Yoshi's New Island review – 'solid but unspectacular'

3DS, Nintendo, cert: 3, out now
This sequel to the 1995 classic has charm but will struggle to distinguish itself among stronger peers

Platform fans have been spoiled in recent months, with a raft of brilliant titles such as Rayman Legends, Tearaway, Super Mario 3D World and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. So the bar was high for Yoshi's New Island, sequel to the classic 1995 SNES platformer.

Here, players control various Yoshis who travel through 2D worlds, eating enemies and shooting eggs, all while carrying baby Mario. When hit by enemies the nappy-clad Mario will float away, allowing just seconds for players to grab him. It is charming, with beautiful pastel-drawn art, adorable sound effects and gameplay that encourages exploration of each level. It is very much a pastiche of the original, however, offering little new outside of some sloppy level design, pointless tilt-based missions and irritating music. There are moments of Nintendo genius, particularly in worlds further into the game, but, compared with its peers, Yoshi's New Island is solid but unspectacular.

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Chris Dring

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