‘Yarn Yoshi’ to String Gamers Along on the Wii U

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Despite a leak on the Nintendo eShop that revealed the existence of something called Yoshi’s Land, it’s safe to say that gamers weren’t expecting a game quite like Yarn Yoshi. The new Wii U title was revealed during this morning’s Nintendo Direct presentation, making it the first solo adventure that Yoshi has starred in since 1998’s Yoshi’s Story for the Nintendo 64.

The announcement was accompanied by several new screenshots, as well as a snippet of actual gameplay, giving gamers a good look at what they can expect from the title.

There weren’t many details addressed during the Yarn Yoshi segment of the Nintendo Direct, but it was confirmed that development is being headed up those responsible for Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Although the identity of the development team was obvious to anyone who looked at one of the game’s screenshots, Nintendo confirmed that one legendary game designer in particular would be supervising the game’s development process — Takashi Tezuka.

Anyone who’s played a game starring Mario’s loveable, rideable dino may be familiar with the name Takashi Tezuka, as he directed both Yoshi’s Island and the previously mentioned Yoshi’s Story. This Yoshi aficionado is without a doubt one of the most well-equipped game developers to take on a side-scrolling adventure starring the gluttonous lizard, and there’s certainly no questioning the cutesy graphical appeal that radiates from each picture of the dinosaur’s new yarn-based demeanour.

It’s certainly a good looking title, but there are still a lot that gamers still don’t know about the game. With Nintendo already starting to line up its E3 2013 press conference (so far Super Smash Bros 4, Mario Kart 8, and a new 3D Mario are confirmed to be in attendance), fans can probably expect to see and learn more about Yarn Yoshi at the big show.

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  • Gooch

    um… this looks amazing

  • Batman

    NO Nintendo! Please! Don’t ruin another franchise from my childhood!

    • Kholdstare89

      Well, Batman, I’d say you already had your childhood ruined enough when you walked down that alley with your parents.

  • Daniel Carlson

    I’m beginning to get tired of setting so many spin off titles from nintendo..

    • Hunter

      How is a game featuring a main character not used since 1998 in an art style done one time before with mechanics none of us have seen and a story no one but the devs know a spin off?

      • Daniel Carlson

        You answered your own question. Technically any Mario game where he isn’t the protagonist would be a spin off of Mario

        • Batman

          And then there are spin offs of said spin offs…. Nintendo needs some originality instead of beating the crap out of Mario. If they are gonna make a sequel to something, give one to a franchise that actually needs it, like F-Zero or Earthbound.

          • Kholdstare89

            You realize that even if there were another game in the MOTHER franchise, Nintendo of America would NEVER let us have it, right?

  • Hunter

    Personally, I think Yoshi’s Island is a really underrated game. To me, it had such great replay value in the way that every time you played it through you could choose different levels to do. The music was awesome as well =D. Really hoping to see a similar mechanic as that here as opposed tot he Kirby’s Epic yarn style. But, we will have to wait and see.

  • Kholdstare89

    This looks so cute! I don’t know if I’ll play it, but I’m really digging the art. :3

  • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

    Very cool art style, albeit way too LittleBigPlanet. I’d rather them keep the standard Yoshi and make a great 3D game rather than focus on the yarn gimmick.

    • Batman

      This guy should get an award

  • EastOfTheAnduin

    I really liked Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Yeah it might have been a “kiddy game”, but it was still a really well put together platformer with great mechanics and amazing graphics. It was definately worth a playthrough. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this one.