Nintendo Classic Mini: SNES Part 3 – All 21 games round-up (11-7)

10. Yoshi’s Island (1995)

Following the incredible success of Super Mario World, the dinosaur companion Yoshi became a highly popular sidekick and was much in demand from Nintendo fans for a starring role. It took several years, but finally a game befitting our favourite cute dino emerged towards the end of the Super Nintendo’s lifecycle in Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario World 2.

Yoshi is the star of the show as you provide escort duties for a Baby Mario who is seeking to be reunited with brother Luigi, as you must transport Mario safely to end of each beautifully crafted level. Just like in the original Super Mario World, Yoshi can use his tongue to gather enemies into his mouth to either spit out as an attack, or can be laid as eggs, which can be fired like a cannon via a crosshair at angles to hit harder to reach enemies.

The most striking aspect of the game is the hand-drawn art style; something that was highly original for the time but has been copied many times since, but was nevertheless incredibly eye-catching for 1995. Yoshi’s Island is one of the best looking games on the Super Nintendo and absolutely lives up as a sequel to Super Mario World, and is entirely worthy of its place in the top 10 ever SNES games.

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