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      06.09.2011 21:44
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      A good game to start your kids on but not much for us unfortunately

      Background

      Let's face it back in the 90s Yoshi the ever starving dinosaur was due a comeback after the SNES/super Nintendo's highly successful super Mario world and Yoshi's island which involved this reptilian chap helping Mario or Luigi out in some form or another.

      In this game however is not really associated with the Mario brothers in any direct way, I think that it is supposed to be in the timeline somewhere between the time where you save baby Mario and reunite him with his family and when Mario returns to Dinosaur world to save princess Peach.

      Therefore Bowser is still a baby and comes back to get revenge on Yoshi and his colourful comrades by stealing the super happy tree which supplies the Yoshi's land with all their ripe and tasty fruit.
      Your mission is to travel through the lands and recover the tree. It's a bit of a basic plot but I think that is where Nintendo shines, especially in their plat formers.


      Game play

      You have the choice of playing as around 6 different coloured dinosaurs each with different taste preferences, for instance the red and pink Yoshi like red apples, yellow Yoshi like bananas, blue Yoshi like purple grapes and so on. All Yoshi's love cantaloupe melons though and there are thirty of these melons in each level, if you find them all then you open up more parts of the game. The fruits generally give health and for every ten of the same fruits you eat in a row you get a happy heart which gives temporary invincibility (this excludes falling down death holes however). There are also fruits Yoshi do not like which take off health such as the nasty, red chilli pepper.

      There are also happy hearts spread out throughout the game which give additional power ups.
      Along with the regular Yoshi's there are also special white and black ones who can pretty much eat anything without being phased, these have to be hunted down and rescued however.

      Once your Yoshi is killed you can no longer use that colour of Yoshi and the amount of Colours of Yoshi you have represent the amount of lives you have which can be a little annoying, if you find a white shyguy (those little guys in cloaks with three holed masks) then you can bring one of your Yoshi's back.
      You eat your way through the game and once you eat 30 fruits of any variety you beat each level and although this is easy enough to do the challenge of the game is to collect all thirty of the melons and obtain high scores. There are 6 worlds spread across the pages of a pop-up story book, four levels in each world of which you only have to complete one of.


      Graphics

      The graphics are actually quite pretty even by today's standards, it looks a little similar to Kirby's epic yarn or Yoshi's island with some 3D aspects despite the game being 2D. In other words the backgrounds are bright and colourful with patchwork and newspaper backgrounds almost like it was a child's art project or diorama.


      Soundtrack

      The soundtrack actually gets on my nerves a bit, although the music in the background is quite suited to the levels, some of the whining of the Yoshi's is a bit grating as they just keep at it.


      Extras

      Once you complete the levels through story mode you can then replay them in the challenge mode and compete with family members over who has obtained the high score which is pretty fun. Unfortunately that's the only extra gameplay though.


      Overall

      It was a very nice idea, but there is not enough gameplay to keep you going with only 24 levels in all compared to previous Yoshi and Mario games, on the whole it also seems a little too easy and almost babyish at times although it is fun to play through the first few times, there are not a lot of cut scenes and the ending lacks lustre.

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      24.07.2010 20:26
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      this game is well easy!

      In Yoshi land the happy fruit tree has been stolen by the evil baby bowser because Baby Bowser is jealous of all the happiness they have been given so he puts a curse in the story and this is stealing the tree, what all six Yoshis must do is to help find the happy fruit tree.
      There are different color Yoshi which are : green, light blue, dark blue, pink, red, yellow
      There are six levels to the game, all got four seperate games, the first one is in Yoshi world, second level is in a volcanic cave, the third one is up in the clouds, the fourth one is in a lake, the fifth level is under water and the last one is in Baby Bowser's castle.

