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Yoshi's New Island

 

 

SCORE: 87

Yoshi's New Island 

 

It is really nice to see the Yoshi Island series come back in the form of Yoshi's New Island on the Nintendo 3DS. The crayon like graphics mixed with Yoshi, baby Mario, and many of the distinctive enemies is a nice fit on this hand held device.

Nintendo knows that Yoshi Island games can be difficult. So if you die too many times in a level you can get a pair of wings. Die another time or two and you can get golden wings. That means no enemy can damage you. All you have to worry about there is the jumps.

Yoshi carries baby Mario on his back through the levels. When Yoshi is hit, baby Mario floats around in a bubble. Well he floats for a few seconds. It depends on how far you have built the gauge. I almost always could get baby Mario back when I took a hit.

Secrets are everywhere in Yoshi's New Island on the Nintendo 3DS. You can blow through levels easily if you want, or you can try and find all of the collectible items. Bear in mind certain floating question mark clouds are invisible until you make physical contact with them.

Yoshi's New Island is a safe adventure for families. There are enemies that can be swallowed and turned into eggs. Other enemies can be bounced on - and they pop out of existence. Players can shoot eggs at enemies. That is the extent of violence in Yoshi's New Island.

The coolest new addition to the franchise is giant eggs. These huge eggs in Yoshi's New Island are useful in knocking out massive amounts of blocks that are in your way. They can also help you get to the bottom of the water levels - which is needed to progress in certain levels.

There are mini levels in Yoshi's New Island where Yoshi turns into a variety of different vehicles. These mini levels control via the gyroscope on the Nintendo 3DS. Let me be blunt - I am not a fan of these mini levels. The controls did not always cooperate with me.

All in all Yoshi's New Island is a fun little game for families. I love the theme of keeping a baby safe while adventuring through interesting and diverse areas. Assistance when the player is having problems is fantastic. If you want to parkour the level you can ignore the wings. It is nice players are given the choice.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 90%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 95%
Gameplay: 85%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%

System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Arzest
Rating: ‘E10+’ -  Everyone
{Mild Cartoon Violence}
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