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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: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. 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!
  2. TonyG.
    Nov 14, 2006
    10
    Classic classic classic! If you are a fan of 2D, this is a must buy. I am having a great time with this game. i definitly know it is better Classic classic classic! If you are a fan of 2D, this is a must buy. I am having a great time with this game. i definitly know it is better than the original. Game is definitely best of the year so far. Nintendo wins this year with a crazy amount of innovative games new to the industry, keeping it cool and fresh for the old school and the new school alike... first the DS, now the WII, nintendo is taking back the crown! well diserved for a company who built this industy. hats off, 2 thumbs up, 3 cheers and 3 snaps in a circle! Go out and get this game now. hard earned cash very well spent! Next game to get ... Castlevania POR Expand
  3. SamanthaF.
    Aug 24, 2007
    10
    I love this game! I truly recommend it to kids, and adults! You will truly hove your true gaming experience with this game.
  4. ASibal
    Jan 26, 2007
    8
    This is my first DS game (as I got a DS lite just recently) and I can say it's a good way to motivate me to simply buy some more DS This is my first DS game (as I got a DS lite just recently) and I can say it's a good way to motivate me to simply buy some more DS games. It's a great game in its own right but then the sailor-stream-profanities I seem to blurt out is inversely proportional to the saccharine graphics. Mind you, it's a perfectionist's nightmare, but at least you get lots of fun while you're at it. 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. Jul 17, 2017
    7
    Yoshi's Island DS looks brilliant; the picture book-like artstyle matches really well with the general feel that Yoshi gives. The game is aYoshi's Island DS looks brilliant; the picture book-like artstyle matches really well with the general feel that Yoshi gives. The game is a standard platformer, with several babies that can influence your abilities in different ways. This is an interesting mechanic, and it still fares well here. This mechanic also allows for variations in difficulty, as some of the abilities are slightly harder to get used to. Also, only one baby means that another's ability might need to be sacrificed. The level designs are boring, though, and none of the levels felt memorable, unlike New Super Mario Bros. The game itself is also not challenging, and after a few hours, might feel easy. It's a good game, but not as great as it could have been. Expand
  7. MarcGingras
    Mar 11, 2008
    3
    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. Expand

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