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Mega Yarn Yoshi

The hunt is on for the Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo, here is what I found

I hope you're waiting in line
Nov 15
// Chris Carter
Ever since July, I haven't waited in line for an amiibo launch. Today it would be my undoing it seems, as I missed out on the Mega Yarn Yoshi figure today at Toys"R"Us. Why did I go? My wife loves Yoshi, and hell, the thing i...
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Yoshi music

Yoshi's Woolly World is such a happy game

This song is going on repeat
Oct 19
// Jordan Devore
I'm about halfway through Yoshi's Woolly World and I am so grateful to have a dedicated co-op partner. There's this intoxicating contrast between the cute, handcrafted aesthetic and our innate desire to screw one another over...
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Yoshi's Woolly World

There are some unsettling amiibo outfits in Yoshi's Woolly World

Sleep with one eye open
Oct 16
// Jordan Devore
Yoshi's Woolly World has been out in Europe since June, but it's only now available in North America. During that wait, I mostly forgot about the game's extensive amiibo support. Compatible amiibo grant a new look for Yoshi, ...
Yarn Yoshi photo
Yarn Yoshi

PSA: Yarn Yoshi amiibo go on sale on Amazon in 15 minutes

Two amiibo across two hours
Oct 16
// Brett Makedonski
[Update: Blue Yoshi just went on sale.] Friends, the day has finally arrived when the cutest amiibo go on sale. The Yoshi's Woolly World Yarn Yoshis are now available to buy and snuggle. If E3 taught us anything, it...

Review: Yoshi's Woolly World

Oct 16 // Laura Kate Dale
Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U)Developer: Good-FeelPublisher: NintendoMSRP: $49.99Release Date: June 26 (EU) / October 16 (NA) Sitting at around 10 hours to complete, Yoshi's Woolly World is a delightful journey through a world full of pleasantly enjoyable surprises. Colours are bright, wool textures are detailed, and animations are always fluid. The game's world is polished where it needs to be, but isn't afraid to have the kind of natural rough edges present in a game about thread and sewing materials. From loose threads that unravel when pulled to fabrics that fold in asymmetrical ways, the game world just feels like an incredibly tangible physical space. Woolly World really shines when it takes advantage of the design aesthetic. From Shy Guys brandishing crochet hooks threateningly to fish spitting out water that, thanks to being made of wool, can be run along, the game excels when it fully commits to its core design concept. Mechanically, Woolly World is at its best and most challenging when it pushes Yoshi out of his comfort zone. Yoshi's abilities are all designed to keep him out of harm, from eggs that can dispatch enemies at a distance to a very forgiving and lengthy jump arc. The times when Yoshi's Woolly World forces you to take a leap of faith that pushes that jump to its limits, requires you to fight enemies in close quarters and experiments with the characters weaknesses are some of the best moments of Yoshi gameplay out there. It's just a shame those moments are few and far between. [embed]295585:59414:0[/embed] The vast majority of Yoshi's Woolly World doesn't push the titular hero's moveset in ways that really challenge the player. While levels frequently throw minor new gimmicks in that freshen up the feel of progression, they rarely have any real effect on the challenge of playing the game. It's not necessarily a problem; if you're looking for a calm and relaxed exploration of new mechanics in a colourful world then this certainly delivers that in spades. But yeah, be aware that the challenges are often spread out for the player. There are a bunch of collectibles to go after in the game, most of which are monotonous to collect and offer very little reward. The main exception to this is collectibles that allow you to re-skin your Yoshi, which are pretty enjoyable to seek out. The game's co-op mode does give you the benefit of being able to use your partner as a source of wool if you run low, but the levels in the game were very clearly designed to be played single player and more often than not, your secondary player will feel like they're hindering progression rather than helping with it. Yoshi's Woolly World is best described as easy, beautiful, and inventive. While the times it offers challenge are a little too spread out for my liking, the game looks and sounds stunning, and offers players a variety of new sights to experience along their journey. If you're looking for something to play to unwind, something pleasant and positive, this would be a pretty darn solid choice to go with. [This review is based on a retail build of the game purchased by the reviewer].
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Pleasantly fluffy
Yoshi's Woolly World is the epitome of adorable. From Yoshi's cute, easily read facial expressions to the bright colourful world he inhabits, the intricate minor details to the tactile physicality of the world, this game took...

