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Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

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Reviewed by Tim Yoshi's island has an odd premise but it's a good game nonetheless. It stars Yoshi and his friends helping baby Mario find his brother who was kidnapped by Kamek the sorcerer. I admit I didn't have much respect for the plot at first but when I played it, I realized how wrong I was.

Graphics 9.0 out of 10

The graphics were something never before seen on the Super NES. It uses the FX microchip, but unlike the "all polygons and no texture" games we'd seen in the past, this game made very good use of it. The polygons are blended in and texturized so they create the needed effect without ruining the atmosphere. This allowed for some awesome effects, especially when fighting bosses. The fight with Raphael the raven is one of my favorites. It is fought on a small globe and as you run around it, the background turns, keeping the view in Yoshi's perspective. The only thing keeping the graphics from perfection is how they're made to look like a child's drawing. It's an interesting effect but I think it's overdone and unnecessary. The game would work better if it was just made to be realistic.

Music and Sound 9.8 out of 10

Not much to complain about here. The music is catchy, it fits the theme, and there's nothing annoying about it. The sound is good too but I think we can all do without baby Mario's crying.

Game Challenge 10 out of 10

Even though this game has a childish atmosphere, don't think for a second that it's a kid's game. This is not a game you'll pass in a day. Early on it's not too bad but the later stages will really give you a run for you money. If you beat the game and you're still not satisfied, try getting 100% in every level in a world. This will unlock the extra stages which will really put your skills to the test. So if you played Super Mario World and thought it was a pushover, try the sequel.

Game Play-Fun 9.8 out of 10

Don't worry about getting bored with this one. Each stage presents new surprises, there's plenty of secrets to explore and the mini games are worth a try as well. It takes a little getting used to at first but give it a chance and you'll love it. The only part that isn't fun is getting Mario back if your hit. He has a bad habit of drifting just beyond reach and his annoying crying and the timer don't help matters much. Other than that, you should have a great time with this game.

Frustration

As I said before, baby Mario's crying is awful. It won Nintendo's "most annoying feature" award so you know it's got to be bad. The play control feels loose at times. Yoshi's hovering ability is easy lose control of and his egg throwing takes some getting used to as well

Replayability 9.3 out of 10

The extra challenge of getting all 100% scores and beating the extra levels is a great reason to keep on playing. Unfortunately, this is only for pride and has no reward. There are no alternate endings so the extra stages and the fun of the game are the only replay factors.

Game Value 9.1 out of 10

This game is definitely worth renting and probably worth buying too. Experts might get through it too quickly so consider it carefully.

Overall 9.5 out of 10

There's not much else to say. This is a must have for any Mario fan. Rent it before you buy it. If you make it to the last world, you'll probably want more so make sure the purchase will be worth it.

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