Yarn Yoshi Being Developed By Kirby’s Epic Yarn Developer

By Ishaan . January 23, 2013 . 8:31am

Nintendo are developing a new game starring Yoshi, which is developed by the team that created Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Set in a world of textiles, Yarn Yoshi looks similar to the Kirby game and is being supervised by Takashi Tezuka, director of Yoshi’s Island and Yoshi’s Story, and also known for his heavy involvement in the Super Mario games.



Yarn Yoshi is in development for Wii U. A release date for the game has not been announced yet.


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  • AaqibRawat

    yoshi is so cute.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Other companies wonder how they can make their characters more masculine and hardcore. Nintendo wonders how they can make theirs even more insanely cute XD

    • Dede Ogbe

      Little Big Planet. Enough said

      • Spirit Macardi

        LBP wasn’t a pre-existing franchise though.

        I was speaking of long-standing series that companies have tried to make more grim and gritty like Bomberman or Bionic Commando (not Re-Armed, the 3D one).

        • Dede Ogbe

          ah i see.Which case then your right

      • idrawrobots

        Sackboy is nowhere near as cute as Yarn Kirby or Yarn Yoshi. LBP more or less rides the fence of trying to be cute and trying to being cool.

      • danielneves

        Yoshi’s Story already had LBP art style years before.

      • Alexis Goitia

        Yoshi always had this cutesy feel of either adorable patterns and textiles or hand drawn pictures.
        Little Big Planet is a neat franchise (I have both PS3 games), but their style is nothing new, nor is something Nintendo is borrowing.

  • Blazkn

    Just need to be more difficult than Epic Yarn… and done! Flawless victory.

    • Agreed. Kirby’s Epic Yarn almost bored me to sleep. Doesn’t help half the game’s soundtrack sounded like soft lullaby-like music you play to help a kid go to sleep. Kinda weird for the developer to do the same idea (yarn) again. I like Yoshi though…hopefully these efforts are better.

      • ronin4life

        I actually liked how calming it is… but I am a perfectionist when it comes to platformers with “collectivitis”, and achieving perfect each level was really hard sometimes…

        I call it “the worlds hardest baby game”, because of the fact that you can never lose, but actually “winning” takes a good amount of skill(for me anyway…)

        • idrawrobots

          Kirby’s Epic Yarn, has been one of the only games to come out in the past 10 years I have played through completely more than once. It is fantastic, and it reminded me of Yoshi’s Story.

          • Never

            How similar is it to Yoshi’s Story? I still love that game, so if it’s a lot like it I might pick it up.

          • idrawrobots

            Obviously similar in style. But it is also easy in the same way. You can beat it with low skill. but if you want to collect everything there is a challenge to be had. You can find Kirby’s Epic Yarn for super cheep, you should get it. Play it with a loved one too.

        • I like your rationale for it. And while I still don’t like the game, I can appreciate your angle since, as you say, despite not being able to “die” there’s more to succeeding than that.

          Anyways, this looks pretty so far. Yay yoshi!

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Kirby’s Epic Yarn was way to easy

    • Meriadoc

      Wait what?? my 3 years old nephew had a hard time beating it!!

  • zferolie

    Yoshi just looks so damn adorable. Nintendo shows that one doesn’t need realistic graphics to make a great looking game.

    • Armane

      I don’t know, that yarn looks pretty realistic to me. You can almost see how they knitted Yoshi.

      • Alexis Goitia

        Have you seen the power-up animation of Yoshi going from a single strand into a yarn doll? Looks crazy cool!

  • AuraGuyChris

    It already tastes like diabetes the first half a second I stared at it…

  • Randy Marsh

    Original director of Yoshi’s Island? Sounds interesting, hopefully it will be as frustratingly hard as Yoshi’s Island.

    • Krisi92

      Frustratingly hard? Come on… it had a good challenge, but it’s really far from frustratingly hard. Have you played Xevious? Or Adventure Island? Those are frustratingly hard. :D

      • Shane Guidaboni

        Yoshi’s Island is not difficult in the least.

        • Krisi92

          Well, completing it 100%, and some of the secret stages were a bit tricky, though.

          • Yeah, Yoshi’s Island was the first Mario game I actually beat. I played i every day for almost 2 weeks back when I was 9 (not just beat it, but 100% it). I found the difficulty to be perfect… and since then, I felt that Nintendo’s games have only gotten easier, unfortunately. Super Mario World was and definitely still is more difficult than Yoshi’s Island, but if Nintendo can release a new platformer that can at least reach Yoshi’s Island’s level, I’d explode with joy.

      • Randy Marsh

        It was frustratingly hard when I was younger, I haven’t played the game in nine years. Maybe it might be easier for me now. Also, when I say frustratingly hard it’s a good thing, I like hard games. Plus those other games you mention weren’t part of my gaming generation. I was more into the SNES generation. I know I must not be a real gamer…

        • Krisi92

          I was in the SNES generation, too, but that doesn’t mean at all that you can’t play older games… But if you want, I’ll list you harder games from the SNES generation and on. Gradius III and on, Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon for the Game Boy, Pocky & Rocky, Starfox, Super Mario Kart, etc.

