This article has been featured! Click for more information.

Yoshi's Island DS

From the Super Mario Wiki, the Mario encyclopedia
Jump to navigationJump to search
Yoshi's Island DS
For alternate box art, see the game's gallery.
Developer Artoon
Publisher Nintendo
Platforms Nintendo DS, Virtual Console (Wii U)
Release date Nintendo DS:
USA November 13, 2006
Australia November 23, 2006
Europe December 1, 2006
Japan March 8, 2007
ROC March 8, 2007
South Korea November 8, 2007
Virtual Console (Wii U):
USA April 1, 2015
Japan April 8, 2015[1]
Europe May 7, 2015[2]
Australia May 8, 2015
Genre Platformer
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.svg - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
GRAC:GRAC All.svg - All ages
Mode(s) Single player
Wii U:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Nintendo DS:
Game Card
Wii U:
Nintendo DS:

Yoshi's Island DS is the sequel to Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Compared to its predecessor, this game has fewer levels, remastered graphics (although still in "pen and pencil" style), new babies, and a whole new adventure. In this game, Kamek and the Toadies have kidnapped all the babies in the world. Yoshi, Baby Mario, Baby Peach, and the Stork team up and attempt to save the babies. Baby DK and Baby Wario debut in this game. This was the first Yoshi's Island game since the original which was released in 1995. An interquel, Yoshi's New Island for the Nintendo 3DS, was released in March 2014. Yoshi's Island DS was rereleased for the Wii U's Virtual Console in Japan and North America in April 2015 and in Europe and Australia in May 2015.


The beginning of the game's intro, which shows the events that previously occurred in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, the events being displayed from right to left.
Kamek and some Toadies stealing the babies

Kamek and his army of Toadies steal all of the babies in the Mushroom Kingdom, as well as in other nearby areas. The Toadies take the babies to Bowser's Castle, but the Stork comes in and attacks two Toadies, making them drop the babies they are carrying. The two babies land on Yoshi's Island and are revealed to be Baby Mario and Baby Peach.

The Yoshis find the babies and decide to help them. They figure out that Baby Mario, once again, wants to save Baby Luigi and the other babies from Kamek and his Toadies. The Yoshis take the babies with them and go to rescue the kidnapped babies. Later on in the adventure, sometime after the defeat of Gilbert the Gooey, a group of monkeys kidnaps Baby Peach. The Yoshis and Baby Mario find another baby, Baby DK, who was left behind when the Toadies were kidnapping all the other babies. With the help of Baby DK, Yoshi is able to rescue Baby Peach from the monkeys. Baby DK joins the team when the monkeys are defeated.

Promptly after defeating Bessie Bass on a battleship, the Yoshis and the babies are swept away by a tidal wave in a storm. They eventually find Baby Wario, who is also left behind. Baby Wario then decides to join the party.

When Priscilla the Peckish is defeated, Baby Wario decides to join a team of Bandits in hope of getting money. Meanwhile, after the Yoshis defeat Six-Face Sal, it is revealed that future Bowser and future Kamek are the ones kidnapping the babies and that they are looking for the seven star children. The star children are young children that have magical stars in them. If one collects all the stars, then they become the ruler of the universe. Kamek kidnaps Baby Bowser (while Kamek of the past tries to stop him), and Baby Bowser and Bowser get into a fight, ending with Bowser causing his infant self to fall out of a window of the castle. Baby Bowser lands on Yoshi's back and joins their team, although they are worried that he might attack them.

Baby Bowser does not stay for the rest of the adventure. When Big Guy the Stilted is defeated, he leaves with Kamek, who then returns to Bowser's Castle and uses a Crystal Ball to check every baby they have kidnapped (with the exception of Baby Luigi, who hides from it) to determine if they are star children, which they are not. Bowser becomes furious, and he sends the Toadies to keep looking for more babies.

The team finally arrives at Bowser's Castle where Baby Wario and Baby Bowser are arguing over who gets to keep some treasure. They then notice the Yoshis and help them travel through the castle. When they finally get to the top of the castle, however, Baby Bowser tells the Yoshis to leave. When they do not leave, Baby Bowser thinks Yoshi is there to steal his treasure. Baby Bowser fights Yoshi, but Yoshi defeats him.

Bowser then comes in the room and is angry at what Yoshi did to his younger self. He then fights Yoshi, but gets defeated just like his younger self. Kamek then uses magic to help Bowser become giant. The four babies with four Yoshis fight against the Giant Bowser using Giant Eggs and are eventually able to defeat him. Kamek escapes when Bowser is defeated, with four Toadies carrying Bowser right behind him. Baby Bowser decides to escape with Bowser and Kamek, and holds on to his broomstick.

The Yoshis save all the kidnapped babies, and the storks take all the babies back to their home, except for Baby Wario, who is homeless. Supposedly, the Stork adopts Baby Wario and takes him to a raft where Baby Bowser's treasure ends up. A flying rock hits Kamek's broomstick, and Baby Bowser lets go and falls down right in his treasure. Baby Wario and Baby Bowser start arguing about who gets to keep the treasure again.

It is then revealed that the seven star children are Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Peach, Baby DK, Baby Wario, Baby Bowser, and a newborn Baby Yoshi, who hatches from a Yoshi's Egg at the end of the game.


The title screen is similar to that of the original game Yoshi's Island.


Gameplay mainly revolves around adventure mode, similarly played out as the original. Throughout the five unique worlds, a different colored Yoshi takes on one out of eight levels, with a mini-boss in Level 4 and a boss in Level 8 of each world. Enemies, items, coins, and other collectibles litter the levels. Some items count toward a score of 100, which is then displayed in the level select screen. If every level in a world has 100, one level, the extra level, is unlocked.

