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
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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 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 are able to.

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

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


The game takes place on Craft Island. The yarn Yoshis are relaxing, then Kamek turns them into Wonder Wool, but two of them hide, and they have to save the rest. Kamek flies over the worlds, dropping lots of Wonder Wool around the islands.[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, Yoshi's Story, 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 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


References to other games

References in other games


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


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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.[9]
  • This is the only game in the Yoshi series to be released in PAL regions before anywhere else.


  1. ^ http://mmgn.com/wiiu/news--yarn-yoshi-amiibo-coming-to-australia-in-june
  2. ^ Nintendo UK. (April 1, 2015). Nintendo Direct Presentation - 01.04.2015. YouTube. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  3. ^ Nintendo Direct 2015.4.2 プレゼンテーション映像 [Nintendo Direct Presentation 2015.4.2] (in Japanese). Nintendo. April 1, 2015. Event occurs at 9:18. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c GameXplain. (April 1, 2015). Yoshi's Woolly World - Nintendo Direct. YouTube. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  5. ^ Two Zelda Games, Mario, Mario Kart and Other Fan-Favorite Franchises Planned for Wii U | GoNintendo - What are YOU waiting for?
  6. ^ GameXplain. (April 29, 2015). Yoshi's Woolly World - Hands-On Discussion w/ Nintendaan (Wii U). YouTube. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  7. ^ GameXplain. (June 10, 2014). Yoshi's Woolly World Gameplay - Course 2 (Wii U - E3 2014). YouTube. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  8. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-05-26-yoshis-woolly-world-features-unlockable-character-skins
  9. ^ https://www.ssbwiki.com/List_of_Director%27s_Room_Miiverse_posts#November_2014