Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World 3DS Review

I’ve been so wrapped up in news of upcoming The Nintendo Switch, *the revolutionary home and portable console hybrid. March the 3rd is so close now that I can almost feel it in my hands, which I should have got hands-on with until the weather decided to have it’s way and prevent me from getting to London. If you want to bag yourself one… then good luck! As it stands right now I may not be able to get one myself as foolishly expecting it to be the estimated and only educational guesses at that price range, the actual price range for now, while not outrageous is a little out of my grasp…. there I go again getting carried away with the Switch.. focus.* that I completely overlooked Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World. Sure, I knew it was on it’s way to 3DS but I assumed it was going to be a sequel to a game you just wouldn’t think could get any ‘yarn’ cuter than it already was.

I get the feeling they may have had the help from the shreddies knitting nannies here. A sequel it is not! And is actually a port of the excellent Wii U title which we were fortunate enough to have reviewed.
Ports of existing games is no new thing with Nintendo, it is something they have done since the launch of my all-time favorite console the Super Nintendo with Mario All-Stars and have continued to do so with every consoles since and will continue to do so with GameCube and potentially DS as a series ports coming to The Switch.

The game follows the same story of it’s Wii U counter part with Kamek turning the Yoshi clan into balls of yarn and scattering them throughout the islands as he makes his escape. It’s up to Yoshi  a staple character arguably as famous as his best friend to save his kin… not the princess.

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World opts for the more traditional hub/level layout of the Mario series unlike the Mario 3D hub of the Wii U version.
Oddly, although named in the title, I’m yet to encounter Poochy and perhaps he is hidden in a power badge. Instead you are faithfully accompanied by three Poochy pups, which means Poochy is a Mom… Or a Dad, which I don’t believe is disclosed. The pup’s really are a person’s best friend as your loyal minions.. I mean lovable and loyal friends,are not afraid to get stuck right into the action. Just like Poochy and Yoshi.. they just knit sew well together.

In Mellow mode you once again don a pair of wing’s that can help you float and land to safety and you have your trio of pet’s, because one is simply just not enough at your disposal. They act as the eggs you would usually collect from the boxes, which in Mellow mode, will not jump out when you hit it. Instead the pups fire in the direction of baddies, blocks and obstacles and will run straight back to you even after the act of launching them into harms way. They are essentially unlimited cannon fodder that are not to be sniffed at, as these helpful pooches also come to your aid helping you to discover invisible Or not so obvious secrets throughout the game.
Of course turning off Mellow mode will provide more challenge without a safety blanket for more avid than casual players. But Mellow mode is excellent for the younger audience as they will get a feeling of accomplishment and reward for finding and completing the levels with the many collectibles throughout the game, and with just a little help.

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World, while a port, bring’s a host of new features including an adorable knitted Poochy Amiibo. For those that still love to collect Amiibo like myself.


A subtle change in the main games hub is the addition of Pooch’s hut. Additional challenges are found here and if you successfully land on a flower when you jump through the end of level hoop, you are rewarded a Gold rush token. Poochy’ hut is a great collect-0-thon mode allowing you to play a level where you need to meet three level objectives and collect your three pooches along the way, and then Gold rush mode where you chase after Lakitu as he throws out Gold gems for you to try to collect in one go.

All these aspects make this version/port of Yoshi’s Woolly World the definitive version. It is perfect for the 3DS and I’m sorry I can’t shut up about it would also be a perfect addition to The Switch… while they are at it.. Super Princess Peach 2 for The Switch please Mr Miyamoto san.

At risk of repeating myself here, one thing that I love about the series is that it has always been consistently faithful to the original games mechanics which always makes it feel familiar under the surface with an always fresh skin.

For a full game review please head on over to the original review http://justchelseam.com/yoshis-woolly-world-wii-u-review/

Kirby: Planet Robobot 3DS review

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Playing through this game took me back to when I first encountered the pink gas ball. Who, was originally an off white on the cover of the original game on the GameBoy DMG. A big clunky portable with a green screen that could produce great sound and had 8 Bit pixel graphics just like the NES. This was also the first time I also tried Caribbean cuisine at a friends house. I wondered what on earth appealed to people about corn on the cob, having not yet acquired the taste for the delicious vegetable. And I am sure he too didn’t appreciate my butter covered fingers all over his GameBoy either.
Having said that I did not actually own my first GameBoy until about 6 years ago, (I collect old video games). I opted for at the time, the impressive Game Gear. With a colour display and an unhealthy appetite for AA batteries. Six of them at a time. As opposed to the GameBoy’s humble four. As a Nintendo fan even at that age, the GameBoy just did not seem too appealing. Perhaps I missed out, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Game Gear throughout my time of owning it and have no regrets.

WVW69jWSh9cLjrEoEjI can’t really pretend to know and have played every Kirby game that has been released.
Apart from Dream Land and up until Planet Robot, I had once sampled Triple Deluxe which was not only visually impressive.. but from what I played had all the right components of what makes a great Video Game.
Kirby has never really taken much of a break in the way of releases over the last couple of decades. Sometimes at a push a year or three without a release, but he has pretty much appeared on every system Nintendo has released. Spanning over 24 games and then some, in appearances.
Playing Planet Robobot is exactly what you would want if you asked for Kirby to be remade for a new generation. It has robots for a start! Who doesn’t like them? And when you find you can get into a Mech Body suit your inner child (or your actual child) will squeal with delight.

WVW69jWSi-g2o8hT9HFor each of the invading robots firmly rooted legs is an area that has levels, and is also an enemy base. Your job is to find code cubes which are small metallic cubes with circuits on them. You need to collect so many to progress, and, unlock levels that have no pathway to them.

