(Wii Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Yoshi's Story (Wii Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

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Baby Bowser has snatched the Super Happy Tree and cast a spell on Yoshi’s Island, turning it into a picture book! Only six Yoshis remain, so it falls to them to reclaim the tree and restore happiness to the world.

This cute, colourful platformer uses a unique ‘2.5-D’ graphical style to render impressive character models and bright, vibrant environments in which the Yoshis can run, swim, ‘flutter’ jump and sniff out secrets.

Eat fruit, avoid enemies and obstacles, and throw eggs from the Yoshis’ never-ending supply in your quest to stop Baby Bowser’s plan. And who knows, you might even find the mysterious black and white Yoshis!

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USA USA Version

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Not Yoshi's finest hour

Remember Yoshi’s Island on the Super NES? That awesome platformer that swapped the roles and made Yoshi the main hero with (Baby) Mario being the sidekick? It's become iconic, but this is perhaps the first "real" Yoshi game (Mario isn't in the name and...

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DazzaAdmin

#1

Dazza said:

It will be interesting to see how the gameplay fares without a rumble feature solution for the classic controller. This game relied on it heavily!

__Jake

#2

Jake said:

gamecube controll has rumble mabe it will have the feature well the only n64 game i have super mario 64 it is werid playing with classic controller because it is flat so i use my wavebird.

Jaunty

#5

Jaunty said:

I traded this game in so long ago (For perfect dark, I think). I'd love to have it again. The Yoshi song at the end of the level was really memorable (if extremely strange). Looking forward to this.

__ryan

#6

ryan said:

man a great game i still have it on the old n64! lol cant wait

__Mark

#9

Mark said:

Always loved the white yoshi, the white and black could eat ANYTHING! time to eat nothing but melons again! :D

herooftime

#14

herooftime said:

OMG! This game was probably my favourite game on the N64, after OOT and MM of course. I was just telling my friends the other day that this needs to be released, and if the rumours right! I will be greatly pleased, this game was a major part of my child hood, and I've been searching forever for an N64 and this game. I would get this the day it comes out.

__danstan

#15

danstan said:

I absolutely adore this game for it's colourful graphics and superb soundtrack. It's a shame that they didn't cater for gamers who were looking for a challenge...

__GOOUTSIDE

#16

GOOUTSIDE said:

Umm...I highly recommend that no one should get this game. It incredibly sucks compared to its SNES prequel Yoshi's Island - one of the greatest games ever made. I'd wait until that one comes out.

__Mario/zelda_fan

#17

Mario/zelda_fan said:

omg i f***ing love this game i remember playing this when i was like 7. But i could never get past this guy holding a red stop sign. But over the years ive become a pro gamer playing mario, zelda, kingdom hearts and other games so i should be able to beat it this time.

When does it come out again?

__danstan

#18

danstan said:

Whoa, it goes without saying that Yoshi's Island was the better game. But I'm gonna have to say that this one is worth picking up too.

__Bobidou

#19

Bobidou said:

this game is pretty bad compared to Super Mario World 2 : Yoshi's Island..

I got this game when it came out thinking it would be better.. if not as good as Yoshi's Island.. but it failed miserably, I was very young when I played it, and I still felt it was conceived for even younger audiances.. the game is just boring, and it's not worth my Canadian dollars, I don't think I'd pay the NES price for this one even.. I wouldn't get it even if it was a free download.

Do yourself a favor and don't download this game when it comes out, you'd be much better waiting for Yoshi's Island, or even buying Yoshi's Island DS

__Tim

#20

Tim said:

Always wanted to play this game... what I really want though is Goldeneye on the VC.

__wcc17

#22

wcc17 said:

I remember this game. When I was little I used to always think they would make a sequel but sadly they never did. I was like 3. lol

#23

said:

yoshi story is the second best game on th 64 so pleese put it on hear next week

__Jake

#24

Jake said:

i remember watching my bro play...but when i tried i couldnt get past those stop sign guys

-Regii

#25

-Regii said:

Although this is just a rumour I hope it comes out. I played this game at a friend's and it's f**kin' awesome. Want to have it on my own.

__mario/zelda_fan

#28

mario/zelda_fan said:

its me again! uhh yah yoshis island is pretty good ( the second one is too easy) but i remember yoshi story in 3-d so i think this will be better

__mario/zelda_fan

#29

mario/zelda_fan said:

Wow so when is this game coming out I'm getting annoyed waiting for it. I no its a strong rumor and all but people have been writing about this since a month ago! ( Well I guess its not that long smb3 people have been writing for since February!) So I guess its gonna be a long time then huh. And I forgot can you be different colored Yoshi's in this game?

