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  1. Jason Clement

    Review: Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World

    Developer: Good Feel Publisher: Nintendo Platform: 3DS Release Date: February 3, 2017 ESRB: E for Everyone Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World is the latest in a string of games that have been ported down from Wii U to 3DS by Nintendo over the last few years. It began with Hyrule Warriors (which gained a "Legends" suffix for the handheld port), then Super Mario Maker (which gained a "3DS" suffix), and now we've come down to Yoshi's Woolly World, which has gained a prefix this time around with the addition of 'Poochy' to the title. Developer Good Feel has also added a number of new additions and modes this time around, keeping this from being merely a direct port, but is it enough to convince fans of the Wii U version to double dip? Despite the addition of the yarn pooch's name to the title, this still remains Yoshi's game though it does emphasize Poochy's increased appearance through several new and exclusive modes. The most notable of these is Poochy Dash, in which you race through auto-runner stages as the yarn pooch, collecting yarn beads and Poochy Pups along the way. They offer a nice break from the normal Yoshi levels and even offer a few objectives to clear in each level, but they're over fairly quickly. Also new to this version is Mellow Mode, which essentially makes the game as painless as possible by giving Yoshi an infinite hover jump and three Poochy Pups that can be tossed instead of eggs (and will always return to you) as well as sniff out secrets and assist in subduing certain enemies. Additionally, there's a mode that allows you to knit a whole new look for Yoshi that gives the game a nice, extra bit of customization, as well as Yoshi Theater, which houses 31 short, stop-motion videos that feature Yarn Yoshi and Poochy in real-world environments doing, uh... cute things and being generally adorable. They unlock one day at a time, however, which can get a little frustrating if you want to see all of them. Good Feel even made some optimizations to the game's overworld, which is now laid out in a traditional side-scrolling view (a la classic Yoshi's Island) instead of using the Wii U version's sprawling, open, birds-eye-view mode to navigate to each area. You can also use the new Poochy amiibo to bring Poochy into stages alongside Yoshi for extra assistance, which is a neat new wrinkle to the game. Of course, the original game still remains as charming and fun as ever. However, the visuals do take a hit on the smaller screen, with all of the sharp detail of the Wii U version gone and looking a bit more muddy on the 3DS. The scenery and backgrounds in each level are still discernible as yarn creations, but the detail and threads on Yoshi are a lot less noticeable here; it looks more like Yoshi has low resolution yarn pattern laid out on his low-poly model. That said, it's impressive that Good Feel were able to make it look as good as they did on a less powerful device, and those that never played the original game won't notice the difference anyhow. If you haven't played the original Yoshi's Woolly World, the experience is largely modeled after the gameplay of previous Yoshi's Island games in which you run, jump and solve minor platforming puzzles throughout side-scrolling levels. Woolly World's additional spin on the experience, in which the entire world and its characters are all made out of yarn, means that you can manipulate levels' terrain in various ways, such as tugging on a string that's been tied into a bow on a wall to unravel the entire area and reveal secrets within. Instead of eggs, Yoshi acquires balls of yarn that he can throw at enemies and create platforms out of. Certain areas might look a little bent out of shape, meaning you can push against and bunch up the wall so that you can see what's hiding behind it. It all amounts to the most creative Yoshi game since the original Yoshi's Island, and though not every single level is memorable, each one does attempt a new gameplay idea that keeps the game feeling fresh all along. Additionally, there are a ton of collectibles in each level to discover and to go back to if you missed them the first time around, and there's even impetus of additional content you can play if you collect it all. Also, did I mention the music is insanely good in this game? There's a wide variety of different musical styles employed here, from guitar and piano melodies to more jazzy and experimental synth songs; it's one of the most varied and experimental soundtracks I've heard from a Nintendo game in a while and it's incredibly catchy to boot. So is Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World worth your time? If you've never played the original, I'd say absolutely, though I still think the original is the best way to experience it thanks to its enhanced visuals. But if you have played the Wii U version, it largely depends on whether the new material matters to you. None of it is particularly makes this a more engaging version, but Yoshi die-hards will appreciate and lap up all of the new content (especially the stuff featuring Poochy). At the end of the day, Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World is yet another great way to play what is easily one of the best new classic games released in recent years. If you've not played the original and prefer to play it on the go, it's not to be missed. Pros + Great, inspired game design that is tied to its visual style + Amazing soundtrack + Solid amount of content to play through, plus extra content that is unlocked after seeking out collectibles Cons - While the visuals are still impressive for what the 3DS can do, they're scaled down quite a bit here and yarn details are a lot more blurry here - Your mileage may vary when it comes to whether you find the new Poochy content worth buying this version specifically for Overall Score: 8 (out of 10) Great Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World is a solid port of a great game that shouldn't be missed, though its visuals suffer a downgrade in the process, and the added content doesn't quite merit a purchase if you're buying it for that alone. Disclosure: This game was reviewed using downloadable code provided by the publisher
  2. Marcus Estrada

