Flashback Friday: Yoshi’s Story

Double Jump Kris MiiYoshi is one of the most adorable characters in the Super Mario franchise, and with good reason. Ever since Yoshi’s first appearance in Super Mario World in 1990, the character has appeared in nearly 60 games!

This month’s Flashback Friday post is dedicated to one of those games, Yoshi’s Story.

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Yoshi’s Story was released for the Nintendo 64 in December 1997 in Japan and March 1998 in North America. A side-scroller platform, the game was released on the Wii’s Virtual Console ten years later and the Wii U’s virtual console almost ten years after that. Yoshi’s Story is actually the last main platform game starring the titular character until Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Wii U in 2015.

While it’s considered almost a sequel to the SNES’s Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, Yoshi’s Story is more puzzle-orientated with a cuter style in both graphics and music. It’s levels appear as a pop-up storybook, images resembling materials that one would use to make a scrapbook, such as fabric, cardboard, and paper.

The game had two modes, Story and Trial. Trial Mode enabled players to pick a course to go through as often as they wanted, but they were not unlocked until the player beat the course in Story Mode. Getting a high score was the main objective of each level, with the level ending when the Yoshi ate 30 pieces of fruit to complete the border around the screen. Considering the story of the game involved the Yoshis journeying across their island in search of Baby Bowser, who stole the Super Happy Tree. By eating the fruit, the Yoshis can stave off gloominess while trying to save their island.

Before each level loaded, a Lucky Fruit was chosen at random, which earns more points than any of the other fruit. Players could also get bonus points for eating the favorite fruit of whichever color Yoshi they happened to pick or for eating the same piece of fruit multiple times in a row. Players can go through each level as quickly as possible by eating every fruit they come across, but they can unlock secrets of the courses by biding their time and exploring every nook and cranny of the level.

Yoshi’s story got mixed to positive reviews, averaging only about 60% to 70% by most critics. It was, however, the second most downloaded title on the Wii U’s virtual console during the week of its release. With that said, the virtual console version received similar, if not worse, reviews than its Nintendo 64 counterpart.

I remember this game from ages ago. Rachel and I never owned it ourselves, but instead borrowed it from time to time from our aunt. We didn’t do too much in the Story Mode, being young enough to find it rather confusing, and amused ourselves with picking and choosing courses in the Trial Mode. We were always fans of Yoshi and had lots of fun with the game, its art style, and especially the music.

And, don’t lie, you all got the theme song stuck in your heads as much as we did:

Have you ever played Yoshi’s Story? What did you think of it?

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Nintendo E3 Spotlight Thoughts

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While we weren’t able to watch Nintendo’s Spotlight live due to obligations like day jobs, we did catch up with some streams and videos that had saved the spotlight for people like us. We knew it was only for about a half hour, but we still had high hopes for our favorite video game company. Nintendo mostly showed off trailers for some upcoming Switch games, which were nice, but a little underwhelming, to be honest.

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I had been looking forward to the press conference all day. After the 25 minutes were up, I found myself saying, “That was it?” A lot of the games they showcased were games we already knew about. I think I was expecting a lot more, especially since the Switch had recently come out. I was expecting a line up of games that they had up their sleeves, but that didn’t seem to be the case.

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Still, it was nice to see more close-ups of some of the upcoming games. In particular, I’m excited for Fire Emblem Warriors! I’m a little disappointed at the lack of diversity with the characters that were shown, I’ll admit, as the main characters seem to all be sword-wielders. With such a large cast of characters that the Fire Emblem franchise has at its disposal, I’m sure we’ll see more battle techniques even though I’ve heard that only characters from Shadow Dragon, Awakening, and Fates will be in the game. Which, again, is a little disappointing considering all the wonderful characters from other Fire Emblem worlds, but I suppose they had to draw the line somewhere.

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That does look like a good game. I’ll admit that I’m excited for a new Yoshi game. It looks adorable and the graphics look amazing. The music for it was chill too. I’m also happy that they mentioned how they are working on Pokemon “Stars” for the Switch. I wish they had more to say about it, but the confirmation was enough for me. The trailers were all well and good, but I felt the conference itself was a little dry. The Microsoft press conference put on a show, but Nintendo just had green screens and called it a day. And yes, it’s about the games, which I enjoy, but I like to be entertained as they talk as well.

