-YOSHI'S STORY FAQ OR SOME KIND OF HELPFUL INFO- MAIN MENU ? In the Options menu, there are only two items: one for stereo/mono/headphone sound, and the other is to delete everything in the cartidge memeory. REQUIREMENTS NEEDED TO BEAT EACH LEVEL PERFECTLY ? There is no simple, definite "perfection" in Yoshi Story. The first important thing when playing Story Mode is to find the 3 hearts in a stage, because these opens up more stages for you to select for the next stage. In Trial Mode, when you're trying to play for high score, you can call your play "almost perfect" if you get all 30 Melons and all 3 Hearts in a stage without losing any lives. These are the major factors affecting your score. Beyond that, other factors such as enemies and coins affect your score only in a small and not very significant way. SCORING: SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FRUITS, LEVEL LAYOUTS ? When you clear a stage, the score is calculated as the total of 6 items. The items are explained as follows: 1. Fruits Points for the 30 fruits you have eaten. Lucky Fruit 8 Favorite Fruit 3 Melon 3 others 1 When you eat the same fruits in a row, the subsequent ones get their scores multiplied by x2, x3, x4, ... For example, 6 "Lucky Fruits" in a row is worth a total of 8 x (1+2+3+4+5+6) = 168 points. The "Lucky Fruit" of the day is determined by a roulette before playing the first stage after you switch on the game. (Also see 5. Melons, which is far more decisive than this item.) 2. Enemies You get points for eating some enemies. Some enemies (such as Shy Guys) are the favorite snacks for the yoshi's of the same color, and are worth more points to them. When you defeat an enemy (without eating, such as by a thrown egg or by stepping on it), you get double the points. When you kill multiple enemies with a thrown egg, the latter ones get their scores multiplied by x4, x8, and x16. Also included in this item are Heart Fruits, for 8 points each. Shy Guy scoring table: eat non-favorite 1 defeat non-favorite 1x2 eat favorite 3 defeat non-favorite 3x2 For example, if you manage to line up 5 Shy Guys in a row (the 3rd being your favorite) and wipe them out with one egg, you get 1x2 + 1x4 + 3x8 + 1x16 + 1x16 = 62 points If you eat them all, you get only 1+1+3+1+1 = 7 points 3. Coins 1 point for each coin. Almost a waste of time IMO (except of course in some cases where secrets are activitated by picking up coins.) 4. Special Hearts 100 points each. There are always 3 in each stage. 5. Melons 100 points each Melon (in additional to the points you get in item 1). There are always 30 Melons in each stage, many of them hidden in some way. Since your score in item 1 is largely correlated with how many Melons you can find anyway, Melons are undoubtedly the single most decisive factor of your score. 6. Remaining Lives 100 points per yoshi (out of the 6 you start with) left.