Video Game: Yoshi's Story

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Released in 1997 on the Nintendo 64, Yoshi's Story is a platform game and a sequel to the Super Nintendo classic, Yoshi's Island. It's shorter, simpler, and aimed at much younger players than its predecessor. The story concerns eight baby Yoshis that have been trapped in a magical storybook, and must find and eat thirty pieces of fruit on each of the book's six pages in order to escape, steal back the Super Happy Tree (a tree that bears all kinds of fruit), and rescue their parents.

Fruit is plentiful throughout each level, and novice players can simply gobble up every fruit they find to finish the game quickly. Experienced players can choose to eat only a single type of fruit (such as melons, the rarest type) for a higher score and a tougher challenge. You only need to beat one level per page to move on to the next, and bosses are fought on pages three and six. Finding up to three large, smiling hearts on any page lets you choose the more difficult levels on the next.

Although it's not as popular as its predecessor, Yoshi's Story is notable for introducing Yoshi's famous squeaky voice and anthropomorphic design (before then, he looked much more like a real dinosaur). A spiritual successor, Yoshi's Woolly World, will be released for the Wii U in 2015.


Tropes:

  • 2D: The Trope Codifier. Though Donkey Kong Country was an earlier example, Yoshi's Story did the important task of proving that sidescrolling platformers were still viable in a time when nearly everyone had predicted that games like Super Mario 64 and Crash Bandicoot (1996) would kill the market for them.
  • Abnormal Ammo: Eggs and small boomerang birds.
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Several stages, including "Jelly Pipe" and "Torrential Maze".
  • A Day in the Limelight: As in Yoshis Island, Yoshi steals the spotlight from Mario, who doesn't even make an appearance here.
  • Aside Glance: Yoshi will sometimes give one to the camera.
  • Big Eater / Extreme Omnivore: Yoshi, as usual. However, toxic or bad-tasting things are actually harmful to him in this game. The unlockable Black and White Yoshis can eat the hot peppers without taking damage, though.
  • Big Boo's Haunt: "Ghost Castle," level 3 on page 6.
  • Bubbly Clouds: "Cloud Cruising," level 1 on page 3.
  • Continuity Nod: The aforementioned "Cloud Cruising" level includes a reference to the old "Coin Heaven" bonus stages of Mario games past.
  • Collection Sidequest:
    • Actually the main game, as Yoshi must eat 30 pieces of fruit to pass each level.
    • Each level contains three large hearts Yoshi is expected to collect while travelling through the levels. The number of hearts collected determine how many levels become available to you on the next page (i.e. if you collect all three, you can play any of the page's levels, but if you collect none, you can only play the first).
  • Cranium Ride: We'll let the game say it:
    Neuron is a friendly guy;
    Use his head to ride up high.
  • Dem Bones: The Bone Dragons.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: When you eat all thirty melons in a level it will show Yoshi dancing in front of a giant melon. If you go out of your way to eat thirty Lucky Fruit by being very careful and ground pounding near lots of Shy Guys while you're invincible, Yoshi will dance in front of whatever fruit you ate thirty of.
  • Difficulty Spike: The first five pages are pretty easy for the most part, as most gamers won't lose any Yoshis there. However, on the sixth and last page, all of the levels are filled with evil traps that will kill your Yoshis and the average six year old could never get past some of the evil traps.
    • In what doubles as Self-Imposed Challenge, the game suddenly becomes a whole lot more difficult if you try to clear all levels eating only one fruit. Particularly the Melon-only runs.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Or dragons. Whatever Yoshi is this time.
  • For Happiness: The entire plot of the game is to bring happiness back to the populace of Yoshi's Island. Also, the baby Yoshis' lives revolve around happiness. Literally. So you've gotta make sure they stay as happy as can be!
  • The Goomba: Not Goombas, but Shy Guys in this game.
  • Gosh Hornet: The beehive enemies that impede your progress and, eventually, attack you if you don't sneak by them.
  • Green Hill Zone: "Treasure Hunt" and "Surprise!" on page one.
  • Happy Fun Ball: One enemy is named "Spiked Fun Guy." Does he sound fun to you?
  • Invincible Minor Minion: Pak E. Derm.
  • Idle Animation: Aww, lookit him dance! And that's not all. Depending on the circumstances, Yoshi may pant and attempt to catch his breath, teeter back and forth (if he's low on health), growl at nearby enemies, cheer happily, gulp, or even stare in confusion at the camera.
  • It's All Upstairs from Here: "Tower Climb" and "The Tall Tower." It's right there in the names!
  • Jungle Japes: The entirety of page 4, which is even called "Jungle."
  • Kick the Dog/For the Evulz: Implied to be the real motivation by Baby Bowser to take the "Super Happy Tree," as he admits after being defeated that the tree's fruit "tasted rotten to him anyway."
  • Kid Hero: The six hatchlings, as opposed to the adult Yoshis featured in the rest of the series.
