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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 4.2
Overall User Score (17 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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GameSpot (Nov 13, 2006)
It's hard to top a masterpiece, but that's just what Nintendo and Artoon have done with Yoshi's Island DS. By incorporating one major new feature and leaving everything else alone, they've produced a sequel that seems fresh and new while remaining every bit as awesome as the original. If you enjoy side-scrolling platformers, you have to play this one.
Si l'impression de neuf et de découverte n'y est plus, si l'on sent que le studio d'Artoon a préféré se reposer sur les lauriers du titre original, Yoshi's Island DS reste un grand titre qui ne lassera pas les amoureux de la première heure. De plus, les nouveaux personnages ainsi que le level design adapté à la Nintendo DS parviennent tout de même à donner un nouveau souffle. Un titre majeur quoiqu'il en soit !
90 (Dec 04, 2006)
Un peu laissée à l’abandon ces derniers temps par Nintendo (sortie de la Nintendo Wii oblige), la Nintendo DS refait surface avec un jeu de plateforme haut en couleur et digne de ce nom. Certes, Yoshi’s Island n’utilise pas toutes les fonctionnalités de la console, mais est-ce vraiment nécessaire pour en faire un très bon jeu ? Nintendo revient donc en force sur sa portable aux deux écrans avec un titre qu’il ne faut surtout pas rater.
Retro Gamer (May 24, 2007)
The pastel-tinted visuals are just as engaging as they were 12 years ago, while the addition of several new baby characters greatly expands on the original's gameplay mechanics. Traveling between the two screens can sometimes be rather irksome (particularly on the continuously scrolling levels), but if you're looking for a polished platformer you really can't go wrong.
N-Zone (Feb 05, 2007)
Mich hat der Titel gleich von der ersten Spielminute an in seinen Bann gezogen. Die gigantischen Levels, welche mit vielseitig gestalteten Gegnern gespickt sind, lassen zu keiner Zeit Langeweile aufkommen. Akustisch macht Yoshi's Island ebenfalls alles richtig und überzeugt nicht nur durch bekannte Musikstücke, sondern auch durch seine netten Soundeffekte. Die Steuerung funktioniert ebenfalls super und lässt keine Wünsche offen. Für einen Nachfolger würde ich mir lediglich ein bisschen mehr Abwechslung wünschen.
Lawrence (Nov 30, 2006)
My complaints about it being too similar to the original certainly shouldn’t scare you off of this game – it just means more of a great thing. While I would have liked to see some newer gameplay elements than what it provides, it still stands as an fantastic platformer, and is worth any gamer’s time.
87 (Dec 14, 2006)
YIDS ist einfach eines der knuffigsten und liebenswertesten Spiele unserer Zeit, das vermutlich sogar Gevatter Beckstein samt Konsorten zu überzeugten Videospielern machen würde! Nein, es ist nicht perfekt: Die Lücke zwischen den beiden Bildschirmen ist wirklich lästig, das Baby-Wechsel-Spielchen wirkt gelegentlich aufgezwungen. Und es kann einfach nicht mit der schieren Genialität eines New Super Mario Bros mithalten, dafür hat sich Artoon etwas zu sehr auf das Bewährte verlassen. Und dennoch dürfte es gegenwärtig kaum ein Game geben, das vom ersten Augenblick an so sympathisch und becircend rüberkommt, wie Yoshi's Island DS!
Nintendo Spin (Jan 13, 2007)
To round off the whole package, there are also a bunch of unlockables like secret stages that push the game’s difficulty level even further, minigames and a time trial mode. I honestly had to stop trying to collect everything after trying a few times as it got too difficult, but I can see some hardcore players trying to complete the game and get that coveted perfect save file. But besides that this game doesn’t offer much replay value, unless you’ve really enjoyed it and feel like going through it a second time. But even with all of the problems I mentioned, Yoshi’s Island DS should still be a definite purchase for all platform fans as I honestly had more fun with it than with New Super Mario Bros, and that is saying a lot!
Yoshi's Island DS is fine game. There is absolutely nothing wrong with, save that it comes after one of the most revered platformers in history. This is it's only shortfall. After the masterpiece of the original, expectations were high. Artoon has delivered a more than competent follow up that, sadly, lacks the heart and charm of the original. The graphics are better but the sound is worse off and while the tots and their unique abilities stop it from being a carbon copy of what has gone before, the less than stellar implementation of the DS' unique gifts leaves it overshadowed by it's aged SNES counterpart.
