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Still a blast from the past.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is the prequel to the original Super Mario World. It was released in 1995 worldwide. Nintendo published and developed the game. It was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and rereleased as Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 for the Game Boy Advance.

Plot

Kamek, a powerful magikoopa predicts that two babies will grow up to cause trouble for his master, Bowser. Kamek finds the stork carrying the children and snatches him. Only capturing one baby, the other falls down to an island and fortunately on top of a member of the Yoshi clan. The baby senses his brother and the Yoshi clan decided to help the two reunite and defeat Kamek and Bowser.

Why it Rocks

  1. Amazing graphics.
  2. The game takes great advantage of the Super FX chip with very colorful hand drawn art styles and excellent sprite work.
  3. First game in the series to inrtoduce Baby Mario and Baby Luigi.
  4. Getting a 100% completion on each stage for a world will unlock extra levels (one for each World) and mini-games, great for obtaining power-ups and extra lives.
  5. Numerous power-ups, including increasing star count and temporary abilities.
  6. Lots of creative Puzzles.
  7. While the main goal of each stage is to get the end, the stages offer chances to obtain 5 flowers, 20 red coins (hidden among yellow coins) and 30 stars. Completing a stage with all of these will enable a 100% stage completion. Stars can be lost if Yoshi is hit causing Baby Mario to float in a bubble.
  8. Impressive boss battles.
  9. Very good soundtrack.
  10. An amazing and beutiful ending.

Bad Quality

  1. The commercial of this video game is grotesque. It literally involves a fat man stuffing himself until he explodes!
  2. Baby Mario's crying is obnoxious and annoying.
  3. Getting a perfect score requires reaching the end with 30 stars which means not getting hit at all once you reach 30 because stars are hard to replenish.
  4. It can be rather tactless to SEGA fans,as in this game,Nintendo mocks at Sonic.
  5. Some of the levels are frustrating.

Reception

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island was the last 2D Mario platform game for a home console until New Super Mario Bros. Wii for the Wii 14 years later. The game was also popular enough to give Yoshi his own sub franchise with numerous games inspired by Yoshi's Island.