Thursday, 16 July 2015

Nintendo Wii U - Yoshi's Woolly World


Nintendo Wii U, Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Brothers

When we reviewed the Nintendo Wii U game - Kirby and the Rainbow Brush, we were already aware that it wasn't the only new, crafty looking game Nintendo has developed. We were eagerly waiting for Yoshi's Woolly World to release as we love the refreshing graphics, and we wanted to see how it differs from the 3DS Yoshi's New Island game.

We are so glad that Yoshi's Woolly World has finally released, and it did not disappoint! In fact, it's all the kids can talk about at the moment, and I believe that we aren't the only ones that are extremely happy with it. The game has been receiving pretty high ratings overall!

To be honest I haven't really got a chance to play it properly because both Abby and Clay love it so much they kept taking over. But it's so fun (amusing) to watch them play, so I've written our review based on them playing it.


Nintendo Wii U, Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Brothers

Nintendo Wii U, Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Brothers
Beautiful creations as background
Nintendo Wii U, Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Brothers
Eat the other player and turn them into a yarn ball.
Handy when you've ran out of balls!
Nintendo Wii U, Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Brothers
Bowser Yoshi, Princess Peach Yoshi and Poochy the dog (Power badge)
Yoshi's Woolly World (pegi 3, rrp £39.99, bundles available, exclusive to Nintendo Wii U) is a 1 to 2 player platform adventure game. Woolly Yoshis are living peacefully on Craft Island, until one day Kamek (baby Bowser's baby sitter. He was also the main antagonist in Yoshi's New Island) arrived on the island, turned all but 2 Yoshis into yarn and took them away! It is down to them to rescue their friends by going after Kamek and pick up the fallen yarns.

The game has surprised us right from the start. Usually Yoshi, or even Mario or Kirby, will have to follow a road on the World map to go from one stage to another. But in Yoshi's Woolly World, players can just run anywhere they want on the map! Normally I'd jump straight into the game but the kids spent some time running around exploring, which I think is great!

We noted that the game's graphics based on yarn, cloths and fabrics is absolutely attractive and cute, especially the woolly Yoshis of course! And players can turn walls into yarns too!


We were also sent into a fit of giggles when Abby's Yoshi accidentally licked Clay (he was blocking her way haha), gobbled him up and spat him out as a yarn ball (it was an eye popping moment!), which she can use to shoot at things! They have spent a good 10 minutes messing about and giggling away before they continued their adventure.

The 2 of them have also discovered that you can place any amiibo character on the Wii U gamepad and one of the Yoshi will take on the pattern of that character! Abby was very pleased with her Princess Peach look! I'm not really sure why they were glowing though, Abby wasn't entirely clear about that!


Nintendo Wii U, Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Brothers

Nintendo Wii U, Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Brothers
Amiibo disc hidden inside the adorable plush toy
Little ribbon loop on top of Yoshi's head fits a chain to make it into a key/ bag chain
Nintendo Wii U, Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Brothers

Nintendo Wii U, Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Brothers

Have I mentioned that the lovely PR has also sent us a super cute blue woolly Yoshi amiibo to play with (you can buy them individually or with the game. It comes in green, blue or pink colours)? On its own it is an adorable Yoshi plush toy, but with Yoshi's Woolly World, it creates a double for the playing Yoshi when touched on the Gamepad (I'm not sure if this is limited to 1 player game though). It literally does everything that the playing Yoshi does at the same time, which can be very handy but it can also make things harder. It only takes one single tap on the amiibo sensor with the Yoshi amiibo to make the double disappear, so it can join you whenever you need it.


Nintendo Wii U, Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Brothers

Nintendo Wii U, Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Brothers

We also love that the game allows players to buy power badges (either for fun or when you really need the additional help. Kids were playing on Easy mode so it was really more for the fun factor), using gems collected in each stage, before a new stage starts. Clay's favourite power badge is the one that gives him Poochy the dog, which fights enemies and is ridable, where as Abby loves a big hammer one that allow her to wipe out all enemies on the screen (which isn't necessary a good thing as sometimes you need to jump on top of the enemies to get to higher places!).

The different type of enemies keeps the game interesting as well. Instead of just fighting off Shy Guys (there are many in this game as well, with some holding a knitting needle, and others a bomb etc), the Yoshis will also have to fight against enemies like chicks and dogs, making it more refreshing.


On 2 players mode, teamwork is the key. And teamwork isn't a skill well developed amongst young children! There were times when you can hear them shouting at each other from the other side of the house, simply because someone wasn't being a team player. Sometimes when Clay wasn't responding to Abby's request ("Come here! Over HERE!! CLAYYYYYY!"), she will run to the side of the screen and kill Clay off (you have to stay on the same screen). I was amused of course, and couldn't help laughing at what they were doing. I'd also use it as the perfect opportunity to teach them about teamwork, patience and communication, and there seem to be improvements. To be fair though, there were more giggling and LoL moments than frustrations ("I want the doggy!!!").

For times when only one of them is playing, the gamepad on its own is sufficient enough so I'd normally let them use it like a DS, while keeping the TV free. Seriously, the Gamepad is such a clever idea!


When I had a go, I didn't find it really that easy (I think you just get less enemies and bosses are easier to fight?), you still need the skills to get from one end to the other even on Easy mode (if you die, you have to start that stage and collect the yarns all over). But Abby and Clay, with their not so perfect teamwork, are already finishing World 3! They absolutely love the game, and I love it that the 2 of them can play together with a shared responsibility. They have learned to play well together, and Abby's kindness kept showing through by giving in to her little brother (being the observer instead of the player can be really rewarding. Although both me and hubby would like to play too!).

The game is fun, cute (both graphics and sound), colourful with beautiful patterns (scarfs, crochet/ knitted cloths, yarn decorations, etc) used for the designs, which makes a fantastic and super refreshing change from the usual bricks and grass, etc. Comparing to the equally cute and colourful Kirby and the Rainbow Brush, we love this even more. The knitted Yoshi amiibo was a really clever and perfect addition to the game, and I think that Nintendo should definitely consider making more plush toy amiibos (Clay takes our blue woolly Yoshi everywhere)!

Overall a super thumbs up from us, and I'll be hunting down for the green and pink woolly Yoshi amiibos!