Yoshi's New Island Review
Yoshi's New Island Box Art
System: 3DS
Dev: Arzest
Pub: Nintendo
Release: March 14, 2014
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: N/A Mild Cartoon Violence

The six worlds can be cleared in just a few hours, but you'll find the real contest lies in returning to each board to nab all the collectibles. Apart from the five Smiley Flowers, there are twenty red coins to nab, as well as thirty stars. It's a trickier process than simply finding tucked away areas. Red coins are usually disguised as regular coins, some of the collectible are hidden in invisible Winged Clouds that only reveal themselves when you walk or jump over the area, and the stars act as the timer for capturing Mario. Thus, you'll need a nearly flawless run to build your star count to max. Snatching everything in each world unlocks secret stages, and collecting thirty golden egg medals via a roulette wheel at the stage's finish line unlocks a special vehicle board.

Yoshi's New Island Screenshot

The Yoshi transforming vehicles, as well as the giant Eggdozers are touted features of this new entry, but I've found them to be more of an afterthought than anything. The vehicle sections are all self-contained areas that have no practical use besides collecting a few red coins and Smiley Flowers. From the Yoshi hot-air balloon, submarine, helicopter, mine cart, and a couple of others, they all use the tilt controls in much the same way, and the gameplay is quite shallow. The Eggdozers are giant eggs that can be launched for massive devastation, but again are in predetermined areas. Mixed with the fact that both these features appear only a handful of times, I would have preferred to see them ditched and replaced with multiple baby characters as in Yoshi's Island DS, rather than simply having Mario sit there the entire time with a dumbfounded look on his face.

Multiplayer consists of a selection of six minigames, unlocked as you complete worlds but played completely separate from the Story Mode. In all of them you basically have one minute to gobble up baddies, throw eggs or flutter kick to rack up points. None of them are engaging in the least, and they require two players locally, so forget trying to top your high score alone.

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I was more than a little disappointed in the lack of challenge and overall content in Yoshi's New Island. The features that are included lack cohesion, and the bare bones multiplayer is laughable. Nintendo could argue that the design of the series is meant for a younger audience, yet I was twenty-seven when I played Yoshi's Island DS and thoroughly enjoyed it. Yoshi has had some grand adventures of his own, but sadly this is not one of them.

By
Sean Engemann
Contributing Writer
Date: March 14, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.2
Graphics
The pastels colors and cute animations are as charming as ever, but the textures don't showcase the system's graphical strength. The 3D effect is also misused.
3.0
Control
You are forced to go old-school with the control pad thanks to touchy ground pounds with the Circle Pad. Gyro aiming is better than the classic style.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Most of the tracks are as charming as the graphics, but the off-key melodies are more than a little grating on the ears.
2.5
Play Value
Aside from the challenge of nabbing the collectibles, the campaign is too short, and the multiplayer is practically non-existent.
3.1
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • The little Mario Bros. are in big trouble. Help Yoshi save the day - with help from cool power-ups, giant Eggdozers, and crazy transformations.
  • This is the fantastical home of Yoshi and all of his colorful friends. The island is packed with secret areas, collectibles, puzzles, and of course, lots of enemies.
  • Gobble up bad guys, toss egg missiles, outwit puzzles, and uncover secrets - all while carrying a baby through treacherous terrain... Yep, this sounds like a job for Yoshi.

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