|Digital Release||Nintendo Wii
April 04, 2007 (AU, EU)
April 07, 2007 (NA)
June 10, 2008 (JP)
November 11, 2008 (KO)
|Delisting||October 11, 2013 (AU, EU, JP)
October 18, 2013 (NA)
January 30, 2019 (KO)
|Links||GoNintendo news post|
On October 10, 2013, Nintendo announced via the Important Info section of the Wii Shop Channel that Yoshi’s Cookie would be removed from sale on October 18, 2013. The game was delisted in Japan and Europe the day after this announcement on October 11th. Nintendo’s full notice follows:
The Virtual Console title Yoshi’s Cookie (500 Wii Points) will be discontinued at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. If you’d like to purchase this title or have already purchased and would like to redownload, please do so before this time. We apologize for any inconenience.– GoNintendo
The game was delisted after Nintendo lost the license to Yoshi’s Cookie’s game design from Bullet-Proof Software. Originally developed as Hermetica by Home Data, the rights to the game were sold to Bullet-Proof Software following a failed location test. Bullet-Proof then created a SNES version of the game and licensed the NES and Game Boy versions to Nintendo. After a publishing agreement that spanned 20 years, the rights to every version of Yoshi’s Cookie seemingly reverted to Blue Planet Software, forcing Nintendo to cease all distribution of the game.
Due to an oversight, the game remained available on the Wii Shop Channel exclusively in South Korea until the service shut down on January 30, 2019. Yoshi’s Cookie is the only known Virtual Console title that is completely unable to be re-downloaded.
About the Game
Cookie chaos for Mario and Yoshi! Mario and Yoshi are filling in at the Cookie Factory and they need your help! Fresh baked cookies roll out of the ovens. It’s up to Mario to sort and stack ’em before they pile too high! Line up a row of the same kind of cookies either vertically or horizontally, and they vanish! Clear the screens to move on to a new level of cookie chaos. Yoshi appears from time to time to stir things up. Play for a high score or head-to-head against a friend. The mouth-watering madness doesn’t let up! And be sure to keep some cookies close by, ’cause you’ll get the munchies during this lip-smacking good time!