Yoshi's Woolly World - Tezuka on yarn theme confusion, taking New Island's reception into account

This is part of Game Informer interview with Nintendo's Takashi Tezuka...

Game Informer: Is there a fear of confusion between Kirby's Epic's Epic Yarn and Yoshi's Woolly World?
Takashi Tezuka: No, we’re not really worried about this being seen as like a sequel or something, because honestly, we didn’t create Woolly World as a way to create an Epic Yarn sequel – it was just an idea we had. The idea of creating a Yoshi platformer came first, and then we thought that it might be interested to see his world represented with yarn.

So, the yarn theme is just a coincidence?
No, it’s not a coincidence. We were aware of the work that Good-Feel did with Epic Yarn, and we thought it looked amazing. We weren’t trying to create a Yoshi version of that. We just thought, “They’re good at doing textures and things – what can they do for us?” So we asked Good-Feel to create a Yoshi experience.

Were you surprised by the reception of Yoshi's New Island?
There was one thought I had after Yoshi’s New Island, and that’s that Yoshi fans span many different groups, and that includes some hardcore gamers. When I set off to create this game, I knew Yoshi’s Woolly World had to appeal to both sets of groups. So while the graphics are adorable and of course kids are going to like it, I know that people who love the classic Yoshi gameplay style and challenge are going to be looking for that, too. So that was my goal from the start – to incorporate both. With that in mind, we created two different modes: Classic mode and mellow mode.

Categories: Media, Consoles
Tags: wii-u, yoshi


Mr. Tezuka, thank you for considering hardcore gamers. We really do appreciate whenever people at Nintendo do that.

Can't wait to get this tomorrow (with all them Yoshis). And while I've not played the game yet, I have heard one specific thing that I sorta expected from the game. And that is the severe lack of actual 'new' enemies. I don't mind THAT much, but poor Yoshi hasn't gotten many new enemies in the past years. ^^

That's true. Just like how "Super Mario Bros" had two different modes to cater to casual and hardcore players.

What happened to your Duck Icon?

Lost in the server crash. Now it's just a gravatar, used for site-to-site tracking.

I am so glad the game isn't a snoozefest! especially the special lvls omg they are so hardcore I died like a zillion times. Woolly World is my new favorite platformer Smile

Goad to hear it. Surpassing a challenge is my definition of a good time. I will pick it up when I am done renovating.


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