When a Yoshi is hit by an enemy, the baby is knocked loose from his back crying, and the star power - the source of the protective bubble that keeps the Toadies from taking the baby - goes down by one star per second. If that number goes down to zero, Toadies take away the baby and a life is lost. Yoshi, however, still has a small amount of time to recover the baby even after the Toadies have grabbed. Yoshi can rescue the baby by touching the bubble with its body or its tongue. If Yoshi hits the bubble with an egg, the bubble gets knocked down, making the baby easier to reach. The star power starts at ten in each level. If a baby is recovered with less than ten stars, the star power slowly reverts to ten. Additionally, groups of five stars can be found in Winged Clouds and crates, and goal roulettes give twenty additional star power, allowing the star power to max at thirty. Remaining star power also counts toward the score at the completion of the level.

Although Yoshi cannot be defeated in normal circumstances, he instantly loses a life if he touches spikes, lava, falls into bottomless pits, or gets crushed. The mode also features the Island Museum, which is accessible at any time. In this museum, all the enemies the Yoshis have defeated with Yoshi's Eggs appear as exhibits.


Minigames are unlocked in Adventure Mode:

All minigames have a set time limit. Achieving a high score in any minigame awards Yoshi with lives. Harder versions of all the minigames can be unlocked by collecting all the Character Coins in a world.

Time Trial[edit]

Time Trial is unlocked once Adventure Mode has been beaten. It is similar to Adventure Mode, but the player is timed. Yoshi has one hundred minutes to finish each level - even when the player presses the Start Button, the time continues. Red Coins, flowers and Stars, when collected, each subtract a set amount of time taken to finish the level: -1 second per star, -2 seconds per Red Coin, and -10 seconds per flower.



The controls menu in which the player can choose from Hasty to Patient

From the Options menu, players can change the controls of the game. The player can choose from two sets of controls: A ButtonB ButtonX ButtonY Button and A ButtonB ButtonL ButtonR Button, and two modes: Hasty and Patient, Below are the controls of the game:

Shared controls[edit]

  • +Control Pad: Used to move the Yoshis. Pressing it down makes Yoshi crouch or make eggs. If the down arrow is pressed in the air, Yoshi ground pounds.
  • Start Button: Pauses the game and opens the "Options" menu.
  • R Button: Used to make Yoshi throw a Yoshi's Egg. In Hasty mode: Holding the button, makes Yoshi aim at his target. Letting go of the button makes Yoshi throw the egg, in Patient mode the player has to press the button again to make Yoshi throw the egg.
  • L Button: While Yoshi is aiming up and down, pressing the L Button button makes Yoshi lock on a specific location.

First set: A ButtonB ButtonX ButtonY Button[edit]

  • B Button: Used to jump, pressing it again makes Yoshi Flutter Jump.
  • Y Button: Used to Eat or spit an enemy. With Baby Mario, the player can dash by holding the button.

In this set: the A Button and X Button can be used instead of the R Button and L Button respectively.

Second set: A ButtonB ButtonL ButtonR Button[edit]

  • A Button: Used to jump, pressing it again makes Yoshi Flutter Jump.
  • B Button: Used to Eat or spit an enemy. With Baby Mario, the player can dash by holding the button.


A Yoshi can morph into several different types of vehicle with the help of a morph bubble. To revert to normal, the Yoshi must either touch a Yoshi Block or wait until the time runs out, as the forms last only for a certain period of time. The Yoshi, however, must touch the Yoshi Block to progress the level; otherwise, he is directed back to the morph bubble. While Baby Mario stays protected in a bubble, Yoshi is also invincible while in these forms, but if he is hit, he is stunned and knocked into a certain direction, making him lose time. Yoshi also cannot attack in these form.

There are three forms:

Helicopter Submarine Mole Tank
The Helicopter allows a Yoshi to fly for a short time.
The Submarine allows a Yoshi to swim underwater.
Mole TankDS.png
The Mole Tank allows a Yoshi to dig through small openings and crawl on walls.


There are five types of transportation that Yoshis can use to progress through various levels.

Transport Abilities
The kangaroo hops on its own, but pressing and holding left or right determines which way and how far it should go. The kangaroo floats when the B Button is held.
The stilts allow a Yoshi to walk the same way a Shy Guy on Stilts does. The stilts allows Yoshi to safely traverse hazardous terrain.
Mine Cart
The cart moves on a track on its own. Players cannot change the direction or the speed. Yoshi can jump out of the cart, but cannot Flutter Jump; he always lands back in the cart or on a higher track.
The ski is found in some ice-and-snow levels. Yoshis cannot change the direction of skis, but they can still jump.
Some huts lead to space launch pads, allowing Yoshi to hop into a rocket. Pressing left and right turns the rocket and pressing Y Button or B Button gives extra thrust. If the rocket makes contact with anything, the Yoshi loses a life.

Items and objects[edit]


Block Effect
YIDS Egg Block.png
Egg Block
An Egg Block gives Yoshi an egg if he hits it when he has less than six eggs.
YIDS Expansion Block.png
Expansion Block
An Expansion Block is a block that grows bigger when a Yoshi hits it.
YIDS Hint Block.png
Message Block
When the Message Block is hit, it tells the player how to use certain moves.
YIDS M Block.png
M Block
An M Block is a block that can only be used if a Yoshi has Baby Mario on its back. An M Block can contain coins, or seeds that create Beanstalks.
YIDS Yoshi Block.png
Yoshi Block
A Yoshi Block is a block that transforms a Yoshi back from his vehicle form after it uses a morph bubble.


Collectible Effect
YIDS Character Coin.png
Character Coin
These coins are hidden in a level, and a Yoshi must have a specific baby to collect them. When they are collected, harder versions of the minigames can be played.
YIDSsprite Coin.png
If 100 coins are collected an extra life is rewarded to the player.
YIDSsprite Flower.png
A flower is a collectible that increases the score at the end of the level. All five need to be collected for the maximum score.
YIDS Red Coin.png
Red Coin
A Red Coin is a collectible that increases the score at the end of the level. All twenty need to be collected for the maximum score.
YIDSsprite Star.png
Stars increase the time that a baby is protected in the bubble when they are knocked off of Yoshi's back. They contribute to the score given at the end of the level. Thirty need to be collected for a maximum score.


