I'll be honest, I've never really had a strong feeling about the Yoshi series. Yoshi's Island (Super Mario World 2) was certainly a great looking, and fairly excellent SNES era platformer. But after that, I'm not sure I've even played any of the other games in the series.
Reading through a Wii U era Nintendo Force issue recently, I had the itch to give Woolly World a shot, and realized that we already had a copy in our house in the shape of the 3DS port in my wife's collection. That 3DS re-release was confusingly re-titled Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, which makes it sound like it's an all new game or something. It's not. The inclusion of Poochy is actually just the easy mode in which Yoshi has wings and an endless supply of Poochies to use as yarn ball ammo.
Anyway, I played through the first two worlds last night which took me a fair amount of time. And I must say, it's definitely a solid little platformer. And I feel like that's been Nintendo's MO with these later era 2D games anyway. Think of the Yoshi games or the New Super Mario Bros series or I guess even the Donkey Kong Country revivals - they're all kind of in the same mold. They take the basis of the SNES era games and update them visually and... that's about it.
I think it works and it doesn't. It works on a nostalgic level. These games feel familiar - and don't get me wrong - they feel good. But nothing in them really blows me away, aside from maybe the visuals.
But I'm having a good time with this game. It's fine. It's fun. It's not overly challenging. It's semi-mindless if you've played a lot of platformers over the years. I don't love it, but I am glad games like these still exist. I look forward to showing my daughter games like these when she's old enough to start playing games.