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Written by: Tyler Norton
The year was 1995. A year of chat rooms, grunge rock music from Seattle, and the year that Michael Jordan announced his retirement from the Chicago Bulls. It was also the same year that Yoshi’s Island launched on the SNES. Now, 11 years later, the sequel has been confirmed. Yoshi’s Island 2 will be making its way to the Nintendo DS. Will it live up to its predecessor? Let’s take a look…
Much like the original Yoshi’s Island, Yoshi’s Island 2 will have a similar storyline. This time, Baby Mario and pals (Baby Princess Peach and Baby Donkey Kong) have found themselves in some serious trouble. Now, it’s up to Yoshi to go out of his way to save them.
Gameplay wise, the game is quite similar to its SNES prequel. Yoshi’s Island 2 is a side-scroller, which means the game moves in two directions: back and forth. This aspect looks to help back up platformers on the DS like New Super Mario Bros, Castlevania, and Sonic Rush.
Much like the SNES version, Yoshi will still have the majority of his trademark moves. These moves include sucking up enemies, and turning them into eggs that can be used as weapons. To throw the egg, you simply target the object and aim with two lines. When the angles are perfect, you’re good to shoot. The puzzles of the game are also based on this style of gameplay. A great addition with the touch screen if you ask me.
Yoshi’s Island 2 has some new gameplay mechanics as well. One of the new features is called “The Stork Switch”. This feature allows the player to switch between the baby characters. With each character comes a new power. Baby Mario gives Yoshi the ability to jump on enemies and walk around a lot faster. Baby Princess Peach gives Yoshi the ability to float up on the wind using her parasol, yet Yoshi will just ricochet off his enemies heads harmlessly if hit.
Graphically, the game looks decent. The SNES style makes any classic gamer get that old-school nostalgic feeling that comes around every so often. The areas and characters have a cool old-school tone to them as well.
Overall, Yoshi’s Island 2 looks to be a great hit for the DS. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come. So be on the look-out for when Yoshi’s Island 2 hits stores!
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