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Topic: Gaming the Pandemic - Day 19: SMW2: Yoshi's Island

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JaguarWong

I'm playing one title from my 627 unplayed game backlog every day that the UK is in lockdown. Today we have a game that's considered a true classic...

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island on the SNES

Shouldn't it be Yoshis' Island? With the apostrophe at the end because it's plural and possessive? There are multiple 'Yoshis' after all..? Anyway.

I have so much love for the SNES. It was my first 'proper' console and it's great to finally get a chance to write about it here. I only have a handful of unplayed games for this machine and most of those are Mario platformers, and, well, I have a confession to make...

I don't really like Mario platformers.

I love Mario Kart, I've had fun with Mario Party, and I recently played and loved Mario & Rabbids kingdom Battle. When the games are spin-offs and side projects they hit the mark, but I've never really got on with the 'true' genre of Mario.

Obviously I'm part of a minuscule minority, but I really struggle to take the same pleasure from these games that millions of other people find.

To try and break it down I can tell you that most of the character designs are hideous to my eyes, the music is often repetitive and annoying, and, worst of all, I find the controls to be floaty, slidey, imprecise, and infuriating. I know I might as well be shouting this into a hole in the ground but I'm not going to pretend I feel otherwise due to decades of other people's reverence and nostalgia for the Mario brand.

I'm happy for you if you get joy from Mario games, truly I am, but don't feel the same way.

So... This is the part where I say that Yoshi's Island was different, that it's the exception to the rule, and that it changed my mind...

Except it wasn't, it isn't, and it absolutely didn't.

I played the entire first world of Yoshi's Island. I was impressed by the art work and level design, I admired the clever platforming, I respected the built in replayability of optional goals. This is a game clearly created by incredibly talented people with enviable creativity. But all that means nothing, because after 8 levels I just couldn't face another moment of sliding into lava, crawling along platforms, and chasing that incessantly mewling boy-in-a-bubble.

The latter; that shreeching, monotonous cry as Baby Mario floats rage-inducingly around the stage, is the only issue I had that relates specifically to this game - all the others are issues that can be traced to the Mario DNA that I've never enjoyed but so wanted to be different this time.

And that's something that makes it worse: I wanted to like this game.

I'm indifferent about the other Marios in the backlog, I'll give them a fair shot if they pop out of the randomiser but I don't really care if they don't. But when SMW2 was chosen today I was excited. I loved Yoshi's Woolly World on the Wii-U and it was because of that that I was recommended Yoshi's Island and even found a beautiful boxed copy in a local shop not long after.

But, expectation is the mother of disappointment, and that's certainly something I'm full of right now.

If you've read any of these before you'll know I do a one line summary at the end. I'll say a game is 'recommended', or that 'genre fans might want to try it' - that kind of thing.

But I've struggled with what to put for Yoshi's Island.

Not for the first time I've played a game that many consider one of the best ever made and I just couldn't enjoy it, but I don't want to piss anyone off. So I guess the summary can only be...

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - I hated it. Sorry.

Edited on by Eel

JaguarWong

WoomyNNYes

@JaguarWong Unfortunately, this kind of post is an advertisement. Which is against site/forum rules. No plugging of websites/youtube, advertisements. I'm open to being wrong, but that's my understanding.

Edited on by WoomyNNYes

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