__Jonno

#30

Jonno said:

@M/Zfan: Yes, you can play as many different colored Yoshis.

Blue, Cyan, Yellow, Red, Pink, Green, and the more rare White and Black Yoshis are playable.

__mario/zelda_fan

#31

mario/zelda_fan said:

OH sweet I don't wanna sound annoying or anything but can you chose witch yoshi you want, or is it like yoshis island where you get a different yoshi for every level?

Stuart_Reddick

#32

Stuart_Reddick said:

Yeah, but bear in mind that it's Wikipedia - anyone could have added it or taken it down regardless of whether they had concrete information or not. I didn't think much to the original to be honest - it was okay as far as it went but it didn't really strike a chord with me.

BJ1

#33

BJ1 said:

I remember playing this game with my brother every morning while eating dry Corn Chex cereal. This game was fun! I hoping Nintendo releases some more N64 games this year, because they only have 4 available. I think the top 5 N64 games that probably will be released this year are Super Smash Bros, Diddy Kong Racing, Yoshi's Story, Mario Party, and Pokemon Snap.

__a wooden lobster

#34

a wooden lobster said:

I agree with paragoomba, there'll probably be a rumble addon for the Virtual Console controller. If you flip it over, there's a button between ZR and ZL that opens up the two little slots on the controller's back. Something has to fit in there. Why else would Nintendo make it that way?

Bass_X0

#35

Bass_X0 said:

Just in case? I can't think of any off hand, but I am sure there have been slots and ports on previous Nintendo consoles that had never been used.

__Wolfman

#36

Wolfman said:

I'm surprised how many people loved this game. I seem to be the only one that disliked it.

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't awful. However, it was ridiculously easy and short and... happy. I rented it and beat it the second day, without really exerting myself. Keep in mind that I was around 7 at the time, and I still felt like it was aimed at a younger audience. It was almost patronizing. I lost all sense of respect I had gained for Yoshi in the FAR SUPERIOR Yoshi's Island. Yoshi became so depressingly childish and has stayed that way since, even in the Smash Bros. series, much to my dismay.

This is largely a matter of opinion, so feel free to disagree with me, but in my humble opinion, the level design was subpar, the presentation was infantile, the difficulty needed to be ramped up significantly, it lacked the charm and genius of its predecessor, and it left me with an uncontrollable urge to club elephants to death with stop signs.

Perhaps I'll like it better this time around, if I can bear to drop 1000 precious Wii points on a title that so severely underwhelmed me. Yoshi's Island absolutely destroys this game in every way.

__Wolfman

#37

Wolfman said:

Oops, just saw Whoa and Bobidou's comments. Sorry guys, I promise I wasn't copying you. :)

I also must say that I just remembered that the subliminal "eat right so you can be healthy" undertones bugged me as a child. Go figure. :)

SKTTR

#38

SKTTR said:

theres no denying that Yoshi's Story was aimed in a different direction.
levels 100% made of paper, or wool, or rubber... the graphic style was crazy! but the sound was awesome there a tracks you've never heard. catchy tunes, sweet yoshi singing, nice guitar playing. it all is very colorful styled, it really fits and gave the Yoshi series a new feeling.

But the game as itself was designed so that had always start from beginning and play through 6 levels to beat the last boss. but you could choose different paths. 4x6 = 24 different levels. but you will find them all within no time. it's really easy coz you must eat 30 kinds of fruit to end a stage and move on to the next. and they're lying, floating or hidden everywhere. you get points for finding more of the same fruit or only the best fruits. this is more of a challenge. in fact, it's very hard to find the 30 honey melons in every stage. but you don't have to do it because you will get nothing but a highscore entry. every level you unlock can be chosen freely and been played in a challenge mode (for fellow highscore hunters).

in the end you have nothing more than 24 big crazy levels with all the mario switches, and egg throws, and secret pipes and sidescrolling platforms and keys and keyholes and shyguys and new guys and whatnot. and that's where you will hunt for the most points: killing enemies, eating fruit, collecting hearts, sniffing for hidden bonuses and stomp them out of the ground.

It's an ok game. It was not worth 100 DM (=50 Euro) at that time, but it's worth 10.

ouenben

#39

ouenben said:

Yoshi's island although easy and short was a blast to play and I shall get it when it's inevitably released. More interested in Yoshi's island though.

The rumble wasnt essential, i played without it, an exclamation mark bubble came above Yoshi while sniffing when he finds something.

