Yoshi's Story

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This article is about the game Yoshi's Story. For the Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stage of the same name, see Yoshi's Story (stage).
Yoshi's Story
Yoshi's Story Box.png
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo 64, Virtual Console (Wii, Wii U)
Release date Nintendo 64:
Japan December 21, 1997
USA March 10, 1998
Europe May 10, 1998
Australia May 11, 1998
China March 25, 2004 (iQue)
Virtual Console (Wii):
USA September 17, 2007
Europe October 26, 2007
Australia October 26, 2007
Japan October 30, 2007
Virtual Console (Wii U):
Japan February 17, 2016
USA March 24, 2016
Europe April 14, 2016
Australia April 15, 2016
Genre Platform
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
USK:USK 0.svg - All ages
Mode(s) Single player
Media
Nintendo 64:
Media N64 icon.png Cartridge
iQue Player:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Wii:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Wii U:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Input
Nintendo 64:
iQue Player:
Wii:
Wii U:

Yoshi's Story is the second main platform game starring Yoshi, and the first one outside of the Yoshi's Island series, released for the Nintendo 64. It was released in 1997 in Japan and a year later in 1998 in the United States. Later, it received a port to the Virtual Console for the Wii in fall of 2007 for all regions. The music of Yoshi's Story was composed by Kazumi Totaka, who voices Yoshi in this game, a first for the Mario franchise. The gameplay possesses similar mechanics to the Yoshi's Island series of games, but it does not include Baby Mario.

An unnamed Yoshi tech demo was unveiled at the time of the Game Boy Advance's first announcement. The title was seemingly either a port or a direct sequel to Yoshi's Story, but it is unknown if it was simply meant as a demo or was canceled. Years later, a spin-off title called Yoshi Topsy-Turvy was released, which featured the same art style and mechanics as Yoshi's Story and was perceived as a sequel. Yoshi's Story was also the first Mario/Yoshi game on the Nintendo 64 released in North America to be rated E for everyone due to the changeover by the ESRB from the previously used K–A "Kids to Adults" rating in 1998. The game sold 1.28 million copies in the Americas and 2.85 million worldwide.

Story[edit]

The Yoshis on top of the story book

Yoshis live in harmony at Yoshi's Island, and their ultimate source of happiness is provided by the Super Happy Tree. Baby Bowser becomes jealous of their happiness and steals the Super Happy Tree, crushing their happiness, and then performs a spell to turn the entire island into a pop-up picture book.

Six Baby Yoshis hatch into the island and learn of what Baby Bowser has done, and thus, they set out to retrieve the tree. They venture through six "pages" of the island, until eventually fighting him at the end and retrieving the Super Happy Tree.

Gameplay[edit]

A gameplay screenshot from Rail Lift, one of the levels from Yoshi's Story.

Yoshi's Story is played much like Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, although a few aspects were tweaked or removed, such as the timer that counted down for Baby Mario when Yoshi was hit or Yoshi's ability to morph. To complete a level, the Baby Yoshis have to eat exactly thirty Fruits scattered through the level. Before starting a level, the player has to select a Baby Yoshi. Each Yoshi has different taste when it comes to Fruits and Shy Guys and will recover more health (and score more points) if it eats a Fruit or a Shy Guy that is of its own color. The top left corner of the screen has a flower which serves as the life bar; the flower's petals will fall off as Yoshi loses more health, and its facial expression will also change accordingly (happy when full, sad when dying). Certain characters aid the Yoshis in various ways, including Miss Warp, who can teleport the Yoshis to different parts of the level, and Poochy, who can find hidden objects from far away.

If a Baby Yoshi is defeated within the level, this Baby Yoshi will be taken to Bowser's Castle by Baby Bowser's Toadies. If all of the Baby Yoshis are kidnapped, the game is over. However, any lost Baby Yoshi (aside from the secret, unlockable Black and White Yoshis) can be saved by finding a White Shy Guy and finishing the level with it. When starting a game on either Story Mode or Trial Mode, the game will randomly select a "Lucky Fruit". Said Lucky Fruit automatically heals all of the Yoshi's life, even if the Yoshi is not supposed to like the fruit.

Each world has four different levels to choose from; once beaten, the player moves on to the next world, without visiting the other three levels. This means to play through every single level, the player must play through the game at least four different times, going to the unvisited levels in each world. The game has four different difficulty levels: novice, easy, medium, and hard.

