Yoshi News

January2018

December2017

  • Soapbox Yoshi's Woolly World Mended My Rocky Relationship With Yoshi

    A cracked heart tightly stitched back together

    Yoshi has been my favourite character from the Super Mario series since he made his dino-riffic debut in Super Mario World back in '91. I was so fond of him at that time that I convinced my parents to name our new Bichon Frise puppy in his honour. To this day, when I play Mario Kart or Mario Party...

June2017

March2017

February2017

  • News Poochy & Yoshi Offer Tips For National Love Your Pet Day

    Treat your pooch(y) today

    We're still feeling bloated from over-indulging on the recent National Pizza Day, but before you know it now it's the snappily-titled National Love Your Pet Day. Our friends over at Nintendo of America have helpfully sent over a charming infographic with Poochy and Yoshi offering 10 tips about how to honor your adorable...

  • News Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World Makes a Soft Landing in the UK Charts

    Pokemon Sun and Moon still lead the charge for 3DS

    The release of Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World on 3DS is the most recent attempt by Nintendo to earn a new audience for a highly regarded Wii U title, with previous and similar beneficiaries being the Koei Tecmo-developed Hyrule Warriors Legends and also Nintendo's own Super Mario Maker for...

  • News 3DS Titles Pushed Down by New Releases in Japanese Charts

    Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World gets past 50,000 lifetime sales

    It's Media Create Japanese charts time, and this week's result bring good news for Sony in particular, with new releases serving PlayStation systems well; for Nintendo it's a case of steady sales for older releases. In the software chart we have Capcom's Resident Evil 7: Biohazard...

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    3DS

    Review Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World

    Spinning a good yarn

    There have evidently been occasions in recent times when Nintendo started looking at sales figures and picking out projects that deserve a second chance on the 3DS. Yoshi's Woolly World, for its part, is one of a few elite-level 2D platformers on Wii U that stand out as top-notch exponents of the genre. Gorgeous visuals,...

January2017

December2016

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April2016

  • Video Yoshi's Story Comes Back to Life in Our Brand New Video Series

    A Nintendo Life Lesson

    Plenty of games get a bit of a bad reputation for one reason or another, and many of us who feel strongly about those titles aren't happy with how many people view them. Take Yoshi's Story for example: a game this writer played as a child and loved to pieces, so when the opportunity came up to explore the game in greater...

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    Wii U eShop / N64

    Review Yoshi's Story

    A pretty but short story

    There's a lot to love about Yoshi's Story. The presentation is gorgeous, the mechanics are solid, and seeing a bunch of Yoshis wandering about remains adorable throughout the campaign. Unfortunately the game is held back by oversimplified platforming, design that's clearly oriented towards young and inexperienced gamers, and...

March2016

  • News Shigeru Miyamoto on the Development of Yoshi's Island

    An oldie, but a goodie

    Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island was definitely something of a gamble for Nintendo when it launched back in the days of the SNES. The Super Mario series was only four (technically five) games long, and instead of making a safe sequel to the popular Super Mario World, a game was made starring his dinosaur companion, Yoshi...

December2015

November2015

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September2015

August2015

  • News Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo Stampedes onto Shelves this November

    Your fabric-based Godzilla fantasies realised

    The Yarn Yoshi amiibo triplicate was a great move by Nintendo - it brought the idea of toys-to-life into actual toys that aren't glorified statuettes. Three clearly wasn't enough though, as now we can expect a giant variation of these adorable critters to arrive in North America, Europe, Australia, and...

July2015

  • Weirdness Yoshi Gets Mad in Latest Yoshi's Woolly World Commercials

    Not so soft and cuddly

    Yes, we know, Yoshi's Woolly World is so last week in Europe, and a source of frustration for North America fans, but the latest Japanese trailer just has to be shared. Why? Because Yoshi gets angry. Even when beating up on fools in Super Smash Bros., Yoshi is a happy presence - he's playful and cute, and can't be thrown off...

June2015

May2015

April2015

  • Preview Unraveling the Truth in Yoshi's Woolly World

    Baby Mario cheerfully absent

    For many years now fans of games in the Yoshi series have been clamouring for a successor to Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, yet the games Nintendo has presented us with so far haven't quite hit the mark. Yoshi's Story ditched the somewhat irritating Baby Mario mechanic much to the delight of many, but overhauled...

  • News Yoshi's Woolly World Yarn amiibo Now Available for Pre-Order on the Nintendo UK Store

    You'd better be quick!

    We've seen lots of delightful amiibo over the past few months from the Super Smash Bros. and Mario Party ranges, however it's the yarn Yoshi amiibo figurines which tie in with the release of Yoshi's Woolly World on Wii U which really seem to be exciting collectors at the moment. They're amiibo made of wool and ridiculously...

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Yoshi's Island DS

    Swap-a-bye baby

    The challenge of having to follow up such a hot act as Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is staying true to the original while simultaneously feeling fresh and exciting. The original Yoshi's Island was a pioneer in its design; that design can be straight-up copied again, sure, but the sense of surprise that the first possessed...

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Yoshi Touch & Go

    Fleeting fun

    Between the DS, 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo has delivered many touch screen gaming experiences throughout the years. While some are genuinely creative and/or mechanically deep, others have ended up feeling like little more than an experiment or a tech demo rather than a full-fledged game; Yoshi Touch & Go falls into that latter...

