If you didn’t get the chance to play Yoshi’s Wooly World on the Wii U, good news! It’s now available for the 3DS and it is every bit as fantastic as it’s tragically underplayed Wii U counterpart.
Super Mario Maker was another game that was ported to the 3DS from the Wii U. It was also a very good port but was missing one crucial function…the ability to share levels with the online community. For me and a lot of other gamers, this a was a big deal breaker. The online portion of the original was what made Super Mario Maker so interesting; the user base kept Mario Maker alive and relevant. Sure you can share your levels locally face to face or through Streetpass, but that doesn’t work for me because I live in a rural area miles away from civilization. Luckily for Yoshi’s Wooly World, lack of features is not a problem at all. In fact it comes bundled with some new tricks specifically exclusive to the 3DS version and even adds a new (adorable) yarn amiibo for Yoshi’s faithful bulldog pal Poochy!
Yoshi’s Wooly World is a smooth as butter side scrolling puzzle platformer. The gameplay is simple and very similar to most 2D Mario games with added bells and whistles. While exploring the endearing handcraft world, Yarn Yoshi collects gems, bundles of yarn, and flowers. As you make your way through each beautiful stage, you will find hidden areas and solve clever puzzles while you make your way to the goal. The usual Mushroom Kingdom baddies will try to stop you, but can be easily dealt with by jumping on their heads or swallowing them up turning them into balls of yarn that can then be spat out.. The controls are flawless, and remain comfortable on the 3DS. The gameplay is good enough to keep you entertained and engaged for as much time as you please and can be picked up and put down at your leisure.
The decent from Wii U to the much less powerful 3DS was surprisingly smooth. Wooly World looks great on the small screen and the bright and vivid color palette of the original are represented faithfully. I no longer own a New 3DS XL, but having gamed so much on one I have grown accustomed to those screens. I have been playing this game on a 2DS that belongs to my fiancée and I can happily report that it not only runs great on the smaller budget handheld, but it also looks great. I had my doubts after being sorely disappointed by the handheld port of Hyrule Warriors, which really should have been made N3DS exclusive.
Wooly World has an impressive list of features! The first area of the game acts like a hub world where you can do a variety of things that add a little flavor to the game.
- Yoshi Hut
Here you can customize Yarn Yoshi to your liking. Want Yoshi to look like Barney the dinosaur? You can make that happen! Go into this tent and color Yarn Yoshi to your liking with the stylus.
- Poochy Hut
Make your way through special stages as Poochy and complete bonus mini-games to earn beads and gold! This mode plays a bit like an endless runner and you are given 3 mistakes before you need to start over.
- Amiibo Hut
Amiibos unlock new bonus games and special Yarn Yoshi’s. The all new Poochy Amiibo can be tapped in to come to the rescue! The Poochy Amiibo comes bundled with the game for $49.99 or without for $39.99.
- Mellow Mode
A casual, more relaxed style of gamplay where Poochy puppies follow you around, leave hints to solve puzzles more easily and can be used as unlimited ammo in place of balls of yarn, which are limited on the normal mode. For the record, I am playing on mellow mode. I have found that this game is very comforting after a few hours of Dark Souls 2!
I can comfortably and enthusiastically recommend this game to anyone who is interested or on the fence about it. Anyone looking for a new game to add to their 3DS library to hold you over until the much-anticipated Nintendo Switch should look no further!