Yoshi returns in a brand new platforming adventure that sees him use familiar powers to traverse a unique landscape made of yarn.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Yoshi games and after Yoshi’s New Island left a sour taste in my mouth earlier this year, I was happy to see that at least on the Wii U Yoshi seemed to be ready to make a return to form.
While playing through a couple of early stages, I marveled at how gorgeous Yoshi’s world looked made of yarn. The vibrant colors fit in well with what we’re used to from previous adventures with Mario’s dinosaur buddy, and the unique texture gave the world a look that made you feel like you could just reach out and grab it.
The yarn dynamic also led to some interesting new game mechanics, like Yoshi using his tongue to grab loose strings and suck down blocks in his path like you might slurp up a spaghetti noodle. And Yoshi no longer lays eggs in his new knit form, but rather balls of yarn, each a corresponding color to the bad guy Yoshi gobbled up. These yarn balls offer Yoshi special opportunities to tie together objects in the world, or tie up enemies for a well-placed butt stomp if he so chooses.
Yoshi’s Woolly World also marks a first for the green dino as two-player co-op is now possible for the first time in a Yoshi game. This leads to another new dynamic where the main Yoshi can unravel his buddy and turn him into a special egg that can be thrown to hard to reach places.
The best part of my Yoshi’s Woolly World demo? No crying Mario Bros. babies. That’s a whine I can do without for a long time. Seriously though, I can’t wait to see what other exciting stages await me when this new Yoshi adventure comes out in the first half of 2015 as the Wii U looks to collect another solid first-party action game next year.