Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 94
    While it may seem kiddie, you do have to remember that looks can be deceiving and Yoshi's Island proves that theory well.
  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. 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.
  4. Seven huge, trap-filled worlds and many mini-games.
  5. Its twisted levels beg to be replayed again and again even if you aren't interested in getting that perfect 100%.
  6. An instant classic on the GBA and it lives up to the original game.
  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. The game's truly inspired visuals are matched only by its consistently fun gameplay.
  10. Better than the original. [GamesMaster]
  11. 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.
  12. 90
    A fantastic piece of video gaming entertainment.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. One of the greatest 2D platformers ever put to silicon. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  17. The mini-games and various vehicles Yoshi can transform into are just icing on an already delicious cake. [Spring 2003, p.41]
  18. One of the freshest, most lovingly crafted side-scrollers that still plays well to this day. [Dec 2002, p.272]
  19. 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]
  20. 100
    The greatest side-scrolling platform game ever made. [Dec 2002, p.75; A+]
User Score
9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I love this game so much. I enjoy how the game play is suited to younger gamers who may think the side scrolling Mario is too fast for them, and Yoshi is a good platforming character and the storyline of saving Baby Luigi from Baby Bowser is a good one. Also, the final battle is epic, and one of my favorite from any game. Really if you have a GBA there's little excuse for you to not have this game already. 10/10 A+ Full Review »
  2. Mar 9, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. My favorite game. Great art, music, atmosphere, controls, plenty of secrets, and level design. This game is cheerful fun until the end, when suddenly Baby Bowser becomes huge and terrifying, and it's up to you to stop him in this dark turn in the game.

    PS touch fuzzy get dizzy- TOUCH ALL THE FUZZY
    Full Review »
  3. Feb 7, 2014
    10
    One of my all time favourite games and this is about as good a port of it as I can possibly imagine. Right up there with other Mario platformers, this is a must play. You'll be sucked in to the island and all its character and charm Full Review »