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Yoshi’s New Island UK Review

The cutesy-pie platformer makes its debut on the Nintendo 3DS, but does our endearing green dinosaur flutter to success or crack under the pressure? Unfortunately for Yoshi’s New Island, the game flounders among the clouds instead of reaching new heights.

In his first outing on the 3DS, Yoshi’s on a brand new adventure with Baby Mario in tow and this time he means big business by hurling eggs of all shapes and sizes straight into an enemy’s path. But the road to reuniting Baby Mario with Baby Luigi isn’t particularly tough, neither is it part of a flourishing imagination, rather the game’s ground-pounded into an unappetising mush, lacking flavour in diversity.

Yoshi’s New Island brings six new worlds to explore with gorgeous pastel-crayon backgrounds of volcanoes, mountains and forests, which are both eye-catching and appealing to newcomers, children and fans of the franchise. However, the foreground images are less distinguished and sharp, particularly in 3D, serving up run of the mill designs for the rainbow-coloured Yoshis and Baby Mario.

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Make sure you don’t get hit by falling lava rocks, Baby Mario will not be pleased.

While the artistic design suffers somewhat, Arzest produces some fun and engaging levels, bringing variation to Yoshi’s standard jump, flutter and gobble pattern. Standout levels such as Hop ‘n’ Pop Till You Drop, Spin Lift Drift and Fire Watermelon Wonderland in worlds four and five present players with unique level mechanics to hone skills, while keeping the tone light-hearted by popping bubbles and bouncing between penguins. World 6’s Chomp Rock Challenge also offers a great change of pace for the game’s otherwise blasé style and ramps up the difficulty scale, especially if you’re picking up collectables.

But for many of the levels, Yoshi’s New Island becomes jaded and lacks in real zest. Mid-boss fights with Kamek and world boss fights are over in a flash with weaknesses that are typically easy to exploit. Plus, there are blind spots within boss levels, where you can simply stand and avoid any magical beam or fiery attack hurtling your way. And while it’s refreshing to hurl large eggs into pipes and enemies to watch the destruction unfold, or to uncover secret doors and exits, the mechanic is not utilised enough. However, Arzest has found perfect equilibrium with Yoshi’s vehicle abilities. Tilting the 3DS is wonderfully incorporated with Bobsleigh and Drill Yoshi, where an invigorating pace breaks the repetitive pattern. But Submarine Yoshi sinks by its own game mechanics, creating havoc with its less fluid and accurate motion.

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Kamek’s so easy to defeat, he’s even bested by Baby Bowser. Poor guy can’t catch a break.

Players can breeze through Yoshi’s New Island in less than ten hours, but obtaining flowers, red coins and stars, plus keeping Baby Mario happy with your quality babysitting service can prove quite the challenge. Clever secrets with question mark clouds and hidden doorways bring vivacity to the platformer, keeping more accustomed players enthralled. While hunting for collectables can provide sustenance for players, the game’s music leaves little to be desired, and the once upbeat melodies turn stale very quickly.

Though Yoshi’s New Island is refreshing and lively in parts, it suffers from occasional mechanical flaws and a dearth in imagination. It’s a game worth shelling out for if you’re a die-hard Yoshi fan, but less sunny side up for others.

6/10

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53 comments

    1. Wow.. You know your game is crap when even one of the most dedicated Nintendo websites gives it such a lackluster score. Truth is, nobody cares about these games anymore. Can’t believe people even still want crap like this. A colorful rainbow filled game where you jump on clouds and make retarted noises. Barf. Too bad you guys have to play this kid game. Meanwhile, us Xbox One and PS4 players will be playing games like The Witcher 3 and Assassin’s Creed Unity. Nintendrones, tell me when you get real games.

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      1. nintendo fanboys claim nintendo is more innovative than sony,microsoft or other third party devs. this lame yoshi game shows the limit of rehashed reach. the only thing new in this game was the gaint pathetic eggs, lol eggs. nintendo games milk

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      2. Lol. Nintendo scams all these fools into buying their rehash game. Wii U is selling like garbage because they can’t trick anyone nobody. Everyone moved on to real hardcore gaming. Nintendrones say “Oh, you’ll see domination come when Smash Bros comes.” Lol. You all only got one game to look foward to. Mario Kart 8 is a rehash of Mario Kart Wii. You ain’t even getting no new Zelda game. If you do, they’ll just rehash it more like the Wii games! Nintendo don’t care about what you say. They’ll go play their kid games. Lol.