Nintendo Vision (Dec 03, 2006)
Après l'exécrable Yoshi Touch & Go, on pouvait vraiment se demander si le dinosaure de la firme aux plombiers avait encore du charme. Yoshi nous revient dans un opus qui régalera sans problème les fans de jeux de plateformes en général et davantage ceux qui avaient déjà accrochés au premier opus sur Super Nintendo. Une réussite proposant qui plus est une progression jonchée de difficultés ce qui est clairement un luxe ces temps-ci sur Nintendo DS ! Un vrai concentré de bonheur en une petite cartouche à la grande durée de vie.
Extreme Gamer (Dec 18, 2006)
Yoshi's Island for the Nintendo DS is an easy recommend. If you have ever been a fan of the traditional Mario styled gameplay then you will instantly love Yoshi's Island . Artoon could have bumped up the originality or more DS functionally, but that aside Yoshi's Island is one of the most satisfying platforming experiences I've had all year, ranked right up beside The New Super Mario Brothers. Highly Recommended.
GamePro (US) (Nov 17, 2006)
However, despite small annoyances, Yoshi's Island 2 is fun and light-hearted play. A tongue of praise to Yoshi's Island 2 for not only remaining true to the classical style but also adding new elements to keep things fresh.
GameQuarter (Jan 24, 2007)
Yoshi’s Island DS is een prima platformer waarmee je een behoorlijk tijdje zoet bent. Het spel biedt lange, pittige levels en het wisselen van baby’s is een leuke toevoeging. Het spel is niet de beste platformer voor de Nintendo DS, maar is na onze loodgieter een goede nummer twee. Helaas heeft het spel het net niet in zich om het oude Yoshi’s Island te evenaren, maar desondanks is dit een must have voor DS bezitters.
82 (Jan 05, 2007)
Those of you who have been a fan of the original Yoshi’s Island go out and get this game. It is a true predecessor and adds even more creativity to what has been established in the SNES days. The new babies, the beautiful art, the addictive mini games and the different level scenarios add up to one fun experience. The creative use of both screens has surpassed any game out there. They could have gone cheap and implemented a needless map, but developer Artoon has done a great job using it to create fun game play. There is game balancing and character switching issues that I wish could have been fixed and handled differently, but with these small issues aside the game is something every platformer fan should not neglect.
Games TM (Nov, 2006)
Not surprisingly, it's this rather integral shift away from simple 'how the hell do I get up there?' puzzle solving to a more cerebral method of plotting your course through each level that raises the game somewhat. True, more obvious tweaks - such as having the action spread across both screens, with the option to switch between them and loop up and down at your leisure - might seem impressive, but it's merely windows dressing used to cover up a lazy way of hiding items and other secrets just out of reach by comparison. And yes, there'll be people who complain that Yoshi's Island DS is incredibly familiar despite these few tweaks, but that's hardly an issue. Not only is the percentage of people who'll have played through both games relatively small, but also a little familiarity never hurt anyone. Two thumbs way up for Artoon then, which can only be a good thing, especially if those thumbs help us forget that Yoshi's Universal Gravitation ever existed.
Consoles Plus (Jan, 2007)
S'il n'apporte que peu de choses au précédent épisode, ce Yoshi Island demeure un excellent jeu de plate-forme. On espérait pourtant plus d'un volet inédit sur DS.
Autant le dire d’emblée, malgré son classicisme, Yoshi’s Island DS est un des meilleurs jeux de plates-formes sur DS. Mais pour ceux qui ont joué au premier opus sorti en 1995 (ou sa réédition GBA), le titre laissera tout d’abord une impression de déjà-vu. Un sentiment, certes pas désagréable au vu des qualités du titre en question, mais la déception est bien là, due à l’absence de réelles surprises.
