Mario’s faithful dino buddy is back is his first adventure on the Wii U in “Yoshi’s Wooly World.” Similar to the “Kirby Epic Yarn” game or “LittleBigPlanet,” Yoshi and his pals are now getting the “Yarn” treatment, and it is adorable. “Yoshi’s Wooly World” is 2D platforming game similar to the older games in the series but everything looks like it is made out of cloth and yarn.
The appeal of “Yoshi’s Wooly World” is apparent right from the start. The graphics are bright and colorful, and the yarn texture that everything has is quite charming. Everything looks gorgeous and the music is fun and upbeat like most Nintendo games. Nintendo is known for having quality controls and “Yoshi’s Wooly World” is no different. The platforming action is tight and concise, and there are tons of secrets to find if you are willing to look. If you played the past “Yoshi’s Adventure” games or the SNES “Super Mario World” the gameplay will feel very familiar. You can play “Yoshi’s Wooly World” very casually which is great for kids and newcomers, but if you are looking for a real challenge you can find all the collectibles in each of the levels which can be quite difficult at times to master each level. If you are having trouble finding everything in a level you can switch to “Mellow Mode” which gives Yoshi wings and makes the game incredibly easy. A lot of the collectibles and secrets are very well hidden, it’s a good thing Yoshi has a new dog companion named Poochie, he is delightfully cute and will help you by sniffing out treasure and secrets but he comes at a price of 5,000 gems but his help is worth it. There are other cool abilities that can be bought with gems, like the ability to see hidden items, if you are willing to put the time in you can find all the secrets in every level.
The things you can do are very similar to the other “Yoshi’s Adventure” games. Yoshi can shoot out his tongue to eat enemies, fire eggs, and float in the air. There are some additions to the gameplay formula thanks to the yarn aesthetic. You can use Yoshi’s tongue to pull out threads that will expose secret treasures and alternative routes. Yoshi being made of yarn changes the game in other ways because he can change his body to suit many different environments. If he is on ice he can turn his feet into skates, he gets a propeller when he is underwater, turns into a motorcycle and even uses an umbrella in certain parts.
My favorite transformation comes from the use of “Amiibos.” You can use the “Yoshi’s Wooly World” Amiibo to create a second Yoshi to help you or tap your other character Amiibos, such as Mario, to make Yoshi look like he is wearing a Mario outfit. This also works with most of the other Amiibos like Link, Samus and many more. It’s not a ground breaking way to use Amiibos but it is really cute to see Yoshi dressed up like other famous Nintendo characters.
Another great addition to “Yoshi’s Wooly World” is for the first time ever in a Yoshi’s game you can play two players cooperatively. Just like the other Nintendo platforming games, if you play with a friend you can choose to work together or mess with your friends by eating them and throwing them in pits. The co-op isn’t the best ever but it is a lot of fun and can lead to some great laughs.
Overall I loved “Yoshi’s Wooly World” it’s incredibly charming to play and beautiful to look at. The gameplay is similar to other games in the series but it has some new casual play elements. Just like most Nintendo games it is easy to play and hard to master. If you like platforming games you will love the outstanding gameplay of “Yoshi’s Wooly World” it’s one of the best family friendly platforming games and one of the best and most fun Wii U games so far.
Robbie Vanderveken is the digital operations specialist at The Times Leader. E-mail him at [email protected]
System: Wii U
Rated: E for Everyone: Mild Cartoon Violence
Genre: Platformer Developer: Nintendo