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YoshiandbabymarioNintendo has updated their online press room with a metric assload of new information about nearly every new game the company revealed earlier this month at E3.  Mixed in with all of the "TBA" notices and concept art are some new details about some highly anticipated games.  For example, now we know the storyline behind Yoshi's Island 2 for the Nintendo DS.  Cross your fingers and behold!

A mysterious floating island has suddenly appeared over peaceful Yoshi's Island. Soon after its arrival, a gaggle of kids vanishes from the island school. Thankfully, Baby Mario, Baby Peach and Baby Donkey Kong manage to avoid being kidnapped. Now, Yoshi and the three young superstars must set out on a wild and colorful quest to rescue the kids and investigate the ominous island hovering overhead.

While the story element wasn't a major force in the original Yoshi's Island, it did provide some helpful framing elements, so it's good to see a little thought put into the story for the sequel (unlike Kirby's upcoming DS adventure that features this plot: "When someone steals some strawberry shortcake, the pink powerhouse sets out after them, learning new skills.").  I'm just thankful that Yoshi's Island has managed to avoid being transformed into a book yet again (two of Yoshi's four major games feature that plot gimmick if you're keeping score).  Now if we can just avoid the DS "magic pen" claptrap and overplayed light/dark world dynamics, everything will be fine.