Yoshi’s Woolly World is a cute and cuddly platformer for the Nintendo Wii U. Yoshi is an adorable dinosaur. He has starred in a number of video games before, often alongside Mario and Luigi.

In Yoshi’s Woolly World, you play as a Yarn Yoshi who lives on Craft Island with dozens of other Yarn Yoshis. One day, an evil wizard attacks Craft Island, turning the colorful Yoshis into balls of yarn. You must then go on a mission to collect all of the balls of yarn and re-knit your Yarn Yoshi buddies.

The gameplay itself is pretty similar to Yoshi games of the past. You must explore every nook and cranny if you want to find all of the cool collectibles, including gems, daisies, stamps, and yarn balls. Of course you could also skip the collectibles and just focus on the main puzzles, which are all pretty simple and tend to be things like moving blocks, stomping on bad guys, and spitting yarn to create new platforms. Notably, Yoshi’s Woolly World has a co-op gameplay mode. Woohoo!

You can play Yoshi’s Woolly World in “Classic Mode” or “Mellow Mode.” In Mellow Mode, Yoshi is given a pair of wings, making the gameplay significantly easier. This mode, combined with the game’s adorable demeanor, makes the game a great choice for very young gamers.

Some editions of Yoshi’s Woolly World come bundled with a Yarn Yoshi amiibo, which is the first plushy amiibo Nintendo has ever created. When you use the amiibo, you can create a duplicate Yarn Yoshi during solo play and you can save yarn patterns to make your Yoshi avatar look extra spiffy. Other compatible amiibos can be used to create custom Yarn Yoshi designs.

Yoshi’s Woolly World has been out for a while in other parts of the world, including the English-speaking UK and Australia, so there is plenty of gameplay footage available on YouTube.  

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Courtney is Pixelkin's Associate Managing Editor. While working with the Girl Scouts of Northern California, she mentored young girls in teamwork, leadership, personal responsibility, and safety. Today, she spends her time studying adolescent development and using literary analysis techniques to examine video games.