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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Super Punch-Out!! and When Great Isn’t Great Enough

The night before every stream, I do a technical check. Firing up all of my equipment, I ensure that everything is functioning as intended and that the audio mix between my mic and the game. After configuring everything for Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, I revisited an old fave: Super Punch-Out!!.

At the time of its release, I adored this game. Beat it many times over back in the day, and couldn’t put it down on this day until I sent the final boss down to the canvas. Much of my muscle memory was still intact, as I finished the campaign with a record of 16-2.

In large part, Super Punch-Out!! is still a great game and worthy of your time. Personally, I think it’s better than Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! – its predecessor that has reached mythical status in the gaming community. Even so, it quickly got lost in the shuffle at the time of its release and it’s nonexistent in the greater conversation of gaming. What happened? Continue reading

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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Tetris 2, Tetris Attack, and Tetrisphere: A Look Back at a Trio of Tetris Spin-Offs

From its origins on PC, to Tetris 99 on the Nintendo Switch, there are countless versions of classic Tetris out there. Odds are, the Tetris Company will continue to iterate on the traditional Tetris formula until the end of time. However, there have been a number of offshoot puzzle games that don’t play like Tetris, but bear the name anyway. Let’s take a look back at a trio of these: Tetris 2, Tetris Attack, and Tetrisphere!

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Live Stream – Hyrule Castle to Desert Palace

I swear this live stream isn’t sponsored by 7-Eleven and Nintendo! In advance of Link’s Awakening‘s release, we take a quick stop in Hyrule for A Link to the Past! As I fumble my way through Hyrule as “Jettt”, we discuss our picks for most overrated Zelda game, seeing Ellen Page IRL @ the Toronto International Film Festival, using save states as a crutch, and what games we’re hoping Santa leaves under our Christmas tree this year!

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SNES Hidden Gem! X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse

A game I remember fondly from my childhood, X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse has kind of slipped off the radar. We give this slept-on X-Men game some love by playing through the opening missions!

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Return of Retro Game Streaming?


Retro game streaming has been something I’ve wanted to do since I started doing this seriously at the beginning of 2018. However, it fell pretty low on the priority chain as my laundry list of technical things to fix piled up. On top of all the basic things I struggled to sort out – such as broadcasting a stream with a decent picture quality at a steady frame rate – retro hardware added additional obstacles to work through.

Knowing that I couldn’t solve everything at once, all of my retro-specific issues were put aside in order to broadcast a solid modern stream first. After months of research, tweaking of settings, breaking of stuff while live on-air, and the purchase of numerous pieces of hardware, I think I’m finally [knock on wood] at a point where I can finally play old games more regularly.

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