual Boss form) while 4-1, "Rock 'N' Fall", is more or less a combination of "Visit Koopa and Para-Koopa" and "Lakitu's Wall" from the original game.
- Yoshi's New Island has the apparent final level, "Baby Bowser's Castle Break-In". Complete with Kamek ambushing, him suffering Bait-and-Switch Boss with Baby Bowser, Kamek then doing to the old Make My Monster Grow to him, them fleeing after his defeat, and the reunion of Yoshi, the babies, and the stork. And then adult Bowser ruins the whole thing.
- Obstacle Ski Course: Two of the snow levels are this, one is regular, the other bonus. The latter also happens to be the most difficult of the 6 bonus levels... while being the 5th.
- Oh, Crap:
- Yoshi's expression while he's shrunken by Kamek before Prince Froggy eats him. Oddly enough, he has the same look on his face after he goes through Froggy's other end after the battle, but that's probably because of how he came out.
- Kamek later gets one in the same world if Yoshi kills Naval Piranha by firing an egg at her before starting the battle, for a One-Hit Kill.
- One-Hit Kill:
- Lava and Spikes do this to Yoshi.
- The Lunge Fish. Much like his Super Mario Bros. 3 counterpart Boss Bass, Lunge Fish will try to eat you whole.
- Boss Bass shows up in Yoshi' Island DS alongside Lunge Fish.
- Ominous Floating Castle: Bowser's Castle in Yoshi's Island DS.
- One-Winged Angel: All of the bosses do this.
- Papa Wolf: Yoshi himself. Except for bottomless pits and a few instant-death traps, nothing can actually kill a Yoshi, and the player can kamikaze through entire hordes of enemies if necessary to get Baby Mario back before the timer runs out.
- Platform Hell:
- It would not be surprising if Endless World of Yoshis/Crazy Maze Days inspired or was inspired by various ROM hacks and Kaizo type games. And the secret levels in Yoshi's Island DS fit this trope to a T, with the whole point of Yoshi's Island Easter Eggs being ludicrously over the top and somewhat unfair platform challenges.
- Ultimate castle challenge is even worse, with a ridiculously hard obstacle course of one hit kill spikes. However this area can be avoided entirely by stocking up on green watermelons and simply blasting your way through.
- Plot Tailored to the Party: The DS game is structured so that you have to use all of the babies at some point or another by setting up obstacles which require a particular baby's unique ability to get past.
- Promoted To Parent: Yoshi.
- Prequel: All of the games take place before the main Mario series.
- Raymanian Limbs: This might not be the case in official art, but in-game? Legs do not exist. There are only disembodied feet.
- Recycled Set: The Advance version recycles sounds originally used in Yoshi's Story.
- Regenerating Health: If the baby rescue timer drops below 10 seconds, it will slowly restore back to 10 once Yoshi rescues the baby.
- Ring Out Boss:
- Rise to the Challenge: "Welcome to Yoshi Tower!" in the DS game.
- Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue: In level 3-8, a message box that gives instructions on throwing eggs across water:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
What I say to you,
Timing is all,
And aim true,
Measure the angle,
And win, do!
- Rotoscoping: Bowser's sprites in Yoshi's Island DS actually come from Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, redrawn to fit the graphical style of the former.
- Secret Character: White Yoshi and Black Yoshi in Yoshi's Story. And indirectly in Yoshi's Island DS, which employs such Yoshis for its secret levels.
- Serial Escalation: The first game has you face Baby Bowser and, after beating him, an enlarged version of himself. In the second game(DS), you first face Baby Bowser, then adult Bowser and finally an enlarged adult Bowser. In the third game (Yoshi's New Island) you fight Baby Bowser, then enlarged Baby Bowser, then adult Bowser, then enlarged Bowser.
- Sequel Difficulty Drop: Yoshi's New Island. Indeed, some of the carryovers from the classic game have been simplified. Take the final boss fight, where the arena is much more forgiving, for starters, as you aren't threatened by bottomless pits.
- Sequel Difficulty Spike:
- The GBA remake added a handful of Secret Levels that are pure Platform Hell.
- Yoshi's Island DS is widely considered to be a much tougher game (unto even Platform Hell levels) than the original, with many dangerous traps that will execute you simply for the crime of not expecting them.
- Sequel Reset: Yoshi's New Island actually starts with the original Yoshi's Island ending, revealing that the stork actually made a mistake and delivered the Mario Bros. to the wrong couple. So the stork is off to get the babies to the right parents when Kamek returns to capture them again.
- Burts dress like Obelix. Probably a coincidence, but the French and German translators noticed it and gave them names which are anagrams of "Obelix".
- The snowman enemies are called Dr. Freezegood, most likely a reference to the Mötley Crüe song "Dr. Feelgood" (Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World already had most of the Koopalings and the Reznor mini-boss bearing music-related names).
- Skippable Boss: Naval Piranha in the original game. If you position yourself on the far left end of the boss room ledge such that Kamek doesn't appear, you can throw an egg at the Piranha Plant to finish it off, skipping the entire fight against it.
Kamek: OH, MY!
- Slippy-Slidey Ice World: The first three levels of World 5 in Yoshi's Island, the second half of World 4 in Yoshi's Island DS.
- Space Zone: Raphael the Raven fought Yoshi on the moon, and Yoshi's Island DS has space rocket piloting sections.
- Species Surname: All of the bosses have this kind of name.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The Japanese version is romanized as Yossy Island on the box art.
- Spike Balls of Doom: The ones in this game are spinning at the end of a spiky contraption. Lakitus can also throw orange variations of them. Later, blue ones can be found on walls.
