A Tribute to Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island by Keith Byrne


The Super Mario Bros. game series is over 30 years old now and full of excellent games that represent the evolution of platformer games through all the years.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island was no exception but it was also one of the relative few Super Mario games that fully utilized the power of the current hardware. In Yoshi’s Island case it even needed a special chip to make something like the fluid animations, 3D effects and giant enemies possible. It is no wonder that it is one of the most remembered games of the 16 bit era.

Beside being one of the most beautiful games on Nintendo 16bit system it is also one of the cutest Mario game and introduced baby versions of known characters like Mario, Luigi and even a very young Bowser. It is not sure where Bowser is from, but at least the Italian plumbers were brought to us by a Stork..who was just flying over Yoshi’s Island when something bad happened which would change the fate of the Mushroom Kingdom many years later!

Kudos go to Keith Byrne from Ireland who draws his favourite video games since many years and is actually one of the many artists that participated in our Pokemon Generation II Tribute that is getting unleashed on the 16th September here.

I recommend to have a look at the many works by Keith here!