Egg Effect
YIDS Red Egg.png
Red Egg
A Red Egg functions as a normal Yoshi's Egg, but it can only rebound off a wall once. If a Red Egg hits an enemy, two stars appear.
YIDS Yellow Egg.png
Yellow Egg
A Yellow Egg functions as a normal Yoshi's Egg, but it can rebound off walls only twice (if it rebounds once, it becomes a Red Egg). If a Yellow Egg hits an enemy, a coin appears.
YIDS Yoshi Egg.png
Yoshi's Egg
When Yoshi ducks after stuffing an enemy in its mouth, the Yoshi swallows the enemy and creates Yoshi's Eggs. Egg Block and a few other objects also give Yoshi's Eggs. Yoshi can throw eggs to defeat enemies, destroy gravel, hit switches and activate Winged Clouds. Yoshi's Eggs can be rebounded off walls three times, but only if he is carrying certain babies, such as Baby Mario. When the eggs rebound from walls, from every rebound, they change from green to yellow to red.


Item Effect
YIDS Beanstalk.png
A Beanstalk grows when its seed hits the ground, the seeds can be found in M Blocks or Winged Clouds. Yoshi can then jump on the Beanstalk's leaves to reach higher places.
YIDS Crate.png
A crate contains stars, coins, or a key. It can also be pushed and used as a platform.
YIDS GOAL! Ring.png
Goal roulette
The goal roulette is the end of the level.
YIDSsprite Key.png
Keys are used to unlock locked doors.
Magnet Block YIDS sprite.png
Magnet Block
A giant metal block that Baby Wario can move with his magnet.
Magnet Platform.PNG
Magnet Platform
A metal platform that can be lowered with Baby Wario's magnet.
YIDS Middle Ring.png
Middle Ring
The Middle Ring is the checkpoint in each level. When a Yoshi goes through it, if it dies in the level, it is returned to the Middle Ring. The Middle Ring also contributes ten stars to the star total.
YIDS Morph Bubble.png
Morph bubble
When Yoshi touches a morph bubble, it transforms.
YIDS Stork Stop.png
Stork Stop
When a Yoshi waits on a Stork Stop for a certain amount of time, the Stork arrives and allows Yoshi to change which baby it is carrying.
YIDS Super Star.png
Super Star
A Super Star transforms Baby Mario into Superstar Mario. Baby Mario is the only baby who can use this.
YIDS Winged Cloud.png
Winged Cloud
When a Winged Cloud is hit with an egg, it creates a pathway for Yoshi to use, reveals a switch, acts as a switch, gives coins or stars or an extra life.

Bonus Challenges[edit]

Any flowers the player collects in a level appears in the goal roulette at the end of a level. After a Yoshi passes through the ring, the spinning slows. If it stops on a flower, the Yoshi is able to play a mini-game and can possibly earn 1-Ups. There are five different flowers in each level.

These are the Mini-games that may pop up if a Yoshi is able to get a flower in the goal roulette. They can also be played via the World Map screen if the player obtains a total of at least 700 points in a world.

Worlds and levels[edit]

There is a total of five worlds, with each one having eight normal levels, one secret level, and one extra level. The secret levels are unlocked when all the normal levels are cleared. The extra levels are unlocked by scoring a total of 800 points for each world.

