Why Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island is a Timeless Classic

Over on Twitch, I recently wrapped up a playthrough of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. It’s a game that I’ve always held in high regard, but going through it now as an adult decades later further solidified its standing in my mind as an all-time great. What makes this one so special?

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The Best Games Starring Yoshi

Mario’s dinosaur friend makes appearances in a plethora of fantastic games. As a solo star, Yoshi’s output is…a mixed bag. A slew of mediocre puzzle games, one-off ideas, and a disappointing collection of platformers makes up the majority of the library.

Though Yoshi could be used better, there are a some real gems in the catalogue. Here are my picks for best Yoshi games!

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This Ends Tonight! – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island Live Stream – FINALE

Hell bent on wrapping up the final two worlds of Yoshi’s Island in one sitting, this stream went into overtime as I struggled to push through the game’s surprisingly challenging final levels. As we march Baby Mario towards Baby Luigi, I vent about Bunny Day in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Also, what the heck is a cuddler!?

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Belly of the Beast! – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island Live Stream – Part 3

In hindsight, it seems so obvious to push the pot. But in the moment, I oddly struggled trying to figure out how to take down this potted plant boss in Yoshi’s Island! Throughout the stream, I share an update regarding my dying Nintendo Switch, and things get really nostalgic in this edition of show and tell! Apologies for the abrupt ending due to technical difficulties!

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Push the Pot! – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island Live Stream – Part 2

In hindsight, it seems so obvious to push the pot. But in the moment, I oddly struggled trying to figure out how to take down this potted plant boss in Yoshi’s Island! Throughout the stream, I share an update regarding my dying Nintendo Switch, and things get really nostalgic in this edition of show and tell! Apologies for the abrupt ending due to technical difficulties!

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Touching Fuzzy, Getting Dizzy! – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island Live Stream – Part 1

A blast from the past stumbles in for a random late night stream! Had a wonderful time playing through the first few worlds of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island while hanging out with everyone that came by. Topics of discussion throughout the stream included the unfortunate fate of my Nintendo Switch, managing my growing hair in the middle of a growing pandemic, a racing-heavy PlayStation 1 show and tell, and stonks!

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I Just Want a Cape! – Super Mario World Live Stream

With my 3-year-old “nephew” tuning in, we decided to play a little bit of Super Mario World for him! I embarrass myself by being completely unable to get a cape, and I struggle to explain where Yoshi disappeared to after I jumped off his back to reach the final platform. Apologies for the conflicting music. Will remember to shut off the lo-fi beats for games where I want to play the music!

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Super Mario Maker 2 and its Surprisingly Compelling Story Mode

Playing the first Super Mario Maker made me realize that I took Nintendo’s approach to 2D Super Mario level design for granted. Contrasted against most of the user-generated levels I played, Nintendo’s approach across multiple Super Mario games showcases a high level of creativity, polish, accessibility, and restraint. It’s great that players are given the tools to create whatever they want, but it turns out that I mainly want more of Nintendo’s secret sauce.

Unfortunately, the Nintendo-made levels were poorly packaged as part of the 10 Mario Challenge. In it, you’re tasked with beating as many levels as you can with only 10 lives. However, unless you beat the entire challenge in one sitting, you’re likely to have to repeat levels before experiencing all of Nintendo’s content. Furthermore, the lack of connective tissue between levels made it difficult to get invested in Mario’s travels. At the very least, prior games sort of gave you the sense of working towards saving Princess Peach. With Super Mario Maker, you were just served levels at random that you’re running through for the sake of it.

Seemingly aware of the first game’s issues with regards to the presentation of Nintendo-made content, Super Mario Maker 2 takes a very different approach. Thus far, it’s made a huge difference in the way I consume and enjoy the game.

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How Super Mario Maker 2 Won Me Over

I liked Super Mario Maker a lot. I’m not one who enjoys making stuff in games, but I did have a great time during the brief stretch where I was into it. However, it fell out of my rotation pretty quickly when my interest in making levels waned and it felt like all of the user-created levels I encountered were awful. Because of this, Super Mario Maker 2 was not on my radar at all.

Then the Super Mario Maker 2 Direct happened. What I saw knocked my socks off! While I expected Nintendo to make improvements over the original, the sheer volume of improvements on display were staggering.

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Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers Can Now Save on Purchases with Game Vouchers

Introduced at the end of the Super Mario Maker 2 Direct, Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers give Nintendo Switch Online subscribers the ability to save on select games. Sold as a pair for $99.99, you can redeem them for two $60 games and save $20. You can buy multiple sets of vouchers at a time and vouchers are good for a year after purchase. However, it looks like vouchers will only be sold until July 31st.

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