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      3. Lol, it’s not rehash, it’s much worse. It’s downgraded version and I actually pity on consumers who bought this. YOU CAN’T EVEN EAT MONKEYS!

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      4. Please tell me you are joking. Ok, first of all, the 3DS is a handheld. It wouldn’t have even gotten those games in the first place. Even the Vita (which is supposed to be ‘superior’ ((barf))) isn’t getting those games. And anyone who bought a Wii U most likely doesn’t even play those type of games. We are not fools to all the DLC nonsense and Call Of Duty rehashes. Assassin’s Creed? Really? Since when was that a ‘real’ game? You’re one of those fools that people like Activision and EA scam into buying their garbage. You know nothing about real games. Get out.

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      5. and nintendo scams people to buy their barebone gaming consoles and barebone rehashed games. cod>mario. battlefield4>mario. knack> mario. gta v >mario. rayman and sonic> yoshi.

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      6. My niece would love this game and also loves all the games youve mention, so yeah my 12 niece is more of a dedicate gamer then your ass..

        Inb4 I own all console of every gen, so dont bother calling me a fanboy

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      7. do you think everyone money for other cosoles. rich guy lol. having all consoles means nothing. i already wasted 350 wiiu and the gamestop trading in wiiu value has reduced to 200.

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      8. i brought up having own all consoles so that butthurt trolls like you wont dare to call me fanboy…lol but i do feel bad for you wasting your money on the WiiU, dont get me wrong although i love nintendo games and games coming out for wiiu but i absolutely hated the fact wiiu is much weaker for this gen which alienated lots of 3rd parties, i pray wiiu fails and nintendo learns from their mistakes..

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      9. if nintendo didnt add the gamepad and worked on the console itself. we could have a badass awesome console. am annoyed that nintendo is just making dumb excuses and decisions.

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      10. I enjoy the gamepad TBH it isnt bad, I just hate how weak the wiiu is compare to the ps4 and X1, now my wiiu is collecting dust and i dont like not having games to play on it..

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      11. Your niece would love this? Lol of course! He/She’s a little kid! You don’t even know the first thing about real games. Why would want to play this garbage? And on an underpowered system for that matter. “My niece”. Lol, you make me sick.

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      12. Not sure if you’re an idiot or not, but you miss the whole point of my comment. I suggest you read it again, if not then you’re making a fool out of yourself and i cant help you with that..lol

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      13. I play everything the gaming community has to offer, dont talk to me about real games little boy..lol

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      14. YOU are missing the point. Nintendo milks the cow dry when it comes to their games. They are literally sitting on top of stackloads of golden franchises but they are too stupid to use them. People want something NEW. Nintendo never learns. They are a generation behind yet again. Why even buy their products anymore at this point? I’m glad the Wii U is flopping because maybe they will get the message through thick skulls and start giving people what they want.

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      15. Clearly you’re beyond help and lack in reading comprehension, so im not gonna break down your previous comment and will stop replying to you. Stay in school kid and hope you have a good life.

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      16. nintendo is going suffer just like sony last gen. acting too over confident about selling well. look how there losing billions off the wiiu. no wounder they ignored wiiu in 2013 by only focusing on 3ds.

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      17. Their just trying to act “mature.” Well, they can pat themselves on the back, they are acting like a majority of inexperienced, ignorant fuck-tards.

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      18. Since when the fuck was I trying to be “mature”? Do you even know what the word means? Or are you just talking out of your ass?

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    2. Is it really all that bad? I think it looks kind of decent. I wanna try and get it for myself later on. But.. I can’t choose. Yoshi’s New Island or Mario Golf World Tour? Watcha think is better?

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    3. Hello! Greet review, and I agree this game it’s moments but for the most part is very lackluster and more or less a let down to the fans. Keep those reviews coming!