World 0
Welcome Back To Yoshi's Island.png
Icon # Level Type of level
N/A 0 Welcome Back to Yoshi's Island! Plains
World 1
World 1 Map - Yoshi's Island DS.png
Icon # Level Type of level
Icon YIDS - Ba-dum BUM!.png 1-1 Ba-dum BUM! Plains
Icon YIDS - Hit the M Blocks.png 1-2 Hit the M Blocks! Plains
Icon YIDS - Mario's Fleet Feet.png 1-3 Mario's Fleet Feet Plains
Icon YIDS - Castle of the Big Burt Bros.png 1-4 Castle of the Big Burt Bros. Castle
Icon YIDS Catch the Breeze.png 1-5 Catch the Breeze Plains
Icon YIDS - Glide Guys Take to the Skies.png 1-6 Glide Guys Take to the Skies Forest
Icon YIDS - Baby Mario and Baby Peach- Dynamic Duo.png 1-7 Baby Mario and Baby Peach: Dynamic Duo Forest
Icon YIDS Gilbert the Gooey's Castle.png 1-8 Gilbert the Gooey's Castle Castle
Icon YIDS Secret1.png 1-Secret Welcome to Yoshi Tower! Lava Tower
Icon YIDS - Extra1.png 1-Extra Return of the Moving Chomp Rock! Plains
Icon YIDS - Flip.png 1-Bonus Flip Bonus Challenge
World 2
World 2 Map - Yoshi's Island DS.png
Icon # Level Type of level
Icon YIDS - Baby DK, the Jungle King!.png 2-1 Baby DK, the Jungle King! Jungle
Icon YIDS - Underground Mysteries.png 2-2 Underground Mysteries Cavern
Icon YIDS - Wildblown Wilderness.png 2-3 Windblown Wilderness Plains/Sky
Icon YIDS - Hector the Reflector's Haunted House.png 2-4 Hector the Reflector's Haunted House Castle
Icon YIDS - Boing!.png 2-5 Boing! Plains
Icon YIDS - Donuts and Eggs.png 2-6 Donuts and Eggs Plains
Icon YIDS - Yoshi on Stilts.png 2-7 Yoshi on Stilts Jungle/Lava Cave
Icon YIDS - Big Bungee Piranha's Lair.png 2-8 Big Bungee Piranha's Lair Castle
Icon YIDS - Secret2.png 2-Secret Yikes! Boiling Hot! Lava Cave
Icon YIDS - Extra2.png 2-Extra Moving Statues, Standing Statues Jungle
Icon YIDS - Scratch.png 2-Bonus Scratch Bonus Challenge
World 3
World 3 Map - Yoshi's Island DS.png
Icon # Level Type of level
Icon YIDS - Up the Creek.png 3-1 Up the Creek Water
Icon YIDS - The Goonie Coast Isn't Clear!.png 3-2 The Goonie Coast Isn't Clear! Water
Icon YIDS - Island of Peril.png 3-3 Island of Peril Water/Coast
Icon YIDS - Bessie Bass's Battleship.png 3-4 Bessie Bass's Battleship Water Fortress
Icon YIDS - Here's Wario.png 3-5 Heeeeeeere's Wario! Cavern
Icon YIDS - Use the Magnet to Get Rich Quick.png 3-6 Use the Magnet to Get Rich Quick! Forest
Icon YIDS - Tap Tap's Sunken Cave.png 3-7 Tap-Tap's Sunken Cave Water Cave
Icon YIDS - Castle of Priscilla the Peckish.png 3-8 Castle of Priscilla the Peckish Castle
Icon YIDS - Secret3.png 3-Secret A Light in the Dark Castle
Icon YIDS - Extra3.png 3-Extra Number Ball Special Cavern
Icon YIDS - Match.png 3-Bonus Match Bonus Challenge
World 4
World 4 Map - Yoshi's Island DS.png
Icon # Level Type of level
Icon YIDS - Rock 'n' Fall.png 4-1 Rock 'n' Fall Sky
Icon YIDS - High-Speed Cart Race.png 4-2 High-Speed Cart Race Tracks
Icon YIDS - In the Clouds.png 4-3 In the Clouds Sky
Icon YIDS Six Face Sal's Fort.png 4-4 Six-Face Sal's Fort Fortress
Icon YIDS - Friend of Foe.png 4-5 Friend or Foe? Cavern
Icon YIDS - Slip Slidin' Away.png 4-6 Slip Slidin' Away Snow
Icon YIDS - Teeth-Chattering Chill Zone.png 4-7 Teeth-Chattering Chill Zone Snow
Icon YIDS - Castle of Big Guy the Stilted.png 4-8 Castle of Big Guy the Stilted Lava Castle
Icon YIDS - Secret4.png 4-Secret Hurry and Throw! Lava Castle
Icon YIDS - Extra4.png 4-Extra Let There Be Light! Fortress
Icon YIDS - Roulette.png 4-Bonus Roulette Bonus Challenge
World 5
World 5 Map - Yoshi's Island DS.png
Icon # Level Type of level
Icon YIDS - Rompin' Stompin' Chomps.png 5-1 Rompin', Stompin' Chomps Plains
Icon YIDS - Goonie Heights.png 5-2 Goonie Heights Plains
Icon YIDS - Spear Guys' Village Found!.png 5-3 Spear Guys' Village Found! Jungle
Icon YIDS - The Fort of Moltz the Very Goonie.png 5-4 The Fort of Moltz the Very Goonie Fortress
Icon YIDS - The Cave That Never Ends.png 5-5 The Cave That Never Ends Lava Cave
Icon YIDS - Find the Number Ball!.png 5-6 Find the Number Ball! Lava Cave
Icon YIDS - Superhard Acrobatics.png 5-7 Superhard Acrobatics Sky
Icon YIDS - At Last Bowser's Castle!.png 5-8 At Last, Bowser's Castle! Space/Castle
Icon YIDS - Secret5.png 5-Secret Yoshi's Island Easter Eggs Castle
Icon YIDS - Extra5.png 5-Extra Quit it Already, Tap-Tap! Sky/Plains
Icon YIDS - Slot.png 5-Bonus Slot Bonus Challenge


Playable characters[edit]

Yoshi Description
Green Yoshi YIDS.png
Green Yoshi
Green Yoshi is playable in the first level of each world, as well as the final stage, At Last, Bowser's Castle, making him the most played as Yoshi in the game. In the final battle against Bowser, he carries Baby Mario.
PinkYoshi YIDS.png
Pink Yoshi
Pink Yoshi is played as in each world's second stage. It also appears in the final battle against Bowser, where Baby Peach rides it.
LightBlueYoshi YIDS.png
Light Blue Yoshi
Light Blue Yoshi appears as a playable character in the third level of each world.
YellowYoshi YIDS.png
Yellow Yoshi
Yellow Yoshi is playable in the fourth stage in each world. These stages are always castles and have boss battles. It is also present in the final battle against Bowser, where it carries Baby DK. Yellow Yoshi is more present at boss battles than any other Yoshi.
PurpleYoshi YIDS.png
Purple Yoshi
Purple Yoshi is played as in the fifth stage in each world. It is also the fourth and final Yoshi present in the ultimate battle with Bowser, where Baby Wario rides on its back.
OrangeYoshi YIDS.png
Orange Yoshi
Orange Yoshi is used in the sixth stage of each world.
RedYoshi YIDS.png
Red Yoshi
Red Yoshi is played as in the seventh level of each world.
BlueYoshi YIDS.png
Blue Yoshi
Blue Yoshi is played as in the eighth and final level of each world. However, World 5 is the exception, where Yoshi takes its place, making Blue Yoshi the least played as Yoshi in the game.
BlackYoshi YIDS.png
Black Yoshi
Black Yoshi is played as in each world's Secret Level.
WhiteYoshi YIDS.png
White Yoshi
White Yoshi is played as in the Extra Level of each world.


New to the sequel at certain spots are Stork Stops, which let Yoshis change babies, providing different unique abilities. All four hidden babies in order can be unlocked by completing boss levels of the Adventure Mode.

