Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (or Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island) is a reissue of the 1995 SNES game Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island for the Game Boy Advance as part of the Super Mario Advance series, as well as the only reissue in the Yoshi's Island series. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 was released in 2002 and has a number of differences from the original surrounding gameplay, content, and graphics, as listed below. It was the last Yoshi platforming game developed by Nintendo. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 was re-released on the 3DS's Virtual Console exclusively to the 3DS Ambassadors in Australia on December 15, 2011, and in Japan, North America, and Europe on December 16, 2011. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 was re-released again on the Wii U's Virtual Console in North America and Europe on April 24, 2014, Australia on April 25, 2014, and in Japan on October 15, 2014.
The player moves Yoshi by using the Game Boy Advance's . Holding the up arrow on the makes Yoshi look into the air, causing the screen to move up slightly. Holding the down arrow makes Yoshi crouch and if the screen has been moved up it will bring it down again. Using makes Yoshi jump and holding it makes him Flutter Jump. causes Yoshi to use his tongue to eat enemies, when an enemy is in Yoshi's mouth pressing again makes him spit the enemy out and pressing down on makes him swallow the enemy and create an egg. When Yoshi has an egg pressing causes a target crosshair to come up, pressing again makes Yoshi throw the egg, whilst pressing makes the crosshair lock in place and pressing cancels the crosshair. Pressing brings up the pause menu and pressing brings up a menu showing the player's current score on that level, the high score they have achieved on that level and any items they have collected from minigames.
Worlds and levels
The game features all 54 levels from the original SNES game (which are the 48 normal levels and the 6 extra levels), plus 6 new Game Boy Advance-exclusive "secret levels". The secret levels are designed to be bigger in size than any other level in the game, and each one has its own unique gimmick. A total of sixty levels are playable in the game.
The new Secret levels are as follows:
Italic enemies are invincible, and Bold enemies are almost invincible (can be defeated under certain conditions).
Each world features a midway fort and an end-world castle, both with their own boss. Every boss is just an enlarged version of a basic enemy that Kamek super-sizes with his magic. The only exception is Prince Froggy, who remains at his normal size while Yoshi and Baby Mario are shrunk; he then eats them and the battle is located in his stomach.
List of changes
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 features many changes and differences from the original SNES edition. All of them were made either to account for the GBA's inferior technical power and button configuration, to modernize the game's appearance, or for another unknown reason.
Level design changes
The game received generally positive reviews. It sold 1.6 million copies in the US and was re-released in 2006 as a Player's Choice title.