Game music of the day: Yoshi's Island

Game: SMW2: Yoshi's Island

Song: Flower Garden

Composer: Koji Kondo

Above: Flower Garden from Yoshi's Island

Just before Nintendo shifted its attention to the N64, it backed a series of games that sent off the 16-bit days in style. These late bloomers included Killer Instinct, Chrono Trigger and (even later) Kirby Super Star, but we've always had a soft spot for Yoshi's Island, the hyper-adorable, crayon-colored follow-up to Super Mario World. It came about just as the gaming community was embracing horrid, jaggy polygons, and as a 2D game about a dinosaur and a baby, it had an uphill battle for popularity. IMO the game is as awesome today as it was then, and its catchy tunes (from Mario composer Koji Kondo) are as memorable as anything else on the system.

Take this track, for instance - I bet several of you fondly recall it almost immediately. There's a plucky, guilt-free feeling to the song, one that suggests you're in for a damn cheerful adventure of the highest Nintendo caliber. It has the same hum-able quality of the very first Super Mario Bros song (World 1-1, derp) and I'd say it's a perfect way to kick off the end of the 16-bit glory days.

Above: The cave music is slower and (gasp) dramatic, but still extremely catchy

Above: A very somber, reflective remix of the caves from OverClocked ReMix

Above: Had to mention the bass-slappin' title screen music as well. SMILE DARN YA

Yoshi's Island was later ported to GBA as Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, though it's not a perfect emulation and should be avoided in favor of the real thing. However, it's still not available on Wii's Virtual Console, so unless you have a SNES handy or resort to "other" means, you can't officially play this timeless classic. Word is it's coming to 3DS though, so you may get a fresh crack at Yoshi's Island some time in 2011...


Game music of the day: Extreme G
Trippy trance from the N64's heyday



Game music of the day: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
No Cigar by Millencolin



Game music of the day: RC Pro-AM
The jammin' title screen by David Wise


  • Spybreak8 - December 5, 2010 2:07 a.m.

    Oh man that brought me back. I could play Yoshi's Island for hours upon hours for some reason. I also wanted to get perfect scores so I could unlock the bonus levels. That tune reminds me of a warm golden sun in the background and traveling along with Yoshi.
  • shmoopy97 - December 4, 2010 5:56 p.m.

    well that brought back some memories
  • 510BrotherPanda - December 4, 2010 2:37 a.m.

    I liked this game because in the level "Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy", you could eat a Fuzzy and FART ENEMIES TO DEATH. That Piranha Plant won't know what hit 'em!
  • JosefMotley - December 4, 2010 2:05 a.m.

    what's wrong with the GBA emulation? i never played it on SNES so you can't leave us hanging like that! cheekyness i say
  • marioman50 - December 3, 2010 9:17 p.m.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this music, I was wondering when you were going to feature this. A bit surprised you didn't include the final battle theme, though. Wish there were more good OC remixes for this game.
  • philipshaw - December 3, 2010 3:40 p.m.

    Yeah I love me some slap bass
  • TheNobleShade - December 3, 2010 7:32 a.m.

    I think the "Star" theme (played when a star is used or during the bonus games) is the best version of all the Mario games.
  • goochbiscuit - December 3, 2010 5:45 a.m.

    This game and the music = boner time.
  • Baron164 - December 3, 2010 5:10 a.m.

    I loved this game and the music. It was one of my top 3 favorite SNES games.
  • Embolado - December 3, 2010 5:02 a.m.

    Like your last couple of clips. :)
  • WillisTron - December 3, 2010 3:27 a.m.

    This is one of my all-time favorite tunes :') brings a tear to mah eye
  • powerpc127 - December 3, 2010 3:03 a.m.

    I love the flower garden song. It's so happy. It's good "first day of high school" music. It makes me happy. The ending theme is also wonderful, and OCR has an awesome cover of it called Yoshi's Lullaby.
  • Tenfey - December 3, 2010 2:44 a.m.

    I wish this game had a warp zone.
  • Eliath - December 3, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    Brett, you are my hero for these. This brings back great memories.
  • QWERTYCommander - December 3, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    The Snowboard Kids series needs some love on GMOTD.
  • JohnnyApplesperm - December 3, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    Love this game and its music. I played it on the GBA many moons ago, and am currently trying to track it down for my SNES after recently 100 percent-ing Super Mario World.
  • theamazingmrpotato - December 3, 2010 12:31 a.m.

    One of my favourite games of all time by a country mile.
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - December 3, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    Jesus Christ I forgot about the music from this game!
  • CancerMan - December 2, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    Oh snapple, that OC track is making love to my ear holes!
  • NathanXplosion - December 2, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    Is it wrong that this is my favorite Mario game?

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