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Damn you Nintendo! A Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo exists

I mean...just...
Aug 24
// Chris Carter
Nintendo of Europe just tweeted out the existence of a "Mega" Yarn Yoshi amiibo, which is set to launch in the region on November 27. Damnit. As a general rule, I'm done with hunting down amiibo. If one happens to cross my pa...
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Yoshi's Woolly

Yoshi's Woolly World amiibo allocation hits a bump in France

'Stock destroyed'
Jun 22
// Chris Carter
With all of the poor handling of amiibo from Nintendo, you'd think it couldn't get any worse, but then things like this happen. Following on the heels of an entire shipment of Splatoon amiibo (and copies of the game) bei...
Yoshi's Woolly World photo
Yoshi's Woolly World

Yoshi's Woolly World is unbelievably beautiful

Nintendo really have nailed yarn
Jun 19
// Laura Kate Dale
While I was a huge fan of Kirby's Epic Yarn on the Wii, it was never a game I could really recommend that people play. The gameplay was overly simple, it was tough to actually die and the art style, while beautiful, really su...
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Fly away from life's problems with Yoshi's Woolly World's mellow mode

I'm just mad about saffron
Jun 12
// Brett Makedonski
Yoshi's Woolly World certainly doesn't look to be a stressful affair. Throwing clouds, floating through the air, and tongue-lashing with your yarn whip all seems so delightful. But, the game still poses a challenge, of ...
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Double Woolly Yoshi! Double Woolly Yoshi! Double Woolly Yoshi!

It's like a Doublemint Gum commercial
Jun 11
// Brett Makedonski
We've already known for a while now what Yoshi's Woolly World's amiibo support would look like. Tap one of your Smash amiibo on the GamePad, and turn into some sort of dinosaur Mario mashup. I can't condone it; it's alm...
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Check out Yoshi's Woolly World's amiibo functionality in action

These hellish creations
Jun 08
// Chris Carter
Are you scared of the amiibo skin functionality in Yoshi's Woolly World? I am! Thanks to this video from the Odderz Plays YouTube channel, we now have an idea of what these demon spawn creations will look like in-g...
Yoshi photo

You too can create this unholy monstrosity with amiibo in Yoshi's Woolly World

Uh...nightmare fuel much, Nintendo?
May 26
// Chris Carter
My God, Nintendo, what have you done. According to Nintendo of Europe, "over 40 amiibo" can be used in Yoshi's Woolly World. You'll be able to create gross voodoo dolls dedicated to smiting your eternal enemies with a slow and painful death cute woolly patterns for characters in the game. Yeah, this is amiibo support I can get behind. Nintendo of Europe [Twitter]
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Yep, yep, Yoshi's Woolly World still looks adorable

So many Yoshis
May 12
// Chris Carter
Is it possible for Yoshi's Woolly World to not be amazingly adorable? Across the adventure you'll have a chance to locate hidden "Wonder Wools," which unlock 50 different costume patterns for the lil' creature. To give ...
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Yoshi's Wooly World

New Yoshi variations unlockable in Yoshi's Woolly World

Shy Guy, Circus, and Flower Yoshi!
Apr 29
// Jed Whitaker
Looks like Yoshi's Woolly World is going to have a plethora of unlockables, including Yoshi variations! Confirmed variations are Circus Yoshi, Flower Yoshi, and Shy Guy Yoshi. These are unlocked by finding five Wonder Wools t...
Yarn Yoshi photo
Yarn Yoshi

Yoshi's Woolly World EU amiibo bundle and box art revealed

Awwww, so cute
Apr 02
// Laura Kate Dale
Rejoice European Wii U owners, for once we're getting a game before North America and seeing all sorts of details early. This rarely happens, so let's enjoy it. During last night's European Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced...
Yarn Yoshi Amiibo photo
Yarn Yoshi Amiibo