Flip13lolb

#41

Flip13lolb said:

to patrick this game can't use the wiimote rumble because the wiimote can't be used in the gameall you can do with it is hit the home button

chiefeagle02

#42

chiefeagle02 said:

I bought this for $20 from a video rental store back in the day (when the game was still going for $50). I really enjoyed playing this. Unfortunately, it was too short. There was a lot to do in the game (sniffing out and finding all the mellons, raising your score, finding the hidden (and ultra powerful) black and white Yoshis, but there wasn't a whole lot of incentive to play it past a few times (well, for me leastways). I'll give it four stars, because it's well-crafted and a lot of fun to play, but it really lacks the replay value for me to download it and play it through again.

__eric

#43

eric said:

wasnt as great as yoshis island for the snes, but still a very fun game. definitely worth a download.

__sami

#44

sami said:

i really hope they bring out yoshis island that would do my day

__ZetaBladeX13

#45

ZetaBladeX13 said:

Great game, I remember getting this game for my birthday back when I was a kid, *sigh* nostalgia definitely comes to mind with this game, and to all of you who are HIGHLY DISAPPROVING this game in all capital letters, grow up and let people make their own decisions. This game is very unique and shouldn't be compared with Yoshi's Island, both it and Yoshi's Story give completely different gaming experiences. Happy Gaming :D

Marioman64

#46

Marioman64 said:

i love this game SOOO much (i forget if i already commented)
jump, eat, pound, find secrets, all while trying to collect all 30 melons in a level or just eat lotsa fruits. 6 colors of yoshis to play as AND a black yoshi and white yoshi that can both eat peppers and black shy guys

plus 24 levels to explore and beat with a high score system to challenge your friends

grab the hearts, beat the levels (collect them all lolz) get all the melons, battle the easiest bosses in nintendo history (lick lick mr cotton candy ^.^)

you dont need the rumble pack to play, it doesn't rely "heavily" on it as someone said. the rumble pack is optional. when you are sniffing for underground melons your nose wiggles faster and faster when you get closer and closer to hidden goodness. it just adds extra feeling. we can live without it. it doesnt rely on it in any way.

lastly, when this comes out on vc, buy it. it is a MUST for EVERYONE. you:

shoot - lick - flutter/fly - glide - roll - eat - pound - push - warp - sniff - climb - sink... - and save yoshis world from being trapped in a story book forever

and the ending music is AWESOME

DJ_Philanegro

#47

DJ_Philanegro said:

Sweet, you guys used my video! Anyways, obviously I love this game, and still play it to this day. I'm not sure it'll apply to everyone, since the game is easily beat. Of course, there are other challenges, and the Trial Mode is what kept my attention in this game for so long.

If you consider yourself a Yoshi fanboy/fangirl, though, then you need this game. Otherwise, you might want to avoid for its simplicity.

BJ1

#48

BJ1 said:

I surely hope this is more than just a strong rumor. We need more N64 games. 7 is not enough!

__Mii be you

#49

Mii be you said:

I agree with BJ. This(along with Super Smash Bros., Diddy Kong Racing, Banjo Kazooie and Bomberman 64)should come out ASAP!
I enjoyed this game when I was young, and I still enjoy it now.

alvieao

#50

alvieao said:

I still have the actual N64 cartridge since then. Yoshi's Story brought classic 2D gameplay with colorful graphics and responsive controls. To be honest I did enjoy Yoshi's Story every now and then. Think of it as an arcade game, since getting high scores is all you do in the Story and Trial modes. The game is rater disappointing, considering it's from the same team behind the SNES classic Yoshi's Island. However, it's unfair to compare both games either as they're vastly different, especially now that the proper sequel is available for the DS. I'm not really annoyed with Yoshi's voice that much. After all, he's voiced by Kazumi Totaka (who also plays Totakeke/K.K. Slider in Animal Crossing). Yoshi's Story is good, but hardly a masterpiece.

alvieao

#52

alvieao said:

It seemed just yesterday that this game was rumored to be on the Virtual Console. Now, it's a reality that Yoshi's Story came out today. To Michael: It is a good game, but the reason it's not great is because Yoshi's Story is too forgiving; anyone can quickly beat the game until boredom (although you do unlock some extra Yoshis).

__Wolf

#53

Wolf said:

Considering you can play VC games with a game cube controller, there's not going to be a rumble feature. This game's too fluffy; it woulda been nice to have a 3d yoshi game

NikeXTC

#54

NikeXTC said:

This is one of the most hardcore games I have ever played.

Don't look at me that way, I'm being serious! If you look at this game too quickly, you'll find it is a childish game for both its content and its difficulty... That's quite true, finishing the game it's really easy, unlocking all the levels is an easy task...

