- “Hit the ? Block and cross the starting line to begin the race. The faster you go, the more melons you'll win at the goal line!”
- —Message Block, Yoshi's Story
The Melon Race is a special minigame that occurs in Yoshi's Story. The event is triggered after a Baby Yoshi hits specific ? Blocks located in certain levels. When the ? Block is hit, a red flag with the yellow word "START" on it appears near the ? Block, while a GOAL flag appears at some larger distance away. The goal of the Melon Race is to cross the finish line as quickly as possible after passing by the starting line. The faster this is accomplished, the more melons the Yoshi is awarded upon reaching the finish line, with the maximum number being seven melons. The amount of time the Baby Yoshi has to finish the race is symbolized by a Chomp slowly approaching a line of seven numbered melons near the top of the screen. If enough time has elapsed before the Yoshi reaches the finish line, the Chomp begins eating the melons one by one until the Yoshi crosses the finish line or it has eaten all of the melons, the latter resulting in the failure of the minigame. Each melon eaten by the Chomp is lost to the Baby Yoshi. After the Yoshi crosses the finish line, a Lakitu flies down and delivers the number of melons earned by the Yoshi.