Parents' Guide to

Yoshi's New Island

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Innocuous, moderately fun platformer stars Mario’s dino bud.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

Compelling! And not too easy.

age 7+


This is a great game for kids. Although it has good and bad sides. Most kids will like it. The reason the age is higher is because it's tricky to play.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Yoshi's New Island is a modestly entertaining romp. Its running and jumping action is finely tuned -- as is to be expected of any official Nintendo platformer -- and its cast of cute characters is familiar and welcoming. The game is easy to get into and hums along nicely once you're playing, with hidden collectible items sure to keep fans replaying levels until they've found them all.

That said, it's hard to see why anyone would choose to play Yoshi's New Island if they had the option to play a Mario game instead. Its audio and video presentation, purposefully rudimentary, comes perilously close to making it feel like a game made for cell phones. And while the Yoshis' antics are generally amusing, they don't get up to anything most players haven't seen before in bigger, better Mario adventures. It's quite competent and often fun, but Yoshi's New Island still feels second-rate compared to other Nintendo platformers.

Game Details

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