Yoshi's Island DS (Nintendo DS)

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After failing to kidnap the Mario Bros. in the original Yoshi's Island, Kamek the Magikoopa has decided to set his sights higher. Instead of just kidnapping the famous brothers, he's sent an army of his toadies out to kidnap children across the world! Luckily, Mario avoids escape, and again lands in the hands of the Yoshis. It's up to the Yoshis to carry Mario across Yoshi's Island and rescue Luigi and the other babies.

Yoshi's Island DS is a sequel to the SNES game, Yoshi's Island. In it, players control Yoshi as he travels to Kamek's castle to rescue Luigi. Yoshi can carry Baby Mario, Peach, DK, Wario or Bowser on his back - depending on the baby carried, Yoshi will gain a special ability; for example, Mario lets Yoshi dash, Peach allows Yoshi to float for a longer period of time, and Wario whips out a gigantic magnet to attract coins and other metallic objects. If Yoshi is hit by an enemy, a counter appears, and begins to slowly count down to zero. If it reaches zero, the baby is kidnapped, and Yoshi loses a life. Yoshi can increase his counter by collecting stars that are rewards for some puzzles and defeating certain enemies.

Another feature of Yoshi's Island DS is the ability to hurl eggs to defeat foes. Yoshi can eat nearly every enemy - if you press down on the control pad when Yoshi is holding an enemy in his mouth, he will turn it into an egg. Yoshi can hurl his eggs at enemies and objects such as certain walls to destroy them. You can even pick up coins and other collectibles by throwing an egg at them. Finally, Yoshi can ricochet eggs off walls to hit things that he would otherwise be unable to reach.

While the object of each level is to simply reach the end, avid gamers will aim to get 100% for each level. To do this, they must reach the end of each level with thirty stars, find the twenty red coins hidden amongst the regular ones, and collect the five flowers in each level. One special "Character Coin" is also hidden in each level - these have a picture of a particular baby on them, and can only be collected when Yoshi has that baby on his back.


Yoshi's Island DS Nintendo DS Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Yoshi's Island 2" -- Working Title
  • "ヨッシーアイランドDS" -- Japanese spelling
  • "요시 아일랜드 DS" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

A colorful parade for a grey game NeoJ (428) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Critic Reviews

Extreme Gamer Dec 18, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
GamePro (US) Nov 17, 2006 4.25 out of 5 85
411mania.com Jan 05, 2007 8.2 out of 10 82
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 29, 2006 16 out of 20 80
IGN Nov 13, 2006 8 out of 10 80
UOL Jogos Dec 08, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamezine Jan 04, 2007 16 out of 20 80
Game Freaks 365 2006 7.7 out of 10 77
Gamereactor (Sweden) Dec 04, 2006 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Nov 14, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Level 4.3 - Help me! 1 Roshee Wallis
Apr 06, 2008
Stage 2-7 Help! 3 FRA FRA
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