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The First Screen You See When You Start The New Yoshi's Island

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I don't remember any other Nintendo games starting with the above message, but, hey, sure, Nintendo. Why not? I've rated a level or two in Assassin's Creed. I've agreed to let my crash bugs be sent back to Microsoft. I just never thought that you, Nintendo, would need to see my gameplay data to make better games. World changed!

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That screen appears when you first boot up Yoshi's New Island, the mid-March release for the 3DS. (I got an early copy.)

If players agree to share their data, the 3DS will upload it over the Internet from time to time... I guess. It's not obvious when this happens or even if it happens while you're playing. Maybe it happens when you least expect it.

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After that screen goes away, the game begins to look a little more like a Yoshi's Island!

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Hooray! It's the happiest gaming series around (sorry, Kirby).

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Yoshi's back. All of the different-colored Yoshis are. They're collecting coins and flowers and carrying baby Mario everywhere from left to right again and again. These Yoshis are even posing so I can take photos of them with my iPhone.

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I'm only in world two of the game, so far. Two art styles so far. I like them.

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This level here? I perfected it. See those coins in the shot above? I already grabbed them during an earlier playthrough. You can't know that, but I bet Nintendo does...I hope it helps them develop their future games. Use that intel to make a new Metroid side-scroller, maybe?

To contact the author of this post, write to stephentotilo@kotaku.com or find him on Twitter @stephentotilo.

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DISCUSSION

I honestly think this is one of the ugliest games Nintendo's ever put out. I'm sure it looks better in motion, but yeesh.