About The Game
When the evil Kamek tries to kidnap the baby Mario brothers, Yoshi must save the day. Carrying Baby Mario on your back, traverse a gorgeous crayon-coloured world – stomping on enemies and throwing eggs – to defeat Kamek and his master Baby Bowser!
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 is acclaimed for its captivating visuals and gameplay that keeps you on your toes, as you protect Baby Mario through fiendishly designed levels.
Also included is the original Mario Bros. to round off a perfect nostalgic package!
I think it's reasonable to assume that anyone whose played a game for almost 30 hours (and that's just the vc version) probably likes it a reasonable amount.
With the Yoshi series Nintendo took a different approach to platform gaming.
You'll still find many of the famous Mario traits of course including power up items, hidden items and a fair few familiar enemies not least big old Bowser himself.
Unfortunately it retained some of the easy levels Mario adopted once he left the 8 bit era behind.
Some might say it's slightly easier still with no level timers rushing you a long, and Yoshi's constant flutter ability helping navigate most potential deadly drops.
Every level has 6 standard levels, 2 castles 2 bonus worlds and the mini game to unlock and beat.
The game features 6 worlds each have 8 normal levels (with 2 castles and boss fights) 2 extra levels (the original snes game only had 1 extra level) and a bonus mini game. (extra levels and bonus games must be unlocked)
The 2 extra levels will give more experienced players a far greater challenge than the normal game and are always a nice added extra when your looking for that little extra in game challenge.
Each level (including boss castle levels) also have a 100 point score to aim for.
You achieve this by obtaining
5 flowers (spread through the levels some are in plain sight many are hidden)
20 red coins (these all look like normal yellow coins so you'll either need to grab all the yellow coins until you've found 20 red ones or use a magnifier glass power up to turn those red coins from yellow to their true colour)
30 Stars (These are found throughout the level you'll automatically start with 10 and gain stars by passing check points, hitting some clouds with eggs, putting some eggs in flowers or shooting some enemies with particular coloured eggs.
The star count is the easiest to achieve but they can also be the easiest to lose.
Yoshi can't be killed by enemies (only falls, lava and the like) but if he takes a hit he'll lose a hold of baby Mario and the star count will begin to tick down.
If it reaches zero he'll be taken away so you'll want to get him back as quick as possible (for your star count as much as anything else)
30 stars, 20 red coins and 5 flowers all make for a perfect level!
While Yoshi can acquire various items to aid him on his travels largely through the end game mini games he also has a number of in level transformation powers such as a helicopter, train and submarine along with a few others each offering a breaks from the normal platforming levels.
The graphical style has stood up rather well to the test of time and it's certainly one of if not the best looking Game Boy advance virtual console game on the Wii U.
The music likewise is just as good now as it's always been.
Finally the game also includes the original Mario Bros game but like all GBA vc games you can't have 2 players so it will lose a lot of appeal for a far few.
Red coins are hidden among the yellow ones they'll only turn red once you collect them (or use the magnifier power up)
Excellent graphical style.
Great music and sound effects.
Multiple transformation power ups.
Plenty to collect for 100% status.
The 12 extra levels make up for some lack of difficulty n the main game.
Mario bros mini game included as a bonus (1 player only in this version)
All 6 worlds and all 60 levels beaten 100% by me :)
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
The main bulk of the game is on the easier side of things.
The Mario Bros game can't be played with 2 players.
The crayon visuals won't appeal to everyone.
Sorry Bowser but I guess I win again!
Yoshi was and still is my favourite platform game of the snes era (just beating donkey Kong country)
The ease of the game is a little bit of a let down but even with the ease I can blitz the vast majority of levels it will always be a game I thoroughly enjoy replaying on a yearly basis.
A review copy of the game was purchased by Video Game Legacy and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.