    • Given the timeline, it's possible these same hatchlings ('specially the green one) are the adult Yoshis in the rest of the series.
  • Lighter and Softer: Even more so than Yoshi's Island, which was already a kid-friendly game.
  • Leitmotif
  • Lethal Lava Land: "Blargg's Boiler" on page two and "Magma Castle" on page six.
  • Levels Take Flight: A good portion of one level takes place on a flying dragon.
  • Long Song, Short Scene: The song "Spider Swing" plays in exactly one section of one level, and it's not a segment you'll spend too much time in. On top of that, there's the Super Happy version of that song, which you'll hear for maybe twenty seconds.
  • Mood Whiplash - When a Yoshi is near death the music is distorted and slow in a disturbing way and when he dies, he's taken to a castle by toadies and cries while depressing music plays, and when all the Yoshis die, an even more depressing song plays as if all hope is lost for them. Also the mood of page 6 is unhappy-like compared to the other pages.
  • Nintendo Hard:
    • Some of the melon puzzles are very difficult, in very stark contrast with the general ease of the rest of the game.
    • The stage 'Frustration' lives up to its name. Places with insta-death traps aren't fun, either, especially if your controller sticks.
  • Only Fatal to Adults: All of the inhabitants of Yoshi's Island become zombie-like except for a couple of Yoshi eggs.
  • One-Hit Kill: Falling into a pit or touching lava.
  • Power-Up Letdown: It's a good idea to avoid the umbrella if possible. Getting this item makes you unable to do the flutter-jump, and instead gives you the ability to fall in directions you did not intend to at various speeds. Also, upon getting it, the player is stuck with it until they die, use a Miss Warp or somehow leave the room.
  • Rainbow Motif: Each of the Baby Yoshis comes in a different color, and this is important because each of the Yoshi's has different tastes in fruit and Shy Guys. There are also Black and White Yoshis you can bring along.
  • Recurring Riff
  • Ribcage Ridge: A few stages on page two feature the bones of massive creatures as stepping stones, most notably in "Blargg's Boiler".
  • Scoring Points: In the form of "happiness".
  • Secret Character: Hidden in various levels are secret Black and White Yoshi eggs that will hatch into their respective Baby Yoshis; these Yoshis lack favorite foods but can eat peppers and black shy guys, which the normal Baby Yoshis cannot tolerate. These Yoshis also shoot more powerful, explosive eggs.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Each level has 30 melons, and each level requires 30 fruit to pass. It's actually pretty difficult to do a melon-only run.
  • Sequel Difficulty Drop
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: The White Shy Guy, who is willing to work with the Baby Yoshis after they bring him with them on their journeys. His main purpose is to run covert operations to Bowser's Castle and reclaim one of the Baby Yoshis that the Toadies may have collected. (He can't normally collect the Black and White Yoshis, but he can once the player has beaten the game with them).
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: "Poochy and Nippy" and "Frustration", two of the stages on the third page. The other two feature a cloud theme.
  • Speaking Simlish: The hatchlings sing the theme song in simlish; Yoshi's now-famous squeaky voice was modeled after this song.
  • Storybook Opening: The game features a pop-up storybook. The opening scene presents the first several pages introducing the story. During gameplay, the page turns for each new world. At the end, the storybook reviews all six worlds, the final pages present a happy ending, and the book closes.
  • Sugar Bowl
  • Theme And Variations Soundtrack - All of the music in the first five pages is based on the same melody. The sixth page, however, introduces a new theme called "Baby Bowser's Lullaby," with its own variation in some areas.
  • Toy Time: "The Tall Tower" is made of wooden tinkertoys, and what appear to be old baseballs. The enemies aren't really more toy-themed than usual, though.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: As mentioned above, each Yoshi has its particular favorite taste in fruit and Shy Guys, which are reflected in the health boosts they get from eating their favorite. Each of them get an enhanced boost from standard melons, but specifically, Green likes Watermelon, Red and Pink like Apples, Blue and Light Blue like Grapes, Yellow likes Bananas. Black and White have no real favorite foods, but they can eat peppers, which the normal Yoshis can't eat.
  • Ultra Super Happy Cute Baby Fest Farmer 3000
  • Underground Level: The Bone Dragon Cave. All of Page 2 is known as the "Cavern," but only the first level is truly cave-themed.
  • Under the Sea: "Lots O' Fish" and "Lots O' Jellyfish," from Page 5. The Page itself is known as "Ocean," but the other two levels in it are aboveground Palm Tree Panic areas.
  • Variable Mix: Every song has a Super Happy mix that briefly replaces the main level's theme when the playable Yoshi is invincible.
  • Zero-Effort Boss: Cloud N' Candy—Touching him harms you (keep your distance to avert this) but you defeat him by eating him (which can be done in less than 10 seconds), and doing that restores your health.


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