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US VC Releases - 17th September - Yoshi's Story

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

merican gamers expecting an update akin to Europe's last update, prepare for disappointment or joy, depending on how you look at it. You don't get Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels or Super Picross, instead you get the next N64 game.And no, it's not..

merican gamers expecting an update akin to Europe's last update, prepare for disappointment or joy, depending on how you look at it. You don't get Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels or Super Picross, instead you get the next N64 game.

And no, it's not Sin & Punishment. Instead it's Yoshi's Story. This overly cute/childish (Circle the applicable option) game for the N64 is the second Yoshi game (After Super Mario World 2), and, unfortunately, does not quite deliver as much as that did. In fact, it's pretty average. Not really recommended, especially with far superior platformers on VC. If you're a Nintendo fan who thinks people are completely wrong when they say Nintendo is kiddy, this game might just make you reconsider.

Another disappointment for US gamers today is the Sega game. Instead of the officially announced Crack Down or ESWAT, you instead get the Space Harrier-esque Super Thunder Blade. If you want a similar game get Star Fox 64 or Space Harrier II instead, this one isn't the right choice!

And as final game you get World Class Baseball for the TurboGrafx. Not bad by any means, but it is highly average, especially now that systems with far superior baseball games (Baseball Stars 2 for Neo Geo anyone?) have been announced.

Two average games and one really bad one for the US today. Check out the reviews:

Yoshi's Story - Nintendo 64 - 1000 Wii Points

Super Thunder Blade - Sega Genesis - 800 Wii Points

World Class Baseball - TurboGrafx-16 - 600 Wii Points

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User Comments (36)

__PowerLegend

#1

PowerLegend said:

Meh, I'd rather have Yoshi's Story than the other two named Japan only games that Europe got.

Can't wait to play it

JODIsBack

#2

JODIsBack said:

Yoshi's Story a disappointment? Not even close. It's better than Super Picross and Super Mario Bros. 2 Japan if you ask me.

Maybe the other 2 games are disappointing, but definetely not Yoshi's Story

Kevin

#3

Kevin said:

I was going to get Yoshi's Story but it got bad remarks I'll wait till we get Lost Levels. That game would of made up for this terrible week.

RGVEDA

#5

RGVEDA said:

Is there a chance that Europe will get Yoshis Story soon? Was there a official release in Europe from this game?

RGVEDA

Manaman

#6

Manaman said:

I'm glad Europe got hold of SMB2j (which is by far a superior platformer to Yoshi's Story) and a brilliant puzzle spin-off in Mario Picross. If it was the other way round, I would've been envious of those that got SMB2 and Picross.

__Ash

#8

Ash said:

VC-Reviews is being far too harsh, here. Yoshi's Story is awesome. La La La, not listening!

DrakeStaff

#9

Drake said:

RGVEDA: It was definitely released in Europe, I have the game.

Ash: Sorry, none of us who've played it really like it! If you look around at other sites (GameFAQs, IGN, etc.) the reader reviews are also all mostly around a 6 or 7 out of 10.

RGVEDA

#10

RGVEDA said:

@ Drake

Great! Thanks a lot. So i hope, we will get the game next Month after the Sega Day. Maybe we get Super Thunder Blade then too :)

RGVEDA

DrakeStaff

#11

Drake said:

Well, there seems to be about a month between N64 games. Maybe we'll get it at the end of next month (Maybe the US gets Yoshi's Story now while we get it in October, while we get Sin & Punishment now and the US gets that in October?)

Driveshaft

#12

Driveshaft said:

Hell yes! Can't wait for this to come to the PAL regions. My fiancé will be so pleased. It looks like I'm going to have to buy another points card very soon.

I'm not sure what I want more, Yoshi's Story or Super Metroid. I'm getting both, no matter what.

BJ1

#13

BJ1 said:

YES! this game perfectly makes up for Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japan)! Me and my brother used to love this game.

alvieao

#14

alvieao said:

I already have the original N64 version of Yoshi's Story; while it was great at first, I soon realized that all you do is eat fruits. Still, it beats playing the rather difficult Yoshi's Island DS. I really want Sin & Punishment released in the North American region...

ouenben

#15

ouenben said:

Yoshi's island was great imo. not a superb platforming classic, specially after Yoshi's island but it's a cute, fun enjoyable game, going through the main game isnt difficult but theres more challenge if you set out to play each of the 4 levels in every world, unlock the white/black yoshi's and get some stages with 100% melons or favourite fruit.

It's by no means the next 10/10 platformer to grace the VC (that'll be mario bros 3) but it's a fun romp for adults and kids. Kids can play through it normally and adults can dig deeper into the more challenging unlockables/ways of playing it.

Couldn't care about not getting SMB2j tbh, more interested in the vastly superior SMB3!

Yoshi's story is a great title people don't be put off because it looks kiddy.

__samaine

#17

samaine said:

This update stinks. The US better be getting Neo-Geo or the Hanabi Festival Japan-Only games REAL soon.

