Retro Game Friday: Yoshi’s Story

Michael Blaker
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This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a rather unknown Nintendo game from my childhood. It’s Yoshi’s Story!

Plot Synopsis: Living together in harmony at Yoshi’s Island, the Yoshis are able to maintain a perpetual state of joy through the fruit-bearing Super Happy Tree. However, Baby Bowser becomes envious of this happiness and casts a spell to transform the entire island into a pop-up storybook. In addition he also steals the Super Happy Tree, further weakening the Yoshis and making them fall to gloom.

While successful with his wicked deed, six eggs were yet able to survive the trial and hatch. Confused about the dismal state of their world, the baby Yoshis knew that something was amiss. And so, deciding to fight the gloom with cheer, they set out to retrieve the Super Happy Tree and restore happiness to the island.

Plot: Wow looking back at this I can’t believe I ever enjoyed such a crap story. Guess it proves that being a childhood favorite doesn’t mean it’s good.

Gameplay: It was fun, but nothing too difficult even for a 7 year old kid. I did like it at the time, but if I played it now I’d doubtless be bored to tears.

Music: Classic Nintendo fare, mixing Mario with storybook themes.

Art: Decent, but it looks like crap now.

Overall: This is an easily forgettable game that you shouldn’t play unless you are really bored.

For those who like: Platformers, Easy Games, Decent Gameplay.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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