Yoshi's Moves[edit]

The Baby Yoshis can perform various moves to complete their adventure. Most of these moves were taken from Yoshi's Island, although some were tweaked or now have a new function.

Jumping and Fluttering[edit]

Pink Yoshi flutter jumping.

By pressing A Button, the player can make Yoshi jump; by pressing A Button again and holding it, the player can make a Yoshi Flutter Jump. This helps the player get to higher places. It is possible to flutter longer by holding A Button after Yoshi grunts.

Swallowing[edit]

To Swallow an object, the Baby Yoshis have to lick with their tongues. It is possible to control the direction of the tongue with the Control Stick. Unlike Yoshi’s Island, Yoshi automatically ingests the things he eats with his tongue.

Throwing Eggs[edit]

Red Yoshi about to throw an egg.

When a Yoshi eats an enemy, it can turn into an egg. By pressing Z Button or Camera buttons, Yoshi can aim the egg he made at various things, and throw it by releasing the button.

Ground Pound[edit]

To utilize this move, a Baby Yoshi must jump and quickly press down on the control stick. The Yoshi will pound the ground. A Ground Pound can be used to reveal a few items hidden in the ground or to defeat enemies.

Sniff-Sniffing[edit]

Green Yoshi Sniff-Sniffing.

A move exclusive to this game, Sniff-Sniffing is helpful in finding objects hidden in the ground. To execute it, the player must press R Button. If the Baby Yoshi is near an object, a ! will appear next to the Baby Yoshi's head. If Baby Yoshi is standing on a hidden item, he will wave at the player. Any objects hidden in the ground can be revealed by ground-pounding them. Poochy can be found in a few levels and will sniff for the Yoshi Clan.

Modes[edit]

Story Mode[edit]

The main cast of Yoshi's Story, featuring the eight Yoshis that appear in the game as well as Poochy

The main portion of the game, Story Mode contains 24 levels (four per world), but only six can be played during a single playthrough (the game jumps directly to the next world after a level is completed). The player can choose which of the four levels in page one they wish to start on. However, the choice of levels in later worlds is determined by the number of Special Hearts collected in the previous level. To finish each level, the Yoshis must eat 30 different fruits scattered throughout the level. Whenever a level is completed, the Baby Yoshis start singing and a text appears to explain what happened in the level.

Trial Mode[edit]

Trial Mode select stage screen with all stages unlocked

Trial Mode is a mode that allows the player to play any stage that they have beaten in Story Mode. In order to unlock all the stages, the player must play Story Mode at least four times and get all the Special Hearts from the stage that they were playing. This mode was created to save the player's highest score of the levels. To quit a stage, the Z Button + START Button buttons should be pressed together. Also, the player cannot use Black Yoshi and White Yoshi; they are only playable in Story Mode.

Eating nothing but melons is a great method of increasing one's high score, although it can be really difficult to perform in some stages. If this is done, a marker appears at the end of the level. In order to eat all the melons from the stage, the player will need to sniff-sniff all the time to find hidden objects in the ground.

Also, if the player waits for two minutes and ten seconds, Totaka's Song is heard.

Practice Mode[edit]

Practice Mode consists of an exclusive level in which the various controls and techniques of the games are explained. This level is the only one that does not have 30 melons in it.

Characters[edit]

Playable[edit]

All the following Yoshis are playable. Their name is listed next to what their favorite fruit in the game is (since when a Yoshi eats one of its favorite food, the life bar heals more than it usually would). Eating Melons will also have this effect, no matter which Yoshi color it is. They also serve as lives.

Supporting characters[edit]

Image Name Description
BalloonBullyYS.png Balloon Bully A balloon-like entity that carries a log on its head, allowing the Yoshis to reach otherwise non-accessible locations.
YSGreenDragon.png
YSRedDragon.png
Dragon A serpentine dragon that acts as a lift for the Yoshis to use while in the air or over lava.
Yoshi's Story Ghost Riders.png Ghost Rider A whisp-like spirit that acts as a platform for the Yoshis to use.
YSHuffinPuffinsSprite.png Huffin Puffin Wanders around with chicks following. The chicks can be used as replacements for eggs.
MsWarp1Sprite.png MsWarp2Sprite.png MsWarp3Sprite.png MsWarp4Sprite.png Miss Warp An egg-shaped creature that is asleep but soon warps Yoshis to another Miss Warp when awoken.
YSRedNeuronSprite.png YSBlueNeuronSprite.png YSYellowNeuronSprite.png YSPurpleNeuronSprite.png Neuron A slug-like creature that makes movements depending on its color.
YSPoochySprite.png Poochy A dog that can sniff-sniff items for the Yoshis. He follows a Yoshi.
PowerBeeYS.png Power Bee An insect that restores health to the Yoshis when eaten. These creatures cannot harm the Yoshis if touched.
YSGreenSnake.png
YSRedSnake.png
Snake A serpentine creature that acts similar to a dragon, except it is much smaller.

