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Today marks the 15th anniversary of the North American release of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island! :D As you all can see, I'm a huge fan of the game more than, well, almost anything.

What are your guys' thoughts on this? How has this game touched you? What do you love most or remember most about it?

And oh, bloody 'ell, I need to regain that confidence to draw again. I feel so bad, as this immense lack of art certainly isn't doing Yoshi justice. He deserves better.
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cinnamel Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, my...
I didn't realize the game has already become so old.
Well, Yoshi's Island has been the very first video game I played.
At that time I was only 5 and I sat in front of the TV and was just fascinated from all the colours and lovely characters.
Even today it still belongs to my absolut favorites.
Darredos Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Man, YI left a HUGE imprint in my mind.
The art, the bosses, the music, the story, the variety of enemies and environments, and YOSHI!!! =D
Still play it to my heart's content.
TomWells Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I loved the wax crayon-style art in the game. Everything about the game was excellent though. I consider it Nintendo's best game. Seeing the way Nintendo have performed wit the Game Cube and Wii, I don't see Yoshi losing the #1 spot anytime soon.
Yoshuzel Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loved Yoshi's Island. I loved it's charm in the music, the gameplay, everything. It was the my main inspiration to draw Yoshi.
Happy Yoshi's Island Day! :D

... Wow, after all these years, I can still draw the Yoshi's Island style! :D
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Komare3232 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Dang it! A day too late. Anyways, my best memory of Yoshi's Island is that it was the first video game I ever beat by myself. Plus I've come to learn that it was the first game my best friend had beaten as well! So that makes it more awesome than it already was. :)

From the games, my favorite parts were the giant orange/yellow ball men with white and blue striped shorts and red nose as well as getting eaten and pooped out by the frog (but mostly the frog lol). My favorite item to use in the games were those baby chicken folk that would come back to you when you threw them.

On a side note, unrelated to the games, I remember when my brother put me on the Yoshi's Story box art, so it looked like I was hangin with a whole bunch of yoshis! That was pretty magical to me way back when. Yoshi's my favorite.
Lazoshi Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Too damn old
Feld0 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
At the risk of losing all credibility as a Yoshi fan, I never owned an SNES or GBA. The only way I have, and have ever had, been aple to play Yoshi's Island was by emulation. I probably missed out on a great part of the game's charm by doing so, but it took me a good eight years to convince my mom that if I got a console, my life wouldn't get sucked into it (in retrospect, it happened anyway :XD:).

But from what I do know of the game, it's in a league of its own. Whereas most 16-bit games look like a pixelated mess to us these days, Yoshi's Island has a timeless, unforgettable, painting-like visual style that still holds up and impresses even by modern standards. The soundtrack, too, is simply amazing. Despite their frequent repetition, the compositions are masterful to the point where you start aching to hear them again level after level. The gameplay -- only the two Super Mario Galaxy games can possibly match Yoshi's Island for sheer variety and a blinding sheen of quality from start to finish. I can't go into detailed examples here because I'd go on forever, but it's very rare to see a game make such extensive and creative uses of its protagonist's abilities like Yoshi's Island does.

Oh, and that's without even mentioning that the game stars Yoshi front and center. That alone is enough to make any game special.

Once I get a 3DS, I will get to work tracking down every last collectible in the game. The controls aren't anywhere near responsive enough on my keyboard for me to even try to do it on my computer.

Happy 15th birthday, Yoshi's Island! May you get a sequel soon that does you proud!

(incidentally, I was born just a few short months before the game came out)
BrooklynBH Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember that i got two yoshi's games in that christmas, but it was because my parents brought me the game "yoshi" for NES, and I cried because I wanted Yoshi's island, and, well, they got me to a store to get it x3, I don't remember how many years I had, but, hey, it was a time when in Mexico, there was not too many stores for videogames (videogame stores started to open here in 2007 I think) so, I can only say, wow

and the part htat I most remember is when a frog ate me waaa
Marioman-64 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i remember first playing and was like "ZOMG look at this beautiful art!"

even though its not exactly what miyamoto wanted (he said so in some nintendo power), it's still beautiful :meow:

Oh! and all the unlockables for getting tons of points. THAT was fun :P
Garuru-The-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Should have been released on the VC to celebrate!

What I loved the most about the game (Aside from Yoshi!) was the music and the art style. I don't know what it was, but I loved the different layouts of each world (The flower fields, the forests, the jungles, the snowy mountains, the wastelands and especially the caverns). Maybe it's because I spent a lot of time in the wildlands myself when I was younger. The level designs were fun, the art was pleasing to the eye and the music really set the mood. I still see Yoshi leaping through the air from platform to platform set against a pink sky when I hear the Athletic theme playing. X3 It's hard to describe, but there was just something beautiful about the art style. Something that really captured my imagination.