So, why did I write that sentence in the first line? Trial Mode. You have to collect 30 fruits for clearing a level... If you collect any fruit you come across, a level shall end immediately, but if you try and search for the 30 melons that are hidden in each level, the whole story changes here. Also, you get more points if you kill enemies of your color (and you have to change their colors first) in a row. And so on...

If you're an high score maniac, this game gives you a lot of challenge (getting all melons in the final levels is a really hard task!) and I highly recommend it. Otherwise, stay away from it.

ouenben

#55

ouenben said:

To me Yoshi's Island is a superb game, not 10/10 but worthy of download for definate :)

It's a fairly short & somewhat easy challenge if you go through the game's 6 worlds only sampling one of the levels.
Great for kids or someone looking for a break from all the serious games like Gears of War, bioshock, etc.

However you can dig deeper into this game and there's more on offer if you put the effort in, such as the ace black and white yoshi's, 4 levels in each world meaning 24 levels, if you chose a different level per world each time the game is different each play-through giving tonnes of variety, also you can try and get 100% melons or favourite fruit in each level which is quite difficult.

I think it's a charming game that's great for gamers of all ages, it may look kiddy (personally I think it looks beautiful) but it's got challenge within it for those who seek it, and offers fun throughout the whole adventure.

ouenben

#56

ouenben said:

They don't have super metroid yet =p

I think USA gets just as many games before Europe as Europe get before us, we got Super mario bros first, we got Zelda ALTTP first, Metroid first, etc. plus we pay less =p

Also Europeans tend to get N64 games before us and usually only by 3 days (F zero x was an extra week i think)

JNoodles

#57

JNoodles said:

...I love this game. 3 stars, are you insane!? Lol joke. But I do love this game...

__Christoph

#59

Christoph said:

Yoshis Story sucks ass through a straw.
The most ridiculous game I ever made the mistake to play.
Maybe good enough for your baby sister...

__whiteshadow

#60

whiteshadow said:

I was looking forward to this, but now I see a lot of negative comments.
If I liked SMW2 would I like this?

Marioman64

#61

Marioman64 said:

this game is worth 5 stars!!! high replay value, loads of collectables and unlockables, platforming adventure game, races, scoreboards, secrets, and the all melon challenge! definetely a must have!!!!

E-dawg

#62

E-dawg said:

Ah, i remember this game, it brings back so many childhood memories. I used to play this as a 6-7 year old when I lived in Sydney ages ago. The rating was pretty harsh, it deserves 4-stars i reckon. Plus I'm gonna let childhood memories make my decision here.

jackaroo

#63

jackaroo said:

Looks good. I love Yoshis Island and i seen my friend play this game once but dont exactly remember it. All i remember is a bunch of different coloured yoshis standing in a line (It was a cutscene i think).

link64

#64

link64 said:

People say that collecting all of the melons gives the game more replay value but I found this to be a very tedious process that’s not worth doing.

Also Yoshi's Story isn’t the kind of game that can brag about getting a high score to your friends.

__BanjoSonic

#65

BanjoSonic said:

I don't even care what anyone thinks of this game, I like it no matter what, and its soundtrack is one of the best on the N64 IMO.

I'd better start saving up on Wii Points when this comes out over here.

jg233

#66

jg233 said:

I don't know why so many people HATED this game. I just downloaded it and beat it and it was pretty good. I love the music and the graphical style.( Every time I hear a Yoshi singing I cry ;) )

The thing I have against it is the length. WAY TOO SHORT. I love to run through and search for the melons so that gives it more substance.

I can't give an awesome score but all and all it is pretty good.

alexanderpas

#68

alexanderpas said:

this wat the game that made yoshi to what he is today...

(besides.. endless levels.. smart thinking...)

Bass_X0

#71

Bass_X0 said:

this may not be the best game currently on N64 but there are worse ways you could spend a combination of 1000 points on virtual console.

yoshi's story is aimed at two types of gamers. the inexperienced and the experienced. the inexperienced may be happy just collecting 30 of any fruit. the experienced should aim for 30 watermelons some of which are well hidden. if you think its too easy and short then obviously you're playing it wrong.

JNoodles

#72

JNoodles said:

I HONESTLY love this game. My advice: GET IT NOW! I already gave this 5 stars, I just needed to say this again.

__Alex

#73

Alex said:

I'm quite shocked how many people like this game here, it's horrible. And don't give me that "get all the melons" nonsense. It's a completely pointless quest that offers no reward whatsoever. The best thing the game has got going for it is it's graphical style. The gameplay is WAY too easy, to the point where it's not even entertaining, because there is hardly any challenge. If somebody handed me $10 and told me I'd only get to keep it if I bought Yoshi's Story I'd hand it back, I wouldn't even want to waste the time of purchasing and downloading it.

