Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

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Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
SMW2YI box art.jpg
Developer Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Super Famicom / Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Super NES Classic Edition / Super Famicom Mini, Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online
Release date Super Nintendo Entertainment System:
Japan August 5, 1995
USA October 4, 1995
Europe October 5, 1995
Australia December 1995[1]
Super NES Classic Edition:
USA September 29, 2017
Europe September 29, 2017
Australia September 30, 2017
Japan October 5, 2017
Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online:
USA September 5, 2019[2]
Japan September 6, 2019[3]
Europe September 6, 2019[4]
Australia September 6, 2019[5]
HK September 6, 2019
South Korea September 6, 2019
Genre Platform
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB K-A.png - Kids to Adults
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer (Mini Battles only)
Media
SNES:
Media SNES.png Game Pak
Nintendo Switch:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
SNES Classic Edition:
Built-in
Input
Super NES:
Nintendo Switch:
SNES Classic Edition:

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is a 2D platforming title released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1995. Despite its name, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is neither a sequel to Super Mario World nor an installment of the Super Mario series, but rather the first installment of the Yoshi's Island series, which is a part of the Yoshi franchise. The game takes place in Yoshi's Island, and stars a group of Yoshis (most prominently Green Yoshi) and Baby Mario, who go on a journey to rescue Baby Luigi from Kamek. The game uses an arts and crafts style rather than pre-rendered graphics like Donkey Kong Country. To compensate, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island uses the Super FX2 graphics chip, with emulating 3D space being one of its capabilities.

In 2002, a remake of the game, titled Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, was released for the Game Boy Advance. In 2006, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island received its first sequel, Yoshi's Island DS. The Nintendo 64 title Yoshi's Story was often considered to be a sequel to Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, but it falls under the similar Yoshi platforming series instead of the Yoshi's Island series.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is the first Yoshi title to have Yoshis as the main playable characters; earlier Yoshi titles, such as Yoshi and Yoshi's Safari, feature Mario as the actual main character whereas Yoshi is the mascot and has a more passive role.

Story[edit]

A Stork is delivering Baby Mario and Baby Luigi to their parents. Meanwhile, Kamek looks into the future and sees that the two brothers will grow up to destroy the Koopa family,[6] so he goes out to capture them both. Kamek charges at the stork and steals the bag with Baby Luigi, although Baby Mario is accidentally dropped below. Meanwhile on Yoshi's Island, Green Yoshi is taking a walk until Baby Mario lands right onto Green's Yoshi's back. A map of Yoshi's Island, presumably used by the stork, conveniently drops down from the sky. Green Yoshi meets with the other Yoshis to decide what to do with Baby Mario, and they agree to go on an adventure to deliver him home. When Kamek finds that he only came back with Baby Luigi, he becomes furious, and commands the Toadies to search for Baby Mario.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay screenshot of Green Yoshi aiming an egg at a Wild Piranha

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island introduces several unique mechanics not found in the Super Mario series. However, like Super Mario World, the first appearance of Yoshis, a Yoshi can jump and use his elongated tongue to eat enemies and certain objects. Every Yoshi has the same abilities, regardless of their color. Yoshis were given a lot more abilities, and their existing abilities were expanded upon. When jumping, a Yoshi can perform a Flutter Jump to gain extra height from his jump. Whenever a Yoshi uses their tongue on an enemy, he does not immediately swallow the enemy, but it is stored inside of his mouth. The Yoshi can either convert the enemy into a egg or spit it back out. A Yoshi can carry up to six eggs behind him at a time. With them, a Yoshi can perform the Egg Throw ability, in which they throw an egg at an enemy or other target. Yoshis were also given the ability to Ground Pound.

For every level, the player controls a different Yoshi. The order in which the Yoshis are played are consistent for each world (e.g. Green Yoshi is always played as in the first level of a world). Baby Mario sits on the back of a Yoshi for the entirety of the level up to the end goal, where the Yoshi transfers Baby Mario on to the back of the next Yoshi. If a Yoshi takes damage from an enemy or an obstacle, Baby Mario falls off his back and becomes trapped in a bubble. The Yoshi has ten seconds to rescue Baby Mario by popping the bubble. In doing so, the timer slowly counts back to ten. By himself, a Yoshi does not take damage or lose a life unless he either falls down a hole, gets burnt by lava, or touches spikes. If Yoshi does not rescue Baby Mario on time, a group of Toadies appear to kidnap Baby Mario, and the Yoshis lose an extra life and have to restart the level from either the beginning or from the most recently activated checkpoint.

The game introduces its own transformations that turn a Yoshi into a type of vehicle, such as a submarine or a train, for a short period of time. There is also a Super Star power-up that temporarily grants Baby Mario his Powerful Mario form, allowing him to run on the ground while invincible.

There are three items that contribute to a level's completion score: Stars, Red Coins, and Flowers. By default, a Yoshi starts out with 10 Stars in a level, although they can carry up to 30 Stars by acquiring them through various means. Each Star represents a second on the countdown timer, so if Yoshi takes damage, the timer counts down from the number of Stars that he has. Even when the Yoshi rescues Baby Mario, the countdown timer does not exceed 10, so there are at least 20 Stars (if the countdown timer begins from 30 and ends at 10) do not recover automatically. Every level consists of twenty Red Coins and five Flowers. Each Star and Red Coin adds one percent to the level completion score, but each Flower adds ten percent.

Worlds and levels[edit]

World 1 level select screen

There are six worlds, each having eight regular levels for the Yoshis to progress through. Like in Super Mario Bros. and its two sequels for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island's worlds all have the generic title "World," followed by a number corresponding to their order in progression. Like in Donkey Kong Country, each level has a unique name, but still has their own "world-level" identifier like in the first few Super Mario series installments, albeit without "World" in the title. Every fourth and eighth level features a boss fight against an enemy enlarged by Kamek.

