Yoshi’s Wooly World is a Wii U game that I never played. At the time, I was kind of frustrated with Nintendo’s Wii U offerings, and was burnt out of 2D side-scrollers from Nintendo, even if Wooly World‘s art style was absolutely gorgeous. I’m glad Nintendo chose to have the game ported to the 3DS, since I got the chance to go back and play this version of the game. Especially so, since this game is a true joy, and is easily the best Yoshi game since Yoshi’s Island on the Super Nintendo.
The original Yoshi’s Island on the SNES was a masterclass in platforming. It eschewed the structure of the typical Mario game, where the levels behave like obstacle courses, and instead gave us levels that felt more like fun playgrounds that you can explore. The mechanics of “eating” enemies to create eggs and to then use them as weapons was a ton of fun. And then, there’s the visual art style. Yoshi’s Island was, and still is, a visual feast, employing a hand-drawn art-style that pushed what was possible with a 2D game.