Nintendo Research & Development 2 commonly abbreviated as Nintendo R&D2 was a development group that was formed when Nintendo’s oldest video game development team Nintendo Research & Development split into several groups to expand their service offerings. This allowed each team to concentrate on creating and developing particular products and services.
Ape Inc. was a Japanese video game developer that was founded in March 1989 as an affiliate of Nintendo and is best known for the creation of the EarthBound series. The studio was created for the sole purpose of developing the Famicom role playing game Mother. The concept of the development studio began when then president of Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi saw a television interview of Japanese copywriter Shigesato Itoi defending the video game industry.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island is a prequel to Super Mario World, the fifth installment in the Super Mario series and chronologically the first in the Super Mario series. The game stars Yoshi and the Yoshi clan who travel across Yoshi’s Island while carrying Baby Mario to rescue Baby Luigi from Baby Bowser and his minions.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is the third installment in The Legend of Zelda series and is the successor to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. The development of a new Zelda game began in 1988 with a few resources by experimenting with ideas and determining what would and would not work. The game was originally planned for the Nintendo Entertainment System, but the project would later be moved to Nintendo’s next generation console, the Super Famicom / Super Nintendo.
Super Mario World is the fourth installment in the Super Mario series and is the successor to Super Mario Bros. 3. Super Mario World launched along side the Super Nintendo and was the showcase game to display the difference between the Nintendo Entertainment System and the new Super Nintendo as well as to compete with the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis.