The long rumored Yoshi game for the Wii U was announced this morning, and while we didn’t get too much insight into what the game offers, we did get enough to start speculating and anticipating its release. Keep reading to see everything we know, as well as our own speculation.
In a not-so-shocking turn of events, Yoshi is the star of the game, and he is the main character that the player controls. Yoshi controls much like Kirby did in Kirby’s Epic Yarn, borrowing many, if not all, moves that Kirby possessed. If Yoshi sprints, he will move on all fours, similar to how Kirby did with his car transformation. Instead of using Kirby’s yarn whip, Yoshi will use his tongue to devour enemies and latch onto objects. Whether Yoshi will able to use his flutter jump is up in the air, as Kirby lost his ability to float in Kirby’s Epic Yarn.
In the screenshots and the video, Yoshi seems to take on two forms. The first form shows him as outline of himself made from a few strands of yarn, while his second form shows him fully threaded and as a 3D model. The difference between the two forms is unclear, but we do know that Yoshi goes from the first form to the second form by swallowing an enemy and entering his eggshell.
Shy Guys make their return as the only confirmed enemy in the game. If Yoshi draws near, the Shy Guy will sprint off in the opposite direction, Only the green, blue, and yellow variations have been seen.
While we don’t know how this ability is granted or achieved, we do know that Yoshi will be able to grow in size, similar to the effect of a Mega Mushroom from the New Super Mario Bros. series.
Many of the elements of the game, such as the collectible jewels and the background entering doors, are still in place from Kirby’s Epic Yarn. This isn’t a surprise, as Good-Feel, the developer of Kirby’s Epic Yarn, is behind this new Yoshi project. Perhaps this is an early build of the game? Maybe the final game will replace these elements with those that better represent the Yoshi series.
The image above shows a radical change from the style that is so similar to Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Here we see a side scrolling level that is in full 3D, along with an angle that shows off a new perspective. Where could this place be? Perhaps it is part of some kind of hub world? Most likely, it is simply a level within he game.
Another level that is in full 3D and shows us yet another camera angle. To be honest, the very first look at this game showed off what was essentially Kirby’s Epic Yarn replaced by Yoshi and an upgrade to the visuals. These last two screens show off a new and exciting direction the gives promise to what could be a very interesting game.