Yoshi's New Island
Top Critic Average
Yoshi’s New Island’s inconsistent art and tacked-on new ideas are all layered on top of the same strong platforming and level design that made the original great. This deep understanding of pacing and flow helps Yoshi’s latest adventure stand out as the best iteration on Yoshi since the SNES original. Even if I wanted to play with the sound turned off.
Yoshi's New Island borrows heavily from the original game, but it fails to match its flair or originality
About as new as a fossilised dinosaur egg and just about as fast and exciting, this is a depressingly poor degradation of a once great original.
Perfectly playable and sometimes a nice challenge, but lacks its own identity
Yoshi's New Island lacks the imagination that made its progenitor beloved, instead offering a slow-paced adventure that's too easy for its own good.
Yoshi's New Island earns its place in a classic series
A return to classic Yoshi's Island gameplay would be worth cheering about if the new game didn't feel like an inferior imitation of a still-excellent game.
Nintendo's struggled to make a memorable Yoshi game since Yoshi's Island, and this new 3DS platformer isn't going to change that.
No, Yoshi's New Island may not be the game we fans of the original want, but it's definitely the game its creators set out to make. And a lot of fun, too. It's hard to be cynical about that.