During a scheduled Wii U Nintendo Direct in the second half of the Wii U launch window on January 23, 2013, Mr. Satoru Iwata gave us our first look at Yoshi’s Woolly World (at the time, tentatively called Yarn Yoshi). The response was very positive for the title as it was the first dedicated home console Yoshi iteration in quite some time, and the visual art style was a first for Yoshi. With the power of the Wii U, this beautiful game was possible. It did remind people of the art style of Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and for some that caused a little worry because Epic Yarn was widely regarded as a bit too easy compared to previous titles. Yoshi games have traditionally been very good on the difficulty level, and reassurances have been given for this newest iteration.
After initially being shown, there was a period of time where Yoshi’s Woolly World was not being shown or even mentioned in Directs. Not until E3 2014, did we get additional information, and an official name. It had taken a on a significant upgrade in visual fidelity when we saw it again, and it was also playable on the show floor.
Then we got to see more as the Treehouse Live presentation during E3 2015 showcased stages during the final build, along with an interview with the game producer, Mr. Takashi Tezuka. We find out about the amiibo functionality, co-op modes, and Classic Mode versus Mellow Mode.
Although Yoshi’s Woolly World has already been released in Australia, Europe and Japan, here in North America we have a bit of a wait to get our hands on this game. Our wait goes until October 16, 2015.
The anticipation is very high for getting this game in-hand for many people, myself included. The cute factor is significant, but don’t let the cute fool you. The game play is top notch and very challenging, especially for those of us who are proud completionists.
For those of you here in NA having to continue your wait along with me, what are you most looking forward to with Yoshi’s Woolly World? Will you be scanning your amiibo for new looks at Yoshi? Will you be looking to 100% complete the game?
As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!