Friday, 28 March 2014

Yoshi's New Island - Nintendo 3DS


Yoshi's New Island Review, Nintendo 3DS, when Mario met Yoshi

Yoshi's New Island Review, Nintendo 3DS, when Mario met Yoshi
No Yoshi isn't edible
I have to thank Nintendo's PR again for our lovely Yoshi surprise! He couldn't wait to see us and has hatched through his egg on its way to ours, but the kids still enjoyed it very much! As you may already know, the new Nintendo 3DS game Yoshi's New Island has launched 2 weeks ago, and if you aren't sure what the game is about, read on and find out.

Note: We used our 2DS to review the game, so I'm not sure what the 3D features are like

Yoshi's New Island Review, Nintendo 3DS, when Mario met Yoshi

Yoshi's New Island Review, Nintendo 3DS, when Mario met Yoshi

Yoshi's New Island Review, Nintendo 3DS, when Mario met Yoshi

The story started long long time ago when Mario and Luigi were born. Through a bizarre accident, the baby brothers got split up, with Luigi kidnapped! Mario fell on Yoshi's New Island, and with Yoshi's (or Yoshies' ??) help, he has to venture through the island to find Luigi.

The game is really cute with crayon-like drawings and adorable music. The age rating is 3 so it's suitable for Clay too. However, the game does require some logical thinking and strategy, so even Abby needed a bit of help as she wasn't very sure what she should be doing.


Yoshi's New Island Review, Nintendo 3DS, when Mario met Yoshi

Yoshi's New Island Review, Nintendo 3DS, when Mario met Yoshi


The player plays as Yoshi (not baby Mario) to go pass each stage, and like all the other classic Mario games, they collect items and coins, fight enemies, solve problems and find hidden bonus levels. Yoshi can also hit egg rocks to collect spotty eggs (he can only carry a limited number of eggs each time), and use them to fire at curious objects for either bonus items or special uses (eg unlock stairs), or stick his long tongue out to grab an enemy in his mouth, and then fire the enemy at another one to  kill  remove them.

The difference between Yoshi's New Island and classic Mario games is that Yoshi is carrying baby Mario, who's prone to being kidnapped as well. As soon as Yoshi gets hurt, he'll drop baby Mario and will have a limited amount of time to reunite with baby Mario again before enemies take him away, which would mean game over and players will have to play the stage again.

If a player died a few times, the game will try to make it easier for them by providing a pair of wings to make them fly pass the place they were stuck at. If that doesn't help, a golden wing plus shield will be given instead to make it easier. The only thing is that the wings doesn't fly you higher, but at a steady height. If you lowered the height, you can't go back up, so if you fly low and met a cliff, and there is no where else for you to land, you'll have to die and start again.


Yoshi's New Island Review, Nintendo 3DS, when Mario met Yoshi

If you have played Nintendo's Mario games before, you'll know that there are lots of hidden stages for you to discover and earn bonus items. On top of the hidden stages, there are bonus stages as well that are quite cool too. Like the above Hot-air balloon bonus stage, instead of using the control keys, you move the Yoshi transformed hot-air balloon by tilting the console.


Yoshi's New Island Review, Nintendo 3DS, when Mario met Yoshi

Yoshi's New Island Review, Nintendo 3DS, when Mario met Yoshi

After a few stages there will be a mini boss stage, which takes a bit more skill and planning to get pass. The first mini boss was pretty easy to beat, but I didn't have enough eggs with me. So if you can, make sure that Yoshi is always loaded with eggs as you won't know when he'll need them!

If you visit the micro site on Nintendo's website, you'll find more information about the game, like power-ups in later stage. There is also a 2-player mode where 2 3DS/ 2DS can be connected too.

Overall the game is fun to play and can be challenging at times too. I love it that they used the original game play and added a few new twists, and I love the graphics too! Abby is really keen in playing the game and she love the graphics and music as well, but she did find it difficult to understand what she should be doing as not everything is obvious to her, like the other games she played. It's probably better to play 2-player mode with her.