Yoshi's Woolly World

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This article is about the Wii U game. For the stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, see Woolly World. For the 3DS port, see Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World.
Yoshi's Woolly World
North American boxart from Yoshi's Woolly World.
For alternate box art, see the game's gallery.
Developer Good-Feel
Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo
Platforms 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 rating A - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
USK:USK 0.svg - All ages
Mode(s) Single-player
Wii U:
Compact disc icon for use in templates. Optical disc
Digital download icon for use in templates. 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 fifth main platform game starring Yoshi and the first Yoshi home console game since Yoshi's Story. 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 pursue 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 can.

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

As of November 7, 2017, Nintendo has terminated the Miiverse service, which renders this game's Miiverse stamps unusable.



The game's story revolves around Craft Island, a paradise for the Yoshis. One day, Kamek turns all but two of the Yoshis into Wonder Wools as a favor to Baby Bowser, who wishes to use the accumulated yarn to construct a new castle in his name. With the remaining two Yoshis noticing Kamek inadvertently dropping Wonder Wools around the areas next to Craft Island, they set out on a quest to collect them all and thus restore all of the unwoven Yoshis.

After Baby Bowser is defeated at his castle, Kamek uses his remaining Wonder Wools to make him more powerful. Despite this, Baby Bowser is again defeated, returning all of the remaining unwoven Yoshis back to normal. The Yoshis return to Craft Island, while Baby Bowser takes some time to "think about what he's done".


From the game's opening cinematic:

Narrator: Welcome to Craft Island, a tiny place in the middle of the Handmade Ocean. Life here for the Yoshi clan is nothing but peaceful and leisurely. Or rather, it HAD been nothing but peaceful and leisurely, until...
Kamek: "Hello, li'l Yoshis! Sorry to drop in so suddenly, but I need to turn you all into yarn! Thanks!"
Kamek: "Eh, at this rate, I'll be here through lunch. C'mon, I'm busy! EVERYONE becomes yarn!"
Kamek: "There. This should be plenty. Well, I'd better get back. Toodles!"
Kamek: "EEEEEEEEK! That's quite enough! I've had it with you annoying Yoshis!"
Narrator: There's still hope! As Kamek flies away, he drops a handful of yarn! A rather important Yoshi meeting is held... "What do we do to save the others?" "We need to get that yarn back!" "Hurry! After that naughty trickster!" And so another grand Yoshi adventure begins! Will they be able to knit their friends back together? Onwards, Yoshis!


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 New Island, with many features coming from these games. With their extensible tongue, Yoshis are 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 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 Health Meter system returns from Yoshi's Story. As the Yoshis are attacked by enemies, their Health Meter decreases and can be replenished with Hearts. Additionally, the life system from the Yoshi's Island games is retconned entirely; if a Yoshi loses all of the points to its Health Meter, they are simply booted back to either the beginning of the level or the last checkpoint they touched.

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.


The player may use a total of four different controllers to play the game: the Wii U GamePad, the Wii Remote held sideways, the Wii Classic Controller Pro, and the Wii U Pro Controller. Returning from the Yoshi's Island installments is the two control schemes: patient and hasty, with patient being the default control style. When throwing an egg, patient requires the player to push the egg throwing button again to throw the egg while hasty control schemes allow the Yoshi to throw an egg when the button is released. The Gyro control scheme, which takes advantage of Wii U gyro capabilities to line up the cursor rather than the cursor moving being automatic back and forth, returns from Yoshi's New Island, though it may only be used if the player has the Wii Remote selected as their controller, thus making it closer to its Wario Land: Shake It! counterpart.

There are two control styles, A style and B style. A style is the default style used for the game and in the game manuals.

Action(s) Input(s)
Wii U GamePad
Wii U Pro Controller
Wii Classic Controller Pro
Wii Remote (sideways)
Move +Control Pad / Classic Controller Left Control Stick +Control Pad
Jump A Button (hold to Flutter Jump) Two Button (hold to Flutter Jump)
Ground Pound A Button + +Control Pad down / Classic Controller a Button + Classic Controller Left Control Stick Two Button + +Control Pad down
Eat, spit out B Button (press to eat, press again to spit out) One Button (press to eat, press again to spit out)
Flick tongue upward B Button + +Control Pad up / Classic Controller b Button + Classic Controller Left Control Stick One Button + +Control Pad up
Crouch, swallow +Control Pad down / Classic Controller Left Control Stick +Control Pad down
Aim/throw yarn ball Patient: X Button / R Button (press to aim, press again to throw) Patient: A Button (press to aim, press again to throw)
Hasty: X Button / R Button (hold to aim, release to throw) Hasty: A Button (hold to aim, release to throw)
Lock target reticule Y Button / L Button (while aiming) B Button (while aiming)
Look up +Control Pad up / Classic Controller Left Control Stick +Control Pad up
Enter winged egg (co-op only) Minus Button Minus Button
Pause menu Plus Button Plus Button


Two Yoshis playing in co-op

In co-op mode, the players control two Yoshis, with player one playing as the Yoshi color seen on the save file and player two . 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 also able to jump onto another Yoshi and use it as a platform.


