Video Game: Yoshi's Woolly World

aka: Yarn Yoshi
Yoshi's adventure is woolly and mammoth.

Yoshi's Woolly World is a platform game for the Wii U, created 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 Yoshis 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. Curiously, Yoshi can no longer turn enemies into eggs, but instead into yarn balls; yarn balls don't bounce and can't directly defeat enemies, but they can tangle up the bad guys, leaving them open to a good jump attack.

This game is expected to hit store shelves (and the Wii U eShop) in 2015. Watch the trailer here. The game is confirmed to have Amiibo functionality, compatible with Yoshi's figurine for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.


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, as seen in the trailer.
  • 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.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Yoshi seemed to have this ability at certain points in early builds of the game, but doesn't seem to have it anymore as of the E3 2014 trailer.
  • 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. Think of it as a more versatile version of a similar mechanic from Donkey Kong Country 2 and 3. Unfortunately (or not), it also lends itself to griefing.
  • 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.
  • Precious Puppy: One of the bosses from the trailer is a fiery puppy at least ten times larger than the Yoshi itself.
  • 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. And it's in HD.
  • 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