Many people think that this game is about the children of the Mario Bros. characters. They are wrong. This game takes place when the Mario Bros. were babies.
Contributed By: CoolKoopa15.
You all remember Naval Piranha right? The boss of World 3 that Kamek magically transforms from a regular Piranha Plant into a huge aquatic beast with a very vulnerable belly button? Well, ol' NP here has a slew of neat little details and secrets to uncover. One of which is that Naval Piranha is actually female, something you'd only know from other games like Tetris Attack, but hey, it's official.
Here's yet another Naval Piranha tidbit, this time regarding her music. If you pay close attention to the music while fighting Naval Piranha, you might notice that it's a bit different from the standard boss music. Since NP is the halfway point in the game, they probably decided to give her a unique remix of the usual boss theme to make her even more special.
One last Naval Piranha factoid from me, this one is probably the most well known, but it's also the best. When you enter the boss room, you can actually see her sitting on the platform in her pre-transformed state, so if you can aim a good shot without moving too far into the room, you can snipe her early and skip the entire fight! (much to Kamek's surprise) This easter egg was even referenced in Woolly World years later, when Naval Piranha returned as a boss, although you don't get to skip the fight that time.
If one were to play World 6-Extra in a non-Japanese version of the game, they'd notice that, at one point, the moving platforms' tracks spell out "YOSHI". Such is not the case in the Japanese release, where they spell out "YOSSY". This caused a slight level redesign at that point. That is because "Yossy" is another romanization for Yoshi's name other than "Yoshi" itself.
In the level "Shifting Platforms Ahead", most would assume, as with all levels in Yoshi's Island, that there are 5. There are actually sixth: a sixth one lies out of the camera-panning range of the moving platforms (the path along one that goes straight down and then counterclockwise and up), but you can aim an egg above and to the right of this area to hit the flower still.
Another trivia fact about Naval Piranha here, this time it's about her name. Naval Piranha's name has a double meaning, because Naval means aquatic, and she lives in water, but when sounded out, it can also sound like Navel, which is another name for a belly button, which is her weakness.
Several objects are left unused in this game. These include the double-swapping platforms, red Banzai Bills, Bubble Flowers, and a combination of a Boo-Blah with a Piro Dangle.
The Cactus Jack foe has a behavior that, while programmed in, is never used. If it lies on an odd X coordinate, three Cactus Jacks will fall to form a stack and the stack will reform as needed if only one is left in that stack.
There are several unused transformations for Yoshi still programmed into the game: those for a mushroom, a plane, and a tree.
A long, long time ago...
This is a story about baby Mario and Yoshi.
A stork hurries across the dusky, pre-dawn sky. In his bill, he supports a pair of twins. Suddenly, a shadow appears in a gap between the clouds and races towards the stork with blinding speed.
Kamek: "SCRREEEECH!! The babies are mine!"
WOW!!! Snatching only one baby, the creature vanishes into the darkness from whence it came. The second baby falls undetected towards the open sea... OH NO...
Meanwhile, here is Yoshi's Island, home to all Yoshies. It's a lovely day, and Yoshi is taking a walk. HUH?!? Suddenly, a baby drops onto his back. The baby seems to be fine. This is very fortunate! Wha-? Something else fell with the baby... Let's take a peek... It looks like a map. Maybe the stork was using it? But Yoshi can't figure it out. Yoshi decides to talk to his friends.
Kamek, the evil Magikoopa and kidnapper of the baby, quickly dispatches his toadies, when he discovers that he missed the other baby!
Yoshi heads leisurely back to the other Yoshies, unaware of the danger at hand. Kamek's forces are actively searching the island. Will these two children ever reach their parents safely?
Contributed By: Bass_X0.
This paradise is Yoshi's Island, where all the Yoshis live. They are all in an uproar over the baby that fell from the sky. Wait! The baby seems to know where he wants to go... the bond between the twins informs each of them where the other one is. The Yoshis decide to carry the baby to his destination via a relay system. Now begins a new adventure for the Yoshis and Baby Mario.
Contributed By: MisterNeverhood.
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