Baby First Level Appearance Description
Baby Mario Yoshi's Island DS.png
Baby Mario
Ba-dum BUM! M Blocks become tangible, providing stepping stones. A Yoshi can also dash at a faster speed, allowing the Yoshi to escape from certain enemies, such as Shark Chomps and slowly collapsing ceilings. Yoshi can flutter jump normally. The eggs bounce off walls.
Baby Peach Yoshi's Island DS.png
Baby Peach
Catch the Breeze With Baby Peach's parasol, Yoshi is able to flutter further and a bit higher. Baby Peach's parasol can also be used to catch wind currents. The eggs do not bounce off walls.
Baby DK YIDS Sprite.png
Baby DK
Baby DK, the Jungle King! Baby DK can climb vines and chains, carrying Yoshi with him. He can also do a DK Dash Attack, defeating most enemies. The eggs do not bounce, but they go faster and create a miniature explosion that can grab more coins, defeat enemies, or activate winged clouds.
YIDS-Baby Wario Sprite.PNG
Baby Wario
Heeeeeeere's Wario! Baby Wario is accompanied by a magnet that attracts coins facing it (even through solid walls) and can move Magnet Blocks and Magnet Platforms. The eggs bounce off walls.
Baby Bowser YIDS Sprite.png
Baby Bowser
Friend or Foe? Baby Bowser can breathe fire, but Yoshi cannot swallow any enemies, meaning he cannot make eggs (although Yoshi can collect eggs). A fire blast often is the equivalent of an egg, being able to break winged clouds and destroy dirt walls as well as melting ice, but the blasts do not bounce off walls.

Other characters[edit]

Character Description
Stork YIDS Sprite.png
The Stork appears at Stork Stops, where he brings the babies to the Yoshis.
BabyLuigi - YIDS.png
Baby Luigi
The only NPC baby, reprising his role from previous games, Baby Luigi is taken hostage and must be rescued.

Normal enemies[edit]

These enemies can also be seen in the Island Museum after they are hit by eggs (even if the eggs do not defeat them) in the actual levels.

Airborne enemies[edit]

Enemy Description
CloudDrop YIDS.png
Cloud Drop
Cloud Drops are small, weak enemies that fly in a set horizontal or vertical pattern.
Fang YIDS.png
Fangs are common cave enemies. They are usually stationary, but if Yoshi approaches them, they attempt to fly into him.
FlightlessGoonie YIDS.png
Flightless Goonie
Flightless Goonies move quickly. They can be encountered normally or if Yoshi eats and spits a normal Goonie.
Goonie YIDS.png
Goonies drop enemies, including Shy Guys and bombs, onto Yoshi. If a Goonie is eaten and spat out, it becomes a Flightless Goonie. Yoshi can ride it.
Gusty YIDS.png
Gusties are fast, flying enemies that move in one direction. They are encountered usually in athletic levels.
YIDS Baron von Zeppelin.png
Item Balloon
Item Balloons drop bombs or Needlenoses. Some, however, carry helpful items including keys or Giant Eggs.
Lakitu YIDS.png
Lakitus throw Spiny Eggs at Yoshi. They can be jumped onto to be defeated, and this allows Yoshi to use their cloud.
Rocket Guy
Shy Guys ride on rockets that can harm Yoshi. When Yoshi is Rocket Yoshi, they must be avoided.
YIDS Wall Lakitu.png
Wall Lakitu
Wall Lakitus hide in walls rather than clouds and throw Spiny Eggs at Yoshi.

Aquatic enemies[edit]

Enemy Description
Bloopers periodically jump from the water. They do not turn into an egg when swallowed.
BigCheepCheep YIDS.png
Boss Bass
Boss Bass tries to leap out the water to swallow Yoshi. If the Yoshi is swallowed, it loses a life. Yoshi cannot defeat this enemy.
Egg-enut dangles a fake Yoshi's Egg. If Yoshi comes close, it starts flailing. Egg-enuts can be stunned if Yoshi throws an egg at it.
CheepCheep YIDS.png
Flopsy Fish
Flopsy Fish swim in patterns, but some jump from the water.
LungeFish YIDS.png
Lunge Fish
Lunge Fish hide in the water. If Yoshi approaches them, they attempt to swallow the Yoshi. If the Yoshi is swallowed, it loses a life. Lunge Fish can be stunned with eggs.
Nep-Enut DS.png
Nep-Enuts rise from the water and block Yoshi's path. Shooting an egg at them causes them to lower, allowing Yoshi to pass.
YIDS Red Pirate Guy.pngYIDS Blue Pirate Guy.pngYIDS Green Pirate Guy.pngYIDS Yellow Pirate Guy.png
Pirate Guy
Pirate Guys act the same way as Shy Guys; they walk into Yoshi. Some Pirate Guys are found in stacks. Pirate Guys can be spawned from pipes, providing Yoshi some eggs.
YIDS White Piscatory Pete.pngYIDS Yellow Piscatory Pete.png
Piscatory Pete
Only the Submarine can encounter Piscatory Pete. The blue ones swim forwards and the gold ones pursue Yoshi, though both stop periodically.
SprayFish YIDS.png
Spray Fish
Spray Fish spray water temporarily at Yoshi and block his path.
YIDS Red Toober Guy.pngYIDS Blue Toober Guy.pngYIDS Green Toober Guy.pngYIDS Yellow Toober Guy.png
Toober Guy
Toober Guys are floating Shy Guys. They are usually stationary enemies.

Botanical enemies[edit]

Enemy Description
YIDS Blow Hard.png
Blow Hard
Blow Hards fire Needlenoses at Yoshi. A thrown egg stuns it, but it cannot be defeated.
BungeePiranha YIDS.png
Bungee Piranha
Bungee Piranhas fall from the ceiling and grab Yoshi.
YIDS White Crazee Dayzee.pngYIDS Yellow Crazee Dayzee.png
Crazee Dayzee
Crazee Dayzees walk slowly into Yoshi. If a Crazee Dayzee is spat out, they are only defeated if they collide into another enemy.
Drool Hard
Drool Hards drop Needlenoses onto Yoshi.
EggoDill YIDS.png
Eggo-Dils fire their petals in five directions. If Yoshi ground pounds near one, all its petals fall, although they eventually respawn.
Hanging Blow Hard
Hanging Blow Hards spit Needlenoses that descend the vine.
YIDS Needlenose.png
Needlenoses are projectiles from various enemies.
YIDS Egg-Plant.png
Sanbo Flowers
Sanbo Flowers spit out Needlenoses. They attack only when Yoshi does not have the maximum eggs.
NipperPlant YIDS.png
Nipper Plant
Nipper Plants are spawned when Nipper Spores touch solid ground. They walk slowly into Yoshi.
NipperDandelion YIDS.png
Nipper Dandelion
Nipper Dandelions hold Nipper Spores which are released from wind gusts.
NipperSpore YIDS.png
Nipper Spore
Nipper Spores turn into Nipper Plants when they touch solid ground. They do not yield an egg when swallowed.
Piranha Plant
Piranha Plants grow larger when Yoshi approaches them. They bite Yoshi, but they spit him out after a few seconds.
Pointey YIDS.png
Pointeys rise from the ground when Yoshi approaches them. They are harmless, although stepping on them, throwing eggs at them, or using Baby DK's charge defeats them.
WildPtooiePiranha YIDS.png
Wild Ptooie Piranha
Wild Ptooie Piranhas spit Needlenoses at Yoshi. They need to be hit by an egg three times to be defeated.
Windbags blow gusts of winds, pushing Yoshi. If hit by egg, they shrink for a short time. They can also blow Nipper Dandelions, releasing Nipper Spores.

