By Alexander Jones / June 14th, 2015
Nintendo’s UK channel released a new trailer for Yoshi’s Woolly World recently, highlighting a handful of features in addition to showing off the fuzzy, cutesy graphical style. The trailer begins with Kamek up to no good again. As the story goes, Kamek has kidnapped the Yoshis and turned them into Yarn Balls, leaving it up to two lone Yoshis to track them down and save them. The short montage of gameplay footage that follows shows off some levels, like the typical fire and forest levels, though seeing these with the yarn aesthetic really brings new life to standard fare. Truly, not enough can be said to highlight this aspect of the game. It is cute, warm, and inviting: everything a Yoshi game should be, so the graphical style fits well.
Still, no game is about graphics alone, and a good chunk of this trailer shows off some of the gameplay elements. There are lots of secrets hidden throughout Yoshi’s Woolly World, with apparently five flowers and five Yarn Balls to discover in each stage. A stamp icon also briefly appears, which might indicate Miiverse support much like the one present in Super Mario 3D World. Additionally, Power Badges can be bought using the collective gems found in each stage which give Yoshi an edge in getting through stages. The badges can power up some of Yoshi’s moves as well as allow him to pass through hazards like fire. Another feature, Mellow Mode, was touted during the April 1st Nintendo Direct, and it allows players to fly over obstacles like pits. These features are nice little additions that cater to a variety of different levels of skill. The entire game can be played cooperatively, as well.
Lastly, amiibo support was highlighted. By utilizing one of the Yoshi’s Woolly World amiibo figures, players can activate a “Double Yoshi” which can assist in reaching difficult locations, as well as supplying a free projectile. However, that’s not the only thing the little figures do for this game. In the game’s main menu, players can go to the amiibo Pavilion and tap some of their other figures to unlock new yarn patterns for Yoshi, like a Mario-styled one, complete with mustache and overalls! Donkey Kong, Peach, Link, and Inkling Girl Yoshis were shown off as well. Yoshi’s Woolly World releases in Europe on June 26, with a North American release date TBD, though it is projected to release sometime in autumn.
Check out the trailer below:
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