      However in level three Yoshi must tackle and battle four different monsters which are connected to Baby Bowser's world. The Monster are are candy cloud which Yoshi must eat in order to defeat, the second monster is an invisible ghost which Yoshi must use his eggs to defeat him, the third one is a snowy ghost, Yoshi must then use his eggs to defeat him and avoid being blown away by the snowy ghost and the fourth monster is a monster who has lips made of rubber, Yoshi must keep jumping on his lips so that his lips are bigger than the monster himself.

      Yoshi has friends to help complete their quest, white shy guy who will bring Yoshi back from death castle and all seven Yoshi could come back alive!
      Also Yoshi is friends with Poochi the dog who will give Yoshi advice on completing the level.

      To complete the levels must collect fruit which includes watermelon, banana, apple, grapes and melon. Yoshi must complete a boarder. Fruit also helps Yoshi get full health and which is a full flower, but if he looses all his petal Yoshi then dies.

      To get lives Yoshi must get hearts - this could give Yoshi more lives!

      I used to love this game and before I owned it I always used to borrow it from the local video store and played it for hours and hours! So this game is great for the kids, and adults too as this is a laugh for them! five out of five stars!

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        21.11.2008 13:41
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        Still a good play for young kids

        This is probably one of the few 2D plat formers that I played on the N64, though it was quite entertaining when I was younger I am now finding it slightly babyish and a little too easy.
        The plot is pretty simple baby bowser steals a super happy tree from the land of Yoshi's and happiness leaves the land leaving everyone sad. Six new Yoshi's are born at this time and take it upon them to get the tree back and return joy to the land.
        You pick your colour of Yoshi to play each one having a favourite fruit depending on its colour which gives you bonuses; there is also a super happy fruit for each play through which gives you twice as many points as any other fruit eaten.

        There are also two secret Yoshi eggs which can be discovered a white one and a black yoshi, these Yoshis are special as they can eat pretty much anything including bad tasting enemies which regular yoshi can't eat. They also receive extra points for everything they eat.

        If you manage to find a white shyguy then you can return a dead yoshi to your team, your health is measured in flower petals at the top of the screen which is powered by fruit. Ideally to get a perfect score you want to find every single melon in each level.

        There are six zones and four levels within each zone only one which can be played each run through, they get increasingly more difficult as you move from 1-4.

        The graphics and visuals are colourful and very attractive 8/10

        The longevity of the game is very short and can be completed in under a few hours, though you can go through different level combinations each time to get a high score, or once you complete a level in story mode you can go back and play it on its own to get a high score. 6/10. However it seems too easy.

        Audio is very cute but also quite babyish 6/10

        The game play is simple and a bit too easy at times 6/10

        The plot is boring and predictable it also doesn't have a lot to it 5/10

        62% overall

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          08.02.2007 14:50
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          Get it if you can find it super cheap but just be ready to vomit if you decide to play.

          I remember this game here being hyped nearly to death by magazines and game shows before it was finally released in 1998. With the ambitious Yoshi's Story video game Nintendo here tried to create a good old fashion 2D action title since players around the world still love those traditional style platformers like amazing games Super Mario World (awesome game!) or the original Yoshi's Island (good too). Everyone loved those games and I know I was looking forward to the game too because most of the Nintendo 64 games focused highly on 3D instead and they can be very difficult to control at times, eh? If anyone could pull off an unbelievable 2D game it would definitely be the geniuses at Nintendo, but like the movie Pearl Harbour Yoshi's Story just misses the mark big time. Witness one of the biggest duds in N64 history!

          The pain starts with the game's lame story and some of the lamest music you will ever heard in a game. The evil Baby Bowser has stolen a special tree from the colourful dinosaur race known as the Yoshis (which is definitely named after some Japanese guy) and now the entire island is under a strange spell and it's turning everyone confused and mean. Fortunately, there were 6 Yoshi eggs unaffected by the spell and now these young Yoshis are on a dangerous quest to get the tree back. Ya, that bored me too. Remember when Britney Spears and Madonna kissed on TV? OK, did that to make sure you're still awake. Anyway, this game seems to be a prequel to the original Yoshi's Island because Mario is not around this time but he probably didn't want to ruin his career by appearing in this piece of crap.