Giant enemies[edit]

Enemy Description
Bound Wanwan
Bound Wanwan bounce in a set pattern, either back and forth or up and down.
YIDS Tall Gargantua Blargg Sprite.png
Gargantua Blargg
Gargantua Blarggs are tall enemies that rise out of the lava. They can destroy certain rock platforms.
IncomingChomp YIDS.png
Incoming Chomp
Incoming Chomps are found in the background. If they spot Yoshi, they leap into the foreground, where they plow through the ground.
ChompShark YIDS.png
Shark Chomp
Shark Chomps chase a Yoshi, destroying the ground. Baby Mario is required to outrun a Shark Chomp. Shark Chomps stop chasing Yoshi when they bite a hard object, which causes their teeth to crack and get defeated.
Super Big Tap-Tap
Super Big Tap-Taps roll after Yoshi, destroying platforms in their way. Baby Mario is required to outrun a Super Big Tap-Tap.

Haunted House enemies[edit]

Enemy Description
BigBoo YIDS.png
Big Boo
Big Boos float into Yoshi. They only attack when Yoshi's back is turned and if an eggs is deflected off a wall at it, it is defeated.
Boo YIDS.png
Boos float into Yoshi. They only attack when Yoshi's back is turned and if an eggs is deflected off a wall at it, it is defeated.
BooGuy YIDS.png
Boo Guy
Boo Guys float into Yoshi. If Yoshi doesn't have a full amount of eggs they can spawn from certain pipes. If spat out, Boo Guys continue rolling until they hit a wall.
FlightlessSkeletonGoonie YIDS.png
Flightless Skeleton Goonie
Flightless Skeleton Goonies run into Yoshi.
YIDS Invisighoul Chair.pngYIDS Invisighoul Flower Pot.pngYIDS Invisighoul Table.png
Invisighoul‎s throw furniture at Yoshi. They cannot be defeated, although the furniture they throw can be eaten and turned into eggs.
YIDS Potted Ghost.pngYIDS Upside-down Potted Ghost.png
Potted Ghost
Potted Ghosts rise from their pots. If their pots are hit by an egg, it flips over and can then be used as a platform.
GhostPiranha YIDS.png
Polterpiranha try to eat Yoshi, and then spit him out a few seconds later. An egg is required to defeat them.
SkeletonGoonie YIDS.png
Skeleton Goonie
Skeleton Goonies drop bombs onto Yoshi. If Yoshi jumps on one, it becomes a Flightless Skeleton Goonie.

Land enemies[edit]

Enemy Description
YIDS Bandit.png
Bandits run into a Yoshi and stealing the baby it is carrying. It takes three jumps, a ground pound or Baby DK's charge attack to defeat them.
YIDS Beach Koopa.png
Beach Koopa
Beach Koopas walk into Yoshi. If they encounter an empty Koopa shell, they jump into it to become a Koopa Troopa.
Bumpties bounce a Yoshi away if it touches him. They cannot be swallowed.
Burt Brother
Burt Brothers bounce into Yoshi. They cannot be eaten. A ground pound is required to defeat them.
YIDS Blue Crabble.pngYIDS Green Crabble.pngYIDS Red Crabble.png
Crabbles walk into Yoshi. They require three eggs to be defeated.
Debulls charge into Yoshi. If they hit a wall they are briefly stunned. The only way to defeat one is to lead it off a cliff.
Fleepers jump onto a Yoshi's back and steal the baby it is carrying.
GreenGlove YIDS.png
Green Glove
Green Gloves throw eggs at Yoshi. It takes three jumps, a ground pound or Baby DK's charge attack to defeat them.
KoopaTroopaRed YIDS.png
Koopa Troopa
Koopas walk into Yoshi. They cannot be eaten when they are in their shell.
KoopaParatroopaRed YIDS.png
Para-Koopas fly or walk into Yoshi. If they are jumped on they become normal Koopas.
Slugger YIDS.png
Sluggers bat eggs at Yoshi. It takes three jumps or a ground pound to defeat them.
Snap Jaw
Snap Jaws descend down vines to hit Yoshi.
YIDS Gray Tap-Tap.pngYIDS Orange Tap-Tap.png
Tap-Taps walk into Yoshi. The pink ones walk off platforms, but the gray ones turn around when they reach the edge of one.
YIDS Grinder.png
Ukikis are harmless monkeys and prefer to flee away from Yoshi.