Enemies[edit]

Image Name Description
AirBag YS.png Air Bag A balloon creature that appears from an immovable Mystery Crate.
YSAttacky Sack.png Attacky Sack A circular, marble-like creature that bounces around, attempting to run into a Yoshi.
BambooDancerRedYS.png BambooDancerYellowYS.png BambooDancerGreenYS.png Bamboo Dancer (blue) Bamboo Dancers Two Shy Guys that each hold a long stick across a pathway, requiring the Yoshi to jump over it.
YSBeeSprite.png Bee/Bee (Yoshi's Story) A bee that inhabits a hive and will sting any Yoshis that wander too close. The big ones will fly in a straight line.
BigandLittleBoo.png Big & Little Boo A line of Boos that follow each other, holding a Melon within the line.
YSBlaarg.png Blargg A giant blob-like creature that randomly arises from lava.
YSBlindfoldBoo.png Blindfold Boo A blindfolded Boo that uses sound cues such as the gathering of coins to attack a Yoshi.
Blue Blurp.png Blue Blurp A giant fish that spits water up at Yoshis. If a Yoshi falls into the river the Blurp resides in, the Yoshi will be eaten by it.
YSBobomb.png Bob-omb A sentient bomb that wanders around, eventually exploding. Any Yoshis caught in the blast take damage.
BoneDragonHeadYS.png Bone Dragon head A head of the Bone Dragon, apparently separated from the main body.
YSBooSprite.png Boo A ghost enemy that stops moving when looked at and follows a Yoshi when facing away. It can be defeated only by looking away from it and bouncing an egg off a wall to hit it.
YSBooBlock.png Boo Block A Boo disguised as a block, only revealing its true form when a Yoshi looks away from it.
BulletBillYS.gif Bullet Bill A bullet-like enemy that is emitted from a Bill Blaster and travels in a straight line.
YSBumpty.png Bumpty A penguin-like foe that can bump a Yoshi around.
YSBurnerHeihoSprite.png Burner Heihō A Shy Guy that pushes around a Barbeque stand, releasing flames that trap Yoshis in between.
Centipede.png Centipede A caterpillar-like enemy that paces around with spiked segments.
CheepCheepYS.png Cheep Cheep A fish that swims around, either in a straight line or in a set pattern.
YSChomp.png Chomp A dog-like enemy that jumps nearby to where a Yoshi is, smashing any ground below it.
YSClam.png Clam An aquatic clam that bubbles up air while underwater.
YSComBatSprite.png ComBat A strange, crustacean-like creature that attacks any Yoshi that gets too close.
Do drop.png Do-Drop A particle of water that drops down from a cloud.
Yoshi'sStoryFlyGuy.png Fly Guy A flying Shy Guy that appears in a group of four. If a Yoshi defeats all four with a single egg, that Yoshi is awarded a Melon.
YSFrogSprite.png Frog An amphibious enemy that jumps around.
Fuzzy Wiggler.png Fuzzy Wiggler A caterpillar enemy that wanders around endlessly. It can only be defeated if a Yoshi turns all of its segments purple.
YSGabonSprite.png Gabon A small enemy that coughs up and throws large spike balls.
YSGoonie.png Goonie A bird that flies around and can be ridden on. Some of them carry bombs. These creatures cannot directly harm a Yoshi if touched.
IckWorm.png Ick Worm A worm that floats down on a leaf. If the worm is eaten, Yoshi will lose health.
YSJellyFish.png Jellyfish A jellyfish that has multiple behaviors depending on its color. Some actively chase Yoshi, while others stay in one place.
Jellyghost.png Jelly Ghost A Boo that resides in jelly, lashing out at any Yoshi that comes near.
YSLakitu.png Lakitu A cloud-riding turtle enemy that chases its opponents while throwing various items.
LavabubbleYS.png Lava Bubble A fireball that jumps up and down out of lava.
Lava Ghost.png Lava Ghost A spectral Lava Bubble that jumps out in an arced fashion.
Little Boos A swarm of miniature Boos that swoop down at Yoshis.