    Yoshi's Wooly World Screenshot 2

    From the album: Marcus's Album

  3. Marcus Estrada

    Yoshi's Wooly World Screenshot 1

    From the album: Marcus's Album

  4. The holiday known as Easter was originally created to commemorate the famous Jesus Christ coming back from the dead (not as a zombie, of course). Then people just sorta morphed it into a day where we worship some giant, candy-addicted rabbit who hides eggs for children to find (I don“t trust the guy, I tell ya). Well okay, so we don“t actually worship the thing (that“d just be silly), but we do treat him as a kind of animal version of Santa Claus – the other guy who stole a holiday from poor Jesus. You know what also tends to have animal characters stealing the spotlight from humans every now and again? Why, the world of gaming, of course! Plenty of games have starred some pretty heroic animals, with some more heroic than others. So to celebrate that Easter Bunny“s big day, let“s countdown what I think are the top 10 most heroic video game animals. What? You don“t feel like it? Well that“s too bad, because I“m gonna do it anyway. #10: Crash Bandicoot - Crash Bandicoot Series - Disregarding the fact that most people don“t know what the hell a bandicoot even is, Crash Bandicoot is the most heroic one there is (and also the only bandicoot featured in any game ever). Genetically altered by the mad Doctor Neo Cortex, this wily bandicoot never hesitates to oppose the evil scientist who once experimented on him and foil his plans for world domination. And while he hasn“t done a whole lot of world-saving lately, he“s still a heroic enough animal to make it on this list. #9: Klonoa - Klonoa Series - Next up on our animalistic countdown is this rabbit…cat…dog thing that goes by the name Klonoa. Actually, his place in the animal kingdom was never officially established, now that I think about it… Let“s just call him a "cabbit" for now. Anyway, featured in the series that shares his name, Klonoa is a Dream Traveler, which is exactly what it sounds like – someone who travels to different dream worlds. As a Dream Traveler, this little cabbit is fated to traverse many different endangered dreams and save them. And even though he doesn“t really have a choice in the matter (thus is fate), the awesome role Klonoa is given makes him a pretty heroic animal in my book. #8: Spyro the Dragon - Spyro Series - Without a doubt, dragons are the coolest animals of all time. Of course, they don“t actually exist unless you count posers like komodo dragons, but they most certainly exist in video games so we“re counting them in this list. One such dragon is the one and only Spyro, who you may know from such series as the one sharing his name and its spin-off known as Skylanders. And whether he“s on a quest to save the Dragon Realms or saving Skylands with his fellow Skylanders, this dragon“s heroic deeds land him a spot in this thing you“re reading. #7: Sly Cooper - Sly Cooper Series - There“s no honor among thieves. Well, unless you“re Sly Cooper of course, in which case you“ve got plenty of the stuff. Enough to be given a spot on this list, anyway, which is really all you need in the end (it“s actually not, so take my word with a grain of salt). Whether he“s chasing down his father“s murderer while retrieving his family“s stolen legacy or thieving with his ancestors through time, this raccoon is as cool as he is heroic. And while his occupation might make you grimace at my calling him a hero, the fact that he only steals from enemy gangs, corrupt governments, and crime syndicates rather than the innocent makes Sly Cooper about as heroic as the infamous anthropomorphic thief known as Robin Hood. #6: Amaterasu - ÅŒkami Series - While technically more of a sun goddess than an actual wolf, Amaterasu“s wolf form makes her more than eligible for this list. Making her debut in the incredibly artsy ÅŒkami, this lovely canine is probably Capcom“s most recognizable animal hero. Amaterasu even features alongside other Capcom favs in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. Whether scrubbing a curse from the world or facing off against comic book characters, one thing“s for certain – Amaterasu is one of gaming“s coolest animal heroes, even if she“s actually a goddess in disguise. #5: Fox McCloud - Star Fox Series - Doin“ barrel rolls since before it was cool, Fox McCloud is one of gaming“s most famous animals. Of course, being one of Nintendo“s big IPs pretty much guarantees him such fame, but he has a pretty good amount of heroism to back himself up. Not only does he tend to save worlds, but he has been responsible for saving the whole Lylat System time and time again from such threats as the well-known evil scientist Andross, whether he takes the form of a big polygonal face, a giant head-with-hands, or a friggin“ brain. It takes a special kind of hero to take on a giant brain. #4: Banjo & Kazooie - Banjo-Kazooie Series - What“s this? Two characters sharing one spot on this countdown? The nerve! But because this bear and bird are always sharing the same adventures and are rarely seen apart from each other (aw, how sweet…if a bit weird), I“d say it“s fair. And also shut up, it“s my list and I can do what I want. Anyway, as far as heroes go, Banjo and Kazooie are a pretty goofy pair, but a fantastic one nonetheless. At least, their games are pretty awesome. And no matter how hard the witch/skeleton/robot Gruntilda tries to wreak havoc, this bear and bird pair will always be there to stop her. #3: Donkey Kong - Donkey Kong Series - Nintendo“s flagship character, Mario, owes a lot to the mighty ape known as Donkey Kong, as he wouldn“t have really been anything if he weren“t saving his girlfriend from the beast back in the day. However, the girlfriend-stealin“ gorilla we knew back then isn“t the DK we“re throwing on our countdown. No, that one has since grown up to be known as Cranky Kong, while Donkey Kong Jr. has grown up to become the Donkey Kong we know today. Making his debut in Donkey Kong Jr., where he saved his dad from the suddenly-evil-for-some-reason Mario, Donkey Kong went on to star in a freaking awesome series of croc-bashing, tiki-torching platformers that prove just how much he deserves to be in a list like this. #2: Yoshi - Super Mario Bros. Series - Going back even further in Mario“s lifetime, if it weren“t for the courageous dinosaur we all know and love named Yoshi, Mushroom Kingdom“s savior wouldn“t have even gotten past infancy. This heroic dino was introduced in Super Mario World, but didn“t get the chance to truly play hero until its sequel, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi“s Island; although technically he got a chance to play hero long before Mario did. Yoshi has starred in several other games since then, such as Yoshi“s Story and the upcoming Wii U title Yarn Yoshi, and with all those adventures under his belt (or saddle; whatever that shell-thing is), Yoshi is one of gaming“s most iconic animal heroes. #1: Sonic the Hedgehog - Sonic the Hedgehog Series - But gaming“s most iconic animal hero is probably our speedy pal Sonic the Hedgehog. Entering the gaming world (at the speed of sound) as Sega“s answer to Nintendo“s mascot Mario, Sonic has been one of the most famous video game heroes to come out of the animal kingdom. Sure, he“s had a few missteps, but that never stopped his momentum in the race to be #1 on our countdown (the race none of these characters knew about). With so many fantastic titles on his résumé, and hopefully some more to come in the future, Sonic earns the title of the most heroic video game animal. If you were real, Sonic, I“d give you an award of some kind. Do you agree with these choices? What heroic video game animals would you have placed on the list?
  5. Yesterday's Wii U Direct broadcast gave us a plethora of interesting news from Nintendo, including announcements for a new 3D Super Mario title, a Wii U Mario Kart, a new Zelda title; the unveiling of an HD Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake for the Wii U, complete with screenshots; a surprise reveal of Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem; and some new info on the Wii U's Virtual Console. There's just one thing, though - where's Yoshi in all this news? Well, he's been all yarn'd up and will soon be setting out on an entirely new adventure by the minds that brought you the very unique Wii title Kirby's Epic Yarn, in a game known only as Yarn Yoshi. As you have probably guessed (the game title kinda gives it a way), Yarn Yoshi is a game very much like Kirby's own yarn-filled adventure, with a little Yoshi made of yarn running around a crafty-looking world. Only Yarn Yoshi looks much more beautiful and stylized on the Wii U than Kirby's Epic Yarn did on the Wii. One could even say this game goes back to the infamous N64 title Yoshi's Story, which had a similar style for the world. Speaking of Yoshi's Story, Yoshi's Wii U debut will actually be his very first home console game since his N64 adventure way back in 1998. Not only that, but Yoshi's Story and Yoshi's Island director Takashi Tezuka will be returning to run this game's operation. There was no release date given for Yarn Yoshi, but there were indeed a few gorgeous images to ogle at: Are you excited for Yoshi's new adventure? Do you like the Epic Yarn style of the game?
  6. Jordan Haygood

