Mixed or average reviews - based on 71 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 71
  2. Negative: 4 out of 71
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  1. Pelit (Finland)
    May 11, 2014
    Yoshi's New Island is a fun, cute and a lot easier platformer than other recent Nintendo games. It's a perfect match for a platformer novice, but gives thrills to a veteran too, especially when used as a sedative between much harder games. [Apr 2014]
  2. Mar 14, 2014
    Yes, it might be a little too easy. But the cuteness, the funny ideas and all the hidden collectables are as Yoshi as Yoshi can be.
  3. Mar 13, 2014
    There’s nothing here (save the 3D) that couldn’t have been done better on the 3DS’ bigger brother.
  4. Apr 9, 2014
    A reliable, friendly and sumptuous romp through another beautifully built Nintendo world, and yet another great reason to own a 3DS. It’s the machine that keeps on giving.
  5. Mar 13, 2014
    Yoshi’s New Island tries to replicate the first chapter as often as possible but its lack of new elements and an ever-present feeling of repetitiveness keep the 3DS title from reaching the same heights as its SNES forefather. But make no mistake about it, this is a fine piece of gaming, bursting with colour and spoiling the players with a magnificent visual design and an overall satisfying gameplay.
  6. Mar 13, 2014
    Nintendo once again proves that they know the platforming genre better than almost anyone. While polished in its design, I can’t help but wish it was a little more challenging. You can fly through the levels rather quickly without breaking much of a sweat; extra challenges add some life for more advanced players but young ones are likely to get more out of the game.
  7. Mar 13, 2014
    Though it fails to elevate itself into the exalted ranks of the Very Best Mario Games, Yoshi's New Island is by no means a sub-standard experience. It's solid. Reliable. You come in expecting devious platforming levels that will test your gaming mettle, and that's exactly what you get.
  8. Mar 13, 2014
    No, Yoshi's New Island may not be the game we fans of the original want, but it's definitely the game its creators set out to make. And a lot of fun, too. It's hard to be cynical about that.
  9. Mar 13, 2014
    A fun, if curiously uninspired, entry in the Yoshi's Island series, featuring superb art and sound, but very few new gameplay ideas.
  10. Mar 13, 2014
    Yoshi’s New Island’s inconsistent art and tacked-on new ideas are all layered on top of the same strong platforming and level design that made the original great. This deep understanding of pacing and flow helps Yoshi’s latest adventure stand out as the best iteration on Yoshi since the SNES original. Even if I wanted to play with the sound turned off.
  11. Mar 13, 2014
    A solid platformer, revisiting the original's distinctive gameplay with a wide range of fresh ideas. It just feels as if many of its elements never grow beyond the introduction phase, resulting in a romp that's varied and enjoyable, but never quite raises the stakes.
  12. Mar 13, 2014
    It may not have the feel of a flagship title like Mario, but Yoshi still knows how to have some fun – just make sure to go into it knowing it’s not going to be a very difficult ride.
  13. Mar 28, 2014
    Yoshi’s New Island suffers from a few issues, mainly the lackluster soundtrack and some new features feeling flat and shallow, but at its core this is a fun title that takes the classic platforming formula from the SNES game before it and brings it to 3DS. A pleasing art style, fun enemy encounters, and solid controls make Yoshi’s New Island a good, but not great, experience that’s worth your time overall.
  14. Mar 13, 2014
    Yoshi's New Island won me over early, and it kept me going even when I started to suffer from a touch of platformer fatigue. Its sense of humor and experimental streak keep the game fresh throughout, and allow Yoshi to stand apart, even in a crowded season for Nintendo's core properties.
  15. Mar 13, 2014
    Yoshi’s New Island looks great, plays flawlessly, and is entertaining and challenging enough for any fan to enjoy—and ultimately, that’s all that matters. If you’re a fan, you’ll find what you’re looking for here, but those still waiting for the next great and unique Nintendo title will have to keep on waiting.
  16. Mar 13, 2014
    Yoshi's New Island delivers a solid slice of Nintendo platforming, though fans of the franchise will find little that's truly new here.
  17. Mar 13, 2014
    A new and moderately fun Yoshi game, with some nice level design and a lovely graphical style, but much less interesting than the original Yoshi's Island.
  18. Apr 7, 2014
    Yoshi’s New Island while harkening back to the previous titles does not bring much new to the series though it’s an excellent start for someone new to the series.
