The style was beautiful on Wii with Kirby's Epic Yarn so it should be even better on Wii U.
As easy as Epic Yarn was, I did enjoy the game greatly (though I paid almost nothing for it). Hopefully this one is a more traditional platformer in terms of difficulty. I'm not expecting NSMBU levels but maybe something more akin to Yoshi's Island.
From the footage and screen it's not just going to be 2D. There are 3D Planes in there so the game will have a lot of 2.5D stuff going on.
Just like with Kirby's Epic Yarn, I absolutely adore the graphics of this game and it looks just plain beautiful.
Unfortunately, I feel that Good Feel just doesn't make very engaging or challenging gameplay in their games (Wario, Kirby) so I'm going to probably hold off on this game until I hear good word of mouth on it's overall gameplay/fun/challenge.
So, which footage shows their hopes for the actual game? The first couple seconds look just like they imported Yoshi into Kirby's Epic Yarn. But, towards the end they show a couple really nice looking HD screens.
Really disappointing so far, and with very confusing communication at that. Is the footage supposed to be some kind of WIP footage? Looks like it since the screenshots look nothing like the footage and Iwata says they want the game to be a graphics showcase.
Not digging the art style tbh. At first it looked like a worse version of Kirby's Epic Yarn. I feel like it could be good if it were more visually intensive (As in, more going on int he environments). But as it stands, the environments were very simple.
Funny side note for those saying it's a kiddy platform - holding onto all the beads in order to unlock the secret levels in each world drove my wife to her first game rage ever. It was the meta knight boss fight and she kept losing all her beads and said she wasn't going to bother finishing it.
But she came back, did it, and finished the game.
Yoshi's Epic Yarn = day 1 buy and has convinced me, among other Direct announcements, to get a Wii U this year.