Yoshi's Island DS DS

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 67 Ratings

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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
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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. 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.
  3. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    87
    One of the best platformers on the DS. [Jan 2007, p.75]
  4. A pleasure to experience from start to finish. It’s thorough, pretty, sometimes challenging and downright fun to play.
  5. 80
    It's just that compared to the original, it's nowhere near as polished.
  6. Yoshi's Island is a paradise of platforming pleasure and the perfect holiday destination this summer.
  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: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. 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
  2. Mar 1, 2016
    10
    I can honestly say that Yoshi's Island DS is one of the best games I have ever played.
    It takes many of its core mechanics from the original
    I can honestly say that Yoshi's Island DS is one of the best games I have ever played.
    It takes many of its core mechanics from the original Yoshi's Island on SNES, an excellent game, which should not be seen as a bad thing as many of the borrowed features are perfectly integrated and make the Yoshi's Island series unique. The idea of having to collect all of the red coins, power flowers and 30 stars to achieve a perfect score, for example, works perfectly and gives this game replayability, so why change it? The main new addition is the diffeerent babies, each of whom have a special power, for example Baby Mario allows Yoshi to run faster, while Baby Peach allows him to float using wind currents. This can lead to some interesting level designs, though perhaps could have been used in more ways, such as to solve puzzles.
    The best thing about this game is probably the difficulty. It is challenging, with levels taking several tries to complete, especially if you are searching for secrets, but this only gives you more satisfaction when you beat the level, and to a much larger degree, when you score 100 points by collecting everything. The secret and extra levels offer a new level of difficulty along with brilliant level design. The game's one flaw is the soundtrack, which can be repetitive and dull, though not annoying or ruinous in any way.
    It may be an unpopular opinion, but I actually prefer this game over the original. One of the best games on DS, and one I would definitely recommend.
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  3. Jul 28, 2016
    10
    This game is amazing and perfect! The SNES classic ported on the handheld ds is perfect and you can play it on the go and it is much more advance now!
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. KevinR.
    Jan 7, 2007
    8
    A good game that, despite sharing many similarities to its predecessor, just does not quite capture its charm.
  7. Apr 13, 2015
    3
    While this game may have given some people the nostalgic feeling of the original Yoshi's Island game, this game leaves a sour taste in myWhile this game may have given some people the nostalgic feeling of the original Yoshi's Island game, this game leaves a sour taste in my mouth. While the first game was fun and appealing, the DS version left me bored and unsatisfied. Instead of having to deal with one annoying baby crying, now we have to endure several, although each baby having it's each different ability is a nice touch of originality. The rest of the game, however, is a step in the wrong direction for the Yoshi's Island line. Expand

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#14 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
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