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Yoshi's Island DS

aka: Yoshi's Island 2
Moby ID: 25175
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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.

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  • ヨッシーアイランドDS - Japanese spelling
  • 요시 아일랜드 DS - Korean spelling

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Average score: 79% (based on 35 ratings)

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Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 20 ratings with 1 reviews)

A colorful parade for a grey game

The Good
Yoshi's Island DS is a good platform game for the Nintendo DS. We can find its predecessor in the Super Nintendo's Yoshi's Island, a game that set out the guidelines for the games based on one of the most beloved characters of Nintendo: Yoshi. Nintendo DS managed to take the essence of that game, with ups and downs...

Graphics are the first thing to mention. We have colorful stages and lots of enemies (especially lots of shyguys). We have also different babies with different powers (almost all of the main characters of the Mario series are in the game) to access different areas during our journey.

As always, we have many items to take as well as many different objectives to achieve our goals including extra levels for our enjoyment, following the same structure as the other games that Nintendo released for their main characters of the company (talking about platform genre). There are many levels (specially if you want to complete all of them by taking everything on each level), but the game is not difficult because you have an amount of lives never seen before (take this Mario! Who needs you now that I can take 999 lives instead of the 99 that you can reach?).

Music is good, but maybe some more songs would have been better. No problems with the FX.

The Bad
There are many things in this game that aren't good, but the main problem is that the game isn't on a par with the other games of Nintendo, specially comparing it with the first Yoshi's Island for the Super Nintendo system. It's a good game but nothing more, just it, a platform genre game that deserved something better. In Super Nintendo the game featured many new effects that made the game special, bit this one has nothing new.

You'll go through sheer hell if you want the game completed 100%. It's really difficult to take all the items for each level. When you start maybe you'll try and you'll do, but once you go further you'll start losing your lives (which is something not important because you'll have a lot) and your time (that's the matter). It isn't funny to get 20 red coins, the 5 flowers, all the stars (no hits) and the special coin on each level. There's no need to mention how difficult it could be in the extra-hardest levels unlocked, it's frustrating for all the players. To sum up, the game is really easy if you don't want to complete it 100%, but it's a punish if you want to achieve that goal.

Gameplay's not bad, but jumps aren't good, and we're talking about a platform game, so, that's something really important. Apart from that, it's complicated to take back the babies once you've been hit by an enemy.

The Bottom Line
Yoshi's Island DS is a good game but nothing more. A nice representation of the colorful world of Yoshi that we saw on Super Nintendo but with no new things added. Anyway, it's a good game if you're looking for a platform game, but don't waste your time trying to get all the items (specially in the extra levels) because you'll begin to hate the game as soon as you start to lose all your lives.

Nintendo DS · by NeoJ (398) · 2009

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Level 4.3 - Help me! Roshee Wallis Apr 6th, 2008
Stage 2-7 Help! FRA FRA Mar 23rd, 2008

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  • 4Players
    • 2006 – #3 Best DS Game of the Year
    • 2006 – #3 Best Dexterity Game of the Year

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Game added by Ben K.

Wii U added by Michael Cassidy.

Additional contributors: gamewarrior, Patrick Bregger.

Game added November 23rd, 2006. Last modified June 19th, 2023.