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Yoshi's Woolly World
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Developer(s) Good-Feel
Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U
Release date Australia June 25, 2015[1]
Europe June 26, 2015[2]
Japan July 16, 2015[3]
USA October 16, 2015[4]
Genre Platformer
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
USK:USK 0.svg - All ages
Mode(s) Single-player
Wii U:
Media CD icon.png Optical disc
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Wii U:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)

Yoshi's Woolly World (originally called Yarn Yoshi[5]) is a 2.5D side-scrolling game for the Wii U by Good-Feel. It is the first Yoshi home console game in 18 years, with Yoshi's Story preceding it. The game takes place in a handcrafted universe, similar to the one in Kirby's Epic Yarn, which was also developed by Good-Feel. It follows the adventure of a Yoshi tribe trying to catch up and defeat the evil wizard Kamek, who unwove their fellows and scattered their materials across six worlds.

Like with most other Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software titles, this title can be purchased at retail stores or from the Nintendo eShop. The digital version requires 7991.8 MB (approx. 7.8 GB) of memory to be installed. Due to the software's size, standard set Wii U consoles cannot download it without an external storage device, but Deluxe Wii U consoles are able to.

A port of this game titled Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World was released for Nintendo 3DS in 2017.


The game takes place in Craft Island. Kamek turns the Yarn Yoshis into Wonder Wool, but misses two of them, who have to save the rest.[6]


Results screen.

Yoshi's Woolly World is a platform game with textile and fabric environment which plays similarly to Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Story, with many features coming from these games. With his extensible tongue, Yoshi is able to abduct enemies into his mouth and either eat them or spit them out as projectiles; however, instead of turning them into Yoshi Eggs as in earlier games, he now turns them into yarn balls, which can be thrown just like eggs. They can also be thrown at objects such as platforms and Warp Pipes made of strings and needles in order to make them solid. Smiley Flowers and Winged Clouds return and coins are replaced by beads. Each level contains 20 "Stamp Patches" hidden inside common-looking beads, similarly to the Red Coins found in Yoshi's Island games. Collecting a number of Stamp Patches grants the player a set of Stamps. The hit point system returns from Yoshi's Story. As the Yoshis are attacked by enemies, their Health Meter decreases and can be replenished with Hearts.

The game features two options for standard gameplay. The first is "Classic Mode", which is the standard gameplay similar to previous Yoshi platforming games. The second mode is "Mellow Mode". In this mode, Yoshi is Winged Yoshi and players can fly around freely, providing an easier experience. Players can switch between the two modes at any time via the pause menu.[4]

The game spans six worlds, as well as a main hub area. Similarly to Super Mario 3D World, the player is able to roam freely between the levels on the world map without being restricted to walking along set paths.


Two Yoshis playing in co-op.

In co-op mode, the players control two Yoshis, Green Yoshi and Red Yoshi. A Yoshi is able to eat their partner and either swallow them to use them as a yarn ball or spit them out to destroy obstacles. However, when a Yoshi eats their partner, the Yoshi getting eaten loses all of their yarn balls. If one of the Yoshis goes too far off screen it is placed into a flying Yoshi Egg and transported to the other Yoshi. When one of the Yoshis goes down a Warp Pipe the other one is transported with it simultaneously. A Yoshi is able to jump onto another Yoshi and use it as a platform.[7]


The three Yarn Yoshi amiibo
Mario, Link, and Donkey Kong patterns

The game makes use of amiibo, and a series of yarn-made Yoshi amiibo was released alongside the game. When a Yarn Yoshi amiibo is scanned, it will provide a Double Yoshi mode. Double Yoshi mode functions similarly to the Double Mario power-up from Super Mario 3D World, in that both Yoshis follow the single player's inputs, but with the additional functions of co-op mode.[4] Instead, if the normal version of the Yoshi amiibo is scanned, a normal Yoshi copy will appear. Any Yoshi amiibo scanned will also unlock them for the amiibo tent upon completing the level.

In addition to the yarn amiibo, every Mario-related amiibo except Daisy, Waluigi and Boo, every Super Smash Bros. series amiibo except Pokémon and DLC characters, and the Inkling amiibo from the Splatoon series are compatible with the game and will unlock a pattern based on the character.[8] Any other amiibo unlocks a special amiibo Yoshi, a green Yarn Yoshi wearing an amiibo shirt.