  19. Mar 24, 2014
    Like modern gastronomy, Arzest uses state of the art techniques with noble ingredients to create dishes that are both beautiful and delicious. It's a pity the studio didn't elaborate more audacious recipes, which would taste less familiar. This rather easily cooked Yoshi's New Island will please a wide and young audience though, while keeping enough spice for the hard boiled eggs lovers.
  20. Mar 21, 2014
    For young teens and older, the boring level design and lackluster gameplay makes Yoshi's New Island hard to recommend, but for those young ones out there, about 10 years and under, this game should fit the bill nicely.
  21. Mar 20, 2014
    Despite the moderate difficulty, Yoshi’s New Island is a self-confident game with very secret areas, collectables and radical transformation of the protagonist in a series of vehicles.
  22. 70
    Those who love cutesy platformers and are willing to cast cynicism aside will be well served, but just like the green dino himself, may find themselves with an insatiable appetite for something more sustaining by the game's end.
  23. Mar 18, 2014
    Yoshi is an awesome character and he will always remain that. However, New Island is more suitable for kids then adults. The levels are nice, but too easy, which is a pity.
  24. Mar 14, 2014
    The game does not do anything wrong gameplay-wise, proposing a formula that has not aged and that takes us back in time. We are really happy to see Yoshi and Baby Mario again, but at the same time, we expected a little more.
  25. Mar 14, 2014
    Yoshi's New Island is not a bad game, but neither the game that the green dinosaur deserved for his comeback. Derivative, too easy and with a bland level design, this is ultimately a nice but easily forgettable experience.
  26. Mar 14, 2014
    It's a competent platformer, and fun without question. But it's also lacking identity or a personal touch.
  27. Mar 13, 2014
    Yoshi’s New Island brings Baby Mario at its best, taking the old-school formula to a new level of platform-gaming. It won’t be a challenge, nevertheless, for those who consider themselves as hardcore-gamers, since it’s quite easy to beat most of the final bosses we encounter from the beginning to the end of the adventure.
  28. Mar 13, 2014
    Yoshi's New Island is a good platform game which simply can't stand up the mighty awesomeness of the original Yoshi's Island. The game doesn't use any of the Nintendo 3DS' unique features and the level design is good but never great. But the game is still fun and lovely.
  29. Mar 13, 2014
    It’s not as good as the original game. It’s merely solid, and it is also evidence that Nintendo should probably stop trying to recapture the 19-year-old magic.
  30. Mar 13, 2014
    Yoshi's back with a charming but conservative videogame. It's just perfect for new users, and even nostalgic if you're a classic gamer. But it lacks the enthusiasm we saw twenty years back in Yoshi's Island.
  31. Mar 13, 2014
    Dinosaurs and babies might not mix in history, but on 3DS they do just fine together.
  32. Mar 13, 2014
    I’ve wanted a solid follow-up to Yoshi’s Island for years, and this game is the third in a trilogy of follow-ups that range from half-baked to decent. Considering how unimpressed and apathetic I was towards most of Yoshi’s New Island, it might be time to just be happy with my Super Nintendo memories when it comes to this series.
  33. Mar 13, 2014
    As you can probably tell from my time with it, Yoshi's New Island isn't a "must have," but that doesn't mean it's a bad game. It's very much by the books based on any genre standard, and there's pretty much nothing new here that you'll need to run out to experience. But even so, fans of the genre will still dig it.
  34. Mar 14, 2014
    This New Island of Yoshi isn't as beautiful as the first one we explored in 1995. The gameplay mechanics are just the same, but the level design is quite customary.
  35. Mar 13, 2014
    It tries to bring back everything that made the original game a masterpiece, but fails to do so. There are some good ideas, but the implementation is poor, just like the level design and difficulty. It does manage to entertain, but there are better options on 3DS.
  36. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Apr 13, 2014
    Most will find something to like, but it's not even close to the classic it apes. [Apr 2014, p.84]
  37. Games Master UK
    Apr 7, 2014
    Solidly made and good fun, but lacks the killer creativity that overflowed from the SNES original. [May 2014, p.66]
  38. Apr 7, 2014
    Yoshi's New Island is a fine salute to a SNES classic and an adorable, approachable platformer in its own right, but it's only likely to have value for players new to the genre - and even then, any appreciation of the game that they have is likely to be fleeting.
  39. Mar 26, 2014
    Yoshi’s New Island isn’t a bad game; it just doesn’t live up to the legacy set forth by its predecessors.