Gamekult (Dec 01, 2006)
Yoshi's Island DS est un jeu de plates-formes vraiment très efficace et soigné. Nintendo connaît sa formule sur le bout des doigts et l'applique ici avec succès tant son jeu s'avère riche et maniable. Néanmoins, le titre reste encore assez proche de l'épisode Super Nintendo dans son essence malgré ses nouveautés, et ceux qui s'attendaient à une révolution pourront donc rester un peu sur leur faim. Pour les autres, et donc ceux qui aiment la plate-forme avant tout, on reste bien devant un bijou de précision associé à un gameplay quasiment irréprochable. Dans le jargon, c'est ce que l'on appelle une valeur sûre, et ce Yoshi's Island DS est sans l'ombre d'un doute le meilleur jeu de plates-formes du moment.
EL33TONLINE (Feb 07, 2007)
The game can certainly not be faulted for design and fun either – there is a distinct charm in the graphic style, and the level design is consistently interesting and quite varied. I cannot fault the game for difficulty, but must warn those that are put off by that: this will be a tough game to complete. If you don’t mind not completing the game, the first few worlds are as easy as gaming gets and it’s really rewarding to explore every area of these stages. With enough persistence even the final few stages can be overcome by anyone, but I would not feel up to attempting to score full points on these stages. The fact is that, despite the even cuter graphics than Mario, and the ability to be enjoyed I think by anyone, this is a game made for those out there who are looking for a platformer with a more serious challenge.
PlayDevil (Feb 12, 2007)
Yoshi's Island DS does an excellent job of bringing a fresh perspective to a classic game. It is worth playing by everyone, as even if you blast through without exploration the game is still lengthy and fantastic fun to play thanks to the innovative gameplay and audio-visual experience. Whilst the game is slightly let down by its lack of any real multiplayer (co-op would have been fantastic, for example) and touch screen controls, this game really should be a must-buy for anyone with a DS.
UOL Jogos (Dec 08, 2006)
"Yoshi Island DS" é diversão garantida para aqueles que jogaram o primeiro. O game conta com uma boa aventura principal, cuja duração depende do ritmo do jogador, além de extras como minigames baseados no próprio título, fases secretas e um museu - este uma bela adição à série, mas com navegação um pouco precária. Ele pode até mesmo frustrar em alguns momentos, mas de jeito algum deve ser descartado por defeitos tão pequenos perto de sua fórmula clássica e estilo de jogo inspirador.
80 (Dec 15, 2006)
Let me finish by saying that Yoshi's Island DS is a thoroughly enjoyable platformer. It's not going to make the same impact as its illustrious predecessor, which amazed gamers by using the SNES' Super FX 2 microchip to create sprite scaling and polygon effects which were advanced for the time, but it's not going to make you bawl like a baby if Santy drops it down the chimney this Christmas either.
80 (Nov 29, 2006)
Faut-il regretter qu'Artoon se soit montré aussi prudent ? Le vernis de Yoshi Island DS laisse entrevoir des pans entiers du titre de 1995 : mêmes séquences, mêmes mécanismes, mêmes automatismes. Heureusement, l'insertion des nouveaux mini-bébés et de leurs aptitudes laissent part à l'improvisation. Puis à une rejouabilité profonde et véritablement motivée. Le studio de développement a sans doute gardé ce qu'il pensait ne pas pouvoir améliorer pour ajouter les idées qu'il estimait maîtriser. Bravo à eux, c'est bien vu. Pensez, quant à vous, à rajouter deux points si vous n'avez jamais touché un Yoshi's Island !
Gamezine (Jan 04, 2007)
Yoshi’s Island reprend le flambeau de l’épisode SNES en lui apportant quelques nouveautés. Pensé pour tous les types de joueurs, il ne risque pas de décevoir beaucoup de monde. Cependant, il reste très classique. Une valeur sûre assurément !
IGN (Nov 13, 2006)
Don't let the negative tone throw you -- Yoshi's Island DS is a great game. It's just a egg throw's distance away from having the same impact the original Yoshi's Island did more than a decade ago. It sets out to emulate everything that made the first game so great, and does a really good job doing that. But it runs into the problem of not doing enough to make it its own game. No huge surprises, and no significant additions to the's just a solid recreation of the Yoshi's Island elements in a two-screen-high format. It's fun and challenging with a couple of unpolished quirks.
