Monday 16 October 2006
Often cited as SNES's last great hurrah, the original Yoshi's Island was a cracking twist on the Mario platforming template and a rare star outing for the plumber's trusty steed
Brought back from the grave a couple of years ago on Nintendo's portable Resurrection Engine (known to the general public as GBA), as the confusingly-named Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Yoshi's baby-ferrying jump-a-thon has weathered the years remarkably well.
It just goes to show that
You're walking down the street, minding your own business - in a flashy suit and snakeskin shoes, sure, but you're not in anybody's face. Suddenly, you see a beautiful girl and a drunk creep. You realize that she's trying to get away from him - it becomes clear when she hides behind you. You can tell him to kiss off, so you do - and the girl invites you to her favorite bar for a couple of drinks. She's sexy and she seems to be into you... but the room starts spinning way too soon. You wake up
If the completely classic style of New Super Mario Bros. isn't enough to satiate your 2D hunger, we're going to bet the animated-storybook presentation of Yoshi's Island 2 will serve as a welcome side dish of nostalgic dessert.
Instead of playing as Mario, you're the long-tongued dinosaur Yoshi - you do, however, carry Baby Mario on your back, and have to constantly monitor where he is at all times. If you're hit, Baby Mario pops off and floats around in a bubble until you pop him back out.
Strategy buffs must be in love with the Game Boy Advance. It's home to some of the best magician-studded, spell-casting war games ever made - and this fall there's another fiendish uprising to stuff in Yggdra Union (say it with us: Igg-dra).
Like any globe-spanning, turn-based battle for supremacy, this one begins with an out of control empire pillaging a relatively peaceful community. It so happens they left alive Princess Yggdra, who escapes and vows revenge on the Bronkia empire.
With Xbox 360 out (if you can find one) and PlayStation 3 just around the corner, you might think the only place left for your old PS2 is in a box in the attic. But hold that thought, and cast your eye over our deluxe selection of upcoming titles: this generation isn't shuffling off quietly.
Valkryie Profile: Silmeria
The original Valkryie Profile, for PSone, slipped under the radar of all but a few dedicated RPG fans. Shame, because it was one of the most exciting games to hit the genre, with