The From A to Z series lets our editors go back and take a look at games from past generations that are classics, overlooked gems, or just titles they remember fondly. The idea behind this is to pick five games from each letter of the alphabet, once a week to showcase. This delivers 26 weeks and tons of games to talk about. Hopefully it sparks some conversation, and of course plenty of memories.
The system everyone has been waiting for, the Super Nintendo.
Let’s continue with the letter “S” Part 4.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Despite the ‘2’ in the title, Super Mario World 2 had little to no resemblance to its predecessor and starred Yoshi in his quest to shut up baby Mario without killing him somehow. Even though it featured the same colorful visuals, Yoshi controlled very differently from mario with his floaty jump and his ability to throw eggs in a wide arc. It’s a much more difficult game than Super Mario World but outside of that incredibly annoying baby mario crying noise, quite the fun game overall.
The most bad-ass bounty hunter in the galaxy returns in her Super iteration. Steeped in oppressive atmosphere thanks to the monster and level designs along with a haunting OST, this adventure was chocked full of secrets waiting to be revealed and trying to 100% the game without a guide of any kind was an endeavor that took months. DEER FORCE!
Super Punch Out!
Even though the lack Iron Mike’s presence was sorely felt, this follow-up featured some of the biggest and most detailed sprites on the SNES and has the same great gameplay style of learning patterns of the AI timing your punches and dodging at the right time. I didn’t fall in love with this one quite like I did with Mike Tyson’s Punch Out! But it’s still a great game all the same.
Super Star Wars
Who said old licensed game had to be bad? Super Star Wars was a great example of using just enough of the original IP and taking creative freedom to build a fun game around it. Even though the game doesn’t follow the plot of the movies, it featured some great levels and original bosses and controlling Luke in particular felt very good with his jumping lightsaber attacks and quick blaster shots. The game was a bit too difficult for its own good in some ways but being a fan of the movies, seeing those iconic characters in a video game was a treat.
Tune in next week for the next collection of titles.
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