Zero Punctuation: Yoshi's Woolly World - Cartoon Velociraptor

Yoshi's Woolly World - Cartoon Velociraptor

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Yoshi's Woolly World.

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I found the game really fun, the special stages really kicked my ass since there are no checkpoints and are often littered with instant-kill traps. Regardless, I still had a good time. Poochy is still adorable.

Purple?? That's crazy talk, man! CRAZY TALK!

Other than that, this was technically my first Yoshi game and even I thought it was weird that you don't really control the aiming unless the reticle just so happens to be stuck on the "shoot straight up" position...

Yeah, a D is technically a passing grade, but if you get too many in one year regardless of circumstances, your university often has the right to go "We're counting those as Fs instead, even though you actually passed, now REDO THEM".

Why yes, I AM in that situation and am now going to have to retake 2 courses, thus delaying my imminent graduation by an entire year because one of those classes (which is useless to me BTW) is only offered in the winter! >: (

Ugh, anyway, the takeaway form this video was basically "If you liked Yoshi's island, you'll probably like this one" which is all I was looking for anyway. Unfortunately, work is being very skittish about calling me in because the guy who send us the work are continually dragging their heels about it, so I'm not sure if buying a WiiU is a good idea, considering I have tuition to pay off. Ugh.

Man, Yahtzee's visuals of Yoshi in this one really...bother me. Like you can just imagine the poor dude gurgling and screaming the whole time. Very human centipede like.

Ha, Retsupurae reference!

I now wonder whether Yoshi looks like that as a ZP avatar because of the reference to mounting or because it was easier than using Yoshi or Velociraptor images.

Can we make it a law in the future that Yahtzee is no longer allowed to review games that are released in the UK before the states until after we Americans get them? Also poor time time to review a Nintendo game the week Iwata died Yahtzee.

It just sounds like he's find trivial nitpicks again in what's basically an average platformer. Now come October, people will get the wrong idea and try it simply because Yahtzee didn't like it, which is why I get bitter at Nintendo reviews like this.

BTW, to answer your question Yahtzee, it's both. The green one specifically just goes by the name of his species. Like how the donkey from Shrek is just named Donkey.

I'm going to pass on this one. Mostly 'cause I think the idea of Nintendo redoing their IP with arts and crafts is kinda dumb.

What's up with the video player? I can't pause it.

I actually dig the whole arts 'n crafts angle with these recent games. It's the actual gameplay that leaves much to be desired, like Kirby's Rainbow Whatever. The claymation visuals are fucking rad, but then the gameplay only consists of you drawing twizzlers for Kirby to roll around on... Whoopy.

I did love Yoshi's Island, and maybe it was because I had the GBA remake but I never found baby Mario that annoying. It does make you want to get him back ASAP at least. My only question is, is this better than that other Yoshi's Island game for the 3DS, cause that one looked like it was made with a gun pointed at the developer's family.

Let's be honest here... Yoshi, for all his people eating, egg pooping ways, is NOT the most strange and terrifying thing within the Mario franchise... I refer of course, to the incomprehensible creature known only as Birdo:

And now I begin waiting for "Birdo's silk ribbons" to carry on the trend of Arts And Crafts Nintendo games...

Or if we want to go back to the past, Birdo's Cart Racing

I too have wondered why and how Yoshi squirts out eggs after eating his enemies.

Evonisia:
I now wonder whether Yoshi looks like that as a ZP avatar because of the reference to mounting or because it was easier than using Yoshi or Velociraptor images.

I laughed at the raptor pics, especially the cut-up ones that were put back together wrong.

captcha: strike three
"You're out!", Yahtzee said to this game.

I can't look at Yoshi any more and not think of Charlie the Unicorn.

GRAB ONTO OUR TONGUES!

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I too don't like this whole "let's turn old-franchises into arts and crafts" angle either, so I have no real interest in this game. I liked the Yoshi's Island series well enough, but at this point it's starting to feel tired, so i'm not particularly upset about Europe getting this game before we do, I don't think i'm missing much anyways.

LordTerminal:
Can we make it a law in the future that Yahtzee is no longer allowed to review games that are released in the UK before the states until after we Americans get them? Also poor time time to review a Nintendo game the week Iwata died Yahtzee.

It just sounds like he's find trivial nitpicks again in what's basically an average platformer. Now come October, people will get the wrong idea and try it simply because Yahtzee didn't like it, which is why I get bitter at Nintendo reviews like this.

Given the several games that don't get released in Australia until a later date, or straight up get banned (Saints Row IV, Hatred) I think that ruling would be a bit unfair to Yahtzee.

Besides, most will likely watch these videos before they end up playing the game regardless of whether it's out or not. The difference this time is that the few who did play it before watching the video live in Europe/Australia instead of the U.S.

LordTerminal:
Can we make it a law in the future that Yahtzee is no longer allowed to review games that are released in the UK before the states until after we Americans get them? Also poor time time to review a Nintendo game the week Iwata died Yahtzee.

This site has an audience that are from quite a few places around the world so I don't see why North America should be the sole factor in choosing what games to review. There are many games that are delayed for the EU, should all reviews be held back until they get their release as well?

Personally, I believe that the death of a person related to a game shouldn't stop the game from being reviewed or critiqued.

LordTerminal:

It just sounds like he's find trivial nitpicks again in what's basically an average platformer. Now come October, people will get the wrong idea and try it simply because Yahtzee didn't like it, which is why I get bitter at Nintendo reviews like this.

I'm not sure if I understand you here. With the context of the first part and having Yahtzee review a game when NA gets it, do you think less people would get the wrong idea if he released it after the NA release date?

