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Yoshi's New Island Discussion (Nintendo 3DS) [game]
6.84/10 from 5 user ratings

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So the game comes out in a few days right? What's with the lack of excitement? Are people just being cautious after Yoshi's Island DS? Has it just been largely forgotten?

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Posted: 03/12/14, 19:34:59  - Edited by 
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Reviews are pouring in

There are some decent reviews, lots of not so decent ones. Averaging in the 60s at the moment.

I actually kind of wonder why Nintendo has this ongoing relationship with Artoon (fine this is Arzest, a break-off from Artoon, but still.) They don't seem like a particularly stand-out developer to me.
Posted: 03/13/14, 20:36:10
Sitting at a 63 average on Metacritic now.
I didn't expect the game to review that low.

This is more what I was expecting. I think I am going to hold off until a sale now though.
Posted: 03/13/14, 20:42:13
@Zero At first I was thinking Arzest had some old friends of Nintendo in it and that's why Nintendo still had them make games, but looking it up, they were formed from former Sega employees! Now it doesn't make sense.

Somehow, I'm not surprised at the reviews, though I can't quite explain why...
Posted: 03/13/14, 20:52:34

I was wondering that as well, but I guess Yoshi's Island DS reviewed well enough, so...
Posted: 03/13/14, 20:53:50
Not looking good. Sigh.
An well, I'm getting it pretty cheap so I might as well give it a chance.
Posted: 03/13/14, 20:54:45

Personal pet peeve of mine, but whether or not a review score is good or bad is not incumbent upon the score the reviewer gives the came. You can rad a review where the reviewer raves about how good game game is without providing examples or even discussing gameplay or story: the game was good because it was fun to play with. Obviously, this is a bit extreme, but there are other cases where a reviewer may talk about a lot of things that plague the game but it still gives it a glowing score. That doesn't make it a good review, now does it?

Again, you could say review scores are decent, which is different and more indicative of the message that at least should be conveyed.
Posted: 03/13/14, 20:56:10
missypissy said:
IGN - Graphics/music suck. Level design is great.
Gamespot - Graphics/music are good. Level design sucks.


Considering GameSpot blasted TF for having "bland" level design, I'm inclined to think IGN is closer to the mark on this one.

Yeah yeah, different reviewers under the same umbrella etc etc.
Posted: 03/13/14, 21:40:13
@Tranquilo Well yeah, that is what I meant. I'm in no position to judge the quality of the reviews themselves, I only read 3 of them.
Posted: 03/13/14, 22:06:48

Meh, I don't even read reviews anymore. Occasionally I watch a Gametrailers/Youtube review but that is about it. Most of the reviews out there nowadays are unprofessional and offer no substance anyway. The audience does not help since they are always more concerned with the score than the actual (con)text. What's sad is that major publications seem to be acquiescing to people's whims by turning into your average dudebro affair or creating controversy for the clicks. I guess you have to pay the bills somehow, and you need to draw people in by any means necessary, journalistic integrity or capacity be damned.

Besides, I have better things to do with my time than watch poorly written/inarticulate reviews. Pardon while I get off my soapbox. I might actually get into the review game, but I need to get some capture software first since I will be doing video reviews on Youtube.
Posted: 03/13/14, 22:36:29
I have this here video game. I bought it at the video game store. It's weird, not sure if I like it... Yoshi, is big, on the screen, like huge, weird.
Posted: 03/17/14, 04:36:24

Sounds like you bought something else at the store. Possibly some sort of herb-like substance?
Posted: 03/17/14, 06:52:08
I've played a bit of the game so far, and it's...good? Yeah. The pacing is kinda slower than I anticipated, and finding all the collectibles in each stage is more challenging than expected. So far not mind-blowing, but fun. The art direction s growing on me. Seems like a nice mix of vintage Yoshi's Island visuals and those used in Yoshi's Story. Looks good in 3D, too!
Posted: 03/17/14, 14:01:56
I'm just high on life!
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Yeah the pacing is really slow, it doesn't feel as snappy as the SNES game. All in all I like it so far, not amazing, but okay. I love the visuals and the music, with the exception of the opening "cinematic", that was ugly and annoying, this game doesn't need a story! Storks, babies, yoshis, done!
Posted: 03/17/14, 15:09:53
Well, for the record, I downloaded it yesterday. Partly because I wouldn't mind if it was a little 'casualed' up, and partly because it would be #200 downloaded onto my 3DS. Plus, I know it won't completely suck since its a Nintendo platforms.
Posted: 03/17/14, 15:20:42
The graphics really aren't that bad on the screen. In screenshots it looked pretty terrible, but the chalk look works. I do agree with the pacing, so far through World 1 it seems a lot slower than I remember the SNES game being. Plus I'm working on Tropical Freeze at the same time so that's probably making it feel even slower!

It's pretty OK so far. I don't fondly remember the SNES game as much as other people, but right now I'd say that's still better than this.
Posted: 03/17/14, 15:52:00

Yeah, no cinematics necessary! Especially since this is basically the same story as previous Yoshi's Island games...again.

But yeah, music is better than the DS game, graphics are actually good. I'll admit I'm a bit disappointed things aren't as "animated" as the SNES and DS games (pipes "bulging" when Yoshi enters them for example, does NOT happen in this new game) but on the other hand, sometimes too much animation can bog things down. Yoshi seems to have too many frames when grabbing an egg from his arsenal and preparing to throw it. I've adjusted my play style to adapt to it, but yeah. As you said, it's just not as "snappy" as previous entries in the franchise.


Congrats on download #200!


Yeah, playing Tropical Freeze in tandem with this game makes this game seem SUPER slow, lol. It's almost the same effect I had back during the 'Cube days...playing Double Dash!! seemed so much slower after going through a couple of cups in F-Zero GX...!
Posted: 03/17/14, 16:18:23
On RFN this week they discuss this game, apparently there's a "hasty" setting or something that gets rid of some of the extra animations? I'll have to dig Into it tonight...
Posted: 03/18/14, 00:50:34
I've been enjoying the slow pace of this game. Makes for a nice "before bed" time waster.
Also, the graphics are actually pretty nice on the 3DS screen.

I've only gotten through the first world, but I give it a thumbs up!
Posted: 03/19/14, 00:57:22

Probably something of a niche audience, I'd wager.
Posted: 03/19/14, 03:56:31
I agree, it's a fun game, charming and easy-going. And I love the music!

Graphically I find the backgrounds a little static and lifeless but all in all it's pretty enough.
Posted: 03/19/14, 05:07:02
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