Yoshi’s Island For PC Found In South Korea

By Spencer . September 3, 2012 . 6:40pm

yoshiYeah, that’s a boxed copy of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island right there, but Nintendo never released a PC version. So, why is it sitting in a South Korean shop on top of a pile of Dreamcast games?


Yoshi’s Island for PC is a relic from the days when ROMs were burned onto CDs along with an emulator that automatically loaded the game. Pirates didn’t skimp on the packaging, Yoshi and Baby Mario pop out of the Yoshi’s Island box.



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Most ROM CDs are games tied to a popular licenses like Astro Boy (it’s a Super Famicom game called Mighty Atom), but every once in awhile you find something unique like Knights of Valor II. That’s a Double Dragon style beat ’em up with Romance of the Three Kingdoms characters from Taiwan.

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  • Suicunesol

    This is a rather unusual article. Siliconera reporting that a pirated game is available somewhere? Some of those look pretty nice though. Knights of Valor looks slick.

    I remember I got a pirated game once, but at the time I didn’t know it was pirated. For my xx birthday, I received a Japanese Chinese copy of Pokemon Crystal from my godmother who went to China and returned. The game wasn’t even out in America yet, so I was thrilled. I was even able to capture the legendary Celebi in Ilex Forest (because that was how Celebi was first made available in the original Crystal.)

    Then I walked into the Goldenrod City PKMN Center and my game froze. Then, I learned that the save battery was dead, so I couldn’t save. I examined the package… and discovered that the famous “Nintendo Seal of Quality” was a mere blur of artifacts. I was so disappointed.

    • As a birthday present, I got a game cartridge that had 4 games on it: Felix the Cat, Darwing Duck, Mickey Mouse III and Jurassic Park. The games all worked fine though! I still have that cartridge with me.

  • Scrooge_McDuck

    In countries where internet is still slow and pirated games are still sold in big stores, this is to be expected. Just recently I saw a “PC version” of Xenoblade – a DVD image bundled with Dolphin – nice case and everything.

    • GOLD

      Last i checked (a few weeks ago) south korea has the fastest internet speeds in the world….

      • Scrooge_McDuck

        I didn’t mean to insinuate that South Korea has slow connection. Just to inform that things like this is still common in other countries all over the world.

        In South Korea, obviously that’s why all they got left are old pirated games like Yoshi’s Island, Mighty Atom and Knights of Valor II. There’s no longer any appeal in buying new retail pirated games.

      • Suicunesol

        I didn’t know that! x_x I should have guessed given all those Korean MMOs…

      • SeventhEvening

        This is a thing I can confirm. It takes longer for me to transfer a movie to USB using USB 3.0 than it does for me to download the movie off the internet. 

    • CirnoLakes

      That’s not very good piracy. Considering you want a pretty decent computer to play games with Dolphin.

      Even with a 2500K I ran into loads of places with lag in Tales of Symphonia(I played the game for over 500 hours in Dolphin, I am not kidding. I yes, I have played the game the normal way, too.) and still rand into various lag. Mostly in the animated cutscenes. Also the music quality is pretty horrid the whole game through.

      Wii, Gamecube, and PlayStation 2 emulation is easier than people say. But it certainly isn’t perfect by this point.

      … I wish I had Tales of Symphonia on Steam. I’d sink another 600 or so hours into it.

      •  Tales of Symphonia is a game for the GameCube. Tales of Xenoblade is a game for the Wii. But everyone knows the Wii is basically a GameCube with motion controlls. You don’t need a strong computer to run a games like Symphonia or Xenoblade. The lags you had were probably caused by small compatibility bugs in the Dolphin program.

        • CirnoLakes

           “caused by (…) bugs in the Dolphin program”
          Exactly. That’s why it’s not very good piracy.

          Also, emulation is a lot harder than just getting out a few small bugs. More like most lag issues are causes by thousands and thousands of little bugs that make almost every piece of emulation software require more beefy hardware than the hardware the original games run on.

          Also, it doesn’t matter that one is a Wii game and the other is a Gamecube game, as both are emulated by Dolphin.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      “In countries where internet is still slow…”

      That’s most definitely not South Korea, though. We’re talking about a country that has the fastest and most developed broadband network in the world.

    • Neophoton

       Probably better phrased as countries where console markets aren’t that strong/popular, considering Korea’s essentially PC-oriented as opposed to consoles. I do recall handhelds are fairly popular there, however.

  • Grenalie

    Uhh, nice news?

  • Peace Legacy

    pssst, in my country, we got games like ‘Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles” for sales on pc
    …yes…it is indeed a ROM and Dolphin bundle together

    • GaiunxWolfenX

      got those too along with the gem of KOF13 for pc hahahah, i still remember the days they sold the genesis collection “all genesis games” in a single cd legit all the way baby lol

  • John Szczepaniak

    I love weird news stories like this. It’s like what the old Insert Credit used to report, YEARS ago. More like this, Siliconera, please! This is absolutely the kind of bizarre niche coverage that I enjoy reading, but so few places cover. MORE, MORE, MORE!

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I just want the box I still own a copy for both Snes and GBA

  • I shudder everytime I see Baby Mario, for I am reminded of that awful sound he makes when Yoshi loses him.

  • RmanX1000

    The phrase “Seems legit.” should only be used at these times. *eh hem* Seems like a legitimate release.

  • “ROMs were burned onto CDs along with an emulator that automatically loaded the game”
    I know that some places do this to about every game ’til now…

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