Excerpt: Way back before my time, during the days of the Super NES, a fine platformer game was around that danced all over the others: Yoshi's Island: Super Mario World 2. The game really set the standard for platformers then and it still does now. It's unbelievable that a game like this could look so unique, play so well, and have an almost perfectly-growing difficultly level as it progressed. It's been a while since Yoshi's Island, and it's about time we got a sequel.
Excerpt: It makes a quite refreshing change to hear the impossibly cute mumblings of Mario's eternally helpful sidekick, Yoshi, directly after having your eardrums burst by Marcus Fenix's hyper-macho marine madness. It's refreshing in all sorts of ways. Going straight from the jaw-dropping high-definition next-generation graphics of Gears of War to the tried and trusted 2-D cartoon platform action of Yoshi's Island DS, and not missing Mr Fenix a single bit, is one.
Conclusion: Overall, Yoshi’s Island DS is still a remarkable game, and definitely one that will please followers of the original. There’s a few niggles with the visuals and sound, not to mention the fact a few things seem to feel recycled from previous outings. Still, its chock full of secrets and exploration thanks to the addition of four new babies, and will keep you busy for some time attempting to uncover everything.
Excerpt: Yoshi’s Island first appeared its colorful little self on the Super Nintendo and quickly gained fanfare and respect in the platforming community. The game enables players to play as the lovable dinosaur Yoshi, who takes care of the mustache-less baby Mario. Nearly a decade later Nintendo has brought back this title onto their Nintendo DS with even more babies to take care of. Does this game live up to its heritage or will it surpass it?
Excerpt: Poor Yoshi. Despite his role as one of Nintendo’s popular characters, he’ll never get the same kind of treatment that the Mario Brothers enjoy. This little green dinosaur amounts to little more than a sidekick, a beast of burden whose sole existence revolves around meaningless drudgery. Sure, Yoshi can eat wild berries and swallow enemies with a single lash of his lethal tongue. Big deal.