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Yoshi (NES)
Yoshi is an action puzzle game starring Mario's dinosaur buddy Yoshi, and other familiar characters like Little Goomba and Blooper. Once again, Mario is going to have to battle away to save Yoshi, who is imprisoned in an egg. Match the egg shells to release Yoshi and score big points!
--From the NES Yoshi instruction manual.

In all, Yoshi is a fun and quite addictive game, just as Tetris was. Using some of Mario's familiar foes to add some fun. There is really no back-story to the game, but it appeals to anyone who knows Mario and Yoshi. Flipping at the bottom can be a bother and hard to control which makes this game all the more fun. You can make such killer scores with this game! It's one just to have fun.

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Yoshi (Gameboy)
YOSHI! This was Yoshi's first appearance on the GameBoy, as well as one of his first appearances ever, only being beat by Yoshi on the NES. Though I wouldn't say this is what made the world fall in love with Yoshi, it certainly didn't hurt.

Yoshi is one of the many obscure puzzle games that tried making it big in the 90's, and although a great attempt at something new from Nintendo, the game is ruined by how easy the concept is, but how difficult it is to use it. In a way, I think Nintendo got blinded by their own success in Mario and Tetris, so they figured a puzzler with this new creature and Mario in it would sell and be fun. It did sell, and it is fun, for a while. Then things get very frustrating and very claustrophobic.

Your task in this game is to eliminate familiar Mario enemies by matching two of the same on top of one another, or by enclosing several inside a Yoshi egg. In order to manipulate this puzzle, you don't control the falling enemies, rather the board itself. Mario will switch the two areas his hands are under. This is how you move items and stack other enemies on top of one another. This is very different compared to our basic interpretation of a puzzle game to manipulate the piece, and it becomes very disorienting. I kept wanting to play it as if it were Puyo-Puyo.

Because this game is older, put the music on mute. The sounds aren't horrible but the music is overly repetitive, short, and down right, not like Nintendo at all. Making up for the sounds is the impressive transition into monochrome for Mario, Yoshi, and the enemies alike. The familiar faces will put a smile on your face even when the game play does not. Every character is finely detailed to look like the real game counterparts.

This game was fun, but had some very unrewarding issues to figure out before it could be considered a solid and stand out game.

I give Yoshi! (the game, not the character) 6 out of 10!

Yeah I know, you probably assumed it would be lower, but the game is fun regardless of its flaws, and if you have enough time to practice, you can actually become good. Give this one a try.

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Yoshi's Cookie (NES)
Yoshi's Cookie is a fast-paced puzzle game that can be enjoyed by everyone as it is easy to play, but challenging to complete! To play, move the randomly placed cookies (HEART, FLOWER, DIAMOND, CHECK, CIRCLE and YOSHI [Yoshi's face]) into rows and columns of cookies with similar patterns. When you successfully assemble a row or column of the same cookies, the line will disappear and you can start working on a new row or column. The "Yoshi" Cookie is very special in both the 1-player game, a screen-clearing game, and the 2-player game, a race that lets you test a friend's skill. Since the Yoshi Cookie is the key to both games, you must use it wisely to avoid sticky situations.
--From the NES Yoshi's Cookie instruction manual.

Anyone who is easily addicted to puzzle games will find themselves wrapped up with this game and playing it for hours! With so many unique combinations to pull off, it will keep you guessing which way is best. The higher your score goes, the more you want to play.

Mario is the baker and is pulling the levers as you decide which cookie to slide where to make a connection. Once you get the concept of this game there is no telling how much time you'll waste. Playing against friends is just as amusing and plain fun! This game is definitely a classic to try out!

The cookies look like lovely little sugar cookies and some seem to be overflowing with jam. MMMMMMMMM. Makes me hungry. O.K. so the graphics aren't that great, but I've said it before and I'll say it now: when you love a puzzler you probably don't care about the graphics. The music is repetitive and reminiscent of a music box, but you get your choice of three tunes and they aren't that bad.

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Yoshi's Cookie (Gameboy)
This puzzle game is fun and slightly addicting. The graphics look good, but they are simple shapes, so they didn't need to be stellar. The in-game sounds are a little beepy and the music is annoying, but you can turn it off.

The gameplay is a little different, but it's a nice change from the norm. It has a moderate replayability score. Mario and company deliver a mediocre gaming experience that is worth at least a rigorous test drive.

