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.