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Yoshi's Island (DS)

Yoshi's Island (DS)
alaScore 88

51 reviews

Oct, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 reviews of Yoshi's Island (DS). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Nintendo DS Games for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Nintendo DS Games the Yoshi's Island (DS) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 51 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Expert review by: Justin Boot (

Yoshi's Island DS - DS review at Thunderbolt Games


Poor Yoshi. Despite his role as one of Nintendo's popular characters, he'll never get the same kind of treatment that the Mario Brothers enjoy. This little green dinosaur amounts to little more than a sidekick, a beast of burden whose sole existence...

Apr, 2007

Expert review by: Tracy Erickson (

Yoshi’s Island DS


When Yoshi's Touch and Go came out in the months following the launch of Nintendo DS, it was bittersweet. To be playing what essentially was a technical demonstration of what a true sequel to Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island was both exciting in its...

Fantastic platform gameplay ; Challenging levels ; Bright, colorful presentation

Hardly any features specific to Nintendo DS

Nintendo finally gets around to making up for Yoshi’s Touch and Go with this amazing follow up to Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. Easily one of the best in the genre, Yoshi’s Island DS is a fun, colorful, and energetic platform game that every...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: JANINE DONG (

Yoshi's Island DS


Babies all around the world are being kidnapped yet again, and only the adorable, gag-me cute Yoshis can save the day.

One of Super Mario's most beloved side-kicks, Yoshi, is back in his own game. Along with an assortment of familiar Nintendo faces (Mario, Princess Peach, Donkey Kong, et al), baby-sized though they be, the Yoshis and the mini-me friends/dependants...

Dec, 2006

Expert review by: Mike_Reilly (

Yoshi's Island DS review for the DS


Well preserved is another way of saying "fossilized". 

Cute, simple, and fun; Big stages; New baby abilities

Boring puzzles; No multiplayer; Needs three screens

I'm not exactly aging, more like fermenting. To wit: I can now taste the difference between beer and malt liquor, my standards in women are shifting towards increasingly dangerous levels, and I hold onto errant nickels jingling in my pocket tighter...

Dec, 2006

Expert review by: David Taylor (

Yoshi's Island DS


While the game features no multiplayer component, it nevertheless has a good deal of replay value through the number of secret stages the player can unlock. The player accesses these stages by finishing each of a world's eight levels with 30 seconds...

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Phil Theobald (

Yoshi's Island DS


Yoshi and Baby Mario return for another play date, and this time there are more kids on the playground.

During its best bits, it feels a lot like the original; new babies mean new abilities; it's nice and challenging

The "dead zone" between the screens is a pain; the controls are slightly busted; baby-swapping can be a chore

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Justin Davis (

Yoshi's Island DS Nintendo DS Review


The main gameplay addition this time around are numerous other babies from the Mario universe that Yoshi can carry around, including baby DK, baby Peach, and at least one baby later on that I had no idea was making an appearance at all. Each baby has...

Truly excellent and innovative level design. Great Replay value. Unique, enjoyable boss fights

Deaths sometimes feel cheap. Baby swapping slightly undercooked

Yoshi's Island DS is, for many hardcore gamers, the DS platformer they have been waiting for, whether they realized it or not. If New Super Mario Bros. was a "reboot" of that platforming franchise, designed to appeal to new and longtime gamers alike,...

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: John Benyamine (

Yoshi's Island DS Review


Nintendo delivers a quality sequel to a beloved classic.

At the halfway point and at the very end of the worlds, boss characters pop up for a fight. These bosses are sometimes huge, with an example being the Bart Brothers, rotund twins with a penchant for standing on each other and jumping on Yoshis. ...

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Cliff (

Yoshi's Island DS review


Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island was a Super Nintendo classic. Rather than putting the weight on Mario to save the day, it was the flutter-kicking, egg-throwing Yoshi who was in the spotlight. In fact, Mario was a mere baby! The game introduced a...

After reading through this review, you might start to wonder if Yoshi’s Island DS is a bad game. Let me clarify; it’s not. In fact, it’s a very good game. It takes every element from a classic video game and recreates them. It just doesn’t do anything...

Expert review by: (

Yoshi's Island (Nintendo)


The DS's dual screens have been combined to make one great playing field

Trying to recapture a bubble that seems to like its freedom while hearing a fussy baby whining at the same time

However, despite small annoyances, Yoshi's Island 2 is fun and light-hearted play. A tongue of praise to Yoshi's Island 2 for not only remaining true to the classical style but also adding new elements to keep things fresh.

Oct, 2007