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. 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 will unlock a pattern based on the character. Any other amiibo unlocks a special amiibo Yoshi, a green Yarn Yoshi wearing an amiibo shirt. Incidentally, this and the 3DS remake are the only games where both R.O.B amiibos have different functionality, being that they unlock different patterns.


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 (between green, pink, and light blue) 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.



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Image Name Description Location(s)
Big Montgomery in the Scrapbook Theater Big Montgomery A large Monty Mole that attacks Yoshi by Ground Pounding World 1, 3, and 5 Midway
Knot-Wing the Koopa in the Scrapbook Theater Knot-Wing the Koopa A large Koopa Paratroopa that attacks Yoshi by Ground Pounding World 2, 4, and 6 Midway
Main Boss 1 Burt the Bashful.png Burt the Bashful A large Burt. Yoshi must defeat him by unraveling his pants. World 1
Main Boss 2 Bunson the Hot Dog.png Bunson the Hot Dog A large Hot Dog that spits fireballs at Yoshi. World 2
Main Boss 3 Miss Cluck the Insincere.png Miss Cluck the Insincere A large Miss Cluck that spits Spike Balls at Yoshi. World 3
Main Boss 4 Naval Piranha.png Naval Piranha A large Piranha Plant that attacks the player with Bombs. World 4
Snifberg the Unfeeling Snifberg the Unfeeling A large Ice Snifit that attacks Yoshi by spitting out Ice and smaller Ice Snifits. World 5
Baby Bowser Baby Bowser Transformed by Kamek into Mega Baby Bowser. Yoshi must ground-pound him to defeat him. World 6 (Final)

Other characters

Image Name Description
Kamek in Yoshi's Woolly World Kamek The main antagonist of the game who transforms nearly all the Yoshis into Wonder Wool and organizes boss battles.

Items and objects

Yoshi's Transformations

When Yoshi enters a Transformation Door, he is transported to another area of the level and transforms into one of the seven forms listed below, granting him extra powers, often within a time limit.

Image Name Description Location
Umbrella Yoshi in Yoshi's Woolly World Umbrella Yoshi Allows the player to fly upwards by pressing A Button to open the umbrella. World 1-2, World 6-2
Artwork of Mega Yoshi. Mega Yoshi Enlarges Yoshi, allowing him to defeat enemies, break objects, and tail swipe using B Button World 1-6, World 5-5
Moto Yoshi from Yoshi's Woolly World. Moto Yoshi In this form, Yoshi continuously moves right, defeating any enemies in his path. It allows the player to climb walls. World 1-7, World 5-1
Mole Yoshi from Yoshi's Woolly World. Mole Yoshi Allows Yoshi to bore through rocks. World 2-2, World 3-6
Plane Yoshi in Yoshi's Woolly World Sky Pop Yoshi Allows Yoshi to fly. The player can press B Button to fire missiles to defeat enemies. World 3-7, World 6-7
Yoshi's Woolly World Mermaid Yoshi Allows Yoshi to dive, jump higher, and climb waterfalls. World 4-3, World 5-2


References to other games

References in other games


Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Daniel Krupa, IGN 7.4/10 "There's a handful of really great levels in Yoshi's Woolly World, which makes the most of its setting and choice of character. The world is exactly what I expected, thematically and in terms of structure: sand, snow, clouds, and fire, punctuated by bosses holed-up in themed fortresses. It's incredibly familiar, but the imaginative and attractive art style makes it feel fresh and appealing. Outside of those great few levels, Woolly World is a more forgettable and fragmented experience. Cool mechanics are cooked up, but they're dropped into levels which never realise their full potential and fixate more on unearthing frustrating collectibles."
Rob Crossley, GameSpot 6/10 "You don't need to collect a single hidden item on your journey from 1-1 to the final boss. Some would say that gives Woolly World its inherent accessibility, in that players aren't forced to take the hard road. But if you want to be fully entertained, the hard road is the only real option. It is your own degree of curiosity, and your compulsive nature, that will determine which route you'll take."
Shanker Varma, Cubed3 9/10 "A delightful knitted theme makes Yoshi's Woolly World a true joy to play, as everything from Yoshi and his various abilities, to the landscapes and elemental hazards, is beautifully rendered. The accessible gameplay ensures that such a visually delightful title can be experienced by as many people as possible, while the hidden collectibles and special stages more than make up for it and will test the reflexes of many gamers. It's easy to recommend this game to anyone who is endeared by its presentation and enjoys 2D platformers, as everyone has the autonomy to tailor the experience to his or her own skill set."
Thomas Whitehead, Nintendo Life 9/10 "Yoshi's Woolly World has been a long time coming, but it's been absolutely worth the wait. It's accomplished platforming within Yoshi's quirky and unique template, and has enough soft cuteness to charm young gamers and melt the hearts of the most jaded of veteran gamers. Along with some of Nintendo's best co-op platforming, tough collectible challenges for skilled players and some simple but neat use of amiibo, it also delivers where it matters the most with clever, witty stage design. This stands up as one of the Wii U's elite games - perfect for snuggled in gaming time."
Compiler Platform / Score
Metacritic 78
GameRankings 78.50%


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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 included a stage based upon this game titled Woolly World. On a Miiverse post before the shutdown, it was stated that the stage was put in late in development.[6]
  • This is the only game in the Yoshi series to be released in Europe before anywhere else in the world.