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Yoshi's Story - Nintendo Wii Virtual Console Review

by: David Sanchez ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

Time has not been kind to Yoshi's Story, a Nintendo 64 platformer which was never all that good to begin with. If you're in the mood to download a Nintendo 64 game on the Virtual Console, skip this and go straight for Super Mario 64.

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    Where's Yoshi's Island 2? - Yoshi's Story Review

    Yoshi's Story - Original N64 Box Art  

    Back when Yoshi’s Story launched on the Nintendo 64, many gamers thought the game would be an impressive sequel to the hit Super Nintendo platformer, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. Unfortunately, Yoshi’s Story ended up being an overly simplistic cookie-cutter platformer that was decent at best. The game garnered a small audience of fans with younger gamers, but tried and true platform veterans wanted more out of it. The game is available for download on the Virtual Console, and time has only diminished its weak gameplay even more.

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    Yoshi's Story Plotline

    This time, the Yoshis must put an end to Bowser's plans.  

    Bowser is at it again, this time in baby form. The evil Baby Bowser invades the Yoshis’ home island and takes their beloved Super Happy Tree, which as you might have already guessed is the main source of happiness for the dinos. A band of freshly hatched Yoshis sets out to reclaim the stolen tree and put an end to Baby Bowser’s antics. And thus Yoshi's Story begins.

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    Yoshi's Story Gameplay

    The game's platforming is overly simplistic and far too easy.  

    Yoshi’s Story features 2D running and jumping gameplay. While Nintendo consoles have been home to many great side-scrolling platformers such as Donkey Kong Country over the years, Yoshi’s Story just feels too simple for its own good. The levels are designed very blandly and the platforming itself is somewhat boring. Yoshi can hurl eggs at his foes or eat them up, and he comes armed with his patented flutter jump and sniff-sniff move, which can uncover hidden secrets and fruit.

    While on the subject of fruit, it should be noted that you don’t get through the stages in Yoshi’s Story by reaching a goal at the end of a level. No, in order to clear the game’s levels, you must eat 30 pieces of fruit that range from grapes to apples and everything in between. You can seek out 30 elusive melons and eat those exclusively, but all you get for your efforts are bonus points.

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    Graphics and Sound

    Yoshi is charming enough, but even that great level of charm can't save this mediocre game.  

    Easily the game’s strongest point, Yoshi’s Story features colorful visuals that are very reminiscent of a storybook. Everything has a creative cloth-and-yarn look, and you can almost feel the game’s locales. Sadly, there are some rough edges here and there, and more blurry textures than you’d like to see. Still, Yoshi’s Story features some nice visual effects that still hold up well for the most part.

    Unfortunately, while the visuals exude a great deal of charm, the game’s soundtrack does not. There are a couple of catchy themes here and there, but for the most part the soundtrack in Yoshi’s Story falls completely flat. None of the music—not even the decent songs—are remotely memorable, and you’ll want to get that recurring theme out of your head when you catch yourself thinking about it nonstop.

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    Lasting Value

    Yoshi's Story features 24 levels, though you only need to clear six to see the game's ending.  

    Perhaps the biggest flaw in Yoshi’s Story on the Virtual Console is its amount of content. The game features 24 short levels, but you only need to play through six to see the ending. This is a task that can be completed in just about 30 minutes or so, and it leaves a lot to be desired. If you really want to challenge yourself, you can seek out hidden hearts to unlock all of the game’s stages, but even that doesn’t make the game last longer than a couple of afternoons. And with dull, repetitive, simple gameplay, you may not care to unlock everything Yoshi’s Story has to offer.

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    Yoshi's Story Review - Overall Score

    Yoshi’s Story is a game that to this day looks good and plays average. The visual charm the game once had is only hindered a little due to its age, but the gameplay, which always left gamers wanting something better, has only suffered over the years. This is a good download for young gamers, but it’s hard to recommend to veterans. If you really want a platformer from the Nintendo 64 era, do yourself a favor and play Super Mario 64 instead.

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