There is a plethora of abilities and upgrades for not only Kirby himself, but also for the mech suits you can control.

Ability suits will see you change your appearance more times than a pantomime performer and you will grin from ear to ear when you unless the elements of the like of  electricity, flames, ice and more.

Plus your suit appearance’s based on the poor fellow you just swallowed and digested seem like a tribute to many of Nintendo’s rosta of characters. Though don’t take that for gospel, just speculation.

WVW69jWSeSA24bNMF8WVW69jWSicApaIhqRUAs with a lot of the Kirby titles, there are big stars that transport Kirby around, from taking you to different areas of the level to the background and foreground, which is a mechanic not often used in video games and looks great on 3D.

WVW69jWS3TgALrrShgThere are some levels where you won’t get all three Code cubes in one attempt, so there is some replay value to the game to keep you going. There are also stickers scattered around to find and collect to complete the whole set. Some of the stickers are rarer than others and may take some grinding to get them all. There are also various puzzle patterns to follow, which if successful, will hold one of the levels code cubes inside. And also the mechanics of the game also do a good job at challenging your mental ability and problem solving.

Though I am only currently on area 4, my only criticism is the Boss battles which are not particularly challenging… but they may turn up a couple of notches as you get past the mid way mark.

 

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I don’t think it is unfair to say this games borrows elements from many of Nintendo’s classics, from Donkey Kong to Bomberman. Or, could it be they took influence from Kirby? Either way it is all bundled into a great play style. Throughout the game Kirby will find a special power up, that will completely transform the Mech suit he’s in into a vehicle of sorts. Much like Yoshi’s transformations in his games. You will enjoy a ship shoot em up zones (shmup) to diving and driving a fast car, which is actually really enjoyable.

*All images used are screenshots done by myself and created using the Miiverse app on the Nintendo 3DS

Yoshi’s Woolly World Wii U review

images (2)Pretty much a sequel to 2014’s New Yoshi’s Island 3DS.
The classic collectables are present, the Sunflower, the Pink jumping stars and the Red coins. Of course for this entry there are also wraps of yarn to collect, Since the plot of the game is the evil Kamek casts a spell on all the Yoshi inhabitants and they unravel into 5 bundles of yarn. Yoshi, along with erm, other Yoshi, are fortunate enough to avoid being unravelled as they stumble into a giant pile of Wool. Despite the Yoshi’s best efforts to stop Kamek taking their clan, Kamek takes off with them scattering some over various areas of the island as he struggles with the weight of the sack.

The level hub is quite similar to that of a Mario Galaxy hub. By which I mean a free roaming 3D area. It really once again shows how much of an impact the Mario 64 & Galaxy series had on the future of Mario, or in this case Yoshi games. And how we long for a 3rd instalment of the galaxy series. Maybe the NX anyone?

images (5)This game is not the walk in the park it’s cute outset seems. It’s actually Quite challenging, even the most seasoned video gamers will find great challenge while being wowed by the little touches of genius that are thrown in. My personal favourite moment has to be when you see a chain chomp that turns into a bolder when a yarn ball is thrown at it.

So much thought went in to this game, from the textures, the textiles, the new moves/Yoshi Transformations.. It’s just, so, damn charming! Everything you see on screen has been designed to look like wool. There are even yarn spools which are used for Yoshi to unravel and spin off when going to an island.
There are even more Incredible transformations to be seen when the yarn balls hit an enemy/piece of scenery or a warp pipe.

Unlike it’s Mario counter part there is no time limits on levels. Similar to some Mario games you can also back track in places if you have missed collectables.

It’s an absolute delight from the great soundtrack and it’s cheerful appearance. It’s certainly a Yoshi’s island game indeed with it’s classic mechanics of controls almost unchanged since Yoshi’s Island.

images (6)There are some second player opportunities with Amiibo, you can swallow you co-op partners Yoshi and they become an egg, very handy for levels that are fast moving and obtaining yarn balls is tricky. Of course the Yoshi that has just been swallowed up and passed through his relative will return back to normal after being launched in-to an object.images (4)

Power badges bought with collected gems can buy abilities and help. These can be purchased on the level hub, and, in the pause menu if you’re having difficulty on say, a lava level. You can even use a yarn Dog named Poochy from your power badges. My daughters favorite character in the game. Acting like a second player, he can crumple enemies, stop you taking damage from spikes and images (3)even let you know when you are near secrets. Though I think he unlocks after you first encounter him in world 2.

Mellow mode is handy if children are struggling with certain levels. You get wings that have no flight limit, sometimes this makes some levels seem easy, whereas almost essential to get through other levels. Don’t be fooled by thinking this will make the game a walk in the park. It doesn’t give you invincibility, and, although the flight time is constant, you fly in a line, you cant gain height unless you bounce of an enemy or take a leap from a high ledge or platform. Again this can be accessed at any time through the pause menu.

and of course there are also character skins for Yoshi to wear with compatible Amiibo. In Co-op mode you can have many different combinations of character patterns for Yoshi including Mario and Sonic.

 

People often say time and time again the Wii U has no games, as in ” good games. ” Well the fact is my friends that nearly every single game I have played for the Wii U has been fantastic. Time and time again Nintendo produce some of the most innovative, memorable gaming moments right to your Lounge. Yoshi’s Woolly World being an exception…. because it’s Woolly Brilliant!

 

Yoshi’s Woolly world is available to buy now.

The Game itself has an RRP of £39.99

The digital edtion RRP of £39.99

And Amiibo & game pack start from £49.99