      • Alexis Goitia

        Have you played the extra stages for Yoshi’s Island?
        I could never complete them 100%, and I’ve been playing platformers since I was 6.

        • Krisi92

          Yes, I completed both the SNES and the GBA versions 100%. There was 1 or 2 extra stages that were really hard, but the rest wasn’t THAT challenging at all. Again, Xevious and Adventure Island are far, FAR harder that Yoshi’s Island.

    • isfuturebright

      I used to find it hard too. Damn baby mario.

  • Eric Harris

    So instead of getting a new Yoshi with beautiful HD hand drawn pastel style backgrounds. We get a yoshi game using many of the same elements as Kirby’s Epic Yarn? I like KEY, but color me dissapointed.

    • Spirit Macardi

      It seems to be a fair amount different than Epic Yarn to me. For one the character and environments are in full 3D, the character is a plush doll and not just a string outline, and it remains to be seen if it will have similar mechanics.

      • Eric Harris

        I was just so looking forward to seeing that classic Yoshi’s Island art style on an HD console, that is all. I still have KEY and when I get a WiiU and play it on that I’m sure it will look great. It’s just that I was so ready for an art style that hasn’t been used in awhile.

        • Spirit Macardi

          Ah, I see what you mean. Yeah, I can understand wanting it to have an art style all its own instead of essentially being a spin-off to an unrelated series.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Well, i am in love with you Yoshi.^_^ Anyway, more things other than Mario would be a plus for me here.
    Kinda burn out of Mario.(Even though most of it’s title is still quality title but being shoved around with the good old plumber also can be kinda overkill here.)
    Hope for another Peach, Wario or even possible Waluigi own game?^_^

    • puchinri

      Another Peach title would be fantastic, and I do wonder if they’ll make another Wario title soon (and a Waluigi game).

    • Alexis Goitia

      I think they could add freshness to Mario if they allow the other characters of the franchise into the main series (3D, NSMB). I’ve always wondered why we’re stuck with a bunch of generic Toads when Nintendo has Wario and Waluigi there.
      A new Mario & Luigi RPG featuring teams such as Peach and Daisy or Toad and Toadette would be cool and add new depth to the RPG series.
      The kart spin-off series is fine for me since it is a racing game and works well, though they might want to give us the choice to turn off certain items.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Man, Nintendo is on a roll today!

    I can’t believe that the last time Yoshi was in the main spotlight was “Yoshi’s Story” for N64 in ’98! 2 generations skipped, WTF Nintendo, W-T-F?!

    • There was a Yoshi’s Island sequel for the Nintendo DS. Called Yoshi’s Island DS, actually, it came out in 2006. It wasn’t the best game ever, but it was still decently fun. If you haven’t tried it, it might be worth looking into!

      • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

        I was kinda thinking about his last console outing, but I am surprised that I didn’t hear of that DS game. I’ll have to check it out sometime.

        • I figured that you weren’t, but it’s still a pretty legit successor as far as I’m concerned since the gameplay is pretty identical to the other games in the series. It’s not like Yoshi Touch and Go or Yoshi Topsy-Turvy.

  • CirnoLakes

    PlayStation who?

  • Tails the Foxhound

    How come no one is posting pictures of the string yoshi eating a shyguy and turning into a knit yoshi? I thought that was really clever and cute.

  • Zonic505

    It’s like they were trying to figure out a way to take the graphics of Kirby’s Epic Yarn & somehow make another game that was even CUTER.

    & they succeeded.

  • CuteKick

    I kept saying that Epic Yarn was really a Yoshi game disguised with Kirby. Now, it only this is harder than Epic Yarn I will be happy.

  • puchinri

    It does look quite pretty. I’m really curious about the setting and premise. Also, excited to hear how cute the music will be (and how similar it may to the Epic Yarn stuff, or if it will lean more heavily toward the usual Yoshi sounds).

  • Phillip Otoole

    Is anyone reminded of clockwork knight, looking at that second screen shot? That game was crack cocaine when I was little, and served to further seal the Saturn as my console of choice.

  • JoJo_649

    I don’t get people, they complain because sony made a smash ripoff, yet when nintendo steals the fabrics and stitches idea from LittleBigPlanet, not one, but twice, people are YAY, AWESOME, I love both consoles, I have LBP 2’s platinum and still play it regularly, and also have Kirby’s epic yarn at 100%, not that it was hard, instead is a charming platformer just like this game will surely be, but it seriously baffles me why people isn’t equal when it comes to judge similar games.

    • Solomon_Kano

      This isn’t even the same aesthetic as LBP, that’s why. Sony doesn’t own fabrics and stitches because MediaMolecule made a game that had them as a design element. Even if they did, mind you, there’s a completely different look between Ninty’s Yarn games and LBP. I can’t even see why you went there. Are you asking people to complain about this?

