The Switch is coming out in just ten days, but Nintendo hasn’t forgotten about its other handheld yet! Here’s Poochy & Yoshi’s Wooly World.
Being basically a port of a Wii U game, Wooly World retains the simplistic plot, the simple controls, the same (okay at best) soundtrack and the same abundance of colors.
The visuals are a highlight here. Playing on a normal 3DS XL, the game looked pretty good, all things considered. Sure, the game doesn’t look nearly as magnificent as its Wii U counterpart, but it does look pretty good for the handheld, regardless. The level of detail is still pretty good, the amount of colors is still very high and the framerate is very solid.
The controls are also pretty much the same as the Wii U counterpart, still pretty simple and responsive. All in all, when it comes to judging how loyal this port is to the original game, Poochy & Yoshi’s Wooly World does a very fine job. But what about its new additions?
The main addition in this version is the inclusion of Yoshi’s pet companion, Poochy. This incredibly adorable mascot has its own levels (which pretty much consist in endless runner-esque games), as well as being part of Yoshi’s team in the campaign, should decide to take it with you. Now, here’s a little problem.
Taking Poochy with you makes the game very easy. Too easy, in fact. While the original wasn’t exactly Ghosts n’ Goblins in terms of difficulty, it sure had its challenging moments. Poochy & Yoshi’s Wooly World is already slightly easier when Poochy is not around, but it becomes even easier when the little buddy is with you. This is an issue, as the main addition to game is pretty much catered to a more casual and inexperienced audience, leaving core gamers with basically nothing new to the table.
Thank goodness the original game was already pretty good, which leaves the more experienced players with basically a cheaper version of an excellent Wii U game on-the-go.
In the end, all I can say is that Wooly World is a pretty good addition to the 3DS library. It doesn’t push any boundaries, it doesn’t add that much from its Wii U big brother, and its new additions aren’t exactly brilliant, but it’s still a graphically surprising and quite relaxing game for the system. It’s good to know that, even though the Switch is right around the corner, Nintendo is still making some nice titles for the handheld. If you haven’t played the original, you should definitely pick it up for the 3DS. It’s cheaper and it has a tad little bit more of content, after all.
By the way, oh lord is this game adorable and sweet. Diabetes-inducing levels of sweet.