|System: Wii U|
|Release: October 16, 2015|
|Players: 1-2 Player|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080i||Mild Cartoon Violence|
Woolly World's flawless controls help you out at every point in the journey. Yoshi has been a bit floaty in some games, but Yarn Yoshi is rock-solid and stops on a dime. He goes exactly where you think he will when he jumps and flutter-glides, and the jumping challenges have been measured perfectly – they require skill without being overly frustrating. You can pick the speed of Yoshi's yarn-throws, but I found the default (slower) speed to be quite easy for aiming purposes. It's frankly a relief that he's been unshackled from that bawling brat, Baby Mario, which greatly aides his mobility and helps the more laid-back feeling of this game (and if I never hear that crying baby sound effect again in my life, I will die a happy gamer).
I'm not always a fan of Mario series music, but Yoshi's Woolley World sports a lovely soundtrack that manages to be whimsical without throwing it in your face (I'm looking at YOU, New Super Mario Brothers soundtracks). It's heavy on the classical guitar sounds and can run in the background while you're taking a break without driving anybody in the household insane. The sound effects are spot-on as always, complete with the familiar “ba dum” sound Yoshi makes while slurping up an enemy. D'aaaaw.
If you're looking for a super-hardcore platforming experience from top to bottom, Yoshi's Woolly World probably isn't for you. If, however, you want to explore a fantastically realized world that gradually ramps up its challenge and contains new delights around every corner, don't hesitate to pick it up. It's the best Yoshi game in years, it's perfect for solo play or a leisurely afternoon with a friend, and it's so stinkin' cute it's almost unbearable.
Welcome back, Yoshi. Come give us a snuggle!
Date: October 19, 2015