Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic 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. Much better than most other games on the DS. In particular it puts New Super Mario Bros to shame.
  3. Yoshi's Island DS is a terrific platformer that's every bit as fun and charming as its predecessor.
  4. A truly great platforming game.
  5. In a time when 2D platformers seem to be fading into gaming history, for fans of the SNES it's downright heartwarming to see a sequel that is true to the classic.
  6. 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.
  7. Yoshi's crayon-sketched world is a lot like the original game on the Super Nintendo, its bright and creative spirit alive and flourishing in this most successful sequel. [Dec. 2006, p.89]
  8. 90
    This game is a testament that a game doesn't have to become three dimensional to be successful. If you don't like this game within the first ten minutes of play, then maybe you are the real baby.
  9. Nintendo finally gets around to making up for Yoshi’s Touch and Go with this amazing follow up to Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. Easily one of the best in the genre, Yoshi’s Island DS is a fun, colorful, and energetic platform game that every Nintendo DS owner should play.
  10. Twists, such as the ability to play with different attributes thanks to Baby Mario, Baby Princess Peach, Baby DK, and more add variety to an extremely fun adventure. Through 40-plus levels, vibrant graphics and lively environments make things feel fresh and unique.
  11. One of the best platformers on the DS. [Jan 2007, p.75]
  12. Fans should be content with the challenging main game and incredible amount of unlockable content similar to the original game.
  13. Yoshi’s Island DS may not be perfect, but it is still a great game, even by Mario standards, and should leave a grin on your face as big as Yoshi’s.
  14. For those expecting more of the same platforming greatness that they found in the original Yoshi's Island, you'll most likely love this game. For those expecting more of an evolution of an 11 year old game, you may be somewhat disappointed.
  15. If you have ever been a fan of the traditional Mario styled gameplay then you will instantly love Yoshi's Island.
  16. Though there are problems, and though it doesn't actually match up to the magic of the original, Yoshi's Island DS is still a great little game. [January 2007, p.70]
  17. 85
    Fun and light-hearted play. A tongue of praise to Yoshi's Island 2 for not only remaining true to the classical style but also adding new elements to keep things fresh.
  18. With tons of hidden items to collect across the game’s five worlds, numerous minigames to unlock, and fantastic use of the multiple screens, Yoshi’s Island DS is an outstanding addition to the DS’s list of impressive platformers.
  19. Touched with that Nintendo genius, but it's a very familiar kind of genius. [Jan 2007, p.64]
  20. It retains the proven mechanics and then adds tiny touches that make the old formula even better. [Jan 2007, p.106]
  21. A pleasure to experience from start to finish. It’s thorough, pretty, sometimes challenging and downright fun to play.
  22. Nintendo continues to dominate the handheld market with this cutesy but highly playable platformer. A must for Yoshi fans everywhere.
  23. A real platforming gem. Add another point to the score if you never played the original.
  24. Artoon has suffered from trying to be a bit too clever with the dual screen system.
  25. The lack of a multiplayer mode was somewhat disappointing but rest assured should you decide to pick up and purchase this title you won’t be disappointed by the rest of the package.
  26. 80
    No huge surprises, and no significant additions to the's just a solid recreation of the Yoshi's Island elements in a two-screen-high format. It's fun and challenging with a couple of unpolished quirks.
  27. 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]
  28. 80
    While it may not topple the original’s success by any means, this is still a worthwhile title for DS owners.
  29. A good, solid platform-adventure. [Feb 2007]
  30. 80
    It's just that compared to the original, it's nowhere near as polished.
  31. Yoshi's Island is a paradise of platforming pleasure and the perfect holiday destination this summer.
  32. 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.
  33. It may not be the most original platformer, but as the old saying goes, "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it."
  34. The game is rather forgiving in the sense that it passes out free lives like tap water, but the dastardly soundtrack is not.
  35. For veterans it will get old fast, while new players may find more to sink their teeth into.
  36. But really it all comes back to the fact that Yoshi's Island was doing almost everything for the first time, and Artoon is cribbing from the same notes.
  37. A bit too by-the-book to have the magic of the original, but it's still a good game.
  38. It's an adequate platformer, yes--with solid controls and great first-half pacing--but I'd never choose this over the sublime original. [Dec. 2006, p.150
  39. 65
    Honestly, though, that's part of the problem. Way too much of your new game feels like you're just playing it safe.
  40. A workmanlike effort. [Jan 2007, p.78]
  41. The first three worlds certainly are great fun and the boss design and different babies help add some invention. But as soon as you have seen the back of the third world it all becomes a frustrating mess of a game.
  42. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. MarcGingras
    Mar 11, 2008
    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. Full Review »
  2. May 11, 2014
    Amazing game. A trully great sequel to one of the greatest platformer of all time. Every aspects of the game amaze me, except for theAmazing game. A trully great sequel to one of the greatest platformer of all time. Every aspects of the game amaze me, except for the minigames and the difficulty spike. Ughhhhh........ Full Review »
  3. Apr 24, 2014
    Why is this game being reviewd as better than the 3DS Yoshi game? This game was pretty bad on the DS. A lot of the levels and puzzles areWhy is this game being reviewd as better than the 3DS Yoshi game? This game was pretty bad on the DS. A lot of the levels and puzzles are taken completely from the SNES original. Using Baby Donkey Kong to climb vines was pretty interesting and at least different. Switching the babies is very annoying and slows the pace of the gameplay. This game is offensively mediocre. Full Review »