Yoshi's Woolly World gets super cute yarn amiibo

They arrive in the UK starting June 26 and North America this autumn
Apr 01
// Kyle MacGregor
Good lord, are these Yoshi's Woolly World yarn amiibo adorable! These plush toys will launch alongside the game in the United Kingdom on June 26 and sometime this fall in North America.
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Yoshi is trying to seduce me

I'm in love with dinosaurs again
Mar 30
// Jed Whitaker
Remember when I wrote that review and said I fucking hate dinosaurs? I take that statement back. I'm in love with Yoshi in Mario Party 10 -- just look at the fuck-me eyes and seductive tail waggle he gives you when in third ...
Yoshi photo

This new Yoshi Figuarts toy is dawwwsome

Too cute
Dec 30
// Chris Carter
I have a general rule when it comes to getting merchandise for games. If it's a series I really love and have a collection for, I'll get a moderate amount of goods for it. Mario happens to be one of those series, and man...

How did Destructoid's most anticipated games of 2014 come out?

Dec 15 // Steven Hansen
Brett Makedonski, Tom Clancy's The Division HAHAHA, I said I wanted The Division? God, early 2014 me was dumb. Let's revisit that in 2018. For now, let's pretend I said my most anticipated game was Valiant Hearts. Wow, was I ever spot-on with that one. It's one of the most important war games ever, and my hands-down pick for game of the year in 2014. Golly, I'm super good at picking these. Darren Nakamura, Starbound Going back and reading about Starbound being my most anticipated game of 2014 almost makes me a little bit sad. The game is still great, and the team at Chucklefish has been doing a fine job providing constant updates on its progress toward official release, but at some point my interest in keeping up with the minutiae just dropped off. I am still utterly fascinated by the concept, and I could still see myself losing hours to it if I started it up, but at this point I just want to wait until the final release so I can experience the universe it has to offer to its fullest. I am not even sure if the final release is scheduled for 2014 any more. Wake me up when it's ready. Until then, I can't dedicate my attention to it as much as I used to want to. It's not you, Starbound; it's me. Jordan Devore, Yoshi's Woolly World Unsurprisingly, my choice, Yarn Yoshi, didn't come out this year. Good-feels take a long time to make. But it did get a new name and a stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Having revisited the E3 trailer for Yoshi's Woolly World just now, yep, it's still my most anticipated game. Josh Tolentino, Watch Dogs Well, that was kind of a wash, wasn't it? Watch Dogs wasn't terrible, certainly, but it didn't set the world on fire like Ubisoft was hoping. Hell, I haven't even finished the story campaign yet, and the name "Aiden Pearce" is already a punchline in my mind. That said, the most intriguing parts of Watch Dogs' setup, namely its shared-world competitive multiplayer, did hold up to an extent. It's a real rush whenever someone invades my game, or I invade theirs, and there's nothing quite like pulling off a perfect one of the little cat-and-mouse hunts that come from the Online Hacking mode, or acting like a proper NPC to accomplish Online Tailing. If there's one positive that Watch_Dogs  may be able to leave in its legacy, it's that its best concepts may at some point come in to populate future, possibly better, Ubisoft games, because that's just how they tend to do things these days. Jonathan Holmes, Cat Girl Without Salad I have pestered WayForward about the missed release date of Cat Girl Without Salad for the past year. I have asked them questions like, "Why did you lie to me?" and "Do you enjoy making people feel glad only so that you can later make them feel sad?" In response, WayForward has said things that I can not tell you.  Cat Girl Without Salad is my most anticipated game of 2015.  Abel Girmay, Destiny So when we did the "Most Anticipated of 2014" list, I picked Infamous: Second Son as my most anticipated because Brett Z beat me to it when he called dibs on Destiny. Not knocking Second Son of course, it's just really difficult to talk about how a game turned out when you only manage to work through the first two hours. What I did play a lot of, though, was Destiny. Oh boy. What's left to say of this game that hasn't been already between all the reviews, Reddit posts, and parody Twitter accounts. Destiny was not a terrible game of course, but it was a deeply flawed one. Where we were promised a rich lore, we got 343 Dinkle Spark talking through a nonsensical narrative. Where we were told each weapon and armor piece would have a unique player story behind them, we got the endless grind for Strange Coins, hoping that Xur would have something good for our class. The latter touches on my biggest issue with Destiny, the endgame. Amidst promises of "the real game" starting after level 20, all that was waiting was a hamster wheel loop of grinding through the same missions, praying for that one good drop. Destiny has no postgame, just a grind that demands more than most modern MMOs, and no content to make the grind make it feel like anything but. I pushed my Warlock to level 25 and my Titan to 22, so it's not as if I didn't give Destiny a chance. Looking back at it, I just wish I would have given Second Son some of that time. Chris Carter, Dark Souls II The anticipated follow-up to From Software's Souls legacy was pretty much everything I wanted. While there were a few nasty tricks like tracking on some bosses, the actual environments were true to the series and, as always, the combat and itemization aspects were incredibly deep. There are too many memorable zones to count, and I can still map them out in my head as I type this. The new directors  Shibuya and Tanimura did right by Miyazaki, and even the three DLC bits were good in their own way. While I'm expecting a bit more variety from the next chapter, I'm happy to add Dark Souls II to my replay list for years to come right alongside of the other two Souls brothers. Steven Hansen, Gravity Rush 2 Not a damn word. Not a even a, "hey, how's it going?" phone call all year. I joked about waiting on word from Gravity Rush 2 to save a middling E3 (eventually saved by Metal Gear footage and Alien gameplay). I was actually let down to see nothing at Tokyo Game Show 2014 (it was announced at TGS 2013). By the time PlayStation Experience happened, I stopped getting even mild hope up.  There is a pulse. A mild blip of "this game is still being developed." Gravity Rush 2 is the fluttering eyelids of a comatose system and with last week's reassurance comes a doctor telling you, "don't get your hopes up yet," we don't know when it'll come out of this. Could be years. RIP PlayStation Vita.   -- I guess the good thing is that we can recycle half of last year's entries for "Most Anticipated Games of 2015" next month.  What were you looking forward to in 2014? Did it actually come out? Was it everything you ever wanted, setting your heart a flutter? Are you now planning the perfect Roadhouse theme wedding with it? Just make sure you do not tell me what you're anticipating in 2015. I will upload another post for you to do that in. Please understand.  
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Mostly they didn't come out at all!
Want to feel old? January 2014 was just about one year ago. That's one whole season of a TV show or a complete Earth's orbit around the sun. Way back then--I can hardly remember it in the shadow of the god awful year--the Des...