The nitpick part is a tough thing, he critiques a game a week so if the game he plays is an average game where he can only list the things that bugged him, should he just not release a ZP that week? ZP isn't the only thing he does so it seems like it's asking a bit much for him to switch to something else after playing an average game through. Besides, as I recall, the game he chooses to critique is completely up to him so ultimately, he'll do whatever catches his fancy.

LordTerminal:
Can we make it a law in the future that Yahtzee is no longer allowed to review games that are released in the UK before the states until after we Americans get them? Also poor time time to review a Nintendo game the week Iwata died Yahtzee.

No, because that sounds idiotic and makes absolutely no sense. o.o Especially considering that Europe and Australia almost always gets game releases late.

Scarim Coral:
What's up with the video player? I can't pause it.

Same here. I'd LIKE to watch this video, but it's not streaming fast enough. Normally I'd pause and wait for it to load a bit, but...

"Who cares if your mother cries every day, at least she didn't kill herself like your dad did you fucking loser"

O.O

I'm not even really sure how I'm supposed to respond to that, but christ it's going to stick with me to the day I die.

On a random note, don't have a Wii-u, but I actually liked the targeting system in that game, so I doubt it would bug me much here.

You know... there WAS another Yoshi game after Yoshi's Island, on the N64.

I got so used to the targeting system in Yoshi's Island that I don't think I'd mind it so much nowadays.

Oh ye gods, Yahtzee, now you've done it. You had to ask about the name of Yoshi and the name of the species. Do you have ANY idea how many fanboys will now be emailing you to show off that they actually read the news story a year ago where someone read a 20-year-old strategy guide that revealed the thing actually has a (very silly) scientific name? You're DOOMED.

No mentioning of Kirby's Epic Yarn? Why? Did the "Mario" title kill Yahtzee's will to point out the obvious joke?

LordTerminal:
Can we make it a law in the future that Yahtzee is no longer allowed to review games that are released in the UK before the states until after we Americans get them?

Because fuck everyone who isn't an American that watches Zero Punctuation, am I right?

LordTerminal:
Also poor time time to review a Nintendo game the week Iwata died Yahtzee.

It's been said that he makes these reviews week(s) in advance, so one could call that coincidental, rather then malice.

LordTerminal:
It just sounds like he's find trivial nitpicks again in what's basically an average platformer. Now come October, people will get the wrong idea and try it simply because Yahtzee didn't like it, which is why I get bitter at Nintendo reviews like this.

And yet fans keep on asking him to review Nintendo games and that nobody likes it when he's being nice to a game. People are still buying the game then, money in Nintendo's pocket, possibly more Mii-posts taking the piss, whats the problem.

Scow2:
You know... there WAS another Yoshi game after Yoshi's Island, on the N64.

I remember renting that and fucking hating it. Its the reason I put off playing the SNES game for so long. What a terrible fucking game.

So, I'll just keep playing Partners in Time, then; the good baby Mario game...

It's a brass moustache, not a unicorn. And it's hidden behind a notice board on the wall, not under the floor. Bury your bed in shame, Yahtzee.

I figured this game was a sequel to Nintendo's original arts and crafts game, Yoshi story. so the arts and crafts thing isn't recent. did australia not get yoshi story?

yoshi story had the free aiming with the analog stick, shame this one doesn't.

I believe the arts and craft looks for their games are too avoid the insane costs of HD graphics. The game looks better the cartoonier it gets. I'm sure paper mario is cheaper than making 3D models that look akin to the super mario RPG graphics.

Scow2:
You know... there WAS another Yoshi game after Yoshi's Island, on the N64.

Yes, and there was Yoshi's Island DS (which was even called Yoshi's Island 2 for a significant part of its developement). It looks much the same superficially, but the pacing and level design leave much to be desired, as if the devs had trouble grappling with the nature of "fun".

Definitely appreciate the Brass Eye reference. Baltimora!

LordTerminal:
Can we make it a law in the future that Yahtzee is no longer allowed to review games that are released in the UK before the states until after we Americans get them?

Because making Yahtzee's job considerably more complicated is definitely worth it just to appease part of the site's audience right?

There are others around here you know. Not everyone is American.
And traditionally, it works the other way around, so the rest of us have to deal with this on a regular basis without getting to complain about it.

But... Yahtzee is British (eg. European), and lives in Australia. (which, 99% of the time gets treated as being part of Europe for game and film releases)

Yahtzee probably reviews whatever he can get a hold of. That's almost certainly going to follow European schedules most of the time, because... That's what happens in Australia.

Why is it so important anyway? Catering to the whims of a part of of the audience (deliberately at the expense of another part of the audience in fact) for... What seems like a rather trivial reason doesn't seem that worthwhile if you ask me.
Especially when it makes Yahtzee's life more complicated.

Anybody here can vouch for the game despite its cruel completionist jabs and those sound clips that will grate on your patience? I've been on a Good Feel binge recently and sincerely enjoyed Epic Yarn. Currently going through Wario Shake Dimension and I'm enjoying that tremendously. I would have hoped this would continue the trend but the nature of the Yoshi style of gameplay doesn't really agree with me.

Regarding the sounds Yoshi makes - I've always hated the sounds they gave him since the N64 with Yoshi's Story (which I never played). I know people are used to it via Smash Bros, and obviously the SNES was limited in the kind of sounds it could produce, but I really do think the SNES sounds were a lot better - which made it pretty annoying that the GBA version of Yoshi's Island used the new sounds (that version of the game is worse in other ways as well though).

 

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