Main playable characters

Yoshi's Woolly World supports three game saves. Each is denoted with one of the three Yoshi colors available as Yarn Yoshi amiibo; green, pink, and light-blue. When the player starts a new game under one the save files, their default Yoshi will be the same color as the save file. Furthermore, copying a file that does not have World 6-8 (King Bowser's Castle) complete to another save slot will change which color of Yoshi is available. Red Yoshi is always available from the start, regardless of the selected save file. The other Yoshi colors (light-blue and pink if playing on the green game save) are unlocked after rescuing their yarn from Baby Bowser at the end of the game, or by scanning the Yarn Yoshi amiibo during a course and clearing it (though the second method adds them to the amiibo tent instead). Six of the colors can only be unlocked by completing King Bowser's Castle.

Additional playable characters

Main article: List of Yoshi designs in Yoshi's Woolly World

Many additional playable Yoshi designs can be unlocked by collecting Wonder Wool in the levels or by scanning different amiibo into the game.






Other characters

Items and objects

Yoshi's Transformations


This section is under construction. Therefore, please excuse its informal appearance while it's being worked on. We hope to have it completed as soon as possible.

World Course number Course name Description Yoshi unlocked
World 1 World 1-1 Yarn Yoshi Takes Shape! A basic introduction course showing off the game's mechanics. Flower Yoshi
World 1-2 Bounceabout Woods A course that takes place in the trees. It features the first Yoshi transformation - Umbrella Yoshi. Treetop Yoshi
World 1-3 Sponge Cave Spelunking A cave course that introduces Chomp Rocks. Circus Yoshi
World 1-4 Big Montgomery's Fort The first fortress of the game. Big Montgomery is the boss here. Hot Cocoa Yoshi
World 1-5 Knitty-Knotty Windmill Hill A plains course that features many windmills. Moo Moo Yoshi
World 1-6 Shy But Deadly A forest course with several bomb-wielding Shy Guys. Shy Guy Yoshi
World 1-7 Clawdaddy Beach A beach course containing many Clawdaddys. Yoshimelon
World 1-8 Burt the Bashful's Castle A castle course where Burt the Bashful is fought. Burt the Yoshi
World 1-S Hang Tongue! A course containing disappearing waves and large numbers of Shy Guys. Wii U Deluxe Yoshi
World 2 World 2-1 Across the Fluttering Dunes A desert course with moving sand scarves. Safari Yoshi
World 2-2 Duplicitous Delve A cave course featuring several Little Mousers. Cinnamon Yoshi
World 2-3 Walk the Chomp to Unwind A course the contains Frame Chomps, which can turn into Chomp Rocks when hit with a Yarn Ball. Citrus Yoshi
World 2-4 Knot-Wing the Koopa's Fort A fortress course where Knot-Wing the Koopa is fought. Ashen Yoshi
World 2-5 Spiky Stroll A spiky course where Poochy is introduced. Poochy Yoshi
World 2-6 Lava Scarves and Red-Hot Blarggs A volcanic course featuring Blarggs and lava. Flame Yoshi
World 2-7 The Desert Pyramid Beckons! A large maze course inside a pyramid. Skeleton Yoshi
World 2-8 Bunson the Hot Dog's Castle The second castle of the game, where Bunson the Hot Dog is fought. Bunson the Yoshi
World 2-S Perils of the Perplexing Pyramid A course containing three puzzles based on manipulating enemies: first a Koopa Troopa's shell, then a Tap-Tap, and finally a Monty Mole. Wii Yoshi
World 3 World 3-1 Yoshi and Cookies A course containing several round and square cookies. Cookie Yoshi
World 3-2 Wobble Mobile Jaunt A course containing several mobiles. Playtime Yoshi
World 3-3 Scarf-Roll Scamper A course with lots of climbable walls and Wall Lakitus. Scarf Roll Yoshi
World 3-4 Big Montgomery's Bubble Fort A fortress containing many bubbles and a rematch against Big Montgomery. Yogurt Yoshi
World 3-5 Fluffin' Puffin Babysitting A level in the sky featuring Fluffin' Puffins. Fluffin' Puffin Yoshi
World 3-6 A-Mazing Post Pounding Pound Post Yoshi
World 3-7 Fanciful Fluff and Feathers Candyfloss Yoshi
World 3-8 Miss Cluck the Insincere's Castle A castle course where Miss Cluck the Insincere is fought. Miss Cluck the Yoshi
