Nintendo's first big game of 2019 is an adorable romp with a beloved Mario character


Like so many two-dimensional Super Mario games before it, “Yoshi’s Crafted World” is a left-to-right platformer where you’ll navigate Yoshi past enemies and over pits to a finish line.

Along the way, there’s loads of stuff to collect, puzzles to solve, secrets to be found, and enemies to be gobbled.

It is, in so many words, a classic Mario-like game — you move from left to right with the intent of reaching a goal.

The twist with Yoshi is how he moves, which is dramatically different from how Mario, Luigi, or other classic Mario characters move. Holding down the jump button, for instance, keeps Yoshi in the air for an extra second or two — a crucial difference in how Yoshi gets over deadly drops.