BJ1

#74

BJ1 said:

This game is a very good spin-off of the Mario series. If you like colorful games then this is up your alley.

StarSoldier1

#75

StarSoldier1 said:

The controls suck, the fruit collecting concept is lame, the graphics and sound quickly get repetitive, and worse of all the game is shorter then the prequel Yoshi's Island. I almost gave it a 1 star!

cr00mz

#78

cr00mz said:

great game, the music the colour, the levels looking like they are "sown" together, and of course yoshi this game to me has endless replayability, its a 2d platformer from "the old days", yet it has fantastic graphics. And whenever you "clear" a level, you get yoshi dancing, or whenver you stand still for a little while, he starts walking in the same place "dam dam dam dam"!!!! awesome game!

__tank2tank

#79

tank2tank said:

I'm annoyed!! Why? I grew up with this game- had really fond memories of it... but... I HATE IT! I HAAATTTE IT!!! Yet it brings back so many memories, everything from the awful Yoshi singing voices to the ridiculously easy final boss. I can see why people say this is the worst N64 game on the VC- it is! But I can't say no to it...

__some one

#80

some one said:

I want to know why the heck this game gets compared to yoshi's island so much. This game wasn't even meant to compete with it, and by itself it's a very fun game when not compared to other games.

darthmix

#81

darthmix said:

Dear Nintendo,

Please bring Yoshi's Island SNES to the VC, as it was the greatest platform game ever made for that system. Yes, better than Mario world and way better than DKC. If you do this for me, I will give you a great big manly hug.

Love,
darthmix

__meefin

#82

meefin said:

it is basically a game for babies but i love it and it makes me hungry.

__Lwaad

#83

Lwaad said:

This game looks a little insane. Granted, I've never played it, but crazy nonetheless.

Lando

#84

Lando said:

Never played this game when i was little but i downloaded it and its ok

#85

said:

Highly underrated - yet undisputedly less good than Yoshi's Island. It's easy to accomplish your goal of finding the Super Happy Tree, but to find all 30 melons on each act is an entirely different proposition. It's worth the effort.

AngelCake

#87

AngelCake said:

This is the cutest, best game I have ever seen.

It's really great for little children, as it isn't too difficult.

We love it to bits.

Plan_B

#88

Plan_B said:

dang! I can't believe I bought this game!!!
2/5 all the way! HORRIDABUUUUL!!! (horrible)

Sariku

#89

Sariku said:

I hate this game. Probably just because of what happened though; I was on the last level with 29 fruits, on my last Yoshi. Let me just say that I died before I got it, and I don't want to go through the trouble again. I mean, it's fun and all, but some of the pages just have insanely tedious levels...

Mike1

#90

Mike1 said:

I had this for the N64, beat it a few times, and sold it a few years later. When it came out for the VC, I decided to give it another shot. I'm glad I did because the game is a blast to play, and in my opinion it's better than Yoshi's Island.

Garlyle

#91

Garlyle said:

I think this game is really underrated. Though it doesn't have as many levels as other Yoshi-titled games, and perhaps is not as good as Yoshi's Island, it's still about even with YI-DS. With that said, this is a game that casual, 'get to the end' gamers will not appreciate much because it will take about an hour for you to beat the first time. But the moment you start setting limits on yourself, and try digging into it to find every melon in a stage... you are looking at a challenge to rival, or perhaps beat, the stage-combing, hunting difficulty of Yoshi's Island.

Indy

#92

Indy said:

It is a good game. It is hard for me as a girl to resist a game about cute dinosaurs :P It`s not a great game, but it`s good. I am more fan of action games, shooting games, games with magic and stuff. But I love Yoshi ;)

GameGod3008

#93

GameGod3008 said:

I now a lot of people don't like this game and i can see why but it's still a decent game, it's just that it had the potential to be better than it was and it didn't use it. It's a shame really

calc_nerd

#94

calc_nerd said:

Nothing better than a 2-D side-scrolling game with your old pal Yoshi! This game had a good storyline and idea, but I agree that it wasn't the best. I think that if it were more like its SNES predecessor, it could have been better, but the classic melon-eating and cute yoshi sounds were enjoyable while they lasted.

jumpman64

#95

jumpman64 said:

I personally didn't enjoy this game. Levels are VERY repetetive and the game is just overall inferior to it's predecessor, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. I personally wasn't a fan of this game's "fruit" system, which was altered from the original game. It also lacks the feel that SMW2 had and plays to much like an action game and not enough like a platformer. Of course, many disagree with me and adore this game, and it's easy to see why; the art style of this title and the all of the Yoshi games remains as one of my favorites, and those Yoshis are all so darn cute. Overall, this is a charming game that really isn't worth $10. I would suggest waiting for Yoshi's Island for the SNES, a true platforming masterpiece. -Scott L. (2 out of 5)

BJ1

#96

BJ1 said:

Super Smash Bros. had a stage from this game. I remember playing this with my brother while eating cornchex in the morning. This was the only Mario game on N64 I didn't own, but instead I rented it and it was okay.