After reading through this review, you might start to wonder if Yoshi’s Island DS is a bad game. Let me clarify; it’s not. In fact, it’s a very good game. It takes every element from a classic video game and recreates them. It just doesn’t do anything new. If you’ve played Yoshi’s Island, you’ve done almost everything here before. It’s really up to you if you want to spend $35 to do it all over again. To those of you who haven’t played that SNES classic, heavily consider Yoshi’s Island DS. Everyone else might want to think otherwise, because there’s not enough fresh material here.
Gaming Target (Nov 24, 2006)
Overall Yoshi’s Island DS is a good game that players will enjoy. The degree of enjoyment however is largely dependent upon the player and his or her familiarity with the original game. For veterans it will get old fast, while new players may find more to sink their teeth into. Yoshi’s Island DS is definitely worth a Gamefly rental, but if you are looking for a platformer this holiday season, then New Super Mario Bros. is the way to go.
Diehard GameFan (Nov 27, 2006)
Don't let the score fool you, the story and originality are the only detractors to Yoshi's Island DS, which are pretty minor issues considering that this is a Mario-esque platform game, and also a sequel to one of the best platformers ever. I stand by my statement that this is a DS GOTY candidate. Pick it up people, I promise you won't be sorry.
70 (UK) (Dec 08, 2006)
But really it all comes back to the fact that Yoshi's Island was doing almost everything for the first time, and Artoon is cribbing from the same notes. It's a shame, because there are times when you catch glimpses of the sort of thing the Japanese team is really capable of - like a ghost boss in the second world who is invisible on the top screen, and has to be tackled by using an upside-down reflection in the touch-screen to judge his position. With each strike, he cracks the mirror to make things more difficult. When Yoshi's Island DS does things like this, you smile. It's compelling. The problem is that it's a sensation that you felt all the time in Yoshi's Island. You gave up counting the ways. Counting them here would result in a much smaller number, like, ooh...
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Dec 04, 2006)
Det resulterar i betyget sju och jag kan verkligen rekommendera den som älskar föregångaren att skaffa även detta. För er andra är det ett mycket trevligt äventyr som är som gjort för kortare spelsessioner, men räkna inte med samma längd, innehåll och underhållningsgrad som New Super Mario Bros. Stabilt, som Sveriges sannolikt mest kände sjungande tandläkare skulle säga.
1UP (Nov 16, 2006)
Your career arc is taking you dangerously close to the infomercial circuit, and you deserve better than that. Our recommendation? Spend some time taking notes from your buddy Mario. Even after all this time, his games can still feel fresh and creative and place solid gameplay ahead of gimmicks. In other words, Yoshi, either get your act together...or start rehearsing your Salad Shooter pitch.
GameSpy (Nov 14, 2006)
Despite these few problems, Yoshi's Island DS is still a solid platformer. It's just that compared to the original, it's nowhere near as polished. I suppose I feel kind of bad for Artoon here. There's simply no way that the company could have created anything that approached the sheer perfection (yeah, you heard me -- perfection) of Nintendo's classic. With that in mind, you'll want to pick this one up. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
The Video Game Critic (Aug 16, 2007)
The over-the-top screaming and crying sound effects are absolutely hilarious. Your enemies are the usual suspects for a Mario-style game, save for occasional surprises like Shy Guys on stilts. The graphics are somewhat bland, and most of the backgrounds have an understated, washed-out look. The controls are surprising in that they do not use the touch screen controls at all! Instead you use the pressure-sensitive buttons to perform jumps of varying heights. I didn't even know those buttons were pressure-sensitive! Yoshi's Island DS amounts to standard Nintendo platform fare, and for most gamer's that's good enough.
Game Revolution (Dec 04, 2006)
While there are bones to pick, Yoshi’s Island is definitely worth unearthing for the simple fact that it’s cute, controls well, and is fun to play. It’s especially good in small increments, like a pick-me-up between work assignments or on the bus portable. After fifteen minutes of fun, though, your sweet tooth will just start to ache, and you'll get back to the meatier games you're buried in.
Background (Jan, 2007)
Yoshi's Island DS représente donc une valeur sûre qui vous enchantera dès le premier coup d’œil, principalement grâce à cette touche graphique inimitable, mais également grâce à cette légendaire maniabilité, qui fait la force des productions du constructeur japonais. Des heures de bonheur en poche pour moins de 40 euros !

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