Kelvin

#18

Kelvin said:

I'd rather get Yoshi's Island, really. Fantastic game, and much better than the lacklustre N64 follow-up.

Stuffgamer1

#20

Stuffgamer1 said:

I've played Yoshi's Story on the N64. The music was good, and I liked the graphics just fine (I've never had a big problem with "kiddie" graphics), but the gameplay was flawed. One, the stage ends after you eat enough fruit, and NOT after you've been through all of it. Two, you don't even get to play every stage in one play-through of the game! It has some weird system that results in you only get to go to two or three stages in each world. And three, the game was very unforgiving with its lives system, giving you only five different-colored Yoshi's, and if you die, you lose that Yoshi and have to pick a color you don't like as much. It's definitely not worth $10.

Flip13lolb

#21

Flip13lolb said:

HOLY SHIZNITS IT IS HERE FINNALLY EVEN THOUGH IT WAS JUST a roumur but no where is yoshis islnad?

DEMON212

#22

DEMON212 said:

This has got to be in the top 3 of worst U.S releases. All the games are complete stinkers.

Tides_of_Chaos

#23

Tides_of_Chaos said:

ACK! I wanted the Japan-only games! Maybe they didn't do well in Europe and decided not to release them here? Come on, Europe! Buy those Japanese games!

__Seb

#24

Seb said:

Don't expect the hanabi festival games, if they were coming you would of got them this week....

ouenben

#25

ouenben said:

Demon212 - sorry but thats a bunch of lies, yoshi's story may not be in your good books but doesnt make it one of the worst weeks ever.

Zack - 'One, the stage ends after you eat enough fruit, and NOT after you've been through all of it. Two, you don't even get to play every stage in one play-through of the game! It has some weird system that results in you only get to go to two or three stages in each world. And three, the game was very unforgiving with its lives system, giving you only five different-colored Yoshi's, and if you die, you lose that Yoshi and have to pick a color you don't like as much. It's definitely not worth $10.'

So? You can exit some mario levels far from the end of the level so I guess Mario bros 3 and Mario world must be crap.
The whole games to do with eating the fruit, they don't force you to eat the first 30 fruit you come across you know, you can ignore certain fruit and get only lucky ones or favourite or even only melons. it's a unique gameplay method that is a nice break from the typical yet traditional run from the start to the end, left to right.

Not being able to play all stages in 1 playthrough just gives it more replayability, you can play 1 stage in each of the 6 worlds, each level is fairly long (except the first) which will last a good 5-10 mins per level, and like i said more replayability, you could have countless different playthroughs of the game, choosing different levels each time, with a total of 4 levels per page and 6 pages thats 24 levels, you could even play all of them in just 4 play throughs.

Given that the game is quite easy I don't think it matters that much about dying, there is 6 yoshis and the vastly superior black and white ones if you unlock them. Obv. you go for your favourite colour but if he dies its not the end of the world if you cant choose him anymore, but at least they gave you the choice, wish i could be Green in FEAR and Gears etc, but I can't so they both suck.
TBH thats a bad reason to dislike the game.

This game is well worth $10, it's got something for easy gamers, casual gamers, kids, gamers wanting a challenge, yoshi lovers, etc!
Most importantly to me it's just fun and charming to play through.

__Mark

#26

Mark said:

who's bad mouthing yoshi story?? That game's a CLASSIC! Perfect for ANY die hard mario fan! Black and White yoshis rock!

__rregiie

#27

rregiie said:

why on earth is this such a harsh look at yoshi, its a GEM of a game. way too harsh whoever wrote that up there.

Marioman64

#29

Marioman64 said:

ZOMG Yoshi's Story! thankoo lord ^.^

you people are wierdos, Yoshi's story one of the best games ever! and those that say it's not worth a look, you can't live without playing it! not only that, but i would LOVE to see you unlock ALL the levels AND find EVERY MELON on every course!

and you guys say its kiddy

Serpent

#31

Serpent said:

I dont see whats the big deal is,The game is very average and there are a ton of better platformers out right now.

I bet if this wasnt a yoshi game, No one would play it.

Driveshaft

#32

Driveshaft said:

^ You're probably right ^
but does that really matter? It's a game which is very much in demand. Stop bashing a game just because you're too manly to submit to the cuteness.

ouenben

#33

ouenben said:

Picross is average and theres a tonne of better puzzlers out there, what's your point?

There isn't that many other platformers better than Yoshi's island on VC, and people probably have them already

__BanjoSonic

#34

BanjoSonic said:

Regardless of what everyone else says, Yoshi's Story good, and it totally outbeats Yoshi's Island DS, which I thought was too frustrating to be as good as YI or YS.

__Mr. L

#35

Mr. L said:

Oh cool! I´ll just waiting only on Yoshi´s Story. Hey Amerikan guys let´s change!!!^^

Bass_X0

#36

Bass_X0 said:

i'll be getting yoshi's story when i can. i even still got the promotional music CD somewhere that came with the original N64 cartridge.

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