Lando1

#97

Lando1 said:

This game got a bit boring i may one day get back in it and complete it

lockelocke

#98

lockelocke said:

This game is hella boring. The name of the game is, collect X number of fruits and then the level ends......c'mon, I get no sense of accomplishment here! Fruits?! That's all you got?

Lurch

#99

Lurch said:

The game was a nice attempt of Nintendo, but was
a) way too short
b) bot the kind of plattformer the people wanted to see and
c) not in 3-D like most of the N64 games.

The overall game is nice and the gameplay is good as well, but overall yoshi's story is a ginourmos let down. 2/5 Stars

Quimby

#100

Quimby said:

I agree whole hearted with Lurch. This is the only VC I have regretted buying. Its not that it's a bad game, it just doesn't grab my interest. When I was playing I felt I was just going through the motions and was detached (in a bad way lol). To be honest I just bought it out of love of Yoshi's Island... :-(

dennis

#101

dennis said:

This game doesn't look bad at all. How come some hate it and some love it? I'm seriously considering this one, though I'm a bit sceptic, because so many find it frustrating, boring etc.

Bass_X0

#102

Bass_X0 said:

a) way too short
b) bot the kind of plattformer the people wanted to see and
c) not in 3-D like most of the N64 games.

a) sixteen levels. you only need to do four levels to see the ending, but thats like saying a Mario Kart game is short since you only have to beat one Cup to see the ending. And each level individually aren't short really. Easy maybe, but it does take a while to get 30 of any fruit on any particular level.

b) okay, so maybe its nowhere near as good as its spiritual predecessor Yoshi's Island but then that was a rare exceptional game. Yoshi's Story is a platform game that stars Yoshi, it didn't set out to beat Yoshi's Island.

c) whether a game is in 2D or 3D, the quality isn't determined by dimension alone. nintendo had already just released super mario 64 at the time, to release another 3D platformer would have been detrimental - they wouldn't have had that long to create Yoshi's Story so they made it different to super mario 64 by making it 2D rather than similar.

Dennis - i suppose it depends on your level of expectations to whether you like the game or not. even back during 1996, it was never the next big thing in 2D platformers. those who hate it are expecting something completely different from it and are disappointed when its not what they wanted. if you like platformers, you can make worse choices than Yoshi's Story on the Virtual Console. Its the cost of two NES games and although the most exceptional NES games are indeed better than Yoshi's Story, yeah - there are worse ways you can spend 1000 points. Maybe wait a while and buy it if you have an itch to download a new game and there no games coming out on VC that you want.

Lurch

#103

Lurch said:

well, i cannot let this comment remain unanswered from my side.
In the beginning of my post, i stated, that Yoshi's story was a nice "attempt" of Nintendo, meaning that the idea of another Yoshi-platformer was good. so, let's get back to the three points i stated before:
a) way too short. well, apparently you do not agree with me but hey, it's all about personal opinions, ya know? I mean yea, yoshi's story did have 16 levels, hell that's even one more than Mario 64 has, but equals quantity quality? I mean you even admitted it by your self: "Easy maybe", those were the words you have spoken. and yes, those levels arn't short...but you have to take into consideration, that yoshi's story isn't your every day platformer. the goal is not to reach a goal, but to collect 30 fruit on a looping 2-D level. eat the first 30 fruit you see and your done, very quickly, very easy. I mean you can go and try to find all melons on your way to score more, but...16 levels of fruit seeking is a tad to boring for me.
And this leads us to
b) not the kind of platformer people wanted to see.
As i already mentioned, you didn't have to reach the goal of a certain level, but to eat fruit. Most of yoshi's moves from yoshi's island remained, the eating, the groundpounding, the egg-throwing, the fluttering and so on and it would all have been perfectly only if yoshi's story would have been more like it's predecessor, but unfortunately, fans weren't to see such a game again. All it resembles were cute little dinosaurs walking around in a gorgous world eating fruit. (And yea, i did love that game back then as kid, as it is intended to), And those unfortunately lead to only 16 levels. yoshi's island had 6 worlds with 8 levels each + 8 bonus levels making it 56 levels which were all nice and fun. That's what a plattformer is supposed to be IMO.
c) not in 3-D like most of the N64 games. You cannot denie, that people were impressed by new 3-dimensional games like Mario 64, Zelda OoT and so on. I mean, 3D was brand new, it was a hit, gamers were all like "OMG IT'S 3D!!!", and then there comes a game like yoshi's story, literally telling you:" heh, we've got awesome graphics, but gameplay still is the same, buhahahahah, we're just technically improved, but messed up the actual gameplay"

