Few companies can find the inspiration in basic things like Nintendo, be it paper-flat sprites, clay models, or in the case of Yoshi’s Woolly World, a return to the whole yarn aesthetic so playfully employed in stablemate Kirby’s Epic Yarn back on the Wii.
And yarn it is as the world’s cutest dinosaur mascot (allegedly second only to our own Spiffy) plays off the theme of the weaving yarn and fabric instead of pop-up books and grade-school crayon drawings.
My playtime at the press booth was solid but also elementary in design. Just look at this game and you’ll literally see a world made of knitting that could be sewn into a sweater, or unraveled enemies by just a single thread as Yoshi swallows enemies whole. It’s definitely a refreshed spin (get it?) of the underrated Yoshi’s Story, a whimsical Nintendo 64 classic that many remember fondly.
This is what kept me going and I’m confident that casual players could breeze through these stages pretty easily. Even if the pace is leisurely you can’t deny the charm that’s laid throughout each stage. This is a strikingly beautiful game, which is no coincidence as it comes from the same team behind Kirby’s Epic Yarn, a visually inventive experience that looked great but was hampered by its lack of actual challenge where ‘dying’ was impossible; but they’ve rectified that aspect here, which is for the better.
Yoshi’s Woolly World isn’t a stroke of genius, but it’s still an adorable game nonetheless. Nintendo announced a North American Wii U release this year on October 16th with both the standard game or packaged with a plush Amiibo figure.