      And I only own a PS3, if that matters. Didn’t even play Epic Yarn either, if that somehow matters as well.

      • JoJo_649

        Just as nintendo doesn’t owns platform fighters, and well if you play Epic Yarn you’ll notice some similarities with the art style, yes the gameplay is very different, yet the world is pretty similar, and no I’m not asking people to complain, just something I noticed while reading around the internet, especially the pre-launch of PS All Stars.

        • Solomon_Kano

          In any event, Yoshi’s Story already had aesthetic well before LBP was even thought of. 1998. This is Yoshi’s Story’s aesthetic put to a nice, HD 2013 shine as first demonstrated (in rough draft, if you will) through Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Even if there were reason to compare, by your own saying, LBP would be the rip off. They aren’t similar enough anyway, so there’s no need for that.

          You’re right, Ninty doesn’t own platform fighters. But what did that have to do with anything? People will always compare the unknown to something known. As it went with PSABR, Smash Bros. is literally the only other game competing in that space. It was bound to be compared. That’s simply the nature of things.

          While LBP and Nintendo’s Yarn games are similar in the concept behind the aesthetic (fabrics and stiches) the actual execution of it differs greatly. Epic Yarn and Yarn Yoshi look cartoony with great emphasis placed on detail of the yarn and fabrics, with zippers woven (ha!) into the gameplay of Epic Yarn. LBP’s art style is completely different, the aesthetic isn’t solely yarns and fabrics like Nintendo’s Yarn games (it includes wood, cardboard, metal, etc.), and the fact that everything is fabric isn’t a focus in gameplay like it is in Epic Yarn and Yoshi’s Yarn. That’s why nobody bothered to compare the two. The similarity is a light one, at best.

    • Suicunesol

      Hahah, you do have a point. But in my opinion, Yoshi and Sackboy, despite both being made of fabric and stitches, don’t resemble each other at all. I didn’t even think of LittleBigPlanet when I saw the trailer. No, what went in my mind was: “They’re borrowing from Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Epic Yarn was very cute, but I’d rather they do some other style.”

      • I guess they must have thought of some way to use the same yarn-element ideas (as seen in Epic Yarn) mixed with the idea of a new Yoshi game, that’s the only explanation I could think of. It’s not like a new Yoshi or Kirby needs to look like yarn in order to look very appealing…

        And LBP, I felt, mostly used the “patches” look for aesthetics. I always felt that Epic Yarn’s (or the game it was supposed to be before they turned it into Kirby.. forgot the name) entire gameplay was based on the idea of yarn.

        Hmm.. this makes me wonder, this could have been an awesome opportunity to make a Kirby-Yoshi cross up platformer :O

        • Solomon_Kano

          Maybe Kirby will get a cameo. That’ be a fun secret level.

      • Solomon_Kano

        And I’d imagine the reason they decided to use Epic Yarn’s aesthetic for this is the fact the Yoshi’s Story had a similar look to begin with and that was Yoshi’s last game. Iwata did go out of his way to mention it, after all.

    • Alexis Goitia

      Newfag talking what he doesn’t know.
      Research Yoshi and you’ll find that the art styles for his platformers have always centered around craftsmaking, including fabric.

    • Alexis Goitia

      Just do yourself a favor and Google Yoshi’s Story, from 1998.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I can’t wait for this. Yoshi’s Story is one of my favorite Ninty games and Epic Yarn looked beautiful without being in HD.

  • grevlinghore

    Now this I`d love to try out! I always kinda compared Epic Yarn and Yoshi`s Story in my mind, and now we have Yoshi`s Epic Yarn. I like where this is going! :>

  • Hope this has challenge and depth to it, it has charm, thats for sure.

  • Yuriangels

    god Yoshi soooooooooooo cute as Yarn!!!!

  • Xmas Lopez

    Does it come with a pattern for Yoshi amigurumi?

  • PacNinja

    Did anyone else look at the second picture and think of TOY STORY?

  • Ben Sylvia

    2013: Year of Nintendo

    Oh wait that’s almost any year.

  • kaizin

    so cute just so cute hope its even more fun than epic yarn and is actually a challenge.

  • Christopher Nunes

    I love both Yoshi’s Island and Yoshi’s Story (especially when I got it as a birthday gift the year it came out for the N64) as Yoshi IS my most favorite character of all no matter what!

    And seeing this looks awesome and Yarn version (more like knitted version) of Yoshi is ultra cute and adorable! ^_^

    Didn’t get Yarn Kirby even though I like Kirby, but I’m definitely getting this!

  • Elvick

    Now I just wish that it (Kirby’s Epic Yarn) had been that new IP instead.

    Because this would be the sequel. I mean, I love Epic Yarn and this looks great, but I’d rather something new in terms of character.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    as long as baby Mario doesn’t show up lol

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Oekkk Oekkk.T_T
      Me: Stress!!!!!

  • Göran Isacson

    There is nothing about this that does not fill me with love and tolerance to all living creature on this green Earth. Thank you Yoshi. You’ve helped me keep the Flames at bay for just a little while longer.

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