so yea, that's my opinion and yes, i should have stated it more precisely, i apologize for that, have a nice day :D

dennis

#105

dennis said:

Nice points Bass XO & Lurch :)

Lurch, you seem to have some tendency rating this game based on how well it did back then. But isn't this irrelevant for present purposes? Sure yoshi's story is not 3-D, as many of the other neat n64 games, but so what? I see no reasons to rate a virtual console game by comparing it to other it's contemporaries. It just doesn't help me deciding whether to buy the game or not.

On the other hand, Lurch, I do understand your points, and they can be understood without the assumption I just "criticized". The question is "Is yoshi's story a good platformer?" and you did give some nice remarks which yields "no" as an answer (boring and stupid fruit collecting etc.).

Btw, I still haven't bought yoshi's story and I'm still pondering whether to do it or not.

Kingston

#106

Kingston said:

Fun, Cute, Stylized, and extremely short. Easily beaten in 2 hrs or less. lasts a bit longer if you go back and defeat every level.
4/5

Paperfox

#108

Paperfox said:

I had trouble with one of the levels when I was a kid... Eh... It'll probably be too easy for me now, too... I'll get it when I have children, asuming I'll be able to get it in 10-20 years.

Lurch

#111

Lurch said:

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It isn't the best game on the N64, but it isn't that bad. still the price of 1000 points is too expensive IMO, but i didn't go all like :"OMGWTFITSUCKSKAITHXBAI"
I believe that this here isn't a plattform for behavior like that and your argumentation, when there is any, is pointless and uninformative.

The graphics of this game are excellent, the sound is good, but each track seems to be a varification of the main theme. replay value is given by the melons i cannot denie that. Yoshi's story is one of those 50/50 factors, you either like or dislike it. I dislike it, because it feels like a giant let down compared to the SNES version. others like it because it looks astonishing in terms of graphics and it features yoshi, plus the gameplay isn't bad at all.

eagidni

#112

eagidni said:

i hate to disagree with you drake, but i can't find yoshi's voice annoying, no matter how hard i try! to be fair, i never played this game... but his appearance in super smash bros. seemed like a natural evolution from his snes days. it looks like they yanked him directly from this game for that, so... i'd say i wouldn't mind playing this at all.

slangman

#113

slangman said:

Yoshi's Story maybe short and easy but if you are a Yoshi or Mario fan this is still worth the look. For some reason i keep coming back to this game sometimes even though i completed it 2 times already.

classicmike

#114

classicmike said:

I am telling you now, I have only played the first level of yoshi's story, my brother has played and beaten this game at least two-six times, but I have watched him play it so I'll go by what I know. Yoshi's story is unique due to the fact that it is only about being yoshi and saving the super happy tree from baby bowser so the island won't stay in a pop-up book form. Their were six different colors of yoshi and those were pretty much your lives. If you lost a yoshi, you can get it back by finding a white shyguy in a level. Once you beat the level, and if you still had the shyguy with you, while you have the option to click on the shyguy and he would retrieve only one of the yoshis that you lost back to you. Overall, this is fun for yoshi fans who want to see their favourite dinosaur beat a game without mario or luigi. 4/5

Mipsymoodle

#115

Mipsymoodle said:

my favorite childhood game but now that im older its still great but i dont love it as much ...........i still give it a 5/5 ;-)

Stijnco

#117

Stijnco said:

You know, I'm actually quite suprised about how good this game really is. Don't be so rough on everyone's favourite green dinosaur.

MVP

#118

MVP said:

It doesn´´t keep the level from other Nintendo games, it is too easy and too short, but it has some nice scenarios, I only reccomend it to the fans od the dinosaur, but it is very far from the SNES version, that was great! (when will be released?)

