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  • Summary: Return to the colorful wilds of Yoshi's Island in a new platforming adventure for Nintendo DS. A mysterious floating island has suddenly appeared over peaceful Yoshi’s Island. Soon after its arrival, a gaggle of kids vanishes from the island school. Thankfully, Baby Mario, Baby Peach andReturn to the colorful wilds of Yoshi's Island in a new platforming adventure for Nintendo DS. A mysterious floating island has suddenly appeared over peaceful Yoshi’s Island. Soon after its arrival, a gaggle of kids vanishes from the island school. Thankfully, Baby Mario, Baby Peach and Baby Donkey Kong manage to avoid being kidnapped. Now, Yoshi and the three young superstars must set out on a wild and colorful quest to rescue the kids and investigate the ominous island hovering overhead. Thanks to the power of Nintendo DS, all of the lush vistas and perilous paths of Yoshi's Island span two screens. [Nintendo] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. It’s improved in every way but still retains all of the elements that made the original an instant classic.
  2. Not only is Yoshi's Island DS huge, cute, innovative and beautifully presented, its layering of light platforming skills and hardcore item collection mean it's ideal for all abilities.
  3. One of the best platformers on the DS. [Jan 2007, p.75]
  4. 80
    A classic, lengthy, & challenging platforming experience - the type of game we don't see enough of, anymore. And make no mistake - the game gets CRAZY hard, later on. This is no pushover like "NSMB" or "Super Princess Peach." You WILL die dozens of times in the last world, and bosses WILL stump you.
  5. Nintendo continues to dominate the handheld market with this cutesy but highly playable platformer. A must for Yoshi fans everywhere.
  6. A new Yoshi platformer may not bear the same crushing weight of expectations that accompanies a Mario platformer, but it does carry the Super Mario World DNA in its genes--and fans of the franchise are legion. [Jan. 2007, p.100]
  7. The DS version is a fun game, but it doesn’t improve on the original enough to break it out of the museum and into your collection.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Feb 16, 2013
    10
    This game left fond memories of my childhood. It is one of those adorable games certainly suited for hardcore gamers. Everything is solidlyThis game left fond memories of my childhood. It is one of those adorable games certainly suited for hardcore gamers. Everything is solidly made with a heart, it is the best remake of a classic game that is ported to a handheld which is rare. By far, the best DS game I've ever played. Expand
  2. Ben
    Jun 4, 2007
    10
    It's a great game! It's not too hard and not too easy, so provides a nice challenge the whole way through. Only game that's It's a great game! It's not too hard and not too easy, so provides a nice challenge the whole way through. Only game that's kept my attention long enough to even come close to beating. Expand
  3. SamanthaF.
    Aug 24, 2007
    10
    I love this game! I truly recommend it to kids, and adults! You will truly hove your true gaming experience with this game.
  4. MeganH.
    May 14, 2007
    9
    really fun and imaganitive. But quite hard on the the 3rd and 4th level.
  5. May 26, 2011
    9
    Colorful, cartoony graphics and new infants that Yoshi can carry along, this game is fun mainly for the quality of the game and the MuseumColorful, cartoony graphics and new infants that Yoshi can carry along, this game is fun mainly for the quality of the game and the Museum mode, which keeps track of the various types of enemies you murdered with eggs. Expand
  6. Jul 29, 2011
    8
    I was impressed how good the DS showed the cuteness of the graphics of Yoshi's Island. Level design paces well everything , interestingI was impressed how good the DS showed the cuteness of the graphics of Yoshi's Island. Level design paces well everything , interesting settings, nice story . For a DS or 3DS is a most own. Expand
  7. MarcGingras
    Mar 11, 2008
    3
    One of my biggest deceptions on DS so far. It feels the same as Yoshi's Island on SNES, but behind the cute graphics and music hide someOne of my biggest deceptions on DS so far. It feels the same as Yoshi's Island on SNES, but behind the cute graphics and music hide some extremely lacking level design. Especially the last levels, they're not hard or challenging, they're simply frustrating. I remember dying over and over again in the same levels with more than 70 lives in stock. The whole baby-switching aspect is interesting at first, but after a few minutes it feels gimmicky and it doesnt fit that well in the game. I don't recommend it. Expand

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