Yoshia game by Nintendo
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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!