Nintendo is no stranger to creating imaginative game worlds that manage to evoke smiles from even the most steadfast of cynics. Even more, they are arguably at their strongest when conforming to a 2D plane in the form of a side-scroller. It is for this reason that Yoshi’s Woolly World shouldn’t come as much of a surprise but invariably unleashes a barrage of the much-loved Nintendo charm.
Taking a cue from Kirby’s Epic Yarn on the Wii, Yoshi’s Woolly World presents a Wii U experience where everything from the landscape to the titular character himself is made of soft yarn. While this may lead some of the more hardened gamers to scoff at its cutesy visuals, the gameplay exhibited in the most recent trailer from Nintendo’s online E3 2014 event shows off a title that looks to move past that and stand out as a strong side-scroller in its own rite.
One of the first things that players will notice in the gameplay trailer for Yoshi’s Woolly World is the new role of Yoshi’s iconic egg stash. Like every other aspect of the title, his eggs have been replaced by balls of wool that can be tossed about the game’s colorful world. From binding up the waiting maws of Piranha Plants to weaving platforms out of thin air, Yoshi’s yarn eggs are more than just an offensive force in this title.
As with past Yoshi titles, a sponge-like substance will scatter the environment and act as a destructible element that can be used as makeshift platforms. Due to the world’s wool-like nature though, this is not the full extent of Yoshi’s manipulation of his surroundings. Using his tongue, he can unravel certain parts of the world to uncover shortcuts and hidden areas.
For those who like their platforming experiences to be more communal, Yoshi’s Woolly World will also feature a two-player mode. Like their other recent platforming efforts, this will find multiple characters hopping around the same screen, attempting to work together to overcome their obstacles. Unlike something like Super Mario 3D World though, the multiplayer looks to be far less frantic and chaotic thanks to the limitation on active players.
While there are obviously many players who love the feeling of chaotic fun that comes from sabotaging your fellow players, Yoshi’s Woolly World looks to be a markedly more serene title. It’s clear that Nintendo and developer Good-Feel have put great care into wrapping every little detail in charm from the ribbon-like “START” and “GOAL” text to the way enemies unravel when they come into contact with Yoshi’s tongue.
It will surely not appeal to all gamers, but it’s impossible to deny the charm that permeates Yoshi’s Woolly World. It’s an updated take on a graphical style that oozes potential and one that provides a different take on a beloved Nintendo property. It may not be as maliciously difficult as some of their other recent side-scroller offerings, but it’s looking like Woolly World is shaping up to be an interesting new experience for fans of the genre.
Are you excited to jump back into a yarn-based Nintendo world? What gameplay tweaks would you like to see implemented?
Yoshi’s Woolly World is planned to release on the Wii U in the first half of 2015.
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