was a big fan of Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble, which pioneered the tilting gameplay that powers Yoshi Topsy-Turvy. However, this is not simply just a rehash of that title with a Yoshi makeover. In essence, this is an SNES-era platformer, albeit one that manages to breathe new life into the genre with some fresh mechanics.
Here are the basics: you control Yoshi in the conventional manner, with the d-pad and face buttons. However, the real novelty comes from influencing the environment with the cartridge’s tilt sensor. You can swing giant pendulums, roll huge rocks back and forth, unroll platforms, guide a sinking balloon towards coins, and many other cool tricks. You can also tilt the board to allow Yoshi to walk up walls or slide down icy slopes.
All in all, it’s a neat trick. Nintendo is really making an effort, in big and small ways, to change the way we play games, and this is another inventive example. Topsy-Turvy will certainly make you approach traditional platforming from a fresh perspective. I just wish as much thought had gone into the level designs, which are, for the most part, pretty standard fare. Still, with the dearth of quality GBA titles on the market, this should be one of the year’s highlights for the system.