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Title Screen

Yoshi's Island DS

Developer: Artoon
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo DS
Released in JP: March 8, 2007
Released in US: November 13, 2006
Released in EU: December 1, 2006
Released in AU: November 23, 2006
Released in KR: November 8, 2007


AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

Yoshi's Island DS is the direct sequel to Yoshi's Island. While the first game just had Baby Mario, this one features four other baby characters Yoshi can bring with him to enhance his abilities. Despite the cutesy appearance and mishmash of old and new artstyles, the game is still as unforgiving in difficulty as its big brother.

Level Select

YIDS-proto title.png

If the game tries to load a nonexistant .mpdz file, it will instead load an unused title screen, which also functions as a level select. ...Unfortunately, you aren't able to see your button inputs, so you'll have to count. The order goes 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, etc. until 1-E, at which point it goes to 2-1. Repeat until 5-E, at which point the last "level" on the list is the enemy museum.

Controls:

  • A/B/Start: Enter the level specified.
  • Right/Left: Cycle through the level to go to.
  • Up/Down: Press down to instead cycle (with Right/Left) through the subareas of the level you have selected; press up to go back to choosing a level.
  • Select: Cycle through the music that will be playing in the level.
  • R/L: Cycle through the baby you will have in the level.
  • X/Y: Unused...?

You can use the following action replay code to replace the prologue level with the level select:

USA Europe Japan Korea
1210F97E 00000000
1210FA5E 00000000
1210F876 00000000
121111B7 00000000
USA Rev. 1 Europe Rev. 1
1210FBFE 00000000
1210FCFE 00000000

Unused Levels

Levels are crsb/cscn files, which call upon the map data files (mpdz) and define things such as entrances/exits, the amount of areas in the level, and starting positions.

13w1009.mpdz and 14k5146.mpdz

These are the only two mpdz files in the game's data that are never called upon in any crsb file. Fittingly, they crash the game when attempting to be loaded. In the case of 14k5146.mpdz, it's revealed when opening the file up in a hex editor that it's barebones and contains no level data defined.

Interestingly enough, both of these levels exist in the USA Kiosk Demo, and can actually be loaded, revealing what they were.

  • 13w1009 was a work-in-progress version of an Enemy Museum room.
  • 14k5146 was a work-in-progress version of Gilbert the Gooey.

Unused Graphics

YIDS-PressStartEarly.png

An early Press Start graphic, meant to be used for the unused title screen shown above.

YIDS-Wario.png YIDS-Bowser.png

Graphics for character coins of Baby Wario and Baby Bowser. In the final game, only character coins for the first three babies appear in regular gameplay.

YIDS-BowserEggs.png

These two egg-looking objects are present in the graphics for the first adult Bowser fight. For whatever reason, they lack a palette; the one used here is from another file.

YIDS-BowserSpin.png

Bowser was perhaps once meant to retreat inside of his shell; present in the graphics for the first adult Bowser fight. (As a side-note, did you know that the sprites for adult Bowser are actually rotoscoped from Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, which Artoon also developed?)

Yoshi'sIslandDS-Colli base.png

An unused tileset meant for test rooms. Several test rooms present in the USA Kiosk Demo use it.

Unused (objtitle2.arcz) Used (objtitle3_J.arz)
YIDS-AdventureModeStartEarly.png
YIDS-AdventureModeStartFinal.png

An early graphic for the Adventure Mode button on the main menu. Yoshi was touched up, as was Baby Mario.

Unused (objtitle2.arcz) Used (objtitle3_J.arz)
YIDS-MarioClearMode.png
YIDS-TimeAttackModeFinal.png

An early graphic for the Time Trial Mode button on the main menu. Unlike the Adventure Mode graphic, this one is entirely different; it seems that the Time Trial mode was once planned to be something else. It reads "Mario Clear Mode".

Flashing Eggs

YIDS-FlashingEggs.gif

While the flashing eggs from the previous game make a cameo appearance in Secret 5, they can not be obtained or thrown.

However, by hacking them into Yoshi's inventory, one finds that they're fully functional and still retain their original use: they will create a red coin when thrown at an enemy.

Gather six eggs, and use the following action replay code to change all of them into flashing eggs.

USA Europe Japan Korea
120ED9F8 00000003
120ED9FA 00000003
120ED9FC 00000003
120ED9FE 00000003
120EDA00 00000003
120EDA02 00000003
120EDAD8 00000003
120EDADA 00000003
120EDADC 00000003
120EDADE 00000003
120EDAE0 00000003
120EDAE2 00000003
120ED738 00000003
120ED73A 00000003
120ED73C 00000003
120ED73E 00000003
120ED740 00000003
120ED742 00000003
120EF038 00000003
120EF03A 00000003
120EF03C 00000003
120EF03E 00000003
120EF040 00000003
120EF042 00000003
USA Rev. 1 Europe Rev. 1
120EDC88 00000003
120EDC8A 00000003
120EDC8C 00000003
120EDC8E 00000003
120EDC90 00000003
120EDC92 00000003
120EDD88 00000003
120EDD8A 00000003
120EDD8C 00000003
120EDD8E 00000003
120EDD90 00000003
120EDD9A 00000003

Build Date

Present in stamp.rc are build dates, in YYMMDD format.

USA Kiosk Demo USA Europe Europe Kiosk Demo
060916.2044
061009.0352
061009.0352
061101.1423
Japan USA Rev. 1 Europe Rev. 1 Korea
061107.2027
061110.1620
061110.1620
070130.1859

Revisional Differences

Hmmm...
To do:
Higher quality rips of music. Where is extra fanfare used in jp/kr? USA Rev 1 and Europe Rev 1.)

Levels

USA, Europe, Australia Japan, Korea
YIDS-11PipeUSAEUR.png YIDS-11PipeJPKR.png

1-1 had a shrub moved in order to add an arrow on a pipe.

USA, Europe, Australia Japan, Korea
YIDS-RainUSAEUR.png YIDS-RainJPKR.png

Levels with rain were modified, possibly to make it more visible for the player.

USA, Europe, Australia Japan, Korea
YIDS-VaseGhostRoom-USAEUR.png YIDS-VaseGhostRoom-JPKR.png

Level 2-4 had a gauntlet room altered - some vases and chairs were removed. In spite of it making the area easier, this might have been done to avoid lag issues. Also noticable in the comparison are differences between the vase's palette - the chairs also have a small difference in their palette.

USA, Europe, Australia Japan, Korea
YIDS-VaseKeyUSAEUR.png YIDS-VaseKeyJPKR.png

Level 3-4 received a significant update. At one point, Yoshi must push a vase off a ledge to receive a key. In the Japanese and Korean versions, it was placed on a small pillar; because of this, the coins were moved.

USA, Europe, Australia Japan, Korea
YIDS-KangarooUSAEUR.png
YIDS-WatfallUSAEUR.png
YIDS-PipeEnterUSAEUR.png
YIDS-KangarooJPKR.png
YIDS-WaterfallJPKR.png
YIDS-PipeEnterJPKR.png

A healthy amount of graphical glitches were fixed between the versions.

Music

2006 2007

The final boss music in the first-released USA/EUR is incredibly short, and seems to be missing a second half. The later-released Japanese and Korean versions fixed this, adding the rest of the song, along with modifying the french horns to be higher pitched.

The Japanese and Korean versions have an extra fanfare in the .sdat folder titled "J22". All other versions only go up to "J21".

Other

  • The Japanese and Korean version display small descriptions of what option is highlighted in the main menu.
  • The Japanese and Korean versions had the order the minigames are presented in the menu altered.
  • Some transition effects were altered between versions.