          In the game you get to pick from one of six multicolored Yoshi's on a mission to collect 32 fruits on each stage to complete it. Each Yoshi is good at eating junk and throwing eggs but certain ones like the yellow Yoshi will prefer bananas for example over most other fruit but the best overall fruit to get for all the Yoshi's is the light green Melon. It's a interesting concept but since the Melons are the best ones to get overall the whole different colour Yoshi thing seems pointless.

          Sadly it gets much worse. The game's biggest problem here is that the whole game can be finished in less then a hour since you just need to go through 6 stages (the ending is very anti-climatic by the way). Where is the challenge in that? Sure, you can't find everything in that hour and you can replay the game to unlock different levels and get higher scores but in all honesty you probably won't care either way after being sorely disappointed with everything here. Another thing wrong with game is the loose controls. Unlike most 2D games you are forced to use the N64's analog stick to move Yoshi around. This is great to help the Yoshi's use their tongues in multiple directions but it sucks for precise jumping and you'll be doing a lot of that here.

          If there is one good thing about the game Yoshi's Story here is that the graphics are pretty average. The computer generation backgrounds and characters are very detailed and realistic plus the unique story book cinemas are cool here too. Sadly the 2D visuals still look very flat compared to other N64 games plus the older 16-bit Donkey Kong Country games still looked better overall in my opinion. Although the graphics are not that great, the sound is even more lack luster. Each stage comes with this weak low key quiet theme in the background. Some call it cute, I call it annoying. The Yoshi's like to sing a highly childish melody when they are idle and it makes you want to smack them and tell them to grow a pair. If that wasn't bad enough in between levels there is a sickeningly cute soundtrack whenever a stage is done where it sounds like the Yoshi's are calling me an As*hole here. I can't get over that, those little buggers just singed 'You As*hole' for me here! Believe me that's what I heard them say and I can't skip it either. This game just keeps on piling on the crap.

          OK, what the hell were they thinking? It's still a some what playable title with some what decent controls and that very cute look may appeal to a few younger gamers I guess but it's no must have especially if you like more long term game play for your hard earn cash. Remember, this wasn't a budget title when it was first introduced (even though it didn't take too long to go in the discount bins) so we had to pay full price for this. The game play isn't even as deep as the highly acclaimed but older Yoshi's Island for the SNES thanks to the lack of levels (24 compared to 48+), and innovative game play in general. Just close the book on this lame old story!

          *Battery back up game
          *Rumble Pak compatible

          YOSHI'S STORY overall rating: 28/100

          For 1 player only
          Rated (E) for Everyone
          graphics: 5/10
          sound: 2/10
          gameplay: 4/10
          replay: 3/10

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          -StarSoldier
          (Ryan Genno) 2007

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            22.07.2001 22:33

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            It was the second game I got with my N64, and the first game I sold with my N64. It is a 2D platformer - rare on the N64. And it's so darn cute. You play as the Yoshis, finding their way through a storybook. The graphics are good pre-rendered, but as with the whole game in two dimensions. The sound is reasonable, but the irritatingly cheerful music begins to get on your nerves, and the yoshi's singing well, let's just say that the mute button may be used for the first time in your television's life with Yoshi's story. The rest of the effects are okay, as is some music. The main problem, the reason why I wouldn't recommend it? The life of the game. The game has 16 levels in total, but you only have to finish 4 of them to win the game. And I did this in a day. For the next week, perhaps, you may play to get onto the rest of the levels, but after you've played them all, the cart will quickly gather dust. You have been warned. The game is unbelievably cute, and so will probably be suitable for younger players.

