Yoshi's Woolly World
- Platform: Nintendo WiiU
- Players - 1-2 (Co-op Mode)
- Achievements - N/A
- Retail Price - $49.99; $59.99 with Green Yarn Yoshi Amiibo
- DLC - N/A
- Amiibo Support - Yes
- Controller Types - WiiU Game Pad, WiiU Pro Controller, WiiU Classic Controller Pro, Wii Remote (Sideways)
It's been a long time since I played a truly excellent Yoshi game. Yoshi's Island DS, released in 2006 was a near perfect platformer, and a true highlight of the series. Between then and now, we have seen a couple re-releases on the Nintendo Virtual Console, and a mediocre 3DS title (Yoshi's New Island) in 2014. The Yoshi video game series has always been an excellent way for Nintendo to experiment with cutesy graphics and sound, but still retaining the tight play control that we expect from a Super Mario Bros. Game.
This time around in Yoshi's Woolly World, all of Yoshi's friends have been turned into skeins of yarn by the evil Magikoopa Kamek. Set entirely in a new world themed by Yarn (similar to the Nintendo Wii release Kirby's Epic Yarn) Yoshi must set out to rescue his friends in each level. You will guide Yoshi and help him make his way throughout the Woolly World and defeat the evil Kamek and his minions.
The big tie-in is the Yarn Yoshi Amiibo that has been produced in three colors, green, light blue, and pink. These high quality Amiibo retail for $16.99 and are cuter in person than they look in the pictures below. Yoshi's Woolly World is sold as a bundle with the green Yarn Yoshi Amiibo (A savings of $7 when bundled) or disc only. The Yarn Yoshi Amiibo figures when put into the Yoshi's Woolly World game, allow for a friend to take control of a second Yoshi on the screen or allow the computer to take control and provide the player with an extra chance to escape death. Over 60 other Amiibo figures can be utilized in the game as well, providing Yarn Yoshi with additional costumes to wear of your favorite Nintendo characters.
I cannot recommend Yoshi's Woolly World enough. This title will definitely not get as much attention as it deserves in a crowded video game marketplace of Halos, Call of Duties, and Fallouts this holiday season. However, this might be the brightest, most colorful game you play this year which is a nice fresh breath of air for the lacking software library of the Nintendo WiiU. The gameplay is tight, and full of familiar faces such as Shy Guys, Poochy, Chomp rock, and more. Gameplay is varied between standard Yoshi platforming, bonus games, and extra areas where Yarn Yoshi transforms into a mole, plane, motorcycle, and even the ginormous Mega Yarn Yoshi. Overall, Yoshi's Woolly World is an excellent update to a franchise that has long deserved it and is definitely worth a pickup this holiday season.