|Yoshi's Story (1997)
|Unlocks a level on the next page; fully heals a Yoshi
- “Find the Special Hearts to open other courses on the next page.”
- —Message, Yoshi's Story
Special Hearts are relatively rare items in Yoshi's Story. They are required to open new levels in subsequent pages, which act as the game's worlds. Each page in the game has four levels; however, only the first level of the subsequent page can be accessed unless a Special Heart is collected in the current level. This applies to all pages past the first page. On that page, all four levels can be accessed at the beginning of the game. Instead of playing through each level on a page, the player gets to play through only one level on a page before moving on to the next page.
In each level, there are three Special Hearts hidden throughout the stage. Ringing chimes sound when a Baby Yoshi is close to a Special Heart. Each Special Heart opens a new level on the next page, meaning that all three Special Hearts are needed to unlock all the levels on the next page. Basically, the more Special Hearts collected, the more options for levels there will be in the next world. As such, Special Hearts must be collected in order to have access to every level in the game.
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