Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Its twisted levels beg to be replayed again and again even if you aren't interested in getting that perfect 100%.
  2. 100
    The graphics are among the best to ever grace the Game Boy screen, a vibrant canvas decorated in brilliant crayon and eye-popping pastels-Yoshi's Island is a veritable work of art.
  3. 100
    The greatest side-scrolling platform game ever made. [Dec 2002, p.75; A+]
  4. Just another bright and shining jewel on the Miyamoto crown of accomplishments! This often overlooked masterpiece will finely get the time in the lime light it deserves.
  5. An instant classic on the GBA and it lives up to the original game.
  6. The mini-games and various vehicles Yoshi can transform into are just icing on an already delicious cake. [Spring 2003, p.41]
  7. 94
    The variety in what Yoshi can do and the diversity in level designs, not to mention the wonderful use of scaling and rotation for the level structures and the incorporation of a half-dozen clever mini-games makes Yoshi's Island the best damn platformer ever.
  8. Truly, after playing, I'm surprised why it wasn't the first Mario convert put on the Game Boy Advance. Marvelous in all aspects, it is everything a game from this genre should be.
  9. 94
    While it may seem kiddie, you do have to remember that looks can be deceiving and Yoshi's Island proves that theory well.
  10. The game's truly inspired visuals are matched only by its consistently fun gameplay.
  11. One of the freshest, most lovingly crafted side-scrollers that still plays well to this day. [Dec 2002, p.272]
  12. Better than the original. [GamesMaster]
  13. There is some slowdown from time to time, which typical of the platformers of this age. For the most part, though, it's a perfect translation.
  14. Seven huge, trap-filled worlds and many mini-games.
  15. One of the greatest 2D platformers ever put to silicon. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  16. This is one game that truly is timeless, and it shines on the Game Boy Advance as one of the best games on the system.
  17. 90
    A fantastic piece of video gaming entertainment.
  18. The special rotational and background effects, the sound and voice effects...and, of course, the overall engaging challenges make Yoshi's Island a must-play title for anybody who values classic platformer action.
  19. We loved this game. Whatever type of player you are, you'll love it. Mario at his absolute best. BUT – and this is a big but (think Jennifer Lopez here) we can't help but feel ripped off.
  20. While this isn't the new Mario adventure I am still waiting for on the GBA, it is one heck of a platformer. [Nov 2002, p.150]
  21. One of the few remakes out there that capture the original experience without ruining it.
  22. It has everything a gamer could want, including challenge, hidden stuff, replay value and a healthy helping of Miyamoto magic. [Oct 2002, p.195]
  23. 80
    The gameplay, levels, and sound definitely make up for the slight slowdown in graphics.
  24. For such an old game, Yoshi holds up spectacularly well in its look, existing as a quintessential portable experience. [Nov 2002, p.105]
  25. It is a title filled with such joyful exuberance, from the peppy soundtrack to Yoshi's adorable mutterings, that Nintendo fans cannot help but grin from ear to ear while playing.
  26. The only problem I noticed was a very rare slowdown caused by too many sprites on the screen. While it can be annoying when it happens, the occurrence is so sporadic that it's barely noticeable.
User Score
9.4

Universal acclaim- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. [Anonymous]
    Jun 20, 2005
    10
    OH MY GOD!!! I've always wanted this game for the Super NES but I've never ever had a chance to own it until now. This was my OH MY GOD!!! I've always wanted this game for the Super NES but I've never ever had a chance to own it until now. This was my favorite game on the SNES and now it's for GBA, THANK YOU NINTENDO!!!!! Full Review »
  2. SunW.
    Aug 9, 2003
    10
    The greatest platformer ever. Perfect if they include multiplayer mode for the bonus games.
  3. RyanA.
    Jun 16, 2003
    10
    This game is a MASTERPIECE and if anyone is anyone you WILL BUY THIS GREAT GAME for the GBA!!!