Poochy & Yoshi’s Wooly World Nintendo 3DS Review

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World for the 3DS is a port of the Wii U title Yoshi’s Woolly World which we reviewed back in June 2015 and it was certainly another awesome first party title for Nintendo and the Wii U receiving a healthy 9/10 from us.  Now Yoshi brings along a new companion known as Poochy and together they are off on an adventure for the Nintendo 3DS, but is this just a simple port of the title or something more interesting?

Gameplay

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World is your classic 2D side scrolling platformer that takes place on Craft Island, which is the home for the woolly Yoshi’s.  Suddenly your world is under attack by Kamek, who turns all of the Yoshi’s into bundles of wool.  If it was wool he was after, he could have just taken the woollen trees, but no, he took our beloved Yoshi and it’s up to us to track down Kamek and knit together our lost friends.  Yoshi’s Woolly World features various worlds that consist of your regular levels, mini dungeons and of course the boss level where you stand off against one of Kamek’s creations.  Defeating an end world boss will of course unlock the next world for you to explore. 

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The earlier levels introduce you to the games mechanics and are simple to master.  You begin with the basics off attacking and unravelling ledges and secret areas.  Soon after, your throwing yarn at invisible ledges, bouncing off enemies to gain height and making use of level bonuses such as Poochy to help grab some of those out of reach collectible’s and more.   The levels also feature checkpoint flowers which are quite scarce in later worlds meaning an unwanted death will result in replaying most of the level and having to re-earn any collectables.  Throughout each level are various baskets which like a power up block, can be hit repeatedly to collect wool balls should you run out. Throughout later levels you will ride on clouds, bullets, swim through water and more.  Each world offers new challenges and new skills that keep building on previous levels.  You never feel like you’ve done it all before, as you’re constantly challenged in the later levels.

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Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World for 3DS adds one major feature over the Wii U version, and that’s Poochy.  Poochy is your sidekick that helps you throughout the game, however there is a catch.  Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World for 3DS adds two game mode types, the first is Classic Mode and the second is Mellow Mode.  Classic mode is exactly that, the classic original formula which involves you playing as Yoshi and completing the game as such.  Mellow mode however turns down the difficulty significantly so that basically anyone can play through the game with essentially no fears of dying or failing to complete the levels.  For those playing Mellow mode, Poochy will run ahead and bark at secret areas for you which is a great help, and also rather than eating enemies and turning them into yarn balls you now have an unlimited supply of Poochy’s to throw about. Yes it seems so cruel to poor Poochy.

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I must admit my expectation of who Poochy was and what his role would be in Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World differed slightly from what I had originally anticipated.  Essentially I would have hoped Poochy was both a playable character as well as a side kick and that Poochy could also be used in the regular Classic mode and thereby giving me the occasional hint as he sniffed out secret areas and collectables.  Rather, I felt it was absolutely no challenge whatsoever to play the mellow mode and have Poochy slay enemies for me, find secrets and essentially drag me along for the adventure so to speak.

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The games controls are relatively simple, and identical to that of the Wii U version. In Classic mode, navigating Yoshi is easily controlled with the left thumbstick (or d-pad), and a simple press of the A button will see Yoshi jump, while the B button will make Yoshi stick out his tongue to capture his enemies.  Pressing down on the thumbstick (or d-pad) will cause Yoshi to eat the enemy and poop them out into a yarn ball.  To throw a yarn ball is as easy as pressing the X button which brings up a dotted line target and once you’re happy with its trajectory, pressing the X button again will release your yarn ball.  The controls are rather simple and easy to get a hold of very quickly.

Graphics & Sound

Visually the Nintendo 3DS continues to impress me visually with its presentation and art style here with Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World.  All of the charm from the Wii U version is here and the translation to the 3DS has been very seamless indeed.  The environments are rich and full of colour, and the 3D elements are nice, with layered backgrounds and more.  However, there wasn’t a whole lot of items and characters jumping out the screen at you in 3D which would have been cool, perhaps when you yarn balls fly across the screen and strike their target, they could have ricocheted back towards you in 3D for added yarn glory.

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Overall

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World is as fun and every bit as enjoyable as the Wii U version and features new game modes for those younger audiences as well as a very cute Poochy to boot.  The only drawback is Poochy feels quite underused here which is a shame, however perhaps a sequel to such a great game may be in store for us in the future perhaps.  Certainly Poochy has gained quite a following and you’ll be hard pressed not to recommend Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World to anyone who owns a 3DS or 2DS handheld.  Its fantastic platforming goodness.

Rank8_5

Written by

Paul Barbara

I'm 40, been an avid gamer since I was 5 (1981) and owned almost all systems possible in that time. I love podcasting, having produced over 230 episodes over the last 6 years and I get a real buzz out of discussing all this gaming news with other gamers. So tune in!

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