Scratch and Match (minigame)

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Yoshi and Baby Mario playing Scratch and Match.
Yoshi is about to win five extra lives (a "5-up" for three Baby Marios) in Scratch and Match

Scratch and Match, also shortened to Scratch, is a Bonus Challenge in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. It involves scratching cards to get extra lives. In the game, the player scratches three cards; scratching a Baby Mario panel gives the player extra lives, while scratching a Toady does nothing.

The scoring in the Bonus Challenge is as follows:

  • 3 Toadies – Nothing (11.4% probability)
  • 1 Baby Mario – 1-Up (51.4% probability)
  • 2 Baby Marios – 2-Up (34.3% probability)
  • 3 Baby Marios – 5-Up (2.9% probability)

The arrangement of the cards is randomized. A player wins approximately 1.35 extra lives on average. There are four Toady cards and three Baby Mario cards in the game, leading to a total of seven cards.

This minigame returns in Yoshi's Island DS, where players scratch the cards on the Touch Screen using the stylus Stylus. In both games, it is the minigame of World 2.


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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スクラッチ

Italian Gratta e vivi
Scratch and live; pun on "Gratta e vinci" (Scratchcard; lit. "Scratch and win")