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Yo! Noid is a platforming video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, released in 1990. It was developed by NOW Production for Capcom. The plot involves The Noid, the mascot of Domino's Pizza, heading through New York City stopping wild creatures led by the mysterious "Mr. Green". The Noid uses his yo-yo weapon to thwart enemies. At the end of every other level, you participated in a "pizza eating" contest with another Noid, with the winner being the character who filled their pizza meter the fastest.

Besides being an obvious bit of product placement for Domino's, the other curious aspect to this title is that it's actually a Dolled-Up Installment of a Famicom game, Kamen no Ninja Hanamaru. In that game, you played a ninja who, instead of a yo-yo, flung his bird at enemies. The pizza eating contests were originally traditional battles but played out in the same card-battle format. And the setting and story was completely different, with kids going missing from Fun Island and Hanamaru having to find them and stop who's behind it.

Has a Fan Sequel called Yo! Noid 2: Enter the Void. The Noid would not appear in another video game for a further 31 years, later starring as a minion in, of all games, Crash: On the Run!, as a cross-promotional tie-in with Domino's. ...We're not sure either.


This game contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the commercials, the Noid was obsessed with ruining pizzas. Here, he is trying to save the city.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Level 7 takes place in Auto-Scrolling Carnival.
  • Art Shift: For some reason, the Noid's character design is slightly different in level 12, with a puffier face.
  • Auto-Scrolling Level: Level 7, taking place at a carnival.
  • The Bad Guys Are Cops: In Level 13, which takes place in the scaffoldings between buildings, police officers roll barrels down stairs to stop the Noid, before charging after him to attack.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Hockey-playing Polar Bears attack the Noid in Level 2.
  • Big Applesauce: The whole game takes place in New York City.
  • Big Bad: Mr. Green is responsible for the attack on the city, and the focus of the game is to stop him.
  • Advertisement:
  • Big Rotten Apple: New York City has become this thanks to Mr. Green and his goons.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: One of the weapons that can be used in the pizza-eating contests. It automatically cancels whatever move the opponent made, which is incredibly useful if they chose a "5" card.
  • Bottomless Pits: All over the place.
  • Checkpoint Starvation: There are none; if you die, you go back to the beginning of the level. Even worse, if you lose the pizza-eating contest, you also have to start the level again!
  • Down the Drain: Level 5.
  • Eating Contest: The pizza-eating contest is a Bonus Round that happens at the end of every odd-numbered level.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: To the point where a balloon can kill you.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • The villain in the game is named Mr. Green, a duplicate of the Noid who - naturally - wears green.
    • Seven other Noids make up the opponents for the Pizza-Eating Contest leading up to Mr. Green, colored pink, olive, periwinkle, orange, navy, grey, and magenta in that order.
  • Eviler than Thou: While the Noid just likes to ruin pizzas, Mr. Green is attacking the city.
  • Excuse Plot: In Yo! Noid. Mr. Green is causing havoc in New York City. The Mayor calls upon the Noid to stop him.
  • Fair-Play Villain: All of the Noid's clones agree to surrender if he beats them in pizza eating contests.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Just like in the ads, the Noid has these. Same goes for his clones.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: In level 1's pizza contest, there's a bug where the game freezes if the opponent uses all their cards but you still have some. The only option is to reset your NES.
  • The Goomba: Guys who slowly march toward the Noid while carrying a weapon of some kind. They undergo a Head Swap in each of their appearances, but their behavior doesn't change.
  • Green and Mean: Mr. Green, natch.
  • Head Swap: There is one single enemy type that attacks the same way but goes through different looks throughout the game. Fishermen, Hockey Players, and Plumbers, to name a few. The weapon they carry is changed between their different looks as well.
  • Killer Yo-Yo: The Noid's weapon of choice.
  • Levels Take Flight: The eighth and final levels have the Noid on his helicopter pack flying over New York City. He has to dodge spikes, balloons dropping bombs, and guys carelessly flying their mini-planes towards him. In the final level, he has to deal with a guy with a vacuum cleaner and another fellow who attacks the Noid with electric sparks from his electrodes.
  • Meaningful Name: Mr. Green is green.
  • Nintendo Hard: One-hit deaths, no mid-level checkpoints, bottomless pits, limited lives and continues, and pizza battles that are sometimes won by pure luck...
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: Where the majority of the challenge comes from.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: Most of the music from Kamen no Ninja Hanamaru was used for Yo! Noid, though Noid had a few new BGM pieces, such as the title theme, the first two level themes and the pizza-eating contest theme.
  • Red Is Heroic: While Mr. Green is green, the Noid is red.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: "Mayor" is misspelled as "mayer" in the intro.
  • Scenery Porn: The first level in Yo! Noid, taking place on a rising-and-sinking dock, is gorgeous, for NES standards.
  • Skate Heaven Is a Place on Earth: Level 3 takes place in a park (Or it could be Central Park). The Noid rides a skateboard and has to avoid birds and football players on flying packs dropping exploding footballs.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Level 2, taking place at an ice rink.
  • Skyscraper City: Level 4 has the Noid jumping between the skyscrapers of New York. Watch out for the balloons.
  • Super Drowning Skills: The Noid dies if he makes contact with water.
  • Temporary Platform: The ice in level 2.
  • Turn-Based Combat: The battles at the end of every other level. The opponent always goes first, then the player is allowed to combat their move.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change:
    • Level 3, where you're riding a skateboard.
    • Also levels 8 and 14, where you're riding a gyrocopter and have to keep tapping jump to stay afloat.
  • A Winner Is You: As typical for a lot of NES games, the ending is very short, just the Noid walking to a pizza parlor and then pulling his ears goofily in joy, followed by "E N D".