    Yarn Yoshi 3

    From the album: Yoshi's Epic Yarn

    © Nintendo

  7. Jordan Haygood

    Yarn Yoshi 2

    From the album: Yoshi's Epic Yarn

    © Nintendo

  8. Jordan Haygood

    Yarn Yoshi

    From the album: Yoshi's Epic Yarn

    © Nintendo

  9. Marcus Estrada

    Rumor: Yoshi's Land Coming to Wii U

    Do you remember how just a little while ago, someone apparently gained access to the Wii U's debug mode? Once in there, they were able to see a lot of things, including listings for unannounced games. One such game was titled "Yoshi's Land". Today, listings have been discovered for the game which may help solidify its existence. Retailers Future Shop and Best Buy both have listings for the game. In the case of Best Buy it's only their Canadian storefront, but regardless, both sites show the same product numbers for said game. Best Buy even has a small description for it. Although we're all probably familiar with Yoshi, this little touch does help to make this seem a legitimate listing. However, no one will know if this is for real or not until Nintendo makes a statement. Here's what the store page says about "Yoshi's Land": "Take Yoshi on an epic adventure to remember in Yoshi Land for Nintendo Wii U. Check out Yoshi as you've never seen him before: in glorious high definition. Enjoy dual-screen control thanks to the Wii U Touchscreen GamePad, while you'll also be able to experience full integration with Nintendo's MiiVerse service." Do you think Yoshi's Land is really coming to Wii U?
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