Yoshi Touch & Go
Yoshi Touch & Go is a Nintendo DS game developed by Nintendo EAD and first released in Japan and the ROC on January 27, 2005. It is the only spin-off game in the Yoshi's Island series. Here, the player guides Yoshi and Baby Mario through an array of side-scrolling courses. The game is almost entirely touch driven, using the DS's stylus to fire eggs at enemies, trap them in bubbles, and build bridges or ramps for Yoshi to walk on. The game was later rereleased for the Virtual Console for the Wii U.
This game, for the most part, has the player shuttling Yoshi and Baby Mario over the ground to safety at the stork. Yoshi cannot be controlled directly; he must be guided on his way with the clouds made from the stylus touching the screen. Whenever the player sweeps the stylus over the screen, a cloud bridge appears, making for a game experience much like Mario & Wario. A blow into the microphone will sweep all clouds onscreen away, in case the screen has become clogged. These clouds must be utilized to keep Yoshi and Baby Mario from danger; a single hit from an enemy will do them in. Enemies cannot go through a cloud from under, but they can use the surface to walk on.
Fortunately, the player can use a special power to Yoshi’s advantage. When a semi-perfect cloud circle is drawn, it will morph into a circular bubble. This bubble can be thrown with the stylus by swishing the pen, then removing it from the screen. Bubbles can be used to push enemies away or, better yet, if a bubble is drawn over an enemy, the bubble will trap the enemy inside, turning it into a coin. Different enemies have different values; for example, Shy Guys are only worth one Yellow Coin while a Fly Guy is worth a Blue Coin. Multiple enemies can be trapped in bubbles; the more that are trapped, the more bonus points will be earned. But beware: some enemies, like Briers, cannot be trapped, as they have spikes protecting them that will pop any bubbles drawn around. If a bubble is thrown to Yoshi, it will pop and the coins inside will be immediately obtained.
Another way to destroy enemies and to collect coins is to shoot eggs. Eggs are obtained and act in a way quite differently than in other Yoshi titles: Eggs are collected by eating fruit. Different fruits have different values; the smallest one being apple, the largest being the delicious melon. Fruits are eaten when Yoshi gets near them; he will automatically swallow them and lay the eggs obtained. Fruit can be grabbed in a bubble and thrown to Yoshi for more ammo as well. The number of eggs Yoshi can carry depends on color. The green Yoshi can carry the lowest amount, the black Yoshi the most. An egg is thrown by lightly touching the touch screen with the stylus. An egg will be thrown in the direction where the screen was touched. If an enemy is hit with an egg, the points given will be the same as if the enemy was a coin. For instance, a Shy Guy is worth one Yellow Coin, or one point. It can be grabbed in a bubble to make it become a Coin, or be shot with an egg to quickly obtain its point worth. In this game, eggs, instead of bursting once having hit too many walls, will bounce about until flying off the screen, making item collection in enclosed caves a snap.
Even Yoshi himself acts different. Besides egg-throwing, he can only jump and flutter. Tapping his hindquarters causes him to jump; tapping again while he is in the air will make him flutter, which can be repeated infinitely while he is floating in midair.
Unlike all the other Yoshi games, this game has no story. Every game mode begins with Kamek smashing into the Stork and making off with Baby Luigi, while Baby Mario falls toward the land below, beginning the game. Every mode begins with Baby Mario falling toward the ground, while the player must use clouds to guide him to the ground and bubbles to destroy enemies. The sky level differs depending on the mode selected; for instance, the Time Attack mode has Super Stars hovering in the air for Baby Mario to reach the air faster, as well as a timer and bumpers to obstruct the baby's fall. Each level has the following in common:
When Baby Mario reaches the ground, a Yoshi is awaiting him. The color of the Yoshi depends on how many points Yoshi has collected, or how fast he came down. Coloring of the Yoshi influences how fast it runs, plus how many eggs it can carry. The lowest Yoshi color is green, the highest is black. The color changes from green to light blue at 60, level-ups are given every 20 points up.
The game has four modes; the first two are unlocked from the start, the others must be unlocked by beating the top score for the first two.
For Battle/Versus mode, the rules are very simple. The clouds are also yellow here. If one Yoshi manages to go far enough, a ending goal with Yoshi's face on it appears. Whichever Yoshi goes through it first makes the other Yoshi knocked out and lose. The only enemies are Marucchi, but if the player defeats lots of enemies in a row with an egg, a few red spiked Briers appears on the opponent's screen. The first Yoshi to be knocked out loses. There is no end, so it is no competition.
The following table displays information pertaining which color of Yoshi the player controls during the Marathon Mode. During this mode, White Yoshi may randomly be played during one 1,000 yard run, after having finished one 1,000 yard run as a Black Yoshi.
Yoshi Touch & Go was initially planned to be a Nintendo GameCube game; specifically, it would be a puzzle-oriented, horizontal platformer centering on the basic concept of Yoshi protecting Baby Mario. It would also use the GameCube controller and was said to have apparently always focused on drawing as a major gameplay element, although such a statement may have been referring to the game's later Nintendo DS version when spoken by the developers . Sometime during the game's development, it would appear to have split into both a Nintendo DS and GameCube version (the latter of which was favored by Shigeru Miyamoto), the developers undecided as to which one would be released.
A work-in-progress Yoshi Touch & Go was first revealed to the public in the form of an E3 2004 Tech Demo known as Balloon Trip. Though Balloon Trip featured only the sky segments that would later be used in the final version of Yoshi Touch & Go, it did so in a manner almost identical to that of Yoshi Touch & Go's final version. Balloon Trip proved itself successful enough for Nintendo to permit its developers to release it as a full game, and the team working on it soon grew. Balloon Trip's success also helped the developers in deciding to cancel the GameCube version of Yoshi Touch & Go and completely move their project to the Nintendo DS. On October 7th, 2004, Yoshi Touch & Go was announced as a full game, and it was released on January 27th, 2005 in Japan, featuring several differences from Balloon Trip, one of the most noticeable of which being its ground stages (which may have been inspired by the puzzle-platformer elements of the canceled GameCube version).
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