E3 – Yoshi's Woolly World Hands-On Preview

Even in its very early stages, Yoshi’s Woolly World does something very special: it’s painfully cute. Fortunately, the game itself plays pretty well. In our time with the demo, resident Twinfiknight Yamilia and I played co-operatively through one of the first levels. This was a problem as we refused to play co-operatively, instead opting for just gratuitously throwing each other in every direction and sometimes off the map. Still, that’s all part of the fun, either helping or hindering your friend.

Aside from that though, as a single-player experience, Yoshi’s Woolly World is still a treat. In its current state, it’s pretty similar to your standard Yoshi’s Island although with some new special mechanics to spruce things up a yarn aesthetic, which is just beautiful. In person, the yarn designs flow very smoothly and crochet a beautiful world just waiting to be unraveled.

There is plenty to love about the Yoshi’s Island series, as Matt Kim on staff reviewed the latest one and really enjoyed it. However, it could still be argued that Yoshi games haven’t enjoyed as many significant changes to its formula as many of Nintendo’s other series have enjoyed. It’s a great formula that still works very well from what I played of Woolly World, but Yoshi’s Island seems to be the series that has evolved the least. Naturally, it’s great news to see that instead of eggs, Yoshi now produces balls of yarn which have more purposes than just attacking.

The most comfortable way to die.

The most comfortable way to die.

In Yoshi’s Wooly World, you play as Yoshi with the ability to stuff your mouth with enemies or your fellow Yoshi friends to use as projectiles to solve puzzles, reveal platforms, and attack enemies. As Yoshi turns enemies into balls of yarn, the most significant change to the game’s formula is that some platforms can actually be created out of the yarn. While we played a very early and simple stage, the demo gave a taste for the possibilities in store. Assuming, the developers at Good-Feel really take advantage of this for a more challenging and satisfying experience, Yoshi’s Woolly World is sure to be the best in the series.

It’s great fun, and it all flows even better on the Wii U with smooth visual effects like Yoshi constantly transforming into a ton of different little crochet things purely for aesthetic purposes. Among these transformations are the abilities to flatten yourself into some sort of hammer when slamming down on the ground or twisting like a helicopter to hover in the air.

We’ll be sure to let you know as more information on Yoshi’s Woolly World is revealed on its way to release sometime early 2015 for the Nintendo Wii U. Until then, start practicing your crochet skills and show us your homemade Yoshis. We will love you for it. If you haven’t already, check out the announcement trailer shown during Nintendo Direct!

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