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I believe Nintendo’s Spotlight was intended to be quick with a few trailers before they handed the microphone, so to speak, to Nintendo Treehouse to showcase demos and more behind-the-scenes looks at the upcoming games. Nintendo always liked to do more hands-on demonstrations rather than put on a stage show just for fans to watch. I’m sure there’s much more going on than we were able to see with just the Spotlight showing. Going to an E3 showing is definitely on our bucket list!

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Yeah, I know. But I think I was expecting more games, too. The Switch just came out with not that many games to show for it so I was expecting Nintendo to show off a bunch of stuff. I mean, what they did show was great and I’m looking forward to a lot. Nintendo will always and forever be my favorite. And I had a feeling that Luigi’s Mansion 3 wouldn’t be a thing, but they didn’t announce Animal Crossing. I wasn’t getting my hopes up for either one, but I hope they create one or both in the future!

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Yes, I’m sorry neither of those games on your wish list got announced. I personally didn’t really have any wish list for what I wanted to see at Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight. I knew that Fire Emblem Warriors was a thing and I was pretty content with Breath of the Wild, although I’m definitely looking forward to the DLC content (except for maybe the Tingle armor…). Metroid Prime may be a franchise that I’ll have to try again one day, and I’m looking forward to trying out Skyrim on the Switch, but there was nothing for me to really get up and cheer about. With that said, I’m totally content with the announcements and am looking forward to seeing more of Nintendo’s work.

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I’m excited for Breath of the Wild’s DLC as well as the Amiibo for it. Those look awesome! But, yeah, I agree. Nintendo does great work and I was happy with everything they announced. I’m looking forward to trying new games on the Switch that we wouldn’t typically play. Between Nintendo and all the other press conferences, I think the rest of 2017 is going to be a great year for gamers.

What did you think of Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight? Let us know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: Super Mario Games

Double Jump Kris MiiThere’s tons of hype going on for the Switch and the games slated to come out for the console, such as Super Mario Odyssey. While the Zelda and Pokemon franchises are more popular in our household, the Super Mario brothers are certainly up there as well, most likely due to the fact that it was Super Mario games that I have the most vivid memories of when I first started getting into gaming as a kid.

So, for this Friday Favorites, here’s a list of my personal favorite Super Mario games!

Super Mario Bros. 3

While I have vague memories of the first couple of Super Mario Bros. games, it was the third installment that I really remember as a kid. Rachel’s and my older sister actually used to play the game, helping to introduce me to gaming as a whole. While our older sister phased out of the gaming scene, I have fond memories of playing with her, especially during the two-player battle mode (which, in hindsight, probably paved the way to me loving the Super Smash Brothers series so much!).

Yoshi’s Island

Everyone knows how adorable the Yoshis are in the Super Mario games, so it was exciting to actually play as Yoshi during Yoshi’s Island. I always loved the art style of this game, finding the sketchy, drawing-like quality to the backgrounds and characters to be adorable. Having a team of Yoshis helping each other out to reunite the two Mario brothers was such a cute story line too!

Super Mario Maker

This game was an awesome concept and it’s utterly fascinating to be able to create your own Super Mario Bros. levels for others to try! Rachel and I had fun creating “impossible” levels for each other, haha!

Paper Mario

The Paper Mario line has a special place in our house, what with both Rachel and me being fond of the series. The first Paper Mario was my favorite out of the line, as its design was charming and the story line reminded me much of my favorite Super Mario game. Considering that Paper Mario was the spiritual successor of Super Mario RPG, it’s not much of a surprise.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

I may not even really need to explain this one… Super Mario RPG was the game that started me on the path to being a gamer. Watching my uncle play it (usually after I pestered him) then picking it up myself to finally conquering the final boss on my own brings me so many memories and nostalgia. Sure, the story line could be a little cliche, but the characters, the music, the writing, it was all amazing. It’s still one of my favorite games to replay!

What are some of your favorite Super Mario games?

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Character Spotlight: Yoshi

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

This month’s Character Spotlight is, I’m sure, a fan favorite from pretty much everyone.

