Yoshi's Wooly World
In January 2013 Nintendo announced during one of the online direct videos with a small trailer that a new Yoshi 2D/3D Side-scrolling platformer called Yarn Yoshi was on its way in 2014 for the Wii U, from the same team who made Kirby’s Epic Yarn on the Wii. At this year’s E3 we were finally told of the games official name – Yoshi’s Wooly World and due for release in early 2015.
Using a similar art style to Kirby’s Epic Yarn, the characters and world are all made of wool. Visually the game is very cartoonish but with so much detail you can make out individual strands of wool, there has been a lot of effort into making use of the wool theme and it shows in the gameplay as well. With Takashi Tezuka the director of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island and Yoshi’s Story (one of my favorite games ever made) on Nintendo 64, is supervising the development of the game at Good-Feel, and the game being the first home console Yoshi video game since the release of Yoshi’s Story in 1998 you know the end result is going to be something special.
Yoshi uses his tongue to swallow enemies just like always but this time instead of eggs they turn into balls of wool he carries behind him, they have multiple uses such as throwing at enemies tying them up in wool, creating platforms to climb up to so you can proceed through levels, creating Mario warp pipes, solving puzzles or finding hidden secrets. Yoshi will have the capability of using woolen transformations to progress through the game one example we have seen Yoshi can transform his legs into wheels. Collecting gems seems to be the main collectable in the game, along with flowers and clouds making an appearance once again
Another great addition, but not surprising given Nintendo latest platforming adventures is the ability to play two player co-op. You can actually swallow your partners Yoshi to solve certain puzzles by shooting them too hard to reach places or spit them at enemies! The puzzles are similar to the Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light or The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords games to make the experience rely more on team work. The game will also support Nintendo’s Amiibo figurines! So, who doesn’t want to own a Wooly Yoshi?
Overall expect to see the same type of gameplay we expect from this game, there is no time limit, it’s a rather play at your own pace style of game and the enemies are not that threatening but I’m sure as we get closer to release Nintendo will some us some more gameplay options that differ this game from the previous Yoshi games with Takashi Tezuka promising the game with be a challenge as you progress and especially if you want to find all the collectables.