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Nintendo UK - Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World stop-motion competition

By now you’ve likely seen the adorable stop-motion animated shorts created for Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World, available now for Nintendo 3DS family systems, but we want to see what you can do!

We have 3 Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo signed by Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World producer, Mr. Takashi Tezuka, and we want to give them to some budding stop-motion directors.

For those who don’t know what a stop-motion movie is, it’s an animated film created using still photographs. In each photo something is gradually moved to create the illusion of motion when they're viewed one after another, like a flip book in 3D. Take a look at the video below to see the pros in action...

So yes, using Yoshi and/or Poochy amiibo, a camera, some props and your imagination, we want you to come up with a tale – no more than 60 seconds in length – film it in a stop-motion style and then submit it to us. The best entries, judged on creativity and animation quality, will then win the signed amiibo!

To enter you can submit your video via Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #PoochyYoshiStopMotion, or send it directly via email, or as a YouTube link, to NintendoCommunity@Nintendo.co.uk with the subject ‘Poochy & Yoshi Stop Motion Competition’. The competition will close at 23:59 on 26th February 2017, and the winning entries will air on NUK social media channels at a later date, so keep the popcorn handy.

Don't fret if you need a little assistance putting your award-winning stop-motion vignette together, there are plenty of apps available on smart devices to help you. Simply search 'stop motions apps' on the Google Play Store or the App Store, depending on your device, and you'll find many tools to help you realise your Yoshi’s grand day out in no time.

Struggling to come up with an idea for your video? Be inspired by some of the animated shorts and find out more about the game at our official Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World website!

Good luck, and have fun! We look forward to seeing your epic yarns.

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World is available in shops and as a downloadable version* from Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS family now. A bundle containing the game and Poochy amiibo is also available now**.

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In shops and on Nintendo eShop now: Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World

Join Yoshi and his adorable friend Poochy for a dyed-in-the-wool platforming adventure that’s bursting with colour and texture in Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World, out now only on Nintendo 3DS family systems! Read all about it at our official Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World website.

That naughty knitwit Kamek has invaded Craft Island and turned most of the Yoshis into yarn with his magic. Oh no! Not to worry – the remaining Yoshis on this island paradise knit together and set off to rescue their friends, with the help of the ever-loveable Poochy, of course. On your adventure, you’ll explore every level from Yoshi's Woolly World on Wii U, and discover a number of extra courses where Poochy takes centre stage!

This loveable little scamp is always happy to give Yoshi a ride – he can run across obstacles that Yoshi can’t handle alone, and he's pretty good at jumping to collect beads, too! In the laid-back Mellow Mode, the Poochy Pups will even sniff out secrets for you. Glad to have you along for the ride, Poochy!

Of course, Yoshi’s got a whole knitting kit full of tricks himself. Unthread walls with a flick of Yoshi’s tongue, throw Yarn Balls to knit in new platforms and Flutter Jump to areas that seem just out of reach. At certain points, Yoshi can even enter a Transformation Door and re-thread into fun new forms, including Umbrella Yoshi, Moto Yoshi and the gigantic Mega Yoshi!

With the Yarn Poochy amiibo (sold separately or as part of a software bundle) you can enlist Poochy's help at any time! Other amiibo (sold separately) can let you play with Double Yoshi in single-player mode, save Yoshi patterns, or unlock Yoshi patterns based on other famous characters!

Want to see more of Poochy and Yoshi? See them going about their daily lives in 30 animated shorts in Yoshi Theatre – check some of them out now on the official Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World website! While you’re there, you can download a free demo*, too!

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World is available in shops and as a downloadable version from Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS family now. A bundle containing the game and Poochy amiibo is also available now**.