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#27: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Last Year: 23

I still remember where I was when I first saw Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island for the first time. Somehow Nintendo used their magical wizarding powers to create a game that looked like a painting. Even today it holds up flawlessly, and remains one of the greatest uses of art designs in gaming. But Yoshi's Island is more than just a pretty face, as it takes Mario's dinosaur pal Yoshi and creates an entire gaming world around him and his unique gameplay abilities. I'm still not sure why they gave the game the "Super Mario World 2" monkier, as the game is just so unique and different from any Mario game out there. Even the damage system is unique... in a somewhat annoying way (Waaah! Waaah!). And the bosses are just so unique and fun in this game... so good. If you could tell, Yoshi's Island implemented a lot of new ideas, and it all came together flawlessly. Even today (especially today), this game is still a breath of fresh air.