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            17.11.2000 18:23
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            All the kids loved Yoshi in Mario and they'll love it in Yoshi's Story as well.You wouldn't think this game would be that challenging but it's pretty hard.It has 24 worlds of adventure and is a very long game. Baby Bowser steals the Super Happy Tree that Yoshi has to somehow get back to save his island.You have six baby Yoshi's that have hatched out and are willing to take on the task of saving their island. You have to beat enemies,play puzzles and figure them out.You have dangerous traps, hidden items,bonus areas and special characters pop up on just about any given time. This game is interesting and fun, but if you have to play it for a long time you can lose interest in it.I do recommend to young kids even if some can't win the game,they'll have a ball trying!

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            05.10.2000 03:24

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            This game is by nintendo. Every game Nintendo does is good. This is no exception, although its different. This game takes a break from the normal violent or competetive nature of the normal games, this is relaxing. Yoshis story employs you to take command of the 8 yoshis (including black and white) to rescue the Supper Happy Tree from the evil clutches of baby bowser. The Graphics here are in a world of their own - bright, colourful and original. The sounds and music reflects the overall cute look of the game - the tunes'll get you singing along, and the overall layout is impressive. Not perhaps as long lasting as normal nintendo games, this is brilliant in its own right. Even though its a 2D platformer, it'll always seem fresh and original.

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            06.08.2000 06:27

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            For a 2D platformer, this game has really brilliant graphics..and the music is good too. To play, it is no doubt fun, with some nice ideas. The idea of having to collect 30 fruit, rather than having to get to the end of the level, is original. However, although I credit all attempts at originality, I feel that it has failed on this occasion. Once you have 30 fruit, you feel disappointed that you will now leave, and you won’t get to see the end of the level. Also, despite around 24 levels, just 6 of them need to be completed before the end sequence kicks in. There would have been a much bigger incentive to play, if, simply, all the levels needed to be completed in a specific order. In general, the ideas are nowhere near a as good as the ideas in the fantastic Mario Bros series. No secret warp pipes here! Also, and most importantly, it is unbelievably easy. Many people will get to the end on their first go. Fun while it lasts, but it is a big disappointment!

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            20.07.2000 01:37

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            This game is by nintendo. Every game Nintendo does is good. This is no exception, although its different. This game takes a break from the normal violent or competetive nature of the normal games, this is relaxing. Yoshis story employs you to take command of the 8 yoshis (including black and white) to rescue the Supper Happy Tree from the evil clutches of baby bowser. The Graphics here are in a world of their own - bright, colourful and original. The sounds and music reflects the overall cute look of the game - the tunes'll get you singing along, and the overall layout is impressive. Not perhaps as long lasting as normal nintendo games, this is brilliant in its own right. Even though its a 2D platformer, it'll always seem fresh and original.

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            16.07.2000 01:35

