My Wii U Game of the Month for July is a platformer. The star of this particular game is a dinosaur – one who first debuted in Super Mario World. Oh, and everything in this game is made of wool.
Yoshi’s Woolly World gives Yoshi a knitted makeover, whilst maintaining the same gameplay style as Yoshi’s Island. There are a few differences, though – baby Mario is not present, so if you get hit you don’t have to endure any annoying crying. Yoshi doesn’t throw eggs – he now swallows his enemies and turns them into yarn balls instead. They still function in the same way, though.
There’s plenty of items to collect – stars are replaced by hearts, coins and red coins are replaced by beads and Stamp Patches, and Flowers are still Flowers.
Each level has 20 Stamp Patches, 5 Flowers and 5 Yarn Bundles to collect. Collecting Stamp Patches earns stamps to use on Miiverse, collecting all the Flowers in a world unlocks a secret level and collecting all the Yarn Bundles unlocks new designs for Yoshi.
In some levels, Yoshi can transform. These transformations include becoming giant, turning into an umbrella or a motorbike, amongst others.
There is also amiibo support for the game. You can scan in different amiibos to earn more designs for Yoshi based on the character you use.
There is also a Yarn Yoshi amiibo – if you scan this one, you get to play with two Yoshis – this lets you play using two Yoshis.
Separate from that is a co-op mode – two players can play together.
Much like Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush, this game is full of charm – something that Nintendo is extremely good at producing.