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Yoshi’s Island

Starting today, Nintendo Switch Online members can get their hands on Yoshi’s Island icons.

This is another instance of a game being tied to playing. Before gaining access to the icons, you’ll need to boot up Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island on the SNES app. Then you’ll be able to access the full set – of which there are only five. Characters are available for 10 Platinum Points each via My Nintendo.

Hisashi Nogami has made a name for himself in recent years for his work as producer of Splatoon 1 and 2. However, he has actually been with the company since 1994. The first project he worked on? Yoshi’s Island. Nogami was responsible for character and background designs.

Yoshi’s Island ended up having a distinct look, especially for the time when it originally released. Nogami spoke with Kotaku about the game’s style, stating:

It seems the SNES Classic has a couple more secrets to unveil. GameXplain has uploaded a video showing off multiplayer features of a couple of games that aren’t as well-known or easily accessed. As the video demonstrates, the SNES Classic’s main menu explicitly indicates which games are 2-player compatible and can even be grouped together as such.

However, through inputting a cheat code, players can unlock a 2-player mode in Yoshi’s Island. EarthBound also has a secret 2-player mode that can be unlocked simply by connecting a second controller.

While not as fully-fleshed out as a standard multiplayer game, these are still fun features to include. Watch gameplay of these two modes below:

Nintendo has translated the full Super Mario World / Yoshi’s Island interview we saw snippets of in Japanese earlier this week. Out of all of Nintendo’s interviews for the SNES Classic Edition thus far, this one might be the most interesting.

Takashi Tezuka, Shigefumi Hino, and Hisashi Nogami were all present to talk about the SNES games. They chatted about how Yoshi came to be, how he ended up getting a starring role in his own title, the visual style for Yoshi’s Island, and a bunch more. We also have the official translation about the original plan to have Mario hitting Yoshi when his tongue sticks out.

Continue on below for the full interview with Tezuka, Hino, and Nogami.

What would Yoshi’s Island look like in first-person? YouTube user “Bestvegeta” may have the answer! Bestvegeta recently took the first level in Yoshi’s Island and recreated it with a first-person perspective. Take a look below.


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