It was Christmas morning, 1991. A hyperactive, super-excited, greedy little version of myself crept down the steps of my childhood home after my father had given the go-ahead. He always had this annoying ritual of setting up the video camera before my sister and I could come to claim our rightful cornucopia of presents.
After opening what seemed like hundreds of lesser presents including action figures, hygiene products, movies, and unwanted clothing, the two of us were like two starving puppies wondering why the top item on both of our Christmas lists, the Super Nintendo, was nowhere to be found.
In what seemed at the time to be a heartlessly cruel jape, my parents exclaimed “Oh, it looks like you guys missed one!” and proceeded to produce a nondescript box covered in reindeer wrapping paper. As we hastily tore the useless adornments from the magically mysterious final gift, we realized it was what we had always dreamed of. Finally, the glistening gray and purple rectangular prism of infinite awesomeness was presented to us. As our eyes glazed over and our mouths gaped open in wide wonder, we realized that we were now official owners of a SUPER NINTENDO.
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (aka Super Famicom, Super NES, SNES, Super Nintendo, or Jesus Christ incarnate) is a 16-bit video game console that was unleashed upon the adoring Nintendo-centric public in North America in 1991.
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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.