I was a huge fan of the original Yoshi’s Island back in the day, so it’s no surprise that I was looking forward to the latest installment in the franchise. The first thing that caught my eye was the new art style. It looked like a mix of the original’s and Yoshi’s story and while I still prefer the original’s, this still looks great in its own right. The setup for the “story” is that the stork from the original game accidentally drops off baby Mario and Luigi at the wrong house and while setting off to find the right home baby Luigi and the stork get kidnapped by baby Bowser again and Yoshi with baby Mario on his back must go save them on a “brand new” island. To say this is a continuation of Yoshi’s Island is like saying a treadmill “continues” itself.
With that aside the game play is standard for a Yoshi game. Run, jump, flutter, and egg your way through six worlds with 8 levels each. The levels all focus mostly on exploration rather that precision platforming, however this game’s level design isn’t quite as smooth as the original. It just doesn’t seem to flow as well as the original. That’s not to say it’s all bad just not as good as the original and the ones that are mostly reuse the concepts from the original Yoshi’s Island. One new feature is the Egg-Dozers, giant eggs that allow Yoshi to destroy rock walls and sink in water. These have the same problem as the mega mushroom in New Super Mario Bros. as they are a cool concept but the levels aren’t really designed for any creative use with them making them become underused.
Another problem with this game is the music, while some of it is fine, most of the songs rely to heavily on kazoos, which just sound stupid. Like seriously, I don’t like playing a game while it sounds like someone is farting in my ear. Also new is the flutter wing, which is a main selling point on the back of the box and I don’t know who the hell thought it was a good idea to advertise the fact that you can cheat if you suck too much. The boss fights in this game are mostly bland and boring, which is a HUGE contrast to the original game with some of the best boss battle you could get in a 2D platformer. Also there is a Shyamalan style twist at the end that comes out of nowhere and is inaccessible if you used the flutter wing at all. I didn’t see it coming but it’s mostly a lot of build up with no pay off.
All in all, Yoshi’s New Island is a decent game with some of the charm of the original but most of it is ripped straight from it. You’re better off playing the original or at least Yoshi’s Island DS.
Yoshi’s New Island gets a 6/10