'Yoshi's Woolly World' is the video game equivalent of a hug
J Thoendell stashed this in Video Games
Yes, the beauty of Yoshi's Woolly World lies in its stunning, yarn-spun aesthetic, but the same can be said for the gameplay. As with most of Nintendo's beloved franchises, the mechanics feel familiar, though not stale. When I demoed the title at the company's E3 booth, I was able to immediately pick up and play without any coaching from the nearby rep -- a factor CEO Satoru Iwata said the company would be stressing with the majority of its games.
For those not well-acquainted with the series, Yoshi's Woolly World replaces the eggs that've long trailed Yoshi for balls of yarn. With the help of a wandering cursor, triggered by depressing the ZR button, players can set the angle of attack with 'Y' and let loose a yarn ball attack. This results in delightful animations, like a thread encircling and sealing shut the mouth of a piranha plant. Of course, players can always default to either jumping atop enemies or using Yoshi's tried-and-true elastic tongue to suck them in and "transform" them (through digestion) into additional yarn balls.
It bears repeating that the game, unlike Star Fox Zero, is gorgeous. Nintendo's Wii U may not be on par with the silicon juggernauts that are the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but the art style of Yoshi's Woolly World more than makes up for it. The environments, characters and enemies all have a storybook quality and truly look as if they were spun from yarn, replete with telltale frayed threads.