GameplayYoshi’s Cookie is a tile-matching video game in which the player is given a playing field populated with cookies of five various types, arranged in a rectangular grid. The main objective of each level is to clear the playing field of all the cookies. The player mixes and matches the cookies such that entire rows or columns consist only of cookies of the same type. The player controls a cursor on the grid that is used to rotate individual lines in a manner similar to a Rubik’s Cube. When a single row or column contains all matching cookies, the row is cleared from the grid. The grid grows in size from cookies entering from the top and right sides of the playing field; a game over occurs when the grid overflows. A sixth cookie type, shaped like Yoshi’s head, occasionally appears that acts as a wild card, used to help clear lines of any other cookie.
Game modesThe Super NES version of Yoshi’s Cookie contains a Puzzle mode in which level has a predefined grid of cookies. The objective of each level is to clear all the cookies in a minimum number of moves.
DevelopmentYoshi’s Cookie originally began development as a Super NES game called “Hermetica” produced by game designer David Nolte. The game was first shown by Bullet-Proof Software at the 1992 Consumer Electronics Show. Nintendo obtained the licenses for the 8-bit (NES and Game Boy) versions of Hermetica, and developed the game into Yoshi’s Cookie, which now featured Mario characters. The soundtrack was composed by Akira Nobuya and Noriko Tsutomu, which also features a rendition of Csikós Post, written by German composer Hermann Necke. The NES and Game Boy versions were first released in Japan on November 21, 1992. They were then released in North America in April 1993 and in Europe on April 28, 1993.
While Bullet-Proof Software retained the rights to the original Super NES game, Nintendo licensed the Mario characters and allowed the developer to use the Yoshi’s Cookie branding. This version was produced by both Nolte and Yasuaki Nagoshi. The levels in the game’s Puzzle mode were designed by Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov. The Super NES version was released in Japan and North America in 1993 and in Europe in 1994.
Eurogamer 6/10 (VC)
Nintendo Power 3.4/5 (GB)
Official Nintendo Magazine 72% (VC)
Yoshi’s Cookie received mixed reviews.
LegacyTetris DS features a Yoshi’s Cookie backdrop for its Puzzle mode, and Mario Kart: Double Dash!! features a battle stage, Cookie Land, with a Yoshi’s Cookie theme.
As of October 2010 a copy of a special, limited edition of the game costs 157,500 yen, approximately $1,924 USD.
Re-releasesYoshi’s Cookie was also available on the Nintendo GameCube game Nintendo Puzzle Collection, featured along with Dr. Mario and Panel de Pon (aka Tetris Attack, Pokémon Puzzle League or Puzzle League overseas).
National, a brand of Panasonic, released 500 copies of a special version of Yoshi’s Cookie, titled Yoshi’s Cookie Kuruppon Oven de Cookie (ヨッシーのクッキー クルッポンオーブンでクッキー?), which celebrated the release of the Kuruppon Oven. The Game & Watch Gallery 3 released for the Game Boy Color in 2003, Yoshi’s Cookie gets referenced. For the modern version of Egg, the game was redesigned to a Yoshi’s Cookie look.
The NES version of Yoshi’s Cookie was rereleased for the Wii’s Virtual Console service on April 4, 2008 in Europe and Australia, and on April 7, 2008 in North America.