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Nintendo has been known for years as a video game company who innovates. Most of the time those innovations are productive, positive, and agreeable. There have been a few exceptions throughout the short history of video games (editor: the migraine inducing Virtual Boy). The WMG is going to group Yoshi Topsy-Turvy under the column of failed attempts. The player tilts the entire Gameboy Advance, or Nintendo DS in order to make the entire environment rotate. The main problem is the entire game world is either tilted one way or the other at all times.

The graphics in Yoshi Topsy-Turvy are a real disappointment on the Gameboy Advance. It is still a mystery why Nintendo released this game on the GBA instead of the Nintendo DS. The only thing that makes sense is the GBA cartridge was needed for the tilting sensor. There is cartoon violence that the ESRB missed as enemies are disposed of in traditional Yoshi style. Any free ‘investigative reports’ want to try and find out why the ESRB dropped the ball yet again?

Yoshi Topsy-Turvy has some okay music, and typical Yoshi sounds. Since the GBA is so much more limited over the other machines at the time this game was released a few cut backs seem to have been made. The WMG did not find any offensive sounds though.

Nintendo put all kinds of different missions to complete in certain levels. Beating some of them will grant some replay value. Other than that there is little reason to replay Yoshi Topsy-Turvy. Only worth your money if you are a video game collector of oddities.

The biggest problem with Yoshi Topsy-Turvy is the gameplay. Since Nintendo did not allow this game to be reset at the very middle, it becomes an annoying chore of constantly rotating the game field. On top of that players are moving Yoshi around. This video game may have been some kind of precursor to the Nintendo Wii, but it is nowhere near as fun. The missions that have to be completed in every level add a level of frustration that video games should not include.

The abnormal storyline revolves around a magician trapping Bowser away in a book while Bowser was attacking Yoshi Island. The imperfect magician traps away the entire island. If Yoshi can convince enough spirits they will let the island go. The WMG hopes that Nintendo keeps Yoshi Topsy-Turvy in the vault. It was a chore to play, and review this Gameboy Advance video game.
- Working Man Gamer


Graphics: 71%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 74%
Gameplay: 69%
Family Friendly Factor: 74%
System: Gameboy Advance
Publisher: Nintendo
Rating: 'E' for Everyone

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