When Yoshi's Woolly World was released in 2015, Fans and Critics fell in love with the even more adorable version of the already adorable Nintendo Icon. With its clever level design, wonderfully art style and the same charm that Nintendo brings with all of its games, The Wii U exclusive went on to sell more than a million units, despite it coming near the tail end of the systems life cycle. Now, a year a half later, the Wii U has finally reached its end, but Nintendo and Good-Feel don't want the beloved platformer to fade away into another memory and have re-released it onto the Nintendo 3DS. While some minor Compromises and a minor name change having to be made to get it on the small system, it still doesn't stop Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World from being another must-have game on the system.
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The "plot", if you can call it that, has Bowser's right-hand man, Kamek, having turned the innocent little Yarn Yoshi's into balls of Yarn for Baby Bowser, and it's up to the remaining Yoshi to stop him…. and they do. Like most games in the genre, the plot is really just here to connect the various worlds together. Don't expect anything else, though it's cute enough to keep the little ones entertaining. Asking Nintendo to make a dramatic story in its platformers is like asking a Porno to tell a story as complex as a story arc from Game of Thrones. You're not gonna get it, so just enjoy the real reason why you're here.
In terms of new content, Yoshi's Woolly World will disappoint those who've already experienced Wii U version of the game. The titular Poochy is only available in either mellow mode or in his small unlockable sections you get after completing each mid and final stage for each world. These challenges mostly consist of the auto-runner section where you have to get to the end of the level. Meanwhile, the Poochy's that appear in Mellow mode can be used as infinite ammo and can help you search for hard to find treasure. They're fun little diversions, but they're not enough to worth purchasing another version of Woolly World, even if it is on the go.
That being said, it is disappointing that Poochy having to search for treasures is only available in mellow mode because this feature actually helps fix one of Woolly Worlds problems of finding the more obtuse hidden treasures. The only other Poochy feature is a time attack mode, but it's only included if you purchase the Poochy Amiibo. Outside of Poochy, the hub and level selection have seen minor changes. Instead of exploring a mini 3D Plain, you now select them like in every other 2D game. None of this will hurt the game if you're new to Woolly World or just want it on the go, but it will leave you a tad bit disappointed if you wanted to upgrade to this version.
Lack of new features aside, the 3DS version of Woolly World is the same game as it was in 2015, meaning you're still getting a wonderful 2D platformer. Controlling Yoshi is simple and responsive, and his movement will almost become second nature to you, as you're going through each of the dozen or so levels that within each of the 6 main worlds. Each of Woolly Worlds levels is wonderfully designed and constantly fun to go through. The later stages, in particular, is where Woolly World becomes it's most inventive, mixing clever level design with a decent challenge.
Along with jumping, Yoshi's ability to eat enemies and turn them into eggs to attack also returns from past games, with its own twist. Seeing how Yoshi and his enemies are now made of Yarn, he can use them to throw at certain missing platforms and clouds to fix them, that can now lead to hidden treasure. It's a simple, yet engaging mechanic that helps Yoshi stand out from his fellow platforming friends, Like Mario and Mega Man. Challenge is where Yoshi's Woolly World does come off short since even later levels won't challenge you much. Sure, this is a game targeted at Kids, but it doesn't mean you can't give them some challenge. However, this isn't a huge issue in Woolly World since the various levels are so entertaining to run through. The simple act of getting through the level is enjoyable enough, but finding all the extra parts of stages is equally as fun as it is in other games.
And that's what Yoshi's Woolly World does best; it's just pure, joyful fun. It would have been nice if Nintendo and Good-Feel put in some extra levels, but each level is so well designed that it won't matter as you go into a somewhat hypnotic trance of jumping, fluttering, and exploring. What will disappoint is the lack of Co-op in anyway. Seeing how the original had it and other 2D platformers on the 3DS have had it, it's a little inexcusable for the 3DS version of Woolly World to not have it. Other than that, Yoshi's Woolly World is just as delightful to play as it was a few years back.
Seeing how this is now on the 3DS, some texture and color detail had to be cut out to make it run on the 3DS. But even with some downgrades made to its visuals, it's still a wonderful looking game, though don't expect the same quality as something like Super Mario 3D Land or Resident Evil: Revelations. The worlds you explore might only be made of Yarn, but they still exhibit so much personality through environments alone. The colorful backdrops, familiar enemy and animation they have constantly do a great job in immersing you into Yoshi's Woolly World.
On the Audio front, be prepared for some wonderful music. It's constantly upbeat and helps add to the simple joy of Woolly World. Some are remixes of classic Yoshi games while others are new. They might not be as memorable as other music scores in the genre, but it still get's the job done. This helps make the overall presentation constantly charming and hard not smile at through the 7-8 hour journey.
It should be noted about the games framerate changes, depending on which 3DS you have. If you have the New 3DS, you'll get the same crisp 60FPS experience you got on the Wii U. However, if you have an older 3DS or 2DS system, you'll only get around 30FPS. It's still very playable, but you'll notice the that the game is a little less responsive than it was on the newer hardware.
In the end, Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World won't change your mind about the original. If you didn't like the original Wii U title, this won't change your mind; If you already experienced it before, there's little reason to make you want to pick it up, other than having the ability to play where ever you go. However, if you're willing to spend $40 on the same game or you've never experienced the original, this is the version to get. Even after two years, it's still one of the best installments in the Yoshi's franchise and an easy recommendation for gamers of all ages.
|+ Great Level Design||– Minor New Content|
|+ Charming Artstyle||– Not that Challenging|
|+ Excellent handheld conversion|
|+ Just as Adorable as ever|