This Day in Video Game History – October 4th, 1995 – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island Released

A unique entry into the Super Mario series where the player controls Yoshi was released on this in history.

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Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island was developed and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was released in the U.S. on October 4th, 1995, following its release in Japan that August. (Courtesy: Nintendo)

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island was developed and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was released in the U.S. on October 4th, 1995, following its release in Japan that August.

The game acts as a prequel of sorts to the massively successful Super Mario World, but features a different style of graphics and gameplay. The graphics have a stylized, almost hand-drawn or hand-painted style to them. As for the aforementioned gameplay, the player controls Yoshi throughout the side-scrolling adventure. Yoshi can shoot eggs to morph platforms, attack enemies and solve puzzles. Yoshi also can transform into a helicopter or other vehicles for limited amounts of time.

The game features a wide variety of levels that feature a variety of old and new minion and boss characters, power-ups, and much more. The game was a hit, scoring mostly positive reviews and selling extremely well at the time. Some Mario fans and other games even say it is their favorite in the franchise. Several more Yoshi titles–some a direct sequel, some featuring other styles–have been released for various platforms over the years.

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