A whole host of games were revealed during Nintendo's E3 Digital Direct briefing, not least of these being a proper first look at Yoshi’s Woolly World. Formerly known as Yarn Yoshi, the game comes from developer Good-Feel of Kirby’s Epic Yarn fame. Scheduled for release on Wii U early next year, it will be the first Yoshi game made for home consoles since Yoshi’s Story back in 1997.
Like Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Yoshi’s Woolly World is set in a colorful world actually composed of various textile materials such as wool, cotton, felt and many others. Yoshi too is realized in yarn, and just like the rest of the game he looks utterly fluffy and incredibly endearing. The whole world possesses such a rich aesthetic and visual direction that makes all those badass big buget games look like they're taking themselves a little too seriously.
The gameplay is heavily involved in the tactile nature of the world in which the game is set, as the key to exploring this woolly land is interacting with it using Yoshi’s tongue. Instead of eggs however, Yoshi now throws balls of yarn and can use his tongue to unravel the world around him in order to progress through traditional platform level design.
Yoshi’s Woolly World brings also features a two player co-op game mode that preempts endless arguments over who gets to be Yoshi, by allowing both players to control their own differently colored woolen Yoshi. The co-op features some inventive ways to traverse the environments, right down to the ability to eat a fellow Yoshi before spit-firing them across the map to reach previously elusive areas.
The great art style and game design of Yoshi’s Woolly World could make it a platform game with wide appeal. Yoshi’s Woolly World is due sometime in the first half of 2015 on Wii U