Super Mario's pet dinosaur, Yoshi, hatches out of his sidekick role and takes center stage in his very own NES game! Yoshi by Nintendo isn't long on graphics and sound, but it's a fun, if limited, puzzler game that Tetris and Dr. Mario fans will get into in a jiff.
The Mario Shuffle
Here's another game that's simple to learn but maddening to master. One or two players (as the famous Italian plumber brothers Mario and Luigi) get buried in a rain of star villains from the Super Mario game series. Little Goombas, Bloobers, Piranha Plants, Boo Buddies, and even Yoshi's eggs fall from the sky and collect on four trays. You dash back and forth between the trays and shuffle them around with the A and B buttons.
Your goal is to match vertical pairs of characters for big points. Each matched set disappears, which keeps the pile from overflowing. The best reward is a hatched Yoshi. You lay down a lower half shell, and then complete the egg with an upper half shell. The more icons you sandwich between the two halves, the bigger your Yoshi bonus score! However, if the stacks bust through the top of the screen, it's game over, partner.
ProTip: Keep your options open! Place an eggshell at the bottom of each stack so that you can score a Yoshi anywhere, any time.
Yoshi's basic premise is solid, but the game's one-dimensional and not as complex as other puzzlers. You can't even make matches in multiple directions. Still, the game keeps you busy with several game settings. A Type is a straight-up, high-scoring affair, and the action gets faster as you match more characters. B Type pre-stacks the screen with icons, and you must clear out the pile to advance to the next stage. An options menu enables you to choose the level of play, alter the game's speed, and select one of three background tunes. Yoshi's graphics are 8-bit average, and the music borders on obnoxious. At least the control is nearly pinprick precise.
- Plan ahead. Set up your final four characters, so you can take them out in two shots.
- Beat Level 5 in the B Type game and you'll move on to a new, hidden challenge -- Level 6.
Yoshi for Two
Yoshi's an egg-full of fun when two players go head-to-head in the versus battle. Two-player mode splits the screen, so you both get an unobstructed view. You must clear out your character stacks before your opponent or force them to mess up and push a pile out of bounds. Each time you score a Yoshi, all the characters in-between the eggshell halves are dumped into the opponent's playing field. You can handicap each other to even up the competition.
Complete a seven-character Yoshi to bury the opponent in one fell swoop.
This Dinosaur Delivers
Players in search of another fast-paced, brain-burning puzzler should consider giving Yoshi a call. The game won't have you seeing stars, but it's a nice "tide-me-over" for Tetrisize gamers on the prowl for a new NES challenge with a Mario twist!
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- Manufacturer: Nintendo
- Machine: GameBoy
- Theme: Sports
- Available: 1992
Mario's dinosaur pal, Yoshi, is now starring in his own GameBoy game! Similar in play to Tetris, Yoshi stars the characters from the Mario series of games. You control Mario as he tries to catch the falling characters before they hit the ground. Then Mario can rotate the pieces so you can match up one, two, or three pairs. The more you manage to clear, the faster they fall and the more points you receive!
This game does better on the smaller GameBoy screen when compared to the 8-Bit NES. Although the puzzling action is essentially the same, the portable power of the Gameboy make it more fitting for this type game of title. It's still a puzzle game, however, so anybody looking for laser cannons should beware.
Yoshi is a cute play on Tetris. The game play is a bit different and there is more technique to it. The graphics are good and you'll see many recognizable faces from the Mario games. The music sets the mood well and the game play has that addicting quality and most of all it's fun. For a green dino, Yoshi's one hot dog!
Ahh, Yoshi, the cutest dino to ever hit the video scene. If any character deserved his own game, it's Yoshi, and what a good game it is! Perfect for the limited Game Boy format, Yoshi enjoys plenty of Tetris-style action, plus the humorous graphics reminiscent of some of my favorite games. Oh, black & white stinks.
- Manufacturer: Nintendo
- Machine: NES
- Theme: Puzzle
- Available: 1992
The co-star to Super Mario World, Yoshi, is now starring in his own NES title! The game play is similar to Tetris because you collect falling characters and try to match them up in pairs. Mario is standing by to help catch and rotate the falling characters. If you manage to gather up a group of characters between two halves of an egg, get set to win lots of bonus points. You can even play a two player simultaneous game!
Tetris worked because it was overly simple and became fun to play. You competed against yourself more than anything else. This game tries to capture many of the same feelings, but just doesn't succeed. If you're in the mood for a puzzler, this might pop your cork, but Yoshi didn't do much for me.
I am not impressed. Although the main character is different, whether it is Yoshi, Dr. Mario or Tetris, Nintendo continues to beat this old theme to death while hoping to get players to but the game based on a popular character. If you're hard up for new puzzle games... wait a while as something good will be coming out.
Yoshi is a good twist on the Tetris theme, but the game play on the NES version leaves much to be desired. Like Tetris, the GameBoy version played better. The colored graphics are cute and the sound is a little different, but overall, the game lost a bit in the translation. An above average puzzler though.
Yoshi enjoys plenty of Tetris-style action plus the humorous graphics reminiscent of some of my favorite games. The colors are vibrant, but I can't see giving Yoshi on NES anything better than the GB version. The game is the same, but it's just in color. It is fun and addicting to play but lacks variety.
- Manufacturer: Nintendo
- Machine: Game Boy
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Available: May 1992
- Theme: Puzzle
Mario's friend and helper, Yoshi is hatching his way into your Game-Boy! With him are some friendly, and not so friendly, characters that you must match in this puzzle game of skill.
The game itself plays somewhat like Tetris; another game by Nintendo. Characters such as ghosts, squids, piranha plants, egg shells and goombas must be matched up as they fall from the top of the screen. You control Mario as he waits at the bottom to catch them. He can hold two stacks of characters at a time. His function is to turn and switch these stacks around so that the characters fall upon their matching characters and disappear.
The more you match, the faster the action gets. Once the top half of an egg shell falls onto the bottom half of the egg shell, a Yoshi will be hatched and various points will be scored. Complete levels for advancement in different modes of play, and choose your level, speed and music for this one or two player addicting game.
In Japan this game is know as Yoshi's Egg and Mario & Yoshi in Europe and Australia. This is single- and multi-player a puzzle video game was released for the Famicom/NES and the Game Boy in 1992.
In the game the player takes control of Luigi or Mario. You must try to keep blocks, that contain monsters and that are falling from the screen top, from piling up so high that they almost get to the top. Mario and Luigi try hard to stop this by switching the different columns of enemy characters backward and forward in order that they are placed beneath different falling objects. If there appears a chain of monsters within the two yoshi egg shells, these egg shells will join together and a Yoshi will shape, removing the monster’s group and adding points. The bigger monsters’ chain between these two eggshells, the bigger created Yoshi will become.