- Spinoff Babies
- Squashed Flat: There are 3D doors that fall down, and if Yoshi gets caught underneath one of them, he will peel off the door in a paper-like state (which was considered very impressive animation for SNES standards). This is also how Kamek ends up when you face Baby Bowser.
- Stalactite Spite: In some of the levels, there are icicles which await for Yoshi before falling.
- Stars Are Souls: When you defeat Raphael Raven, he becomes a constellation.
- The Stinger : Post-credits of Yoshi's New Island reveals that the pipe that spontaneously grew legs and eyes early in the game was actually a time-traveling adult Mario. In the darkness of the night he shreds his disguise and returns home.
- Suddenly Shouting: One of the different paths in Bowser's Castle starts with a Hint Block that says "RUN AWAY!!! HURRY!!!" When you go down the warp pipe, you are forced to flee from Tap-Tap the Golden. Maybe the Hint Block wasn't kidding.
- Super Title 64 Advance: Yoshi's Island DS.
- Synchronized Swarming: The swarms of bees in the Jungle Hut stage of Yoshi's Story do not like noise and will form a large open palm to stop you if you're moving too loudly. (See Video Game Cruelty Punishment)
- Take That: Harry Hedgehog is a blue hedgehog who runs very fast and tries to ram into you. This is a jab at Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Team Pet: Poochy.
- Theme And Variations Soundtrack: Yoshi's New Island features many (though not all) songs which are variations on the first level theme.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Wario's only advantage over the other babies is the magnet he carries. This only comes in handy for obstacles that are specifically designed to make use of it.
- Throw The Mook At Them: Various games of the series have bosses that do this, all of which can be eaten to make eggs, which in turn can hurt the boss.
- Time Keeps On Ticking: The second game's Time Trial mode will let NOTHING stop the clock. And it taunts you for it.
- Time Travel: Adult Bowser in Yoshi's Island DS came from the future. It's not explained how Bowser did it, however.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Melons.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Nintendo Power's "A Journey Through Yoshi's Island" promo video featured a clip of the Final Boss battle at the very end. It also mentions Baby Luigi during its summarization of the game's story, while the game itself never refers to him by name (in fact, he wasn't actually shown on camera until the very end).
- Traveling-Pipe Bulge: Present in Yoshi's Island DS.
- Trial-and-Error Gameplay:
- Pretty much all Yoshi's Island DS levels, which seem designed to trick you into dying horribly via Death Traps you have to be psychic to avoid. Especially the skiing in A Light in the Dark and the egg powered platform in Yoshi's Island Easter Eggs.
- Endless World of Yoshis/Crazy Maze Days in the GBA remake of the original. There's a blind free fall past instant kill spikes. Which you then have to do perfectly THREE times. With one checkpoint. There's also a place where you need to hold a flipper open with a Chomp Rock, which is never hinted as even possible in the rest of the game, and is required for 100% completion.
- Turns Red:
- Happens literally for Raphael the Raven. Each successful hit against him makes him start turning redder and angrier. He becomes faster, and also gains a Shockwave Stomp attack.
- Wiggler/Flutter does this too.
- Underground Level: The Very Loooooong Cave and The Cave That Never Ends, along with many more.
- The Unfought: In the original and DS Yoshi's Island games, Kamek much prefers mutating enemies into bosses than directly confronting Yoshi. The closest he's come to a boss battle is when he attacks you throughout the final hallway in Bowser's Castle in the first game. Even then, he's more of an obstacle than a real enemy, and can't be defeated (if you attack him, he vanishes and reappears on another part of the screen). When you get into the boss room, it looks as though you're finally going into a real battle against him, but he only turns out to be a Bait-and-Switch Boss.
- Averted in the case of Yoshi's New Island, in which Kamek becomes the fortress mini-boss for each world.
- The Unreveal: The Mario Bros' true parents finally appear in the epilogue of Yoshi's New Island. Like the couple in the prologue, though, they are silhouetted and their faces aren't shown, making their identities up to our imagination.
- Unique Enemy: Red Bullet Bills that home in on Yoshi appear in the GBA port's Endless World of Yoshis level, though they were technically Dummied Out enemies in the SNES game.
- Warm-Up Boss: Burt the Bashful in the first game, and the Big Burt Bros. in the second.
- When All Else Fails, Go Right: Subverted at the beginning of both "Hop! Hop! Donut Lifts" and "Shifting Platforms Ahead". Yoshi even turns around automatically if you don't move the moment you gain control of him.
- Whammy: Kamek, in two of the Bonus Challenge games (Flip Cards and Drawing Lots).
- Womb Level: The fight against Prince Froggy, where, instead of the boss being giant, Kamek makes you tiny, and Froggy immediately eats you up.
- Videogame Cruelty Potential: One jungle level in Yoshi's Island DS is filled with happy, smiling, helpful, delicious monkeys.
- Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Hitting a swarm of bees with an egg in Yoshi's Story will get you PUNCHED by them.
- Villainous Breakdown:
- In the DS version, Baby Bowser throws a tantrum when he finds out his future self is still a loser trying to take over the world.
- In the original, Kamek is not happy when you make it to Baby Bowser's room, and even less when he accidentally wakes his master up.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Kamek interferes with the stork to prevent the Mario brothers from hassling the Koopa King in the future. This effort is, of course, Doomed by Canon.
- You Can't Thwart Stage One: Averted. Taking out Naval Piranha before Kamek has a chance to transform it doesn't seem so sporting.