      Uhh goodbye!
      -Ben

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    1. Lol. Another 2D platformer. Nintendrones love these. Pathetic. First, we got underpowered 3DS. Run games in 240P. Really? Lol, this ain’t the 90’s. And Wii U is underpowered crap. Nintendrones say it run 1080P in 60 FPS. No it does not. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 can’t even run in full 1080P OR stay in 60FPS. You call that next gen? Idiots…

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      1. It is not all about the graphics… We at Nintendo always ensure to our customers that they get the best experience possible using our products. New games like Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Brothers are on their way along with plenty of other titles for you to enjoy. Also, we have a steady lineup of 3DS titles on their way as well to help improve our already successful handheld and to bring more enjoyment with your Nintendo products. Although, these games may take some time to finish before they are ready to launch, but we want to make sure that they are fully worked on an give you the best possible enjoyment from your 3DS or Wii U entertainment system. Please understand.

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      2. Fuck. I meant *and* ›:\ Messed up near the end of that.. You get the point though. NINTENDO IS THE BEST. FUCK THE REST. :P

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  1. I bought the Yoshi 3DS XL LE console, the game, and got the free Pokemon Y download. I gifted that game to my brother since wife and I already own X & Y. Sold my old XL on eBay.

    Yoshi game is outstanding! So fun and beautiful to look at. Makes great use of the 3D. Motion mechanics adds a lot to this game too.

    10 stars!

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      1. well of course cuz if you look at the top selling 50 games from the last generation of gaming 30 of them were exclusive to Nintendo so yes

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  2. I don’t know about you guys but I love the preorder a game 45 months before supposed to come out this way I get my exclusive DLC preorder map pack gun cover customization exclusive and then I like to get the game home and put it in the console this way I can download the 17 gigabyte update patch to break the game even more and I’m going to get that premium

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  3. Since Silvershadowfly wrote the review, I know it’s legit. Don’t feel bad MNN, but I’m passing on this game.

    In all fairness, I was going to pass anyway, but there have been times I picked up a game on a whim because you liked it. For this game to get a 6? No way in hell am I touching it.

    So thanks for saving me $$$ I’ll be sure to put it towards smash and Mario Kart. ;D

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  4. i know no one belive me but I thinking UK, Sony and MS is in a conspiracy against Nintendo. People refuse to belive it but i know it to be true.

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  5. I haven’t played this new Yoshi game, so I have no comments. BUT, I do however have something to say to the trolls. I’m sick of hearing people (trolls) insult Nintendo’s games, calling them baby games etc. Because it’s obvious that people who are obsessed with shooters and killing people will naturally put down family-friendly Nintendo games.

    If Mario (or Yoshi in this case) had a gun and ran around shooting people and splatting blood all over, all of the trolls would be happy. Because they’d see BLOOD. VIOLENCE. YAY! The trolls are people with killing fetishes. If a game isn’t violent, they insult it. And unfortunately, due to the amount of popularity of so many “violent” games on Playstation and Xbox consoles, I’ve actually stereotyped Playstation and Xbox fanboys as “people with potential to kill in real life”. Seriously, why does a game have to be bloody and violent (and profane) for people to think it’s a good game? I don’t understand today’s generation of gamers. There’s SO many reasons why I stayed in camp Nintendo. The Nintendo fans are the “good guys”. And I’m not talking about Chucky dolls.

    No offense to anyone who likes ALL consoles.

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    1. I think it’s great that Nintendo has content available for kids that is high quality and safe. But if they want to keep their aging fan base, we need mature games.

      Not just blood and guts, but truly mature titles like Metroid, Zelda, etc.

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  6. i love the game. i recently played through dark souls again and played some other more challenging and demanding games and i enjoy doing that – jumping into yoshis island is just a joy. it´s a good game with funny music, beautiful levels and cheesy dialogue. it makes you giggle – that´s all i want from it.

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  7. I’m 32 years old and I thought that the game was quite fun, and looked gorgeous on the 3DS screen, You can breeze through it if you don’t collect anything, but if you want to 100% ever stage then it’s quite the challenge. I personally loved it and would give it an 8.5/10. It’s pure Nintendo fun, which is great for me cause that’s what I like and expect from them. Looking forward to the new Kirby game.

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