New Yoshi game coming to Wii U

One of the most exciting revelations made during Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct announcement was that a new Yoshi game is being developed for Wii U.

As you can see from the screenshots below, the team behind the 2010 Wii title Kirby’s Epic Yarn is hard at work on what will be the first console Yoshi adventure since Nintendo released Yoshi’s Story way back in 1998.

Like Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Yoshi’s Story, the new Yoshi game appears to be a throwback side-scroller with 3D elements. Yes, the yarn design does make Yoshi look a bit like Sackboy of LittleBigPlanet fame, but I trust that Nintendo has been in the side-scroller business long enough to bring some fresh gameplay to the table.