MrEel.png Mr. Eel An eel that swims mindlessly straight.
YoshisStory Nipper Plant.png Nipper Plant An enemy that appears after a Nipper Spore has touched the ground.
Nipper Spore.PNG Nipper Spore A free-flying, dandelion-like enemy that becomes a Nipper Plant after it touches the ground. Eating it does not produce an egg.
Yoshi'sStoryPakEDerm.png Pak E. Derm An elephant that holds up a stop sign in an attempt to block a Yoshi's progress. It can be temporarily stunned with a Ground Pound.
YSPeeper.png Peeper A bird that flies around. If a Yoshi shoots one with an egg, it will lose its feathers and fall down.
PirahnaPlantYS.png Piranha Plant A plant enemy that grows on a vine, attempting to ensnare a Yoshi by wrapping around it.
PirahnaPestYS.png Piranha Pest A Piranha Plant sprout that attempts to swallow a Yoshi with its long tongue. A swallowed Yoshi will temporarily shrink.
Piranha Sprout.gif Piranha Sprout A small Piranha Plant that jumps from the ground in an attempt to eat a Yoshi.
PirateGuysYS.png Pirate Guy An enemy that remains in the background, shooting various items at Yoshis.
PropellerShyGuySprite.png PropellerShyGuyYellow.png PropellerShyGuyGreen.png PropellerShyGuyBlue.png Propeller Shy Guy An airborne Shy Guy that carries a fruit. If a Yoshi eats one, it will fly away.
Puffer.png Puffer An elephant-like creature that releases balls of energy.
YSRaven.png Raven A black, bird-like enemy that is found wandering around platforms.
BlurpRed.png Red Blurp A giant Cheep Cheep that jumps out of the water in an attempt to eat a Yoshi.
SeaAnemonieArtwork.png Sea Anemone A sea creature that reaches out towards a Yoshi with its long arms.
YS Dark Blue Sea Cactus.png YS Light Blue Sea Cactus.png YS Teal Sea Cactus.png YS Indigo Sea Cactus.png YS Dark Purple Sea Cactus.png YS Dark Pink Sea Cactus.png YS Light Pink Sea Cactus.png YS Lime Green Sea Cactus.png YS Light Green Sea Cactus.png YS Dark Green Sea Cactus.png YS Orange Sea Cactus.png YS Yellow Sea Cactus.png Sea Cactus A spiked Neuron of varying sizes that can be found spinning from side to side near or under water.
YSSensuikanHeiho.png Sensuikan Heihō A Shy Guy that pilots a submarine, shooting torpedoes at any intruders.
Yoshi's Story Shy Guy.png YSShyGuyYellow.png YSShyGuyGreen.png YSShyGuyBlue.png Shy Guy A mask-wearing enemy that is the ubiquitous enemy in the game. They wander about, come in different colors, and can be defeated in any manner.
Pogo Guy.png PogoGuyYellow.png PogoGuyGreen.png PogoGuyBlue.png Shy Guys on Pogo Sticks Shy Guys that bounce around on pogo sticks.
YSSnorkelSnake.png Snorkel Snake A gigantic eel that attempts to encircle a Yoshi.
Snowguy.png SnowguyYellow.png SnowguyGreen.png SnowguyBlue.png Snow Guy A Shy Guy dressed in winter attire, throwing snowballs at any Yoshi it sees.
YSSpider.png Spider An arachnid enemy that attacks a Yoshi by dangling from a string.
Spike.png Spike A metallic enemy that jumps around or straight up in the air.
YSSpikedFunGuy.png Spiked Fun Guy An enemy that jumps from the background, before suddenly rolling down any slopes it lands on.
YSSpikedFish.png Spiny Cheep-Cheep A spined Cheep Cheep that causes a Yoshi to take damage if eaten.
PinkTeeheeButterflyYS.png PastelTeeheeButterflyYS.png BlueTeeheeButterflyYS.png Tehee Butterfly A butterfly that flashes between pink and blue. If a Yoshi eats a blue one, the Yoshi will lose all of its health.
YSToady.png Toady Toadies appear when a Yoshi faints, carrying them off to Baby Bowser's Castle.
BlackPropellerGuyYS.png Togetoge Iwa A giant Thwomp-like object dropped by a Black Shy Guy.
Yoshi's Story Vine Slime.png Vine Slime A slug-like enemy that climbs up and down a vine.

