Yoshi’s Crafted World, the beloved dinosaur’s new adventure for the Nintendo Switch, is based on a fairly fascinating gimmick involving the depth of stages. Basically, Yoshi is able to move in-between and interact with background and foreground elements that would usually be considered static in many such platforming titles. There are numerous instances of this mechanic being utilized during the trailer, but some of the most fascinating examples of this dynamic mechanic involved Yoshi attacking enemies in the foreground and flipping a stage at will to reveal brand new paths that simply looked like background objects before.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that the game’s vibrant art style contributes to the storybook nature of the level design and the use of this flip mechanic. The Switch may not be a technical powerhouse, but games like this showcase why a bright color palette and creative design will sometimes best pure processing power.
Indeed, Yoshi’s Crafted World may very well be the game for Switch fans who still harbor a deep love for classic platformers. While Super Mario Odyssey promotes a more open-world take on the platformer genre, Yoshi’s Crafted World looks like the kind of classic platforming experience that we might have dreamed of as kids if we could dream quite as big as game’s clearly imaginative development team.
Here’s everything we know about Yoshi’s Crafted World thus far:
Yoshi’s Crafted World Release Date
Yoshi’s Crafted World arrives on March 29. The game is coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.
Yoshi’s Crafted World Trailer
The latest gameplay trailer arrived during a Nintendo Direct in February 2019:
Here’s another trailer:
And here’s the announcement trailer:
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