The reviews for Yoshi’s New Island have begun to come in. The game has already amassed 23 critic reviews and has averaged a mediocre 62% on Metacritic. A number of highly regarded publications have given the game a low score with online gaming publication Eurogamer only awarding Yoshi’s latest adventure, four out of ten.
It might look a little like Yoshi’s Island, then, but it’s a worse game in every regard. 19 years on from the original, its design has been denuded of almost everything that made it great: a series once fecund with ideas is now coasting on past glories. Yoshi, one of Nintendo’s most selfless heroes, deserves far better – and may get it later this year, if Good-Feel can spin yarn into gold on Wii U. But on a console that has recently hosted more than one unlikely comeback, Yoshi’s New Island is the slightest return so far. If it were a toy, you’d make sure you kept the receipt