 

Character Spotlight: Yoshi

Yoshi is an adorable dinosaur. He first appeared in Super Mario World for the Super Nintendo by Nintendo in 1990. He was originally created to be Mario’s sidekick and is just that in many of the games. However, Yoshi grew as his own character.

He stars in many of his own games such as Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s IslandYoshi’s Story, and, the latest, Yoshi’s Woolly World.

Yoshi can do a lot of things such as eat items and enemies with his long tongue, create eggs and use them as projectiles, and he can also fly short distances. He comes in a variety of colors, which is just cool, and in some games, such as Super Mario Galaxy 2, each color has its own abilities after eating a certain kind of fruit.

I don’t know if Nintendo expected Yoshi to become as big as he did, but he is definitely his own character now with his own games and merchandise. Yoshi is iconic now and what a wonderful character he is.

Party Time

Double Jump Kris MiiI know Rachel posted last week about how our Nintendo 64 decided to retire when we had attempted to play Mario Party, but we were able to work around that last night…

 

One of Rachel’s and my favorite YouTubers BrutalMoose has a regular streaming schedule on Twitch (same username, if you wanted to check it out) where, every Friday, he plays Mario Party. It’s always Mario Party one through eight, randomly chosen with the computer characters’ skill levels also randomized, and it’s always a good time.

Aside from his Twitch streams, a few of our other favorite YouTubers have also played a bit of old-school Mario Party as well, which prompted Rachel and me to try to set up our old Nintendo 64 in the first place. That hadn’t worked out so well, as you may have read last week, but we did do a little research and realize that Mario Party 2 had been released on the Wii’s Virtual Console back in 2010.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I bought something off of the Wii’s Virtual Console. Nevertheless, about ten bucks later, we had Mario Party 2 up and running with me being Luigi and Rachel playing as Yoshi. Add in an Easy-skilled DK and a Hard-skilled Wario, and we were excited to play.

It was definitely a fun time, but it was hilarious to realize that, for the majority of the mini-games, we were groaning: “Oh, not this one!” “I sucked at this one!” “How do we do this again?!” “Goddammit, Wario…!”

If Rachel and I had RPG character-like stats, she would have a high Luck stat. She got fantastic dice rolls with the star space popping up close to her. I did well in the mini games and getting coins, but on the board itself, I wasn’t doing so hot. It came down to the point where it’d be okay if Rachel won instead of me — as long as Wario didn’t win, we were good (poor DK was sucking so bad that we didn’t worry about him, but we did end up feeling really sorry for him by the end of the game).

It’s a shame that the first and third Mario Party games aren’t also on any of the Virtual Consoles. Still, it was a really good time and an awesome trip down Memory Lane with the game.

Friday Favorites: Mario Kart Characters

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How is everyone today? I’m thinking of breaking out a couple of Mario Kart games when I have the time this weekend. With that thought, here’s my list of favorite Mario Kart racers.

5. Daisy

If I’m correct, Daisy first appeared in a Mario Kart game in the GameCube’s Double Dash. Rachel was always Yoshi while I chose Daisy, because she wasn’t as pink as Princess Peach. Every once in a while, I still go back and race with Daisy for old time’s sake.

4. Rosalina

Rosalina is the only character in the heavy weight class that I tend to play. She was more low-key than Daisy (along with a less annoying voice, let’s be honest here) and an adorable Luma always followed along. With her in the heavy weight class, she was the character I played when I wanted a little more power and handling rather than speed.

3. Luigi

Despite me being a Player One, Luigi holds a special place in my heart. The second brother, the underdog, Luigi was always fun to bring into the spotlight once in a while. Plus, there was the death stare meme.

2. Yoshi

Yoshi’s adorable! Isn’t that enough of a reason?

1. Koopa Troopa

I have no idea why I started using Koopa Troopa. Perhaps it was because Rachel usually (read as always) plays Yoshi and me, also wanting to race around as an adorable little creature, chose Koopa. He’s of the lightest weight class and, if you know me by now, it generally means he’s built for speed rather than power. He looks pretty badass on the karts with the giant wheels too!

What are some of your favorite Mario Kart characters?

Lights, Camera, Action!

Double Jump Kris Mii It’s the start of a new week!

