Yoshi's Wooly World
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Game Reviewed: Yoshi's Wooly World
Platform: Wii U
ESRB Rating: E
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Since Yoshi’s introduction in Super Mario World on the Super Nintendo, the little green dinosaur has become quite popular, and he’s starred in his fair share of games in addition to all his appearances in the Mario franchise.
For his debut on the WiiU, we’re treated to yet another artistic experiment on Nintendo’s part, this time turning the whole game--the world, the enemies, and Yoshi himself--into yarn. Players will move through each obstacle course of a level, jumping between platforms and avoiding enemies, to try and get all their Yoshi friends back from the evil Kamek. The game even supports a second player, using any one of the alternative controllers for the console.
If you’re familiar with Nintendo, you’ll know what to expect, but let’s go over the game’s content to see if there’s anything to be concerned about.
What Parents Need to Know
Everything is yarn, so that should give you some idea of how violent the game is. Which is to say, not at all. When you jump on enemies or throw yarn balls at them, they unravel. You can also use Yoshi’s tongue to grab and swallow them, then spit them out or lay them as a yarn-ball egg to throw.
Nothing to speak of.
The villain, Kamek, has a magic wand he uses to turn things into yarn. It’s never explained or expanded on, so he basically just has a stick that makes sparkles and changes stuff.
A Child’s Perspective: Though I’ve no personal reference on this one, children all over are loving this game. It’s cute, it’s fun, it’s challenging, and they can play it with a friend.
Yoshi’s Woolly World is a testament to Nintendo’s visual design. They’ve always been good at making unique-looking games, but Yoshi’s Woolly World is technically and aesthetically impressive, resulting in possibly the most charming-looking game of this new console generation thus far.
But the looks aren’t alone; everything about this game is completely adorable, and even playing it is just a joyful experience. It’s easy, in that you don’t run out of lives and you’ll never see a “game over” screen, but they create challenging sequences and engaging collectible hunts so you’re never just breezing through without a thought.
In other words, this is a Nintendo game. An excellent Nintendo game, and just as fun and appropriate for your kids as that fact implies. If you have a WiiU and some kids, there’s no reason to pass this one over; if you don’t have a WiiU, this is just another game onto the pile of reasons you should fix that.