What is Retro Thursday?
Ah! A new segment is among us, which is, ironically called Retro Thursday. What is Retro Thursday you ask? Think of it as a cooler and less annoying version of Throwback Thursday. I say cooler, well, because instead of embarrassing baby pictures we post up articles filled with classic gaming goodness. This new weekly event, by WTFgamersonly, will have you convinced you hopped in a time machine. So much so, that you’ll immediately step out of your DeLorean and ask the nearest person “What year is it!” Ok! Maybe I’m a little over excited but after today’s articles you will surely share my sentiments. With weekly themes and our great team of writers, Retro Thursday will make for a great read. So Let us begin, Shall we?
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Dinosaurs, Babies, Eggs OH MY! Yes, my first choice for my Retro Thursday article is none other than Yoshi’s Island for the SNES. Known as the lovable green dinosaur from Super Mario World, Yoshi becomes the protagonist in this fun filled sequel.
Before we get any further, I would like to point out the ESRB rating of ages 6+. I would love to know what 6 year old completed this game in its entirety. Granted, I was only 5 years old when my parents got me the game, but still you have to be a genius to beat this game at 6 years old. For the few readers that don’t know about Yoshi’s Island, it’s the second installment to Super Mario World that plays much like its predecessor. The standout difference is that you play as ,the many different colored, Yoshi’s through out the game. So you’d assume this adds up to hours of swallowing enemies and throwing eggs, but it is much more than that.
The game’s story is revolved around the Yoshi’s protecting baby Mario all the while searching for Luigi who was been kidnapped by an Evil Magikoopa. Carrying a baby Mario around through all the stages can become difficult at times. If you so little as touch an enemy or fall into spikes, Mario floats into the air in a tiny bubble and cries as shy guys attempt to capture him. This adds to the frustration later on in the game especially in the ice or snow stages. There is also a small puzzle element to the game, which as a kid was extremely hard, but as an adult you just breeze by without notice.
If you’ve read any of my articles then you know that visuals have a big impact on my gaming experience. This game definitely fed my graphics hunger, giving me a flamboyant world in which to explore. From multi patterned platforms to the actual enemies, everything had various splashes of color that my eyes fell in love with. Whats more, Yoshi’s Island has one of the most tuneful soundtracks I’ve ever heard. Even while I’m typing up this review I’m hearing the music from the first stage playing in my mind. That is a Memory I can never forget and I am humbly reminded of why we decided to write Retro Thursday articles.In short, Nostalgia is found in many different forms. As for me? Nostalgia is a little green dinosaur with a baby on its back. Thank you Nintendo for all the great memories!
Retro Thursday is far from over. There are still more articles being posted today and more classics to cover.
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