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Yoshi's Cookie (Super Nintendo)
Do you love cookies? Then try Yoshi's Cookie! This fast-paced puzzle game is fun for kids of all ages. It's easy... just move the randomly placed cookies (HEART, FLOWER, DIAMOND, CHECK, CIRCLE AND YOSHI) into rows and columns of the same type. If you make a row or column of the same cookies, the line disappears and you score points. remove more than one row or column at a time for really big points!
--From the Super Nintendo Yoshi's Cookie instruction manual.

This is probably the best looking of the Yoshi's Cookie games. The colors are much brighter than NES and it's easier on the eyes. Mario and Yoshi work together in this one to get the cookies lined up and packaged. There is a bit of simple animation as the cookies slide around on the screen and Yoshi and Mario pull their levers, but it's mostly a very simple looking game. If you are drawn to play this game it will be because you love puzzles and not because you care about dazzling animation or effects. Still, the backgrounds do change, providing you with a bit more visual stimulation than other Yoshi's Cookie games.

The music is cute and just what you would expect from a game like this. You even get to decide which music you prefer in the action option, which really increases the odds that you will be able to find something that you can at least tolerate.

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Yoshi's Safari (Super Nintendo)
Jewelry Land, a peaceful land ruled by King Fret and his son, Prince Pine, was named for the kingdom's greatest treasure: a set of twelve magic gems. These magic gems had protected the land from natural disasters for all time. Then one day, Bowser and the Koopalings moved in, stole the twelve magic gems and kidnapped both the king and the prince. The earthquake that resulted from the theft of the jewels split the kingdom into two parts, a Light Realm and a Dark Realm. The Koopas held King Fret captive in the Light Realm and Prince Pine prisoner in the Dark Realm. Prince Pine's friend, Princess Peach heard the news and asked for help from Mario and Yoshi.

To return peace to this land, Mario and Yoshi must recover the twelve magic gems stolen by the Koopas. Can Mario and Yoshi find the magic gems? Can they save the King and the Prince? The time to begin the new quest is now!

--From the Super Nintendo Yoshi's Safari instruction manual.

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Dr. Mario (NES)

Hi everybody! I'm Mario. How's it going? Over the last few years, I've been involved in some pretty wild adventures. Now, believe it or not, I work in the virus research lab at the Mushroom Kingdom Hospital. Today I'm about to begin my research as usual.

"Dr. Mario, something terrible has happened!"
"What's wrong, nurse Toadstool?"
"One of the experiments has gone out of control. The viruses are spreading quickly!"

"Oh no! We've got to do something! I have just developed a new vitamin that should be able to take care of it. I sure hope this stuff works!"
--From the NES Dr. Mario instruction manual.

Dr. Mario was one of the first games to come out that was in direct competition with Tetris. Dr. Mario offered cool music, graphics, and a different take on how the pieces were to be placed. Instead of putting the pieces together as to leave as little holes as possible, you had to make a line of four in the same color. It also offered a little more storyline, with Mario saving the world from the evil viruses with different colored vitamins. Dr. Mario is highly addictive and a lot of fun. I used to play for hours on end. I remember staying up till dawn playing it with my ex girlfriend's mom. This was a very popular game for Nintendo. Another big difference between Dr. Mario and Tetris was the ability to play against a friend. While playing against your buddy, you could get a combo and drop random blocks on him/her. That was very frustrating. It made for some great "friendly" competition. Dr. Mario also had a wide range of difficulty because you could set the number of viruses you started out with along with how fast the vitamins would fall. Of course, it also had three music options: Fever, Chill, and off. Dr. Mario was one of the best puzzle games on the NES. If you haven't tried it yet, go for it!

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Tetris Attack (Super Nintendo)
Tetris Attack is a puzzle game in which you rearrange the order of a stack of panels in order to clear them. As the stack begins rising, switch two horizontally adjacent panels. If you place at least three identical panels in a row vertically or horizontally, they will disappear. If the stack of panels touches the top, the game is over.
--From the Super Nintendo Tetris Attack instruction manual.

Tetris Attack is a very fun and addictive addition to the Tetris series. I used to play this game for hours and hours. I love the use of colors and the graphics on this game. The music was very catchy also. Tetris Attack was just a pleasure all around. The controls were simple and responsive. The replay ability of this game is very high, as with almost any puzzle game. I recommend you give this game a try; be careful though, you may get hooked.

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Wario's Woods (Super Nintendo)
Wario has gone and corrupted the woods with monsters, and it is up to Toad to save the woods by completing Wario's sinister monster puzzles.

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