Yoshi’s Story – Piranha Plants
Media: video game: “Yoshi’s Story″ by Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 64, Wii Virtual Console
The Yoshis knew the woods,
but they have never seen a
place like the jungle.
For the first time, the
Yoshis saw Piranha Plants,
the kings of the jungle.
One plant could swallow
the Yoshis whole, so they
left the jungle in a hurry.
The page turned, and
the Yoshis grew happier.
Or so the story goes. Page 4, stage 3 is known as Piranha Grove. The place is crawling with Piranha Plants, including two unique species not previously seen in other games. The common types seen in other Mario games are still present, but as huge towering plants that are unable to eat Yoshi.
The first enemy to be seen in the level is the Piranha Pest. It is an airborne Piranha Plant owing to its strange propeller and will fly around slowly. If it sees Yoshi in its sights, it will flick out a very Yoshi-esque tongue, pulling him into its body with a good slurp. After a few seconds, Yoshi is spit up, but temporarily miniaturised. This is a rather powerful attack, removing 3 petals from the Happiness Meter, however the slurp attack is unable to kill Yoshi. The greatest danger is probably being spat out into a ‘bottomless pit’. In a way the name ‘Pest’ might be quite fitting, as to the orthodox gamer, the huge number of Piranha Pests, tongues flicking every which way makes dodging them a real feat.
In the third area of the same stage, there are grounded Piranha Plants on the floor known as Piranha Sprouts. Except for the lack of a tongue, these enemies are essentially the same as the Pests, including the shrinking ability and inability to directly kill a Yoshi.
See the following video at 3:15 and 4:02.
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