Video Game: Yoshi's Woolly World

aka: Yarn Yoshi

Yoshi's Woolly World is a platform game for the Wii U, developed by Good-Feel and starring Yoshi. Surprisingly, it's also the first home console Yoshi game since Yoshis Story (for the Nintendo 64) in 1997. Its gameplay is highly reminiscent of Yoshi's Island and Story, but the game is also a spiritual successor to Kirby's Epic Yarn, a Good-Feel game for the Wii that shares the arts-and-crafts aesthetic.

Yoshi (and Red Yoshi, if you're playing co-op,) journey across gorgeous landscapes made of cloth and yarn. Several classic elements from Yoshi's previous adventures return, such as Chomp Rocks, Shy Guys, Huffin' Puffins, and clouds that burst open and spill goodies if Yoshi shoots a projectile at them. Instead of turning enemies into eggs, Yoshi can swallow bits of yarn from the environment to turn them into yarn balls. Yarn balls have multiple purposes; they can be used to uncover secrets, "knit" new platforms, and tangle up enemies to expose them for a good jump attack.

In your journey, you're offered two modes for play: Classic Mode and Mellow Mode. In Classic Mode, you play through yarn-filled worlds as you would a typical platformer, collecting Wonder Wool, beads, and other goodies along the way. Mellow Mode is similar, but allows you to play as Winged Yoshi. Winged Yoshi can indefinitely flutter, allowing casual players to breeze their way through tougher stages. Either mode can be accessed at any time while the game is paused.

This game is expected to hit store shelves (and the Wii U eShop) in Fall 2015. Watch the trailer here. The game is confirmed to have amiibo functionality, compatible with Yoshi's figurines as well as a set of unique plush doll amiibo. Scanning these figures will allow you to create another Yoshi, which acts similarly to a second player.


Tropes:

  • 2D: The game uses 3D graphics, but stays on a 2D plane.
  • All Cloth Unravels: Yoshi can use his tongue to tug on loose threads and radically alter his environment. Inversely, he can use his yarn balls to "knit" additional platforms onto the stage, to climb sheer cliffs for example.
  • Art Shift: Design for the game varied wildly in production. The first idea was a sequin Yoshi, followed by a yarn outline form. Then this was changed so Yoshi switches between two forms, a yarn outline form and a full 3D model when he eats an enemy that glows green. The final version of the game has everything perpetually in fully knitted 3D models.
  • Badass Adorable: Yoshi's even more of one than usual, being a crochet doll and all.
  • Big Eater / Extreme Omnivore: Yoshi, naturally.
  • Bubbly Clouds: Huffin' Puffins unravel as they fly through the air, creating "cloud" platforms made of stuffing. These fall off after a limited time.
  • Co-Op Multiplayer: The Green and Red Yoshis can actually eat and turn one another into balls of yarn. You can actually toss your partner in any direction to help them reach hidden areas, but it also lends itself to griefing. The functionality is replicated with Yoshi amiibo.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Like Rayman Origins, you just respawn at the last checkpoint after dying.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A stage based off this game is featured in the earlier release Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
  • Goomba Stomp: This ability returns from the main Yoshi series. Interestingly enough, Piranha Plants are now susceptible to this, as long as Yoshi tangles them up in yarn first.
  • Life Meter: Unlike Kirby's Epic Yarn, the Yoshis can take damage and die here, though Death Is a Slap on the Wrist.
  • Mercy Mode/Anti-Frustration Features: In Mellow Mode, you play as Winged Yoshi, which allows lesser-skilled players to pass through tough levels. Unlike other Nintendo games, Mellow Mode can be accessed at any time through the pause menu, and there's no punishment for doing so.
  • Precious Puppy: Besides Poochy, who even appears on the cover, there's also a fiery puppy boss. Said boss is at least ten times larger than Yoshi himself.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Bordering on being a Feelie, Woolly World has Amiibo support that enables a second Yoshi to join you during gameplay (basically creating a single-player version of a two-player game). The "ridiculously cute" part? The Amiibo figures are not plastic but yarn, just like the Yoshis in game. Many media outlets have called these the most adorable Amiibos ever released.
    • Poochy is also at his cutest in this game.
  • Scenery Porn: Definitely one of the most visually gorgeous Nintendo games to date, as it expands on the Kirby's Epic Yarn art style by adding a dynamic camera and fully rendered 3D environments. The improved hardware power of the Wii U definitely helps.
  • Spiritual Successor: To both Kirby's Epic Yarn and Yoshis Story.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: You can make life miserable for your partner during co-op, such as swallowing your teammate and then spitting them into a Bottomless Pit.
  • Wheel o' Feet: Yoshi's feet literally turn into little wheels when he runs (and into a propeller when he hovers, like an upside-down Snoopy). This is also reminiscent of Kirby's Epic Yarn, as Kirby transforms into a car when he runs there.

Alternative Title(s):

Yarn Yoshi