  40. Mar 24, 2014
    Yoshi’s New Island places almost all of its eggs in the nostalgia basket. It's a bold decision, but one that ultimately holds back the game by bringing with it some retro-inspired design best left to the 90s.
  41. Mar 17, 2014
    It's been eight years since we've seen Yoshi in a journey of his own. As you can imagine, there were massive hopes on his shoulders. And the disappointment is only harder to swallow after completing this - short - adventure. It's nice, but the game never manages to take off. The far too slow rhythm leaves the player progressing with no real aim. There is some new stuff of course, new transformations, the giant eggs to throw, but nothing really exciting. The fans will enjoy the graphics (very seductive), and the classic gameplay, still able to hit some soft spots, but that is all they'll get. It is clear Nintendo is targeting the youngest gamers, who are going to find in Yoshi's New island, a good platformer, but nothing compared to the former episodes.
  42. Mar 13, 2014
    Even when you consider that this game has solid foundations inherited from previous iterations of the franchise, its poor level design and dull learning curve, make it a forgettable experience that we can do without, especially when there are much better platform games out there.
  43. Mar 13, 2014
    Yoshi's New Island is the cheerful, solid platformer you'd expect it to be, but doesn't win an award for originality. New features and the gyroscope make for some variation, but because of the simple nature of the game, there's little reason to get everything out of it.
  44. Mar 14, 2014
    Yoshi has had some grand adventures of his own, but sadly this is not one of them.
  45. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 7, 2014
    Polished platformer suited for younger audiences due to its low difficulty. [Issue #240]
  46. Mar 31, 2014
    Even though it has some "Nintendo magical moments" Yoshi's New Island never truly shines.
  47. Mar 30, 2014
    It's a shame Arzest routinely steps out of line when it comes to the visual and aural artistry of Yoshi's New Island, because the gameplay ushers the little spin-off that could into the current century.
  48. Mar 21, 2014
    Yoshi's New Island is exactly what the title gossips about - a remake of the almost twenty-year-old original. And it is for good and bad. It's nice to once again see the world with its pastel-colored graphics, but at the same time it offers to little new for it to feel justified. The result is in some places a nice platformer that unfortunately is a bit tedious in the long run.
  49. Mar 16, 2014
    Whilst not a travesty in the platform stakes, unfortunately Yoshi's New Island is rather bland and nowhere near the quality of Yoshi's Island on the SNES, and probably not even as interesting as the oft-criticised Yoshi's Island DS.
  50. Mar 15, 2014
    Yoshi's New Island follows a similar formula as previous Nintendo remakes/reboots but ultimately falls short of recreating the magic we expect from Nintendo platformers.
  51. Mar 14, 2014
    Yoshi's New Island lacks that magic and special touch that only Nintendo knows how to apply to their products. Without that it's a soulless platform game, one that makes no big mistakes but never manages to surprise or even stand out from the crowd.
  52. Mar 13, 2014
    In its favor, Yoshi's New Island is a well designed game that's packed with secrets, items and abilities. It's just not as thrilling as some of its 2D platforming counterparts, or as innovative, especially at a time when the genre is going through something of a renaissance period.
  53. Mar 13, 2014
    At its core, Yoshi's New Island is not a bad game. This is an acceptable, middle-of-the-road platformer, and one that I had an OK time with. But it's not particularly memorable until it's ready to say goodbye, and you're given a fleeting, tantalizing glimpse into the game that might have been.
  54. Mar 13, 2014
    Nintendo are famous for reinventing the wheel with their games, and throwing new ideas into old series that should have long become tired and repetitive but, sadly, Yoshi’s New Island just isn’t one of these titles.
  55. 60
    Yoshi’s New Island looks great and plays like a Yoshi’s Island game, but that might not be enough for some people. The levels are bland, the bosses are blander, and the difficulty is too low and too static. It has bursts of creativity and maintains competency, but Yoshi’s Island deserves better than competency.
  56. Mar 13, 2014
    Yoshi's New Island is a solid little platformer, but it struggles to be much more than that. It will, at least, kill a few hours of time, even if that time will hardly be remembered afterwards.
  57. Mar 13, 2014
    It may say “new” in the title, but there’s simply not enough to get excited about in Yoshi’s New Island. Fans of the original will probably be turned off by this inferior and all-too-familiar retread.