Beau_Skunk

#119

Beau_Skunk said:

I think the game was intended for beginner young gamers, so it's a good game for youngsters, and the overall cuteness, and graphics style of the game is amusing.
Not as great as Yoshi's Island, but has it's own charm, and it is fun. (Oddly the soundtrack includes a "heavy metal" sounding remix of the current stage's music your on when you become invinsible. And a rap-sounding riff when you're in some underground levels. Kinda odd for such a "cutesy" game.)
Regardless of being a N64 title, for how simplistic it is 10 bucks seems like a steep price to me. I wish they had more different idividual prices for games, rather then pricing them by wich system their for. (On second thought, if they did that, they might charge more for "better" games on older systems.)

carson

#121

carson said:

I love Yoshi's Story. Its a fun N64 game. It reminds me of a game that i would love to see on the VC.....YOSHI'S ISLAND

spyster10000

#123

spyster10000 said:

hmm I slightly worried about this game only geting 3 stars but I allways love yoshi (who dosent) so I'll give it a try

Final_Starman

#124

Final_Starman said:

That last comment on the review was kind of harsh. I like this game and its creative level and enemy design, and the graphics still remain some of the best I've seen in a game like this. The Yoshi voices are a little annoying, though, and eating enough fruit to clear a stage is kind of dumb.

#125

said:

Oh, man. Was this game ever a disappointment when I rented it from Blockbuster one fateful week.

Given, it's not a terrible game, it definitely has it's moments and there's a lot to like about it, but Yoshi's Island it isn't, not by any means.

vegeta

#126

vegeta said:

i like this game but its just to easy for a hardcore gammer like me but the boss fights are kind of funny like theres this cloud that you have to lick to death

Digiki

#128

Digiki said:

Also, this game is the foundation of the Yoshi we know from SSB right

No, Yoshi did most of what he does in this, back on the SNES

Bass_X0

#129

Bass_X0 said:

I don't think its hard but I do think each level takes ages to do even if you don't go after just the melons. However, I do think there are a few times its easy to die.

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#132

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

This game is good for exploring. It's not about beating it, but beating it well. It's very cute, like the whole series. The "2.5-D" thing implies that it has isometrics and Yoshi is in 3D, but the rest is 2D.

NintendoFreak

#134

NintendoFreak said:

aah! so many comments! well, as soon as i got 20 secs through the video and looked at this great feedback (and GameFAQS), i know I'm getting this game!!!

JNoodles

#136

JNoodles said:

It doesn't really deserve that score. Its great for what it is, and it certainly is better than Alex Kidd and The Lost Stars. :P

RetroNL

#137

RetroNL said:

This game was ok, the only negative things are that it was short and easy, but a 4 ? You should change the rating with the yoshi cookie title from the nes, this definetly earns a 6.

suburban_sensei

#138

suburban_sensei said:

It wasn't the best title to hit the N-64, but I know I this is a DL for me, since I owned it when I was younger (gotta love that nostalgia), and my girlfriend is a Yoshi nut. I am eager to play through it again.

HappyHappy

#139

HappyHappy said:

I bought this a few days ago because it was the first N64 game I played and this is a complete waste of Wii points.

TKOWL

#141

TKOWL said:

Good for the youngsters or newbs to gaming but to us hardcore peeps a boring game

Kurachi

#142

Kurachi said:

i rather look at the video of this game, than either reading the review, looking at the ratings or listen to SMW2's worst sounds ever, which you hear alot if not fast enough to not get hit
i even like C64, amiga and atari worst sounds more than SMW2's BMC (baby mario cry)

worst thing is, a 4/10 cuz its easy short (these may take away 2 stars) and annoying sounds, which sound worse in SSB games, as he makes dumb sounds even if you hit him

as far as i can see here, its 6/10, and thats without playing it, but i could watch the video 10x each day without getting annoyed

@142 us hardcore gamers? what about casual gamers, who also like relaxed games

this game looks fun, and perhaps i'll buy it on the VC later
first time i saw it i thought: not another yoshi's cookie or SMW2 irritating sounds, but now i see i was worried about nothing
yoshi shooting eggs and find stuff is fun, no baby mario to annoy the hell outta you is a great difference from SMW2

ps. i dont say SMW2 is bad, its just annoying, i cant stand that crying

EDIT: to those that agree with me, that SMW2 has bad sounds, i have 1 nice thing about it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52dI2N9Kw7E :p

Hiddenzbu

#143

Hiddenzbu said:

If not for the annoying intro music I would have nothing but good things to say about this game.

Mr_Adams

#144

Mr_Adams said:

So, was I mistaken to think you could actually play these games on this site? Is this just a review site?

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#147

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

This game is awesome! Why was it given a 4/10? It's only too easy if you don't know how it works.

I'd love to see this come to the 3DS.

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