Also, the boss battles, while not really being a challenge for any experienced gamer, were still fun regardless (Raphael the Raven being my second favorite , next to the final Bowser fight, which still gets my adrenaline pumping once I hear the music start XD).
akasuzana Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Here's where I make you hate me all over again! :) I still haven't played it, and when I tried playing YI2 I died so much in the first part I never played it again lol.

But I sure did like Yoshi Story. :D

Seriously though why don't you draw more? I miss talking to you too, I wish I had more time to sit and chat again! I still owe you a certain.... drawing. :evillaugh:
teh-yoshi Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
You will never catch me off guard!! :|
akasuzana Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Now admit the truth... you hadn't thought about it in a while until I said something! >]
teh-yoshi Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Not until you admit it first that you hadn't thought about it in a while, either!
akasuzana Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
(it's true except I thought about it last week and lol'd for a good min because of it.)
teh-yoshi Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
And now the threats and terror returns!
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Netaro Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student Filmographer
Happy Yoshi's Island Day!

I remember my dad promising to buy it for me if I aced my spelling test--and I did! It was my favorite game in grade 2 and I'd constantly draw maps of the island before class started. Still love the game to this day--it reminds me of my childhood.
YoshiAgent Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Happy Yoshi's Island indeed.
truecake Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
I saw this journal entry and just had to reply.

Yoshi's Island is my favorite game and was the first game I ever completed on my own, and as an avid gamer it's quite a meaningful milestone for me. I must have been between 7 and 10 years old. I still remember that day, dressed in my little footie pajamas standing next to the TV with the baby Mario and Luigi "The End" on the screen, my mother taking a photo. Up until then my father always helped me out when I played video games, but this one was all me! I still get a little misty-eyed when I finish the game, even now. My mother, too.

Happy Birthday Yoshi's Island and thank you, for changing my gaming life. <3
VideoG2 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, that was the best game I have ever played. =D
The nostalgia comes back to me in a rush just thinking about it. ^^
Ropnolc Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Go look at your thread at YAF, MY RESPONSE LIES THERE!
Diddgery Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the best games I've ever played, and a good contender for my favorite game of all time. I replay it every other year or so just because I love it so much!
Wakerra Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't had a chance to play the game :iconotlplz: Still waiting for it to come to Virtual Console in the Wii Shop. but I have played Yoshi's Story :D
Shade-Duelist Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
It makes me sad that I suck so much at Mario games - I can't play this one, I can't stand watching Yoshi 'die'... :cry: But my brother plays it a lot, and I've always loved watching him play. Plus, I have the music on my computer :dance: so...

15th birthday? Dang... now I feel old...
TheCrescentFox Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Writer
It is still amongst my top games of all-time. Even today, you can't help but admire the art style that they used for it. Music was definitely excellent and I still find myself whistling the main theme every now and then.

Maybe I'll go and play it a little bit today since I bought the game and a SNES from a local store recently.
Arbok-X Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember playing the game during the SNES era. The colorful environments and the unique gameplay kept me wanting more, and at the time I had to rent the game a few times... we never bought it...

That was until the GBA game was released, and I had all the fun I want on the go. I played to my hearts content until... the day when I was exchanging my DS for a DS lite at an EB Games, I accidentally left my game in the slot... ;_;

All I ask now is for Nintendo to release Yoshi's Island for the Virtual Console. At this point, it's the one way I will ever enjoy this title as it was meant to look in the original console.
Friduble Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I looooved this game as a kid. I seriously have my favourite levels completely memorized. I wish I had my SNES with me, or atleast the games! (my roommate has a SNES)
ShadowThrust Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Incredible game!

So much variety, awesome graphics and it's got Yoshis ;).

What I remember most would definitely be the 'Icy conditions ahead' level. Pure awesomeness.

I will never forget this game.
Warcheeso Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010   Digital Artist
HUZZAH! Yoshi's Island FTW! One of the Highlights of my childhood was that game.
I remember my first time getting to Bowser.. That was the most awesome Boss Battle for me (and still is) it once inspired me to start a comic based off of it... until the progress I made got blown away in a very strong gust of wind when a bully took it from me while I was reviewing it during recess.

to this day, It's still one of my favorite games.

(I suck at drawing with a mouse... bear with me on this)
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SirKittenpaws Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
I think this game was my inspiration to START drawing.
I will play it today :3
yoyotheyoshi Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Man.. I remember when that game came out like it was yesterday, rented it all the time :3 Happy birthday, YI!
S-DLSea Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student General Artist
That game touched my imagination. It was largely because of this game that my imagination and everything I hold dear about it, even though now there aren't very many yoshis...

Stemmed from this game.
gordon1 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
i guess the big main parts of the game that left a big impact on me was the music, and the boss battles. I still get goosebumps whenever I play Baby Bowser's final form.
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