  • News Those Yoshi's Woolly World Yarn amiibo Are Up for Pre-Order in the UK, and They're Pricey

    Holy Knit!

    When it comes to amiibo, it's hard not to be charmed silly be the yarn toys that are being released along with Yoshi's Woolly World on Wii U. They're amiibo made of wool - let's just digest that for a moment... Of course, stock will probably be harder to come by than an original Call of Duty concept, so the race will be on. UK gamers...

  • News Mario Maker Japanese Website Points to Inclusion of Yoshi and, Maybe, Kuribo's Shoe

    8-bit Yoshi, HD Kuribo's Shoe? Sign us up...

    Sometimes it pays to look for clues and information on official Nintendo game pages published for the Japanese market. Some eagle-eyed Mario Maker fans over on NeoGaf have been looking around the Japanese website for the game and found some interesting pointers on potential content. For starters, as you...

March2015

January2015

December2014

  • News Details and Images are Revealed for an Awesome Articulated Yoshi Figure

    Strike a pose

    Earlier this year we told you about a budget range of articulated Nintendo toys that are already available in North America, some of which are rather charming. The higher quality equivalents - the Figuarts range - are more detailed, however, and the most recent images of the upcoming Yoshi figure are pretty darn cute. Due in Japan in...

  • Feature 12 Days of Nintendo Christmas - Day Six

    On the sixth day...

    In this completely silly run of bite-sized features, we're going to write a new version of '12 Days of Christmas' with a Nintendo twist that will, hopefully, be good enough to sing. Six Yoshis Laying: With the original line being 'six Geese-a-Laying', we thought that Mario's favourite side-kick — apart from Luigi — was the...

October2014

August2014

  • Weirdness Yoshi's Real Name Is Both Silly and Scientific

    Will re-open the "is he a dinosaur" debate

    We were once told by Nintendo that Yoshi is not a dinosaur, as we'd stated in a feature, but that he was simply a Yoshi. Once we'd dusted ourselves down from the polite but firm telling off, we felt indignant. He is a dinosaur, with boots, what's so wrong about that? It is possible that down the road of...

June2014

May2014

  • News Yoshi Folder & Bookmark Set Arrives on Club Nintendo on Europe

    Cuteness overload

    The relatively recent 3DS release Yoshi's New Island may have endured a mixed critical and commercial reaction, but we certainly haven't lost any of our love for the mascot(s). Even if his games are occasionally missteps, we still think he's the best dino-like hero in the games industry — he's not a dinosaur, apparently. Club...

April2014

March2014

  • News Yoshi's New Island is Still Throwing Eggs in the UK Top 20

    Pokémon provides the only other Nintendo-exclusive top 40 presence

    After making its UK all-format chart début in 12th place, a test for 3DS title Yoshi's New Island has been to see how its momentum stacks up — not too badly, as it turns out. In its second week Yoshi's adventure is in 16th place — it holds the same spot in the single-platform...

  • Weirdness Titanfall Gets a Glorious Yoshi Write-Up in The Times

    We'd totally buy Titanfall: Yoshi Edition

    There's no getting around the fact that Yoshi's New Island had mixed reviews — we awarded it a 5/10 score, with various major outlets varying from 4 to 8 out of 10; there's little denying that it divided opinion. It's out in the wild now, however, and consumers will make their own decisions on how the...

  • Feature Baby Mario's Global Adventure Through Twitter

    More social networking hijinks from Nintendo

    During February Cranky Kong took over Nintendo of America's Twitter account for a day in order to promote Wii U release Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Nintendo had made much of the character's inclusion in the game, even officially revealing him at the VGX Awards, and took the opportunity to have a...

  • Month Of Yoshi Your Travel Guide To Yoshi's Island

    Going anywhere nice this year?

    Though we've finally shaken off the last of Winter's dreary cold here at Nintendo Life HQ, it's always tempting to consider taking a quick break somewhere bathed in sun and kalimba music. In our search for the perfect spot, we've come across an old travel brochure that fits right in with the Month of Yoshi. What...

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    3DS

    Review Yoshi's New Island

    Dino-lite

    Back in 1995, Yoshi's Island turned heads when it was announced as the successor to the masterful Super Mario World. Appearing to be more of a spin-off than a direct sequel, there was skepticism as to whether such a departure could live up to the Mario name and please fans of the series. Fortunately the unique gameplay mechanics,...

  • Month of Yoshi Guide for Beginner Yoshi Owners

    Practical advice on brightly coloured, insatiable dinosaur maintenance

    Congratulations on your first Yoshi! With the proper upkeep and care, your new addition will prove a faithful companion and friend. As the two of you build mutual trust, your Yoshi can even grow to serve as a chauffeur or care for your easily kidnapped children. Even without...

  • News Nintendo Releases an Extended Gameplay Trailer for Yoshi's New Island

    Eggs-actly what you were looking for (we're so sorry...)

    Yoshi's New Island is just days away, and Nintendo is releasing more footage and generating extra publicity before the final game hatches. We'd expect more egg puns as bad as ours to be poached, too, so we'll be sure not to let our heads get too scrambled. OK. We'll stop the terrible,...