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            The graphics in Yoshi's Story are detailed beyond belief. Any nagging doubts you've had about the N64's ability to handle 2D graphics will be shattered when you see Yoshi's Story for the first time. Forget Donkey Kong Country and Killer Instinct--they have absolutely nothing on Yoshi's Story. Yoshi's Story has some of the most colorful and detailed graphics seen in a 'rendered' game. Some of the locales actually approach photo-realism. Everything from surreal cloth/fabric-created worlds to tropical landscapes can be found here, and each of them have their own look and feel. Some of them look as though they're a window to another world, as if you could reach through your television and touch what you're seeing. They look that good. Character animation is equally impressive. The only problem is that the character design in Yoshi's Story isn't on par with Yoshi's Island. Yoshi's Island had much more imaginative creatures, and, quite frankly, they make Yoshi's Story's assortment of creatures look rather bland and contrived. The bosses, in particular, are terribly boring, whereas the bosses in Yoshi's Island were all very imaginative and stunning in their own way. I won't give anything away, but the last boss encounter is nothing short of uninspired. As with character design, the music in Yoshi's Story is simply not as good Yoshi's Island's assortment of tunes. For instance, I can still hum most of the songs from Yoshi's Island, but I can't remember anything from Yoshi's Story except the annoying Yoshi-singing/rapping. There is nothing here that could remotely be considered memorable or enjoyable. Of course, the most important part of any game is how it plays. Once again, Yoshi's Story takes second fiddle to Yoshi's Island in this respect. To complete a level in Yoshi's Story, you have to grab a certain amount of fr
            uit. You don't even have to play through an entire level to beat it. There is no goal in each level other than collecting fruit. The problem is that every level has anywhere from 2 to 3 times the amount of fruit you need in order to complete it. This makes beating even the later levels a very easy task. This concept was flawed from the beginning, and Nintendo really should have thought about how badly it would affect the game before implementing it. The fact that you only have to play through 6 of the 24 levels to beat the game is the final nail in its coffin. You can beat it without dying your first time through, and it takes less than an hour. Yoshi's Island took me over a week to beat while Yoshi's Story took me less than a day. That should tell you something right there. In terms of secrets, Yoshi's Island has another win over Yoshi's Story. Each world in Yoshi's Island had a secret level that could only be found by finding every hidden item in that particular world. There are no secret levels in Yoshi's Story, however, and you don't even need to find all of the hidden items in the game to open all 24 levels. In fact, there is no real incentive to find all of the secrets unless you want a black Yoshi. That may be incentive enough for some people, but it didn't do anything for me. In conclusion, I can't recommend Yoshi's Story to anyone but the youngest of gamers. Those of you looking for a challenge will want to pass on this game. If you're a fan of Yoshi's Island, you might want to rent Yoshi's Story, if only to see where Nintendo is going with the series.

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            07.07.2000 02:38

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            Yoshi's story is about a friendly yoshi's trying to find a happy tree. This game is a game for all ages but usually a game for youngsters. For this game I'd give it a rating of 8/10. This game is for about ages of 5-13. Most people play this game since it is fun and it brings happyness. The object of this game is to reach the end of all the levels and get to the happy tree. Once you get to the happy tree after beating junior browser you can start the whole game again. Most people don't like this game cause they think it's childish.

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            07.07.2000 01:11

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            Yoshi's story is quite a good game but not exciting it gets boring after a while and it has not good game play. The graphics on this game are brill but that is the only thing I can say about it which is good. They need to make it a lot better the game is not good enough in my books. It should not be any good in any body elses either. This is not as good as you thought it would be!!

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            27.06.2000 18:27
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            This is one of the only 2D platformers found on the N64 and involves the famous character yoshi in a number of colours, ohhh! The control system is very basic and so is the game in general. Take any one of a number of routes through the story book completing the different levels to move onto the next page. Once you reach the final page you have to defeat bowser. This will probably only take a couple of hours to do. What makes this platformer different from most is that you don't have to reach the end of the level you just have to collect thirty of any of the fruits scattered around the levels. These fruits are worth different points and the mellons are worth the most. The real challenge in this game is trying to find thirty mellons on every level to get maximum points. This can be very tricky and good fun. Suprisingly the graphics on the game are very good although 2D, with some amazing backgrounds.

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            26.06.2000 06:43
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            Yoshi's story is a 2D platformer. Already, that'll have put many people off. Tell them it stars a bunch of cute little dinosaurs who eat a lot of fruit and they'll be running out the door screaming! “Oh no, another kiddies game for the N64” you may be thinking, and you’d be right. But it’s still a good one. It’s a rather old-school 2D platformer, full of cute little dinosaurs making cute little dinosaur noises. But it is fun for a while. Graphically it’s nothing to write home about, the sort of thing that would have been excellent on a SNES, but rather bog-standard for the N64’s power – although it is interesting to note that this game forms part of the technical demo for the forthcoming GameBoy Advance, and may be a launch title! Gameplay wise it’s simplistic, collecting and eating bad guys, but it’s still fun for a while. You’ll complete it easily, but you won’t really have completed it because there are simply loads of hidden secrets, and different ways through the story mode. But while it makes for a great afternoon, and is packed with the old Nintendo magic, it probably is one for the kids after all.

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