Parents' Guide to

Yoshi's Island DS

By Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fast, challenging, and charming Mario game remake.

Game Nintendo DS 2006
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age 11+

Based on 13 parent reviews

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13):
Kids say (3):

Don't be swayed by the images of pacifiers and diapers -- mastering Yoshi's Island DS is not child's play. The game makes good use of its two screens, although the touch sensitivity rarely comes into play: The screens work together to create a tall window into the jungles, deserts, and haunted ships that constitute the Yoshis' world. This trick complements the action, letting players see platforms high above or toss an egg from on high. Players can expect to spend a lot of time airborne, moving between floating platforms and using the Yoshis' ability to flutter kick and float.

The gameplay is top-notch, but the game stumbles in a couple of areas. Although the double-screen view looks nice, there is a missing section of space between the screens that can hide treasure and enemies. Also, some of the levels are punishingly difficult, and players may die dozens of times, particularly if they want to collect most or all of the treasures. But even when Yoshi's Island DS becomes frustrating, it's hard to put down.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: November 13, 2006
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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