Fast, challenging, and charming Mario game remake.
Common Sense Media
10 February 2014
Summary: Parents need to know that this colorful, charming game has a lot of youth appeal, but may be challenging for the youngest players drawn to its visual style. The game demands a lot of precise jumping while dodging, stomping, and shooting eggs at enemies. Many levels require strategizing and puzzle solving. The touch screen on the DS rarely comes into play; instead, gameplay spans both screens (leaving a small missing region in between that can hide important visuals).
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: 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?
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Yoshi's Island DS is an addictive game and fans of Yoshi or 2D platformers will get their money's worth. However, Nintendo raised expectations for the DS with NSMB that they just failed to deliver on this time round.
Excerpt: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island was a Super Nintendo classic. Rather than putting the weight on Mario to save the day, it was the flutter-kicking, egg-throwing Yoshi who was in the spotlight. In fact, Mario was a mere baby! The game introduced a lot more collecting to the platforming Mario style. It also took emphasis off of jumping on enemies and blocks to solve puzzles and asked you to become a master of egg throwing.
Excerpt: The oh-so-adorable dinosaur is back in all his reptilian glory. This time, Yoshi and his cute pals Baby Mario, Peach, Wario, and DK must save a kidnapped Luigi from Magikoopa Kamek and his menacing flying fortress.