Whenever I ask my friends and fellow gamers who the cutest character is in the Super Mario series, the majority of them answer, “Yoshi” (I would like to add that the majority of these people are male). So it comes as no surprise that when you play a game that contains everything made of wool, it makes you squeal with delight.
Yoshi’s Woolly World begins with the Magikoopa wizard Kamek ambushing Craft World – where the clan of the woolly yoshis reside. He turns all the yoshis into yarn pieces, apart from two. It is up to Green and Red Yoshi to rescue all the yarn pieces to rebuild all the Yoshis and defeat Kamek (no spoilers).
There are 6 worlds to complete, each with around 8 levels to complete (54 levels in total if you include the unlockable stages). Each level consists of 5 Yoshi yarn pieces to collect. If you collect all of them, you knit a yoshi back together. While you can collect plain coloured Yoshis, you can also collect patterned Yoshis, such as Flower Yoshi and Cookie Yoshi. Also, you can pick with colour/patterned Yoshi you want to play as once you’ve knitted them back together.
It’s also worth noting that – as always with Nintendo – Yoshi’s Woolly World is compatible with amiibos, meaning you can unlock costumes by simple placing your amiibo on the game pad (I’m not 100% sure but I believe that the Pokemon and Chibi-Robo amiibos cannot unlock costumes).
There are also Yarn Yoshi amiibos, which unlock a Double Yoshi power-up (similar to the Double Mario power-up from Super Mario 3D World).
Other power-ups are inlcuded in this game that transform Yoshi, such as:
- Umbrella Yoshi
- Mega Yoshi
- Moto Yoshi
- Mole Yoshi
- Sky Pop Yoshi
- Mermaid Yoshi
which makes Yoshi look adorable.
Once thing that I always Nintendo for is being able to add in the little things that make the games seem…much more fun compared to other games (not that I’m saying Nintendo on their own are the games I’ve had the most fun with. I’m just pointing it out as an observation). With Yoshi’s Woolly World, there a few of said little things. One of them is when Yoshi runs in a straight line, his feet transform into wheels. Other thing is that when Yoshi glides to give him that extra reach (as he has been able to do in previous games), his feet turn into a propeller. There are a lot more, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.
In co-op mode, you are able to ‘eat’ your friend and turn them into a yarn ball (don’t worry, they can turn back into normal). You’re able to hit them too if you really feel like being a troll (you can even push them off edges and turn them into a flying Yoshi egg to completely sabotage them). I’ve also noticed that when the two are pressed up against eachother (careful now), their noses…smush together (for lack of a better word).
While this game has been compared to Kirby’s Epic Yarn, this is no doubt a cute and colourful game. Nintendo does add the little things to the game to make it that much better, but I also feel that Nintendo create games that are aimed at being a joy to play – nothing too serious (the majority of the time). While the storyline follows the deconstruction of fellow yoshis (which if it happened to me, I’d be panicking and running all around the place), this game does have a calming and playful atmosphere. And it seems to encourage playing with someone else, even if it’s a friend, or a partner or maybe even a parent (it’ll be easy for the non-gamers too).
I believe that Nintendo do encourage the sharing of gaming experience with others to have much more fun and I have no doubt in my mind that Yoshi’s Woolly World is no exception.
- Yoshi’s Woolly World is available on the Wii U. It was released on June 26th this year (The PAL region got it first – sorry!).
- Yoshi’s Woolly World was released yesterday (16th October) for USA so I imagine there will be plenty of American let’s players uploading videos soon if they have not done so already. If not, I’ve seen plenty on YouTube.
- Check out the E3 2014 trailer here.
- Check out the E3 2015 trailer here.
- Check out the World Launch trailer here.
Thanks as always for reading – hope you enjoyed! Feel free to leave likes and comments. And, remember kids – not all games have to violent to be enjoyable (in case you can’t tell, I’m trying to be witty and funny. It doesn’t always work).