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Yoshi's Island DS

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
Everyone
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews) 81 / 100


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  • Each baby gives Yoshi access to unique powers while they cling to his back - Baby Mario gives Yoshi speed, Baby Wario gives him magnetism for picking up coins, and so on
  • Scroll up and down on the DS dual screen setup to see what lives above and beneath
  • Hurl eggs at objects on the top screen and tackle super-tall enemies that fill both screen
  • Hidden in every level are flowers, stars, red coins, and character coins, so even after you finish the game, the terrific sense of surprise continues
  • Enjoy the many minigames and bonus levels, too!

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  • ASIN: B000HE7KZC
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches ; 1.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 15, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,337 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Yoshi's Island is an all-new platformer starring Yoshi and his friends! A mysterious floating island has suddenly appeared over Yoshi's peaceful home. Soon after its arrival, a gaggle of kids vanishes from the island school. Thankfully, Baby Mario, Baby Peach, Baby Donkey Kong and Baby Wario manage to avoid being kidnapped. Now, Yoshi and the four 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.

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76 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel to a Great SNES Game November 25, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Over a decade ago, Yoshi's Island on the Super Nintendo was a blast that at the time took the gaming world by storm. It didn't quite have the same impact when it was released for the GBA in 2002, but it still managed to sport some of its originality. We finally get a sequel, and its actually pretty good. It keeps all the good stuff from the previous game and adds in some new quirks. So it isn't exactly the same game. There are indeed some key differences.

In the first Yoshi's Island, Kamek kidnapped Baby Luigi while Baby Mario fell to Yoshi's Island. The Yoshi's rallied together to reunite Mario with his brother. The adventure was long, satisfying and quite a challenge. In the sequel on DS, Kamek is up to his dirty tricks again, but the key difference is that now the Yoshi's are taking care of more than one baby.

A lot of gameplay mechanics from the first one return. As you go through levels Yoshi does pretty much all that he did in the first one. That is to say you can jump and hover briefly, ground pound, make enemies into eggs and throw those eggs, as well as spitting your enemies back out at others. In this aspect Yoshi's Island has not changed at all. In addition to all this, keeping track of the baby on your back is also the same. If Yoshi ever touches an enemy he'll lose the baby off his back and a timer starts to countdown. You have to recover the baby before the timer runs out or else you lose a life. Also like in the first one, stars refill the counter.

There's more that returns. The completion of the game is a spot on match to the first one. As you go through levels you'll see flowers, red coins among the normal ones, and stars that need collecting. Upon completing a level you'll be given a score out of 100.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoshi's Island DS December 12, 2006
A Kid's Review
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Many people feel that the original Yoshi's Island is one of the best platformers ever made (if not the best). After all, it was a fun Mario-style game with an interesting mix of gameplay ideas. Its charming crayon-inspired visual style was also unlike anything else we'd seen up to that point. For the sequel, Nintendo and Artoon clearly wanted to keep everything that people loved about the original game intact. Besides the obvious uptick in audio-visual quality that is afforded by the Nintendo DS, Yoshi's Island DS pretty much looks, sounds, and plays just like its predecessor. There is one significant improvement that the sequel introduces: You can now plop different babies onto Yoshi's back and take advantage of the unique abilities that each diapered tot has to offer. It sounds like such a modest change, yet it totally kicks the sequel's replay value into the stratosphere. The different tykes give you more ways to frustrate enemies and more ways to interact with the environment. And, because certain babies can access spots that others can't, you're always discovering new items and secrets each time you go through a level. Thanks to this one key upgrade, Yoshi's Island DS manages to duplicate the look and feel of its predecessor yet seem fresh and new at the same time. It also accomplishes this without mucking up any of the things that made the original so great in the first place.

This new game picks up where the previous one left off. The evil wizard, Kamek, having already been thwarted once by those insufferable Yoshis, kidnaps Baby Mario and Baby Luigi a second time, along with all of the other babies in the world.
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56 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Nintendo game--and it shows January 26, 2008
By Coconut
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
The original Yoshi's Island, first appearing on the SNES in 1995, was one of my favorite childhood games. I was understandably excited when I learned there was a sequel for the DS. To "prepare" for Yoshi's Island DS, I decided to play through the original on the Gameboy Advance beforehand. Not only did I beat the game, but I got a perfect score on every level, earning all 6,000 possible points. Despite frustration at times (mainly because of "The Looong Cave"), this turned out to be the most satisfying gaming experience of my life. Yoshi's Island went from a childhood favorite to my favorite game of all time.

With the excellence of the original fresh in my mind, I was eager to play this DS sequel, although I understood it wouldn't be nearly as good. Based on screenshots and video clips, it looked like it followed the original fairly closely. But once I sat down and played it myself, I was shocked at how different -- and inferior -- it really was.

The catchy, powerful soundtrack has been replaced by random xylophone and flute sounds. The distinctive crayon design of the original -- which made you feel as if you were playing in a children's coloring book -- has been smoothed out, polished over, and brightened. Classic enemies have been either removed or stripped of their charm. All the little things that made the original so memorable have been removed: fuzzies, the floating hallucinogenic cotton balls, are gone; watermelons, which Yoshi could eat to spit seeds or breathe fire, are gone. In fact, the entire item system has been scrapped.

The new enemies -- and a giant kangaroo that you ride periodically for no reason -- look totally out of place; their art design reminds me more of Maple Story than Mario. If that wasn't enough, cowboy and pirate levels were added.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The main level has some good music, but the dungeon/boss levels have...
Mostly the same Yoshi's Island gameplay you would expect. Switching babies to switch abilities is okay. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Clayton
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great product
Published 8 days ago by Benjamin Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic, just wish they re-vamped the graphics a bit from the 2006 Version.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it.
Published 2 months ago by Cutie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thx
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer A Mendheim
5.0 out of 5 stars Son loves it!
Bought this for my pre-teen. Works great!
Published 2 months ago by katiebell
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have!
I have been a fan of Yoshi's Island back when I played it on the Super Nintendo and my nostalgic love for this game never waned a bit! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Provinzano
2.0 out of 5 stars My nephews like the game but I as the purchaser have a big problem
I bought this game for my nephews birthday but when he tried to use it in his 3DS the game would not work. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A very strange addition that's worth a look.
Now, i've been a Nintendo fan since forever, a game fan in general since forever and Yoshi's Island was one of my favorites from the original to the remake on the gba ( added bonus... Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. Wu
4.0 out of 5 stars nothing like the first yoshi's island, but a quality attempt
First let's mention the not so pleasant news- Yoshi's Island DS is unfortunately nowhere near as good as the original Super NES Yoshi's Island. Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. E Jackson
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