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Yoshi is properly known as T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas

A disturbing trip back to the '90s
Aug 05
// Jordan Devore
Console Wars author Blake J. Harris has tweeted a page from an old internal Nintendo of America Character Manual about Yoshi that, well, just read for yourself: "Yoshi, properly known as T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas, had been he...
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Best Buy one get one free

Best Buy is doing buy one, get one for 3DS games this week

It's a mostly good selection of games, at that
Jul 21
// Darren Nakamura
Like the DS before it, the 3DS is becoming one of my favorite platforms. Now that we are several years into its life, it has a pretty great selection of first and third-party games. There are enough now that I have fallen beh...
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Club Nintendo

Cute Yoshi plush added to Club Nintendo in Japan

Club Nintendo on my mind
Jul 16
// Jordan Devore
This morning, Nintendo announced its rewards for Gold and Platinum Club Nintendo members, and all of them were digitally-distributed games. Not bad games, mind you, but certainly disappointing for folks who were expecting at ...
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Yoshi's New Island

These Yoshi's New Island 3DS XL covers are colorful and cute

Pre-order yours now
Jun 28
// Brittany Vincent
I don't know about you, but I'm partial to clear cases for my 3DS XL. Currently I'm rocking a $2 crystal cover so I can preserve my Pokémon X & Y design while still protecting the system. But these Yoshi's New Isla...
Mario Kart 8 photo
Mario Kart 8