Shy Guy enemies[edit]

Enemy Description
DacingSpearGuy YIDS.png
Dancing Spear Guy
Dancing Spear Guys jump into Yoshi. Yoshi can also lose Baby Mario if he touches their spears.
YIDS Red Fat Guy.pngYIDS Green Fat Guy.png
Fat Guy
Fat Guys walk into Yoshi. If they are jumped on they start running. Fat Guys yield larger eggs if swallowed.
FlyGuy YIDS.png
Fly Guy
Fly Guys do not attack Yoshi, instead they carry items like Red Coins.
YIDS Red Glide Guy.pngYIDS Blue Glide Guy.pngYIDS Green Glide Guy.pngYIDS Yellow Glide Guy.png
Glide Guy
Glide Guys walk into Yoshi. If they encounter a wind current they are blown into the air.
PetalGuy YIDS.png
Petal Guy
Petal Guys walk into Yoshi. These enemies are usually disguised as flower patches and only start moving when Yoshi comes close.
YIDS Red Shy Guy.pngYIDS Blue Shy Guy.pngYIDS Green Shy Guy.pngYIDS Yellow Shy Guy.png
Shy Guy
Shy Guys walk into Yoshi. If Yoshi is low on eggs, Shy Guys can come out of certain pipes.
YIDS Red Stilt Guy.pngYIDS Blue Stilt Guy.pngYIDS Green Stilt Guy.pngYIDS Yellow Stilt Guy.png
Shy Guy on Stilts
Shy Guys on Stilts walk into Yoshi. If they are jumped on, they lose their stilts and become regular Shy Guys.
YIDS Shy Stack.png
Shy Stack
Shy Stacks do not attack Yoshi, but if one of them is eaten the ones above it fall off of the stack.
SpearGuy YIDS.png
Spear Guy
Spear Guys walk into Yoshi with their spears. They cannot be eaten from the front, so they must be eaten from behind.
YIDS Woozy Guy.png
Woozy Guy
Woozy Guys flip themselves into Yoshi.

Subterranean enemies[edit]

Enemy Description
BillBlaster YIDS.png
Bill Blaster
Bill Blasters fire Bullet Bills at Yoshi. The blasters themselves cannot harm Yoshi.
BulletBill YIDS.png
Bullet Bill
Bullet Bills are fired out of Bill Blasters to hit Yoshi. They only travel in a straight line.
DizzyDandy YIDS.png
Dizzy Dandy
Dizzy Dandies fall down and roll at Yoshi. They resemble flowers.
YIDS Gargantua Blargg.png
Gargantua Blargg
Gargantua Blarggs rise out of the lava and block Yoshi's path. If Yoshi throws an egg at them, they sink back down into the lava.
Gobblins sit on Warp Pipes blocking Yoshi's path. To defeat them Yoshi must throw six eggs at them.
YIDS Red Gooey Goon.pngYIDS Blue Gooey Goon.pngYIDS Green Gooey Goon.pngYIDS Yellow Gooey Goon.pngYIDS Purple Gooey Goon.png
Gooey Goon
Gooey Goons come down from the ceiling and swing at Yoshi.
HotLips YIDS.png
Hot Lips
Hot Lips spray lava at Yoshi. If a Yoshi touches the lava spray, he loses a life.
YIDS White Lantern Ghost.pngYIDS Red Lantern Ghost.pngYIDS Green Lantern Ghost.png
Lantern Ghost
Lantern Ghosts walk into Yoshi. If Yoshi doesn't have the full amount of eggs, Lantern Ghosts can come out of certain pipes.
LavaBubble YIDS.png
Lava Bubble
Lava Bubbles jump out of lava. If they are eaten Yoshi can spit them out three times to kill any enemy.
Kounbaba YIDS.png
Red Blargg
Red Blarggs come out of the lava and hitting Yoshi.
Zeus Guy YIDS.png
Scorchits shoot fire at Yoshi. This fire is able to melt ice.


As in the original game, each world has two castles, with a boss battle taking place in each. Kamek uses his magic to enlarge common enemies.

Boss Description
YIDS Burt Bros.png
Big Burt Bros.
The Big Burt Bros. try to jump onto Yoshi. They must be hit by an egg six times to be defeated.
YIDS Gilbert the Gooey.png
Gilbert the Gooey
Gilbert the Gooey springs up and down and then swinging from side to side. All the spheres on Gilbert must be destroyed for him to be beaten.
YIDS Hector the Reflector.png
Hector the Reflector
Hector floats into Yoshi. He must be hit by an egg six times to be defeated.
YIDS Big Bungee Piranha.png
Big Bungee Piranha
Big Bungee Piranha lunges down at Yoshi and eating him. When he is about to lunge down a cursor appears, a Chomp Rock must be moved to this cursor so Big Bungee Piranha's tongue is exposed. The tongue must be hit three times for Big Bungee Piranha to be defeated.
YIDS Bessie Bass Sprite.png
Bessie Bass
Bessie Bass jumps out of the water and tries to eat Yoshi. Yoshi must throw an egg at Bessie Bass' lips three times to defeat her.
YIDS Priscilla the Peckish.png
Priscilla the Peckish
Priscilla jumps out of her hole at Yoshi. Yoshi must hit her with an egg three times to defeat her.
YIDS Six-Face Sal.png
Six-Face Sal
Six-Face Sal spits Needlenoses at Yoshi. Yoshi must hit Six-Face Sal three times to defeat him.
YIDS Big Guy the Stilted.png
Big Guy the Stilted
Big Guy the Stilted tries to push Yoshi into lava. Yoshi must hit him into lava and then ground pound him three times to defeat him.
Moltz YIDS.png
Moltz the Very Goonie
Moltz the Very Goonie tries to land on Yoshi. Yoshi must ground pound his head three times to defeat him.
Baby Bowser YIDS Sprite.png
Baby Bowser
Baby Bowser ground pounds the floor. Yoshi must throw eggs at him three times to defeat him.
Bowser jumps around and spits fireballs. Yoshi must hit him with Giant Eggs and then ground pound him. After three hits Bowser becomes giant and Yoshi must throw Giant Eggs into his face three times to defeat him.

