|Yoshi's Island DS|
North American boxart of Yoshi's Island DS for DS.
|Release Date:|| November 13, 2006 |
December 1, 2006
March 8, 2007
|Media||DS Game Card|
|Input||DS Buttons and Touch Screen|
Yoshi's Island DS is a platformer game developed by Artoon and released by Nintendo on November 13, 2006 for the Nintendo DS. It is a sequel to the game Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and takes place after Yoshi's New Island.
The game's story is about time travel where the King Bowser and Kamek, the evil Magikoopa, travel to the past in search of seven special babies known as the Star Children who are born with extraordinary powers and can be used to conquer the Mushroom Kingdom. Future Bowser, Kamek and his Toady army attempt to kidnap the babies from the past.
In Yoshi's Island DS, the player takes control of many Yoshis traversing multiple levels and going through enemies, while carrying and protecting babies. Usually, the Yoshis can target and throw Yoshi Eggs at the enemies to defeat them. Compared to the previous game, Yoshi's Island DS has fewer but extended levels. The game also possesses updated graphics and new babies (in addition to the returning babies Mario and Luigi from the previous game). The graphics still retain the trademark "pen and pencil" style of the original Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island game.
One of the game's new features is a museum of enemies accessible at any time. All the enemies the Yoshis have defeated with Yoshi Eggs will appear in this museum.
Most of the babies possess special abilities activated when the current Yoshi is carrying specific children. Babies can change places in Stork Stops inside levels.
- Baby Mario – He makes M Blocks tangible, and they can become stepping stones. The current Yoshi can also dash at a great speed, allowing the creature to escape from certain enemies. Yoshi can also flutter farther than normal, and the Yoshi Eggs bounce off walls.
- Baby Peach – With the parasol carried by Baby Peach, the current Yoshi is able to flutter way further and a bit higher. The parasol can also catch wind currents, and the Yoshi Eggs do not bounce off walls.
- Baby Donkey Kong – He is the current Donkey Kong's younger self. He can climb vines and chains, carrying the current Yoshi with him. He can also do a DK Dash Attack, defeating most enemies. The Yoshi Eggs do not bounce off walls, but they go faster and create a miniature explosion that can grab more coins and even defeat enemies.
- Baby Wario – He carries a magnet that attracts coins facing it (even through solid walls) and can move Magnet Blocks and Magnet Platforms. The Yoshi Eggs can bounce off of walls.
- Baby Bowser – He can breathe fire, but the current Yoshi cannot swallow any enemies. Often, though, his fire blasts have the strength of Yoshi Eggs and the ability to melt ice, but his blasts do not bounce off walls.
- Baby Luigi - He is kidnapped again just like in the previous game. Luckily, he hid in his blanket and was not spotted when Bowser and Kamek were checking various babies attempting to find the Star Children.
- Baby Yoshi/Green Yoshi - He is the main character Yoshi that first appeared in the game Super Mario World, and the playable Green Yoshi in the Yoshi series games, including Yoshi's New Island, Yoshi's Wholly World and Yoshi's Crafted World. He frequently appears in the Super Mario Bros. series games and spinoffs. At the last cutscene of Yoshi's Island DS, it is revealed that Baby Yoshi is one of the Star Children.