My life and experience with video games began with the receipt of a Sony Playstation in the first grade. I was a latchkey kid and I am an only child, the rest is history. I hail from the corn-saturated landmass known to many as Iowa. I personally do not grow corn but I eat it, and it is tasty. Rather than farming or owning livestock my interests lay more in the fields of video games, music, and media. I aspire to write about such topics, and I attend the University in Iowa in order to have a greater opportunity in the endeavor of achieving a career in these industries. In my attendance I hope to successfully obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, as well as a Performing Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate. Outside of spending my time and money trying to earn pieces of paper, I enjoy playing video games: retro video game collecting, video game history, Pokemon, creating music, listening to music, Mexican cuisine, constantly turning the volume knob up and down on my car's head unit, meeting people, writing, and debating. I am currently attempting to become a dedicated Tweeter and successfully start and maintain a blog. Please feel free to comment or contact me, I look forward to it.
This past week I picked up a copy of Yoshi's Story at a local used game retailer. I have owned a Nintendo 64 for years, but I unfortunately have never owned a copy of Yoshi's Story. I have played it many times, and I have fond memories of the game. As I begin to play through the chapters of Yoshi's Story, I notice aspects of the game I had not previously been aware of while playing it in years past. The first thing I noticed was graphical; this game has aged well for a Nintendo 64 game. The graphics are smooth and sharp, and animations on most stages are lag free. I was impressed. The environments are rich with color and pleasing to the eye; everything looks quite nice. Besides commending Yoshi's Story's visuals, I would like to say that this game is purely enjoyable. It is a feel good game, one of happiest games I have ever played. Who could be angry while playing this game, besides when you get carried away to a dark tower by a weird creature wearing goggles and sporting a propeller? Hearts, fruits, singing Yoshi, great gameplay, and good graphics. Is there anything else to ask for? Well, I suppose I do have something to ask, besides why the game is so short. Why did we never see a direct sequel to Yoshi's Story? Yes, I realize that other Yoshi-oriented games have since been released, and yes, I realize this game is not a masterpiece. But, this game is good, and I believe it is deserving of a sequel. I could easily imagine a Yoshi's Story sequel for Wii. I wonder why this has never happened. Unfortunately, we will never probably have the opportunity to crack open a new installment Yoshi's Story. But until then, Yoshi's Story fans, including myself, will continue to reread a great story in the Nintendo 64 library.