Last Wednesday, Rachel and I spoke about how game openings were becoming more and more like movie trailers. Word on the street now is that we’ll probably be seeing some actual movie trailers from Nintendo sooner than we think…

 

supermariobrosRemember the Super Mario Bros. movie? Released in 1993, it starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as the famous Mario brothers along with a great supporting cast. It was rated PG and given only a 4 out of 10 on IMDB.

Now, over two decades later, we’re hearing rumors from Nintendo that they’re going to throw some of their beloved mascots back up on the big screen.

With the technology and amazing special effects teams we have nowadays, Nintendo just may be able to make some decent movies. Imagine a crossover live-action and CGI Mario adventure through the Mushroom Kingdom. How about the beautiful Hyrule and its deep story of the Hero of Time and Princess of Destiny besting the Gerudo King? Let’s explore Yoshi’s Island or have Fox McCloud give us a tour of the Lylat System. All those gorgeous cut-scenes in the Fire Emblem games? Let turn them into a movie!

I may be getting my hopes up too much. However, it’s a bit difficult to not hope for a Nintendo movie to get the same amount of care and effort that helped make other fantasy franchises like the Lord of the Rings or Star Trek so popular and magnificent.

What kind of Nintendo universes would you like to see on the big screen?

Animals in Video Games

Rachel Mii Double JumpHi, everyone!

Animals are everywhere and they’re some of the best companions to have when you’re going on an adventure.

 

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Poochy is a fun, lovable dog that every gamer should know. He made his debut in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island and has lately been seen in Yoshi’s newest game, Yoshi’s Woolly World.

He’s adorable, he’s fun and pretty helpful. For example, in Yoshi’s Woolly World he follows you around like the cute puppy he is and gets you to high places and retrieve items.

 

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This is a Loftwing if you’re familiar with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Loftwings are loyal, lovable creatures that help their caretaker in anything. They come when called, they help get around to the different islands in the sky, and… They’re just all around gorgeous birds.

 

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This one may be cheating as Yoshi is now the main character in most Mario games and he even has a few games of his own.

I mean, just look at my first example.

However, Yoshi has been around for generations in the Mario world and he was, originally, a sidekick. Hatched from an egg, Mario would hop onto his back and Yoshi would attempt to fly, eat enemies and fruit, and overall aid Mario on his quest.

 

Now having animals as the main character of the game… That’s a whole other post in itself.

Who are some of your favorite animal companions?

Top 5 Yoshis

Rachel Mii Double JumpHey guys!

If you’ve played Yoshi’s Woolly World, then you know there are more Yoshis than we thought. They’re not just solid colors anymore, but have some cool designs.

I picked out a couple of my favorite ones to share with you.

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5. Star Yoshi

Blue and yellow is a nice color combination, I think. Plus the star on Yoshi’s cheek is adorable.

 

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4. Cinnamon Yoshi
I’m not really sure how this color combination looks like cinnamon, but I think it’s pretty anyway.

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3. Circus Yoshi

The blue and purple looks cool, especially when it’s striped like that. It reminds me of cotton candy. Which, oddly enough, there is a Yoshi for.

 

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2. Aqua Yoshi
Dark blue and light blue. Can’t go wrong.

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1. Alpine Yoshi

I think this Yoshi is one of the most originally designed. It’s not just stripes or spirals. Plus the color combination is perfect for what it is.

 

Can you tell that my favorite color is blue?

Which Yoshi designs are your favorite?

All images are from Mario Wikia.

Yoshi’s Woolly World: Gameplay Thoughts

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

Yesterday Kris and I did a review for Yoshi’s Woolly World, one of the most adorable games ever in the world!

Today I thought I would share some thoughts I had during my gameplay.

  • This game is so adorable!
  • How cute is Yoshi?!
  • Oh, look at all the different Yoshi’s! They’re so cute!
  • I suck at this game.
  • Yoshi is adorable when you make him look up and when you make him look down!
  • I can’t get over how cute Yoshi is when he tries to fly.
  • Tries to imitate Yoshi eating and spitting out.
  • I still suck at this game.
  • This boss is easy!
  • This boss is hard.
  • I must now have Yoshi as my pet.

If you haven’t played Yoshi’s Woolly World, be prepared to fall in love with Yoshi more than you already had.

What’s a game that you really enjoyed?