  58. Mar 13, 2014
    There’s enough merit to the stage designs and standard controls that make this something worth playing, but not in that must-have day one way that tends to mark a quality Nintendo release.
  59. Any kid who can play this has the chops to play a Mario game, and I’d be shocked if they ended up preferring this substandard adventure to just about any Mario platformer released on any recent Nintendo system.
  60. Apr 12, 2014
    The more lacklustre Yoshi’s Island games there are, the more Nintendo continue to suggest that the original was a glorious one-off, released when the company was approaching the very peak of its creativity.
  61. Mar 25, 2014
    If you are looking for an average platformer definition, stop by the Yoshi's New Island title. Everything is working here, it's a decent play, however, it's clearly visible that Yoshi's New Island is a trivial thing you will forget in a few seconds. I've been expecting more from Nintendo.
  62. Mar 13, 2014
    Yoshi's New Island is a huge letdown. It doesn't understand anything of what made the original so special and the result is a profoundly boring game in which high points are merely recognizing many reused elements.
  63. Mar 13, 2014
    For those that have followed Yoshi since his first starring role nearly 20 years ago, this game is a tremendous disappointment.
  64. Mar 13, 2014
    Yoshi’s New Island is a cute and colorful game. Unfortunately the game is an almost complete copy of Super Mario Land 2: Yoshi’s Island 2. The gameplay is exactly the same, and the developer, Arzest, have barely come up with any new ideas to the game. It looks like Arzest haven’t truly put their heart and into this project.
  65. Mar 13, 2014
    The biggest problem with Yoshi’s New Island is that it feels stripped of the style, substance, and ingenuity that once made the series such treasured property.
  66. Mar 13, 2014
    Nintendo last explored this franchise in 2006 with Yoshi's Island DS, and though that game had its own problems, it also had an identity. By introducing new babies with different abilities, it provided a fun and unpredictable sequel to the Super Nintendo original. Yoshi's New Island has no such identity.
  67. Mar 14, 2014
    Never a challenge, never that exciting, and never really that good, Yoshi's New Island is the first blip on the 3DS' radar for some time.
  68. Mar 13, 2014
    Arzest has laid an egg here, but not of the golden variety.
  69. Mar 13, 2014
    About as new as a fossilised dinosaur egg and just about as fast and exciting, this is a depressingly poor degradation of a once great original.
  70. Mar 13, 2014
    It might look a little like Yoshi's Island, then, but it's a worse game in every regard. 19 years on from the original, its design has been denuded of almost everything that made it great: a series once fecund with ideas is now coasting on past glories.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 168 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 168
  2. Negative: 48 out of 168
  1. Mar 14, 2014
    Hmm, from what I have played the game so far (soon finished Wolrd 1 :P), I can say that in my opinion most of the review scores seems as farHmm, from what I have played the game so far (soon finished Wolrd 1 :P), I can say that in my opinion most of the review scores seems as far fetched as they go. The gameplay's stabile and the controls feels nice, very similar to the original in a good way. And the musics aren't that bad, expect for those random toy-like instruments including tracks. And the level design, I feel it is working nicely and there are new things in every new level as there should be. Even though there isn't that much of new gameplay elements, it is still good and could go for even the "classic Nintendo quality" as for ensured entertainment factor. I found IGN's review much closer to the truth of the quality of the game.

    And by the way, the graphics aren't even close as bad as they look in the trailers, in those Yoshi looked like some kind of vague polygon mess, but in the game he looks even cute. Overall I would give it a 7.5 from my current exprience of the game.
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  2. Mar 14, 2014
    I'm sad,because I bought this game thinking it would be great,but it's not.The levels are too easy.The look is awful,the first one in snes isI'm sad,because I bought this game thinking it would be great,but it's not.The levels are too easy.The look is awful,the first one in snes is amazing!!this one is a bad,really bad game.40 euro spent in a game that it does not deserve it.A waste of money :(
    Since December last year,3ds has not any good game,3 months of nothing at all,and the future looks bad,only Smash looks good.I'm start to think in buying another handheld :(
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  3. Mar 14, 2014
    There is nothing "New" about Yoshi's New Island. Nintendo brought nothing innovated to the franchise and the artwork and especially the musicThere is nothing "New" about Yoshi's New Island. Nintendo brought nothing innovated to the franchise and the artwork and especially the music is so childish that only kids under 4 would like it. After one minute I turned off the volume. I wished that Nintendo would have created a different soundtrack for older fans. Full Review »