A Good Egg
Yoshi has sort of been like the black sheep-- er, dinosaur-- of Nintendo's 2D platformer line. He started out in his solo career with the marvelous Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island on the Super Nintendo. Since then, he's dabbled in Yoshi's Story, a passable platformer for the Nintendo 64, he's been a part of a failed tilting experiment in Yoshi's Topsy Turvy for the Game Boy Advance, and he's tried to regain his SNES fame with Yoshi's Island DS. All of these titles hold no candle to Yoshi's first solo outing. Arzest is attempting to try again, this time with a game that more closely follows the foundation that the original Yoshi's Island laid, like Yoshi would an egg. The end result is Yoshi's New Island for the Nintendo 3DS. It all sounds eggs-citing, but does Yoshi's New Island live up to its SNES pred-egg-scessor?
In a move that totally retcons the original Yoshi's Island, it seems that the house that the stork dropped Baby Mario and Baby Luigi off at was the wrong one. In a frantic attempt to salvage this disaster, the stork swiftly flies into the sky, furiously searching for the right home. However, Kamek comes into the picture, has a tussle with the stork, and escapes with Baby Luigi in his clutches. Meanwhile, Baby Mario falls into a circle of Yoshis who decide to help the soon-to-be hero search and find his once again missing brother.
|Baby Mario drops in on a Yoshi gathering.|
|Eggs can also nab collectibles.|
|I knew Yoshi wasn't into soft rock;|
he prefers heavy metal!
|This Yoshi has an eggs-quisite arsenal.|
What challenge there is in Yoshi's New Island comes from getting 100% completion on each and every level. This means getting all of the red coins, flowers, and stars. The latter essentially requires you to remain untouched in the whole level. No damage and no deaths, as unlike past Yoshi's Island games, when you restart from a checkpoint you do not have the same tally of stars you died with. Instead, you get dropped down to the standard ten stars.
|Yoshi's looking to replace this foe's filling.|
|The SNES Yoshi's Island might have said|
"Poochy Ain't Stupid", but 4-S disagrees.
|It's probably a wise decision|
not to touch those scalding Chomps.
|Yoshi's the eggs-ecutive of the |
Yoshi Egg Company.
|Hmm... I really hope there's not|
a giant waiting at the top...
|The jackhammer is but one of many|
transformations Yoshi can shift to.
|Despite its best intentions, this|
boss won't drive Yoshi batty.
|Your head might be in the clouds, Yoshi,|
but keep your wits about you!
...I'm very sorry for the forced eggs puns.
[SPC Says: 8.0/10]