Instead of a world map like in some Super Mario titles, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island uses a level select menu. The worlds are represented by a folder-like display, each having their own color, and the world number is displayed from the tab-like part of the folder. Every tab consists of preview icons of the eight levels, each marked by an identifier beneath it. Accessing a level is done by highlighting its icon and then selecting it, causing the icon to spin around as it shrinks until vanishing. Each world has a different environmental setting, and several of its levels are themed as such. For instance, World 1 consists of several grassland levels. The actual first level is Welcome To Yoshi's Island, which serves as a short tutorial that teaches basic controls. Once completed, it cannot be replayed, making it an unrevisitable area.

Each world has a hidden extra level that can be unlocked by getting a 100% score for every other level within the same world. Extra levels are shorter yet harder than the other levels, and completing them is not a requirement for the Yoshis to progress in their journey. Because of their length and difficulty, most extra levels do not consist of any Checkpoint Rings. Extra levels do not feature their own preview icon and are instead represented by a star with a number and identifier.

To match the light arts and crafts aesthetic, the level backdrops are dynamically rendered with a more complex palette. In grassland levels, hills have an emulated colored pencils design, and clouds and hills contain visible shading streaks to communicate with their shadow. In cave levels, environment features such as waterfalls and crystals are animated. The level Goonie Rides! is unique in that it renders a shimmering ocean with a large flock of Goonies and their variants flying in the background.

All level icons that depict a Yoshi depict it as green, even if Green Yoshi is not playable in that level. Most of the levels are sidescrollers, but a few are autoscrolling, the first being Hop! Hop! Donut Lifts.

Croc: Legend of the Gobbos, a game from Argonaut that became the result of their rejected Yoshi platformer pitch, uses a very similar naming scheme for the levels. The worlds, each taking place on a different island, are instead named for their environmental setting followed by the word "Island" (e.g. Forest Island).

Characters[edit]

Playable characters[edit]

Yoshis are the main playable character, with each one being a different color. Unlike Super Mario World, every Yoshi has the same abilities, regardless of their color. Baby Mario is an indirect playable character, as he rides on a Yoshi's back throughout his adventure. However, he can controlled independently while his Powerful Mario form is active.

The Yoshi colors are specific to the levels they are played in. Green Yoshi, being the primary Yoshi, is played in more levels than the other Yoshis. In all six worlds, the Yoshis access the levels in a specific order; for instance, Pink Yoshi is always used in the second level of a world. The only exception to the pattern is the final level, King Bowser's Castle, which is accessed by Green Yoshi rather than Blue Yoshi, who is used for the other castle levels. As a result, Blue Yoshi is used in the least number of levels than the other Yoshis.

Sprite Name Playable levels
GreenYoshi-SMW2YI.png Green Yoshi Welcome To Yoshi's Island, First and extra levels, Mini Battles, King Bowser's Castle
PinkYoshi-SMW2YI.png Pink Yoshi1 Second levels
LightBlueYoshi-SMW2YI.png Light Blue Yoshi1 Third levels
YellowYoshi-SMW2YI.png Yellow Yoshi Forts (fourth levels)
PurpleYoshi-SMW2YI.png Purple Yoshi1 Fifth levels
BrownYoshi-SMW2YI.png Brown Yoshi1 Sixth levels
RedYoshi-SMW2YI.png Red Yoshi Seventh levels2
BlueYoshi-SMW2YI.png Blue Yoshi Castles (eighth levels), excluding King Bowser's Castle

1 - This colored Yoshi makes his debut within the game.
2 - The Pink and Red Yoshis' positions on the map screen are swapped, with the former at the seventh level and the latter at the second. This was corrected in the Game Boy Advance version.

Supporting characters[edit]

Sprite Name Description
Baby Mario SMW2 sprite.png Baby Mario He is Mario as an infant. The Yoshis have to transport Baby Mario throughout the different levels. Baby Mario becomes a standalone playable character when he obtains a Super Star.
Baby Luigi SMW2 sprite.png Baby Luigi He is Luigi as an infant. Baby Luigi is kidnapped by Kamek, and the adventure revolves around having to rescue him. Baby Luigi technically serves as Luigi's first appearance within a Yoshi title.
Hung Stork SMW2 sprite.png Stork He is the bird who delivers Baby Mario and Baby Luigi to their parents. The stork is captured alongside Baby Luigi at the start of the game.
Poochy SMW2 sprite.png Poochy A dog who can run across dangerous terrain such as lava and spikes. Poochy follows after Yoshi, and always travels in the direction the Yoshi faces.
Melon Bug SMW2 sprite.png Melon Bug They are pill bug-like creatures that can roll up into balls. A Yoshi can use it as a projectile to defeat a variety of enemies, including Tap-Taps.
Huffin Puffin SMW2 sprite.png Huffin Puffin Huffin Puffin wanders around with chicks following after it. The chicks can act as a substitute for the eggs.
Muddy Buddy SMW2 sprite.png Muddy Buddy A Muddy Buddy covers a Yoshi's feet, allowing him to safely traverse over spikes.
Liquid lift SMW2 sprite.png Liquid lift It carries Yoshi to higher places by moving fluidly in a looping motion.
Support Ghost SMW2 sprite.png Support Ghost A Support Ghost takes Yoshi through treacherous terrain.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #33, page 26.
  2. ^ Nintendo (September 4, 2019). Nintendo Direct 9.4.2019. YouTube. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Nintendo (September 4, 2019). Nintendo Direct 2019.9.5. YouTube. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Tweet by Nintendo of Europe (Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online release date). Twitter. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Tweet by Nintendo AU NZ (Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online release date). Twitter. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  6. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island instruction booklet, page 5.
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