‘Poochy And Yoshi’s Wooly World’ Review: Wii U Port Great For Kids And Those Who Missed Out

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'Poochy and Yoshi's Wooly World' comes to the Nintendo 3DS on Feb. 3 Nintendo

Yoshi’s Wooly World was one of the few Nintendo Wii U gems. A classic side-scrolling adventure with everyone’s favorite Mushroom Kingdom dinosaur, Wooly World gave Nintendo fans a proper Yoshi game set in a charming and adorable yarn world. It was a great addition to the Wii U library, and now the game jumps to the Nintendo 3DS in Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World.

Similar to how Super Mario Maker was ported to the 3DS late last year, it seems Nintendo is giving fans a chance to play some of their better-received Wii U titles before the Nintendo Switch is released in March.

And while Poochy and Yoshi’s World World is fun, the 3DS version is just like the Wii U title. The levels are the same, the plot is the same. Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World is perfect for those that didn’t pick it up when it was released back in 2015, but not so much for those who already played the original game.

Don’t get me wrong, Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World is a great side-scrolling platformer that is exactly what you’ve come to expect from Nintendo. If you’ve already spent time in the game on your Wii U, you’re not going to get much in terms of new content.

What is new in Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World is the addition of a special Poochy mode that lets you control Poochy in a timed runner as you collect as many beads and mini Poochies as possible. This new mode is a great time-killer and gives a break from the side-scrolling action.

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Control Poochy in this 3DS-exclusive game mode. Photo: Nintendo

This game also has a Yoshi crafting mode where you can scratch your creative itch by painting your own yarn Yoshi any way you like. But like the Poochy stage, it’s just a way for players to take a break from the main story.

So if you haven’t played Yoshi’s Wooly World, what can you expect from the 3DS port? As I mentioned before, the main game is a side-scrolling platformer that has simple controls. You’ll have classic jumps and Yoshi’s eating abilities, which allow him to throw yarn eggs at enemies and find secret areas. If you’re familiar with Super Mario World 2 Yoshi’s Island, then tossing yarn eggs will be second nature.

You’ll make your way through each stage and defeat the bosses until you finally defeat the game. It’s very straightforward, but trying to collect every flower and Yoshi yarn roll will have players retrying levels over and over to get 100 percent completion, providing hours of playtime.

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Each level has secret areas where you can find more items to help you get 100 percent completion. Photo: Nintendo

The difficulty of Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World is rather low. Enemies aren’t the threat when going through each level, falling through stages is a bigger concern, and the bosses are not particularly challenging. Each boss has a particular way of defeating them, whether it’s to hit them in the stomach with a yarn egg or simply stomping on their head; once you figure it out, it’s a breeze for experienced players.

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Classic bosses show up in 'Poochy and Yoshi's Wooly World' Photo: Nintendo

Overall, Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World is a great casual platformer for those looking for that experience on-the-go. It’s lower difficulty and charming environments also makes this a great game for younger audiences. But if you’ve played the game on the Wii U, you may not get much out of the 3DS version. While the Poochy stage is plenty fun as a way to take a breather from the main story it’s not enough to warrant purchasing the game again.

Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World will release for Nintendo 3DS on Feb. 3.

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