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Old 12-16-2011, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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At Long Last -- Yoshi's Island Sneaks Out of the Nintendo Vault



My fellow Americans: our long, national nightmare is finally over -- the unbelievably great Yoshi's Island has finally surfaced within the digital marketplace of a modern Nintendo system. And for free, no less! Well, free for anyone entitled to 3DS Ambassador Club perks. In this time of rampant grouchiness and repulsive political discord, what better way to bring people together than the re-release of what may be the greatest 2D platformer of all time? The only other option would be some sort of apocalypse scenario, and no one wants that. Unless it involves a big meteor, which would be pretty cool.

Today's release comes with one minor caveat, however; this version of Yoshi's Island might not be the one you remember. As promised during Nintendo's brief flirtation with egregious bribery, the Yoshi's Island now up for grabs is none other than the awkwardly titled GBA port, Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island -- though my sadistic streak always made me wish they titled this one Super Mario Advance 3: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. For the sake of clarity, of course.

This situation doesn't necessarily call for outrage; to be fair, the GBA adaptation of Yoshi's Island doesn't deserve to be lumped in with crummy the Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger ports of yore -- and hey, you can always download perfect replications of those games on the Wii's Virtual Console. But the fact that you can't do the same with Yoshi's Island adds salt to this particularly crusty wound. For those of us who've spent the past five years patiently watching Nintendo's Virtual Console releases -- back when they actually existed -- seeing Yoshi's Island drop in such a hobbled form does a fine job of angrying up the blood. After all, without the power of the Super FX 2 chip (or a reasonable emulation thereof), how will a new generation of youngsters ever learn to tune in, turn on, touch fuzzy, get dizzy?


FBI Director William S. Sessions says: "Only this loser uses fuzzies." Even though Yoshi's Island saw heaps of critical praise and pushed the power of the SNES to its absolute limits, it didn't cause the same shock and awe as Donkey Kong Country, which mostly used sleight of hand to make us believe our humble little 16-bit consoles secretly had Silicon Graphics workstations housed inside. And the technical tricks of Yoshi's Island don't amount to mere embellishments; they actually contribute to the gameplay, as enemies, Yoshi, and the various environments squash and stretch to create some of the most ambitious, idea-packed levels ever seen in a 2D platformer. Simply put, the experience suffers on the GBA. And the pointless addition of Yoshi's now-standard baby grunts makes the formerly silent protagonist far more annoying than intended.

In the past, I've heard people state that the Super FX 2 chip is the primary reason the original Yoshi's Island will never pop up on the Wii's Virtual Console. Unless Nintendo has some seriously underpowered emulators, this simply isn't so; anyone familiar with the world of emulation can tell you that technical geniuses made Yoshi's Island fully playable (via questionable means, of course) over a decade ago. As the Wii patiently waits for a be-frocked Reggie to perform the ceremony of Last Rites, we can only hope that Virtual Console has enough life left to give the gift of Yoshi's Island to a generation ignorant of its unparalleled greatness. (Pardon my hyperbole.)



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Old 12-17-2011, 12:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yoshi's Island is tied with Super Mario Bros. 3 for my second favorite Mario game.
I liked it, especially the "Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy" level. That was so cool when I was younger.
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Yoshi's island is bugy on here I cant play it thru
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I think it is one of those games that just doesn't emulate very well.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yoshi's Island is the best game ever. EVER. (the SNES version of course)
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It certainly is good.
I didn't think the GBA port was too bad, it was at least better than some of the other SNES to GBA ports.
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Baby Mario needs to shut the hell up
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