Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES)

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The events of Yoshi's Island take place in the past. Mario was one of two twin brothers whom the evil Magikoopa Kamek tried to kidnap. Kamek kidnapped one of the brothers, but the second, Mario, fell down on Yoshi's island, where Yoshis live. The Yoshis decided to carry baby Mario and to bring him to his parents. But Kamek has sent troops and hordes of monsters to stop the Yoshis and to kidnap Mario.

In the game, players control the differently colored Yoshis most of the time. Mario is a helpless baby unless a star that makes him invincible is collected. As a Yoshi, players can swallow enemies to make eggs; these eggs are used for attacking other enemies and activating switches. Yoshi can do a flutter jump to clear large gaps that a regular jump can't. Players can also pound the ground for attacks and also flipping certain switches. Additionally, Yoshis can transform into vehicles, such as a helicopter, submarine, or a train. If Mario is dismounted from a Yoshi, a countdown will start, and Yoshi must catch the baby before Kamek's servants kidnap it. When Mario is invincible, he doesn't ride on Yoshi and is immune to attack. While invincible, Mario can run up certain walls.


Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island SNES Underground level
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island SNES Starting the game
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island SNES Yoshi turns into a helicopter!
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island SNES Yoshi can hold himself in the air for a few moments

Alternate Titles

  • "Super Mario: Yoshi's Island" -- Japanese title
  • "スーパーマリオ ヨッシーアイランド" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A work of gaming art that belongs in every game library MagFram (43) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Oh my God it's so CUTE!!!! ^_^ Satoshi Kunsai (1810) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
What at first appears to be a childish and silly game reveals itself to be one of the greatest platformers of all time. CKeen The Great (142) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Almost as good as the original Super Mario World! darthsith19 (64) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Freaks 365 2000 10 out of 10 100
Fun Generation Nov, 1995 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
HonestGamers Sep 23, 2011 10 out of 10 100
The Video Game Critic Apr 07, 2008 A 100
GamesCollection Mar 10, 2014 9.8 out of 10 98
Video Games Sep, 1995 97 out of 100 97
Joypad Dec, 1995 97 out of 100 97
Super Power (Sweden) Nov, 1995 96 out of 100 96
Mega Fun Sep, 1995 93 out of 100 93
Game Players Sep, 1995 76 out of 100 76


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1001 Video Games

Yoshi's Island appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


In the German version, the level that introduces the spores that have an, um, mind-expanding effect on Yoshi is called "Lustiges Sporen-Drama" (Funny spore drama). Just build the acronym of this title. Could this possibly be a very subtle joke?


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • February 2006 (Issue #200) - #83 on the "Greatest Games of Their Time" list
  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #58 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
    • April 2007 (Issue #37) - #11 Top Platformer of All Time (Readers' Vote)
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BigJKO (68) added Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES) on Jun 06, 2002