Review: Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World
Yoshi came back into the spotlight thanks to the adorable Yoshi’s Woolly World on Wii U. Too bad not a lot of gamers own a Wii U and therefore missed out on a great platform game filled with great ideas. If you own a Nintendo 3DS, you’ll get a second shot at Woolly World. Yoshi returns and brings his favorite pup Poochy along to deliver an original and fun platform game on the handheld.
It’s not a new game
As you might already know, Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World isn’t a new game for Nintendo 3DS, it’s a port of Yoshi’s Woolly World that released on Wii U. This means you’ll play the same levels and travel to the same worlds as you did on Wii U. If you own the Wii U version, it’s still great to see the game running on your favorite portable. I’ve played both versions and I must say that I’m impressed by the way the game looks on the New Nintendo 3DS. It’s one of those New 3DS enhanced games, making it able to run it at an impressive 60fps. If you’re playing on a regular 3DS, this will be dropped to 30fps, but I haven’t seen that one in action yet.
The first thing you’ll notice while playing the game is that Nintendo really succeeded in porting the game to the Nintendo 3DS. on Wii U, Yoshi’s Woolly World is an incredibly bright and colorful game, filled with gorgeous graphics. The Nintendo 3DS version is still extremely colorful and cheerful but the graphics aren’t as detailed as the Wii U version, which makes sense! That being said, this new portable version does support the 3D effect and the game really looks good, even when you turn on the 3D effect.
A fun platformer
Since it’s not an entirely new game, it’s hard to really recommend it to the Wii U players at this price but if you never played this before, be prepared for a lot of fun. This game is a perfect example of a Nintendo platformer done right. The levels offer enough variation and are filled with collectibles for those who like to collect it all. Just like the older Yoshi island games, there are tons of things to collect. Most important are the yarns, unlocking new patterns for your Yoshi. But besides that you can also collect Flowers and Star Points. If you want to collect it all, you’ll need to search the world for every hidden spot.
Adorable portable fun
That’s perhaps the biggest difference to platform games such as Super Mario. This one plays way slower. It’s not the goal to reach the end as fast as possible, Yoshi’s Woolly World is meant to be played at a slower pace, really trying to figure out every secret a level is holding. You’re never forced to unlock everything but it’s a nice extra that will result in fun stuff like Poochy Dash mode, if you collect enough flowers.
Poochy is without a doubt the biggest difference with the Wii U version. On the Nintendo 3DS, you can unlock a special mode called Poochy Dash, this unlocks if you grab enough flowers at the end of a normal level. In Poochy Dash, your new favorite dog will run from the left to the right automatically, comparable to Super Mario Run. The goal is to collect everything while dodging enemies and traps. Each level also hides small Poochy pups that will give you, even more, points if you’re able to find and rescue them. Poochy Dash is a great new mode that gamers who already played the Wii U version will most definitely enjoy playing, it’s not a real selling point but it’s great to have nevertheless!
Besides unlocking a new mode you can also use the little Poochy pups in the Mellow mode, an easier mode meant for the younger players. If you play in Mellow mode, you won’t be using your regular balls of yarn but small Poochy pups instead. These attack your enemies and point out hidden secrets in the level. They are the perfect tool to gather every little secret the game has to offer but veteran players will consider using this technique as cheating.
More Amiibo support
Another big addition to the portable version is increased Amiibo support. Unlike the Wii U version, this version supports the newer Amiibo figurines that released recently. If you scan an Amiibo, you can change the pattern of the Yarn Yoshi. Transforming him into a Yoshi version of Super Mario, Samus, Link and a lot more. Nintendo made sure this version supports the recently released Amiibo as well, so if you own a lot of those figurines, you’ll be able to give Yoshi a lot of great make-overs. Besides that, you can even create your own pattern this time!
That’s not all, Nintendo is also releasing the incredibly cute Poochy Amiibo along with the game. This Amiibo can be used in multiple ways. First of all, you can use it in the regular levels, enabling Yoshi to clear that particular level while riding Poochy. This is an interesting technique since you can reach places that are hard to reach a little easier with the help of Poochy. If you play the game on Mellow mode (an easier mode specially meant for the younger gamers), you can make the small Poochy-pups appear by scanning the Poochy Amiibo. The third and final function of the Amiibo is enabling the Time Attack mode in the Poochy Dash levels. As you can see, spending your money on this Amiibo isn’t a waste at all!
Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World is a great and incredibly cute addition to any Nintendo 3DS library. If you like platform games with a twist, be sure to give this one a shot. The worlds are filled with hidden secrets and discovering everything will keep you busy for quite some time. It’s not as polished as the Wii U version but the addition of Poochy makes up for a lot of those graphical losses. If you haven’t played this colorful game yet, this portable version will result in hours of fun!