Yoshi’s Wooly World Is Handcrafted Goodness

In all honesty, if you’re turned off by adorable things, this game probably isn’t for you. But if you’re still reading and you’re not an entirely awful person, you’ll find a lot to love in Yoshi’s Wooly World on the Wii U.

Yoshi hasn’t received a whole lot of affection since his first (and best) two-dimensional adventure 20 years ago, but the green dino’s most recent outing is definitely a step in the right direction. Also, if you haven’t played 1995’s Yoshi’s Island, do check out the Game Boy Advance version on the Wii U eShop—it’s still ground-poundingly great.

But we’re here to talk about Yoshi’s latest platformer, which is chockfull of action, puzzles, and an overwhelmingly cute, hand-knitted aesthetic. Here are four reasons Yoshi’s Wooly World is a worthy successor to the great Yoshi’s Island.

It’s wooly


Taking its cue from Kirby’s Epic Yarn on the Wii, Nintendo has once again transformed one of its most beloved gaming mascots into a handmade (well, sorta) fluff ball, comprised of cotton wool and possibly stuffed with pink cotton candy. If you got a kick out of the former game, Yoshi’s Woolly World is an impressive leap forward that further explores the potential of exploring this distinctive world. Some of the game’s most inspired secrets, enemy weaknesses, and overall gameplay mechanics could only be realized in a wooly world.

Yoshi’s got moves


Like previous adventures, Yoshi still uses his tongue to lap up baddies and digests them into balls of yarn he then tosses at foes, items, and his environment. Of course, another one of Yoshi’s patented abilities is to morph into weird variations of himself, also the same as Kirby did in Epic Yarn. In Wooly World, Yoshi’s transformations (into an umbrella, mole, plane, bike, mermaid, and more) are relatively infrequent and brief, but genuinely delightful.

Hunting for goodies


Yoshi’s Wooly World isn’t the most challenging platformer on the Wii U (that would definitely be Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze), but locating its many items certainly cranks up the difficulty. Each of the game’s 48 stages is sprinkled with beads, stamps, sunflowers, and packages of smiling wonder wool. You could spend a lot of time searching for the latter two, which unlock custom Yoshi skins and, better still, S-rank courses that will put your platforming skills to the test. Fortunately, Yoshi can spend his shiny beads on a trusty sidekick named Poochy (not Poochie), who sniffs around courses for those hard-to-find treasures.

Knot your average amiibo


Like many Wii U titles, you can use pretty much any amiibo in your collection to unlock unique costumes. From Mario to Samus, it’s amusing seeing Yoshi replicate your respective amiibo’s traits, like an orange space suit or a trademark mustache. Apart from unlocking in-game skins, the real physical world standout is yarn Yoshi amiibo, which come in classic green, pink, and baby blue. Tapping these guys to your GamePad activates “Double Yoshi,” in which a second Yoshi joins in on the single player action and mimics all your moves, kind of like the Double Cherry power up in Super Mario 3D World. For better or worse, this actually heightens the difficulty factor. Finally, what we really want for Christmas (or sooner, please) is a Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo, which is like a totally legit Yoshi stuffed animal that doubles as an amiibo.

Yoshi’s Wooly World and all four of its delectable amiibo hit North American shelves October 16. Check out the latest commercial below and try not to burst from cuteness overload.