Yoshi Gets a Pet of His Own!
Yoshi brings his Woolly World onto the portable handheld for a second adventure. This time, he doesn’t travel alone as he brings his trusty pup Poochy. In Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World, not only will you be able to enjoy the classic Yoshi platformer mixed in with some yarn specialty but you get to play as Poochy as well. Does the pet add enough flair to merit a 3DS purchase? Let’s find out!
Like its original release on Wii U, this game shows off a very unique take on Yoshi and made him into yarn. Now, this game is brought onto the 3DS to showcase this simplistic yet cute art style. It is definitely charming to see Yoshi’s world this way but it definitely isn’t the first time. On 3DS, although it doesn’t power the same lighting potential as the Wii U version, it still looks great on the handheld system.
Being a port of a relatively recent game, it shares a lot with it, including the music. The game has retained the original’s score and art style. Of course, there is slight different, mainly in frame rate at times. However, due to this being a handheld title, it doesn’t affect the game’s performance on a gameplay level.
Speaking of the gameplay, Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World plays a lot like the original game on Wii U except there are a few additions to expand the game’s lasting appeal. At first glance, as the title suggests, players will enjoy stages Yoshi himself as well as playing as Poochy. The pet also makes an appearance in multiple stages to aid Yoshi get through some obstacles.
Like the original title, every stage features a handful of extra objectives to prove you truly finished the stage. This, of course, includes collecting flowers, the yarn rolls and more. For veteran players, they will recognize the yarn rolls as the same that will allow them to unlock and play as different patterned Yoshi.
With every world Yoshi travels in, players will unlock Poochy stages where they play a high speed running level controlling the yarn pup. Poochy will run non-stop through the stage and players will have to jump and get as many collectibles to increase their score.
As aforementioned, players can unlock new Yoshi patterns by collecting the yarn rolls in stages. However, there are more ways this time around. Amiibo compability makes a return and player can turn Yoshi look like Mario, Link and many others of the Amiibo lineup. Finally, a new mode allows players to create their own patterns using the touch screen. These patterns can then be used and shared to friends via StreetPass.
For players who are new to platform games, the people at Nintendo have put back the Mellow Mode from the original release. Yoshi will have wings and can help young toddlers and inexperienced players make their way through the tough moments in the game. As cute and cuddly Yoshi looks, a Yoshi platform game is rarely easy to complete without making quite a few mistakes along the way.
After having enjoyed the original game on Wii U, this version of the game feels a lot more at home on the Nintenod 3DS. The easy pick-up-and-play style of the game is something that is better enjoyed on a personal screen. The addition of Poochy on the game does feel like something that was put in to really give an excuse for the port, but the levels are indeed fun to play nonetheless.