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Wii U’s missing Yarn Yoshi still exists, gets a new name, trailer, more details

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Posted on June 10, 2014 AT 09:53am

While some Wii U owners wondered about the status of the previously-announced Yoshi’s Yarn, Nintendo re-revealed the game this morning with a new title and some new details.

Now called Yoshi’s Woolly World, the game is a collaboration between Nintendo and Japanese developer Good-Feel. Nintendo originally went to Good-Feel asking them to make a new game that would serve as a thematically follow-up of sorts to Kirby’s Epic Yarn, using various kinds of yarns and fabrics to make a new kind of Yoshi game.

It was a challenging goal, and the team found that creating characters and enemies out of single strands of yarn just wasn’t hitting the impressive visuals they wanted. Instead, they decided to use piles of yarn to build the world and its inhabitants—of course, that presented its own challenges. In fact, the team actually ended up making real-life characters out of yarn in order to try to get a feel for how everything in the game should (or could) look.

One major gameplay feature talked about for Woolly World is its two-player mode, where players can work together to overcome the game’s various challenges. An interesting part of this mode? One Yoshi can swallow the other, then spit him out to attack enemies or reach otherwise impossible areas.

Kirby’s Woolly World will be hitting the Wii U in 2015.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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