Today's "Nostalgia Game Review" focuses on a SNES classic, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. The game features the iconic dinosaur as he goes through six worlds and searches for baby Mario's brother, Luigi. There are eight stages per world, with each stage containing 20 red coins and five flowers. Some are side-scrolling stages and some are puzzling stages, to say the least.
The beauty of this game is found through exploring these various stages. As you search for all the flowers and red coins, you're also focused on keeping your timer full. The goal is to get 100 points every stage, with 100 points on all eight stages of a world unlocking more content. That content is either a mini game you can play over and over to accumulate items or lives or an extra stage. The extra stages are a challenge, but are also fun. That is another beauty of Yoshi's Island: the game can get a bit challenging as the game progresses, but it makes for an amazing adventure. There are many ways to boost your timer (i.e. stars) and many ways to get different eggs in the game.
You can also transform into various modes of transportation, such as a helicopter or a submarine. These transformations can help you navigate through the stage easier and can access areas Yoshi can't normally access (it's important to note that Yoshi cannot swim in this game). The helicopter may feel a bit loose control-wise, but the other transformations are sweet.
There is one problem with this game. It has been known as one of the most annoying things in all of gaming. I'm talking about baby Mario's crying. When Yoshi gets damaged, baby Mario falls off Yoshi's back and into a bubble, starting the countdown on the timer. With that comes baby Mario crying obnoxiously loud to the point of where the crying makes you question if you REALLY want children in the future. The "WAH! WAH!" is enough to drive you nuts and motivate you to not lose any points off your timer. Thankfully, Nintendo has toned the crying down to a mere "wheh, wheh" in the series's later installments.
The Yoshi's Island series as a whole has always been about exploration. Trying to find the last flower or the missing red coin is what makes this game a classic. Along with a memorable soundtrack, the game has given me numerous memories and was a blast to play in my youth.
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