As the Wii U is left to fade into obscurity, Nintendo continues to try and recoup its investment into the system by porting its best games to the company’s more-successful 3DS platform. The latest game to get this treatment is Yoshi’s Woolly World, now branded as Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World and given a few additions to give Yoshi’s sidekick a bit more time in the spotlight.
There are really two questions to answer here:
- Is the game worth buying at all?
- If the answer to the above question is “Yes,” then which version should I get?
(I’m going to rule out “double-dipping” for the moment, given that a) no one likes having to buy a game twice, and b) GameXplain declared in its review that Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World was still as fun to play as its predecessor, but probably wasn’t worth buying if you already had the Wii U version.)
The answer to our first question really boils down to whether or not you like platforming games, because P&YWW is yet another fun, engaging game from the folks at Nintendo. In fact, given the litany of collectibles, minimal difficulty, and even disappointing boss battles, one could argue that YWW and its 3DS port are the quintessential Nintendo platformer. In short, if you like platforming games, you’ll like this one too.
But which version should you invest in? While it first and formost depends on the consoles you own (don’t buy the Wii U version if only own a 3DS), beyond that it depends on the way you prefer to game:
- If aesthetics are your biggest concern, go with the Wii U version. The 3DS’s visuals are still stunning and certainly don’t detract from the gameplay, but the 3DS naturally lacks the horsepower to render the world as well as the Wii U.
- If you have multiple gamers in your household (especially young children), go with the Wii U version. Co-op play is the major feature that’s missing from P&YWW, so if gamers want to play as a team, there’s really only one choice here.
- If this game is meant for a single young child, however, the 3DS version might be better. P&YWW features a “Mellow Mode,” which turns down the game’s difficulty even further to make it less frustrating for new or less-skilled gamers.
- If you’re a creative person who loves customizing their in-game characters, than the 3DS version is the game for you. Both versions have amiibo compatibility, but only the 3DS version gives you the ability to completely customize the color scheme of your Yoshi. Want to make Yoshi look like a Dragonite, or give him a firesuit like Jimmie Johnson? P&YWW has got you covered.
- If you want the “definitive” version of Yoshi’s Woolly World, then the 3DS version is probably the one for you. On top of the regular content, you get access to “Poochy Dash” modes on certain stages, which add a Super Mario Run-like challenge to the game and increases its replayability. (The included short videos are D’awwwww-inducing, but you can also find them posted all over YouTube.
- If you’re a budget-conscious consumer, you may want to hold off on buying the game for another month or so. Amazon has both versions at $39 right now ($49 for the 3DS version with an included Poochy amiibo), but I expect the Wii U version’s price to drop even farther once the Switch is released.
In short, you really can’t go wrong with Yoshi’s Woolly World, as it has everything you love and expect out a Nintendo platformer. Regardless of whether you get the Wii U or 3DS version, you’re bound to have a jolly good time.