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Yoshi's Island DS (Nintendo DS)

Platform : Nintendo DS
4.4 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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  • Return to the colourful wilds of Yoshi's Island in a new platforming adventure for Nintendo DS.
  • Saddle up for adventure. This time, Baby Mario, Baby Donkey Kong and Baby Peach are along for the ride and each one gives Yoshi access to unique powers while they cling to his back.
  • 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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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000HE7KZC
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Release Date: 1 Dec. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,473 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Return to the colourful wilds of Yoshis Island in a new platforming adventure for Nintendo DS.

A mysterious floating island has suddenly appeared over peaceful Yoshis 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 colourful 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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Concrete proof of the brilliance of Nintendo's designers -- Edge

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What an amazing game. As a Megadrive owner as a kid, I never had the pleasure of playing the original on the SNES, and I now see what I was missing out on.

The game looks fantastic, plays wonderfully and offers a more intelligent challenge compared with the brilliant New Super Mario Bros.

It's so good that I even missed my train because I was so engrossed in playing it, and didn't notice the train pull in.
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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 2003, 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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I think this game is AWSOME! sometimes though it is a bit hard. I thought it look colourful and fun so i got it for christmas! i was really right! it's a really good game and i would probably recomend it to 10-11+ 'cause it is quite hard, i even find it hard but then again i'm not very good at platform games! (but i still enjoy them!)
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Yoshi's Island on the Super NES all those years ago was a challenging but addictive game that was utterly fantastic. Yoshi's Island DS is very similar in terms of levels bur with new features, new characters and the advantage of dual screens.

This game doesn't make use of the stylus and you find you can get through the first few levels with ease. Egg-throwing is the same as it was before, the stars = seconds and red coins and flowers are all still here, but you also have the option of changing the baby- to Peach, who can help Yoshi float on air currents, or Donkey Kong, who can climb vines and ropes. Wario and Bowser also appear- the former has a magnet that can clear metal blocks for you, the latter can spit flames to melt ice.

To be honest, I found that you can play the majority of the game with Mario, with the others needed sparingly.

Good game play is appreciated and this game has it in abundance, but the later levels can be very frustrating. The difficulty seems to spike sharply in the final few levels of the game, which can lead to immense annoyance.

That said, the game is a fun remake of an old classic which I'm sure will entertain for many eggs to come!
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The original Yoshi's Island on the SNES amazed gamers with its odd crayon-drawn feel and amazing gameplay. The on-cartridge Super FX chip created huge bosses, stretchy enemies and many other gameplay innovations. The second installment has little new to offer apart from being able to swap between different babies.

Both screens are used simultaneously to show tall section of each level. Unfortunately there us a blind spot between the screens where enemies can lurk in waiting and valuable flowers or coins can be missed. The levels are generally pretty huge and the emphasis is more on exploration to find flowers, red coins and the new big character coins than just getting to the goal.

Most of the enemies are from the original game and the few new ones, like the crocodile creatures that climb down vines, are not as well drawn or animated and wouldn't look out of place on an old 8-bit game machine.

The sound effects are spot-on, using the additional Shy-guy and Yoshi voices from the GBA version of YI (these were not in the SNES game). The music is a major disappointment. The first game was packed with great catchy tunes, but this version's music is average at best.

This game is a lot tougher then the original. It also lacks the item store from the first game (where you could win stars, eggs and other items in the minigames and keep them until needed). So you can't use these items to top up your star count just before the goal to get that all-important score of 100. If you can get to the goal with 30 stars in the later levels you're a much better gamer than I am.

The first YI is my all-time favourite 2D platform game. And the sequel, while still a great game, just doesn't have the same wow-factor.
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