Hit up a McDonald's drive-thru near you soon for Mario Kart 8 toys

Just ask for a toy and don't worry about getting the food
Jun 13
// Brittany Vincent
If you're an adult like me, you've probably head to McDonald's when there are Nintendo promotions. You know, because that's what adults do. Get ready to zoom to one of the restaurants with you, as McDonald's next set of Happy...
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E3 2014 impressions from Max
What's the verdict on Yoshi's Woolly World? Unsurprisingly, Max says it looks and feels good. He's a huge fan of the original Yoshi's Island on Super Nintendo and after the recent Yoshi's New Island, this game and its adorable hand-crafted aesthetic can't come soon enough. Shame it's not out until 2015, a running theme for much of this year's E3 lineup. No Baby Mario, at least.

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Sequin Yoshi, beaded Yoshi, and other cute prototypes

Including Yoshi in the style of Kirby's Epic Yarn
Jun 12
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo settled on a knitted yarn style for Yoshi's Woolly World and I don't know what's better: it or Kirby fashioned out of clay in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Either way, we win. There were other potential designs for th...

Turning yarn Yoshis into yarn balls in Yoshi's Woolly World

Jun 11 // Steven Hansen
[embed]276339:54384:0[/embed] I walked out a Sony appointment with not enough time (before my next appointment) to go back to the E3 press room, but enough time to play a game. "Is there anything here I want to play?" I wondered. Smash? Okay, Smash. I haven't held a GameCube controller in like five days. I need my fix. But everyone was playing Smash so I went and played Yarn Yoshi. Good decision. Yarn Yoshi is as delightful as it looks. The way yarn platforms give slightly under the weight of your jumps gives off such a peaceful fluidity, like a long string of yarn undulating in sin waves. Hitting a knitted basket to knock out a bunch of yarn ball eggs was cute. Accidentally tonguing my co-op partner and turning them into a red yarn ball egg with eyes was a double entendre laden mistake.  While it's a platformer, exploration and collection -- unraveling secret yarn paths and wrapping up platforms with yarn to gain access to further areas -- are a big part of Yarn Yoshi. You'll sometimes find yourself stuck, with no way to continue. In this case, you can start tossing yarn eggs around and try to uncover hidden items to help you continue. The level I played seemed rather accommodating and not too tough, though with the added flurry of a co-op partner also running around and doing things I did find myself dangerously low on hearts towards the end. It also might just be that they wanted something easy for public showing (the trailer had some more challenging seeming levels).  Yoshi's Yarn goes as all out with the yarn aesthetic as Tearaway did with papercraft. The result is cute as hell. Yoshi's little yarn feet turn into little wheels when he runs fast. I could die. Keep making games out of strange materials, Nintendo.
Hands-on: Yoshi's Yarn photo
As cute and good and nice as you expected
Yarn Yoshi is a pretty good name. Yoshi's Woolly World is an okay name. Yoshi's Yarn is a better name and what the game should've been called for the sake of alliteration and Yoshi's Story symmetry (a yarn is like a story!!!). I'm going to keep writing Yoshi's Woolly World as Yoshi's Yarn. Sorry.

Yarn Yoshi photo
Good-Feel shows how it's done
At Nintendo's E3 Digital Event, Good-Feel gave us a long-awaited progress update on Yarn Yoshi, and it's without a doubt the Yoshi game we've been waiting for all these years. It's now called Yoshi's Woolly World and is set ...


Year of the Yoshi is the definitive tribute to Nintendo's green dinosaur

Featuring MegaRan, Dj CUTMAN, Ben Briggs, and more!
Jun 01
Year of the Yoshi is the definitive musical tribute to Nintendo's green dinosaur. The 11-track album features remixes from games likes Yoshi’s Island, Mario Kart, Super Mario Galaxy, and the original Yoshi for NES.&nbs...
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Club Nintendo

Club Nintendo physical rewards return with sweet Mario and Luigi pouches

Let's get physical, physical
May 13
// Brittany Vincent
If you've been saving up your precious coins at Club Nintendo for some sweet physical rewards since the reward redemption area on the official Club Nintendo page was undergoing renovations, you're in luck. The physical goodie...

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