World 3-S Woollet Bill's Last Ride An auto-scrolling course where Yoshi must travel on Woollet Bill cloud trails. GameCube Yoshi
World 4 World 4-1 Monkeying Round and Round A level with moving ropes and Ukikis. Jungle Yoshi
World 4-2 Lakitu Peekaboo Lakitu Yoshi
World 4-3 Rollin' Down the River A level on a lake with Lunge Fish. Apple Yoshi
World 4-4 Knot-Wing the Koopa's Aqua Fort A water fortress containing Poochy and a rematch against Knot-Wing the Koopa. Aqua Yoshi
World 4-5 Sunset at Curtain Falls An autoscrolling course where Yoshi must ride curtains to the goal. Camo Yoshi
World 4-6 Spooky Scraps! Don't Get Spooked! The game's first ghost house course. Nighttime Yoshi
World 4-7 Yoshi Branches Out Leopard Yoshi
World 4-8 Naval Piranha's Sewer A sewer-type castle where Naval Piranha is fought. Naval Piranha Yoshi
World 4-S Naval Piranha 2: Now It's Personal! An auto-scrolling course where the player must outrun a pursuing Naval Piranha. Nintendo 64 Yoshi
World 5 World 5-1 Fluffy Snow, Here We Go! Alpine Yoshi
World 5-2 Frozen Solid and Chilled Glacier Yoshi
World 5-3 Flying-Carpet Cruise Panda Yoshi
World 5-4 Big Montgomery's Ice Fort An icy fortress containing the final match against Big Montgomery. Frostbite Yoshi
World 5-5 A Little Light Snowfall Star Yoshi
World 5-6 Up Shuttlethread Pass Trousers Yoshi
World 5-7 Snowy Mountain Lift Tour Blizzard Yoshi
World 5-8 Snifberg the Unfeeling's Castle An castle with icy blocks and icy platforms; contains a boss battle against Snifberg the Unfeeling. Snifberg the Yoshi
World 5-S Yoshi's Curtain Call A fast autoscrolling course where Yoshi must ride several curtains to the goal. Super NES Yoshi
World 6 World 6-1 Lair of the Smooch Spiders Sunset Yoshi
World 6-2 Snag-Stitch Mountain Hornet Yoshi
World 6-3 Vamoose the Lava Sluice! Lava Yoshi
World 6-4 Knot-Wing the Koopa's Sky Fort A fortress in the sky where Knot-Wing the Koopa is fought for the final time. Bubblegum Yoshi
World 6-5 Yoshi, the Terror of All Boos The final ghost house course; features Boos. Spooky Yoshi
World 6-6 Feel Fuzzy, Get Clingy Painty Yoshi
World 6-7 Kamek's Last-Ditch Flyby A cloudy sky course where Kamek tries to stop the player from reaching Bowser's castle. Kamek Yoshi
World 6-8 King Bowser's Castle A castle course where Baby Bowser and Mega Baby Bowser are fought. Leading up to the boss battle, Yoshi must collect four different colors of yarn, each existing as various Shy Guys throughout the course. Baby Bowser Yoshi
World 6-S Skeleton Goonies' Lava Lair NES Yoshi
Craft Island World ☆-S Wonderful World of Wool A lengthy course featuring several areas - each one based off of previous worlds' themes. Unlocking this course requires all 270 Smiley Flowers in the game accessable prior to unlocking this level. Shiny Platinum Yoshi

References to other games


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Yoshi's Woolly World.


Main article: List of Yoshi's Woolly World staff

Pre-release and unused content

Main article: List of Yoshi's Woolly World pre-release and unused content

During levels, the playable character Yoshi started out being made only of some yarn threads in his shape—however, using his tongue, the player could swallow Shy Guys to turn Yoshi into a three-dimensional, amigurumi crochet form.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヨッシー ウールワールド
Yosshī ūru wārudo
Yoshi Wool World


  • Although Yoshi's Woolly World was released in 2015, the 2014 game Super Smash Bros. for Wii U managed to include a stage based upon this game titled Woolly World. On the official Super Smash Bros. Facebook page, it's stated that the stage was put in late in development.
  • This is the only game in the Yoshi series to be released in PAL regions before anywhere else.


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  5. ^ Two Zelda Games, Mario, Mario Kart and Other Fan-Favorite Franchises Planned for Wii U | GoNintendo - What are YOU waiting for?
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  8. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-05-26-yoshis-woolly-world-features-unlockable-character-skins