Yoshi’s Island

Yoshi became a breakout star, so much so that he bought his own island.

Game Data:

  • Review Date: June 25, 2021
  • Release Date: October 4, 1995
  • Platform: SNES
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Genre: Linear Platformer

Anecdotes: It looks like Nintendo was cranking up the marketing garbage again. The title of this game is technically “Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island.” Anyone that has actually played the game, though, knows that title is bunk. Mario is no longer playable, and this game goes back in time to when Mario was a baby. It really doesn’t carry much over from SMW and certainly doesn’t feel like a followup to it.

Description: This is a platformer in which players control Yoshi. Yoshi is responsible for protecting baby Mario. When Yoshi is hit, Mario flies off. As Mario floats around, a timer starts. That timer is how long Yoshi has to get Mario back. If Yoshi fails, a life is lost.


  • The child-like graphics are an interesting choice. I’m filing them under positive because it was intentional and they’re consistent throughout the game. I like the uniqueness of it and I think they reached exactly the tone they were looking for.


  • This game seems to have lots of gimmicks. From the arrow bouncers to the huevo aimers to hidden paths to dropping blocks to a bonus game on the Bumper Stumpers board, it just feels like everything is a gimmick.
  • There also isn’t a consistent Yoshi throughout the game. A Yoshi (I guess that’s no longer a proper name?) runs a course, then at the end, Mario flies off of him/her and into the arms of another Yoshi. There’s a different Yoshi in every level and they come in many colors.


How do I get a shield of Yoshis around me?
Shyguys! Super Mario 2’s enemies are gradually becoming more common in these games.
Yoshi can make huevos by eating something and defecating it out. I’m not making that up.
It’s nice that they placed a huevo shooter under the first boss.
I saw this on Bumper Stumpers, except they used stop signs.
There always just has to be someone spouting off.
I have all these huevos following me around, but now I got a key, too.
Here we go…

Final Opinion: I like this game, but the title Super Mario World 2 is 100% misleading. It doesn’t look, feel, or play like Super Mario World. It’s more like a spinoff.

Progress: In world 2

Grade: B

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