Similarities to Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

  • The first piece of the first level of World 1 is same as the one from the previous game.
  • In Spear Guys' Village Found!, there is a bush near the goal roulette containing a Shy Guy. If Yoshi passes through the bush without defeating the Shy Guy first, a Bandit swaps it out for Baby Mario, whom he tries to run off with. The Shy Guy stays on Yoshi's back until he grabs Baby Mario back from the Bandit.
  • The first mid-boss battle contains a Burt Brother.
  • The first world boss is a blob-like creature.
  • Parts of both first world bosses can be eaten by Yoshi.
  • The second mid-boss is a ghost whose size changes throughout the battle.
  • The third mid-boss is an aquatic enemy capable of eating Yoshi.
  • The jungle world boss is a Piranha Plant, and Nipper Plants are present during the battle.
  • At least one world boss is a completely unique species, not based off of any particular enemy in the game.
  • The fourth World Boss is a giant variation of an enemy that appeared in earlier levels.
  • In the fifth world, there's a boss that is a bird enemy.
  • There is a giant golden Tap-Tap in a possible path in Bowser's Castle.
  • The first part of each final battle is against Baby Bowser, who creates shockwaves as an attack, and the last is against a giant version of Bowser, age unconsidered, who uses falling boulders and fireballs as attacks. Also, both final final battles require the use of Giant Eggs carried into the field by Item Balloons, and Bowser's castle is destroyed during the transition to the final phase of both battles.
  • The final normal level is Bowser's Castle, and is explored by Green Yoshi instead of Blue Yoshi.

References to other games[edit]

References in later games[edit]


Main article: List of Yoshi's Island DS staff

Yoshi's Island DS was developed by the company Artoon, instead of Nintendo EAD like other Yoshi games were. The game was directed by Hidetoshi Takeshita and the lead programmer was Yuki Hatakeyama. Takashi Tezuka, served as one of the senior producers of the game, with Naoto Ohshima being the other one.


Yoshi's Island DS received mainly positive reviews from critics. It was praised for having similar gameplay to its predecessor, as well as the artwork, although the gameplay's being too similar to its predecessor is frequently cited. Some critics also considered it the best portable Yoshi game released.

In a positive review, Craig Harris of IGN has praised the game for its design.[3]. He has described the game more of a nostalgic reminder of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island rather than an advancement of the series. As a result, he suggested that the designs stuck too close to original formula, ruining surprises for veteran players of Yoshi's Island. He praised the different babies, although he felt that Baby Wario "was a last-minute edition and not tested properly". Although he noted that the dual screen gave the players a bigger view, but criticized the blind spot between the dual screens.

Tom Bramwell of Eurogamer was reluctant to praise Yoshi's Island DS in the same way as Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, as he considered the game to be a "distended version of Yoshi". He acknowledges Artoon's effort in the game and the variety of babies and levels. He also criticizes the developers' abuse of the blind spot between the two screens and that the developers failed to establish trust for the player to explore. He finally stated that "Artoon is cribbing from the same notes. It's a shame, because there are times when you catch glimpses of the sort of thing the Japanese team is really capable of[...]."

Yoshi's Island DS was placed 46 on Gamesradar's Top 50 DS games. The small feature called it a fresh and new experience, a beautiful 2D world, and that they'd never tire of playing the game.[4]

Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Nintendo DS Tom Bramwell, Eurogamer 7/10 "The problem is that it's a sensation that you felt all the time in Yoshi's Island. You gave up counting the ways. Counting them here would result in a much smaller number, like, ooh..."
Nintendo DS Frank Provo, Gamespot 9.1/10 "It's hard to top a masterpiece, but that's just what Nintendo and Artoon have done with Yoshi's Island DS. By incorporating one major new feature and leaving everything else alone, they've produced a sequel that seems fresh and new while remaining every bit as awesome as the original. If you enjoy side-scrolling platformers, you have to play this one."
Nintendo DS Craig Harris, IGN 8/10 "Don't let the negative tone throw you -- Yoshi's Island DS is a great game. It's just a egg throw's distance away from having the same impact the original Yoshi's Island did more than a decade ago. It sets out to emulate everything that made the first game so great, and does a really good job doing that. But it runs into the problem of not doing enough to make it its own game. No huge surprises, and no significant additions to the's just a solid recreation of the Yoshi's Island elements in a two-screen-high format. It's fun and challenging with a couple of unpolished quirks."
Nintendo DS Kaes Delgrego, Nintendo Life 7/10 "As a stand-alone game, Yoshi's Island DS is an enjoyable platformer. But to compare it to the SNES classic would be akin to comparing Sean Lennon to his father: expecting him to live up to the walrus would be entirely unrealistic."
Nintendo DS Tom East, Official Nintendo Magazine 87% "Yoshi's Island DS might be too similar to the first game, but that's not entirely a bad thing - the original was amazing and so is this. One of the best platformers on the DS."
Compiler Platform / Score
Metacritic 81
GameRankings 81.15%


In its first week in Japan, the game sold approximately 300,000 copies. As of March 31, 2008 Yoshi's Island DS has sold 2.91 million copies worldwide.[5]


Soundx.png It has been suggested that audio and/or video file(s) related to this section be uploaded.
Please upload all related music, sound effects, voice clips, or any videos for this section. See the help page for information on how to get started.
Audio.svg Yoshi's Island DS - Title screen theme
File infoMedia:Yoshi island ds title theme.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Yoshi's Island DS.

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

Main article: List of Yoshi's Island DS pre-release and unused content
  • Yoshi's Island DS, initially titled Yoshi's Island 2, was originally going to be compatible with Nintendo Wi-Fi. This was scrapped from the game for unknown reasons.
  • Early screenshots showcasing a battle with Big Guy the Stilted seemed to suggest that Big Guy was once going to be organic, as he had no patches on him in that picture (although one patch is visible near his right foot, which may mean his graphics were slightly incomplete).

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヨッシーアイランドDS
Yosshī Airando DS
Yoshi Island DS
Spanish Yoshi's Island DS -
French Yoshi's Island DS -
Korean 요시 아일랜드 DS
Yosi Aillaendeu DS
Yoshi Island DS
Chinese (Traditional) 耀西之島DS[6]
Yàoxī Zhīdǎo DS
Yoshi's Island DS


  • The box art shows Baby Bowser riding Yellow Yoshi, and Baby Wario riding Light Blue Yoshi; they do not ride these Yoshis in the game other than when Baby Wario is in the final boss fight, however. This is because the babies are only playable in the last four levels on the world map, as opposed to the Yoshis they ride, which are in the first four.


Yoshi's Island DS coverage on other NIWA wikis: