As expected, Yoshi’s New Island tells the story of Baby Mario and Baby Luigi. The stork has been faced with the task of finding Mario and Luigi’s real parents. Baby Luigi has yet again been stolen by Kamek and of course, Baby Mario is dropped on a nearby egg island. He is found by a group of Yoshis who try to reunite him with his brother. Of course this leads to Yoshi and Mario trying to defeat Bowser in order to save his baby brother. It’s the same story that you’ve played through before, were you really expecting anything more?
Yoshi’s New Island features a brand new hand-drawn art style. Since it’s first announcement this has divided Nintendo fans alike. Some people feel that the style is a great direction for the series and others feel that it looks worse than the original game on Super Nintendo. I tend to be somewhere in the middle. I definitely feel that the game at times, can look worse than the original however in motion, the game looks a lot better than it originally did in screenshots. I am a sucker for hand drawn art and feel that Yoshi’s New Island does look great on the 3DS. The 3D really helps give the game a pop-out book kind of feel and it’s genuinely adorable.
The sound is where Yoshi’s New Island falls completely flat. The original game was heralded for it’s amazing soundtrack. The melodic tunes still stick with me to this day. Unfortunately, Yoshi’s New Island tries to re-create the soundtrack and fails miserably. It’s a horrible misrepresentation and I almost wish that they pulled the soundtrack straight from the original.