Excerpt: It is really nice to see the Yoshi Island series come back in the form of Yoshi's New Island on the Nintendo 3DS. The crayon like graphics mixed with Yoshi, baby Mario, and many of the distinctive enemies is a nice fit on this hand held device.
Conclusion: Despite walking on familiar ground, Yoshi's New Island delivers a few hours of fun, though experienced players will feel like they've seen and done this all before. Review copy provided by Nintendo.
Pros: If you enjoy past Yoshi's Island games and crave more of the same platforming action, the latest entry delivers. Once again, you'll guide Yoshi through a plethora of attractive worlds filled with bad guys and collectibles with Baby Mario in tow. Take damage and he floats away, wailing uncontrollably until you recapture him. In addition, Yoshi fights back by devouring his enemies, whereupon which players have the option of transforming these presumably delicious treats...
Cons: Unless you intend to find those aforementioned collectibles, it won't take much effort to beat Yoshi's New Island (worlds speed by). The music doesn't necessarily capture our imaginations like the first entry in the series, and the awkward stages that utilize gyroscopic control feel unnecessary.
Excerpt: Yoshi’s Island never seems to be able to catch a break. Nintendo have put out a sequel in the form of Yoshi’s Island DS, and an unorthodox puzzle game in Yoshi’s Touch and Go. Both of these games have failed to capture the charm and the magic of the original and it seemed Nintendo had given up on trying to provide players with a new Yoshi’s Island experience.
Excerpt: It all started with a green dinosaur, 23 years ago. He was Mario’s trusty steed in Super Mario World - a living, breathing power-up in a game full of many other inanimate items. It was that game that introduced the world to Yoshi, an enigmatic green dinosaur who won the adoration of many players.
Summary: The original Yoshi's Island is one of my favorite Mario games of all time. I don't know if it's the numerous and remarkably unique boss battles or the whimsical charm of throwing strategically bounced eggs, but it really resonated with me. I've gone back to it time and time again, and the DS remake was great for when I was on the go in its own way. Yoshi's New Island for the 3DS seeks to bring back those good times, and the good news is Yoshi fans will mostly enjoy it.
Conclusion: Yoshi’s New Island’s inconsistent art and tacked-on new ideas are all layered on top of the same strong platforming and level design that made the original great. This deep understanding of pacing and flow helps Yoshi’s latest adventure stand out as the best iteration on Yoshi since the SNES original. Even if I wanted to play with the sound turned off.
Pros: Great level design, Good pacing, Skill-based attacks
Cons: Mismatched art and music, Motion-controlled minigames