Mini-Bosses[edit]

Image Name Description
BoneDragonYS.png Bone Dragon A three-headed, skeletal dragon that shoots flames. The Yoshis must defeat each head either by throwing two eggs at each head or by ground-pounding each head two times.
Slug YS.png Slug A giant, colorful slug that can only be defeated by shooting its eyes, which stuns it, then pelting it with eggs.

Bosses[edit]

Image Name Description
CloudnCandyYS.png Cloud N. Candy A Cloud boss that can be gradually eaten by Yoshi. The boss is defeated when she is entirely eaten.
InvisoYS.png Inviso A ghost that remains invisible while releasing Peepers to attack. Yoshi must hit him with three eggs to defeat him.
YoshisStoryCloudjin.png Cloudjin A giant, wind-bending genie that floats around. Three eggs in the stomach (while tangible) will defeat him.
DonBongoSprite.png Don Bongo A giant Gabon-like creature that creates earthquakes with each step. Yoshi must shoot three eggs at his lips to defeat him.
BabyBowserYoshi'sStory.png Baby Bowser The final boss, Baby Bowser first rides around on his pet while throwing bombs. Said bombs must be sent back to damage him. Afterwards, the remainder of the battle is on foot.

Items and objects[edit]

Various items are found by the Baby Yoshis in their adventure. These are the following:

Worlds and levels[edit]

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

Main article: List of Yoshi's Story pre-release and unused content

Its working title was Yoshi's Island 64. The early logo looks similar to the SNES game Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island logo, implying that Yoshi's Story was originally planned as a sequel to said game and would have been a title in the Yoshi's Island series. However, after the health meter was chosen, the game was considered the first miscellaneous title in the Yoshi series of platformers.

Reception[edit]

Reviews
Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
N64 Peer Schneider, IGN 7/10 "Story will most definitely sell many many copies based on the reputation of its predecessor. But there will be a lot of unhappy gamers once they discover that Nintendo's mantra seems to have changed to Quality over Quantity of Levels. Trust us: You'll love it when you rent the game, but don't buy it. You'll finish it in a weekend -- but don't quit playing until you have seen the fourth level on each page"
N64 Joe Fielder, GameSpot 5.3/10 "Yoshi's Story doesn't provide lots of motivation to make you want to pull this off or really even play the game for more than 20 minutes. After a while, you realize it's the same trick over and over: find a piece of fruit, find a heart, find a piece of fruit, find a heart. Altogether, it's just not a lot of fun. The slight changes that Nintendo made to the game from the Japanese version (such as an unnoticeable increase in difficulty and the addition of letters that you must collect for the best ending) didn't really seem to improve the title at all. In the end, Yoshi's Story is good for a rental at best."
Aggregators
Compiler Platform / Score
Metacritic 65
GameRankings 59.91%

Staff[edit]

Main article: List of Yoshi's Story staff

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Yoshi's Story.

Music[edit]

Main article: Yoshi's Story (music)

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Appearances in other media[edit]

Yoshi's Story was the subject of volumes 19 and 20 of Super Mario-Kun.

Yoshi's Story was also featured in Club Nintendo's comics. These were later collected in a comic book titled Yoshi's Story Comic.

References to other games[edit]

  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - Yoshi's Story was originally to be called Yoshi's Island 64. Many of the elements from this game return in Yoshi's Story and the two games share very similar gameplay. Also, a small portion of the 'Flower Garden' track can be heard 43 seconds into 'Games of Happiness'
  • Mario Kart 64 - Yoshi's design sprites for Yoshi's Story use Yoshi's same exact design from this game.

References in later games[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヨッシーストーリー[1]
Yosshī Sutōrī
Yoshi Story
Chinese 耀西故事 (iQue, Simplified Chinese)[2]
Yàoxī Gùshì
Yoshi Story

Trivia[edit]

  • When the page turns, the player can hear the Baby Yoshis singing "Nintendo" in the background.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nintendo. ヨッシーストーリー. nintendo.co.jp. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  2. ^ iQue. 耀西故事. Retrieved December 3, 2016.