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Description

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 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.

Screenshots

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island SNES Yoshi turns into a helicopter!
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island SNES Break those ceilings and reach hidden areas, jump on those arrows to reach a high platform
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island SNES Intro: the bird carries the twins
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island SNES Yoshi can hold himself in the air for a few moments

Promo Images

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Screenshot Yoshi battles some amazing foes on his mission to rescue Baby Mario.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Magazine Advertisement
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Magazine Advertisement pp. 20-21
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Screenshot Yoshi battles some amazing foes on his mission to rescue Baby Mario.

Alternate Titles

  • "Super Mario: Yoshi Island" -- Japanese title
  • "Super Mario Bros. 5: Yoshi's Island" -- working title
  • "슈퍼 마리오 월드 2: 요시 아이랜드" -- Korean spelling
  • "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 SNES MagFram (43)
Oh my God it's so CUTE!!!! ^_^ SNES Satoshi Kunsai (2074)
What at first appears to be a childish and silly game reveals itself to be one of the greatest platformers of all time. SNES CKeen The Great (165)
Almost as good as the original Super Mario World! SNES darthsith19 (70)

Critic Reviews

Total! (Germany) SNES Oct, 1995 1 out of 6 100
Fun Generation SNES Nov, 1995 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) SNES Sep 23, 2011 10 out of 10 100
Nintendo Life SNES Jul 23, 2009 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
Retro Game Reviews SNES Apr 06, 2017 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
Joypad SNES Dec, 1995 97 out of 100 97
Edge SNES Sep 28, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Retrogaming.it SNES Mar 12, 2008 9 out of 10 90
neXGam SNES Dec 27, 2009 8.6 out of 10 86
Top Consoles (France) SNES Oct, 1995 17 out of 20 85

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
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Mar 20, 2019

Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Fuzzy

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?

Awards

  • 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)
Information also contributed by Big John WV and PCGamer77

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