YOSHI'S ISLAND (SUPER MARIO WORLD 2)
Super Nintendo 1995 PAL
The late and great sequel (prequel actually) to Super Mario World and heralded by
many as one the greatest platform games of all time. This game is certainly up
there with the likes of Donkey Kong Country as Nintendo at its best.
The story is set when Mario and Luigi are babies being delivered by the stork. Its
flight is interrupted by an evil force and Mario is dropped into the care of the
Whilst the gameplay is mostly the same as Super Mario World there are some
distinct differences. The most obvious being the safety of baby Mario. Should Yoshi
take a hit you only have a small amount of time to retrieve him from a floating
bubble before losing a life.
In addition the game is fairly large with a good amount of levels and plenty of
secrets to find.
The game is perhaps also known for its visuals which were stunning back in 1995
looking like a kids drawing book using hashed lines and blotchey patterns with vivid
colours in addition to plenty of other graphical effects thrown in accomplished using
the SuperFX chip found similarly in Star Wing and Stunt Race FX.
Audibly the sound effects and music compliment the visual theme with cutey tunes
Yoshis Island was re-released for the Gameboy Advance in 2004 as Super Mario
Advance 3 and has an official website: http://www.gameboyadvance.com/yoshi/
The game received a pseudo sequel Yoshis Story on the N64 a few years later.