Mario Mario (yes, his last name is also Mario) is a beloved video game character whose reach and appeal spans all generations, IQs, and demographics. His colorful, pixelated worlds existed across many different video game systems, genres, and languages. The pudgy little plumber transcends all boundaries. Let’s just say the man has pull.
With the Super Nintendo Entertainment system in its pinnacle of popularity, it was unthinkable that Nintendo’s main man and his sidescrolling super video game series took a four year hiatus after Mario’s initial launch game. For gamers, however, it was a blessing in disguise as we were presented with one of the finest 2-D sidescrollers ever conceived of: Yoshi’s Island.
Nintendo decided to try something new with this game and begged for fans to leave their preconceived notions about their favorite Italian stallion at the door. The plot of the game takes the form of a prequel. Baby Mario and baby Luigi are newborns on their way home when, suddenly, they are attacked by Kamek, a magical koopa wizard and the main protagonist of the game. Kamek only manages to get a hold of baby Luigi as baby Mario is sent hurling to the ground and winds up on Yoshi’s Island. The Yoshis discover the adorable little tyke and decide to undertake a quest to reunite the brothers and defeat the evil Kamek and his minions.