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It’s been a long time since Kirby starred in a game outside a Nintendo DS or Super Smash Bros. title and he is overdue for a return to a Nintendo console. Everyone’s favorite pink cream puff is back in Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Returning to his side-scrolling adventure roots and a fresh new art style, Kirby has also brought a long a new friend for some light-hearted co-op fun.Off the bat the most noticeable change to the Kirby franchise is its highly textured presentation. The game looks like its stitched together with cloth, yarn, buttons, and other craft materials. It reminds me of the first time I saw LittleBigPlanet’s art style, but evokes even more whimsy due to the nostalgia tied to the series. Epic Yarn is a refreshingly bright, simple, and beautiful optimization of the Wii’s graphical capabilities.Upon picking up the Wii Remote Epic Yarn is immediately playable, sporting a microscopic learning curve. Kirby’s trademark vacuum and float moves are M.I.A. at this point, but his new abilities immediately wash away those memories. “Epic yarn” may be more than the game’s title, as Kirby wields a piece of string like a whip to interact with the world. Enemies and bricks can be lassoed into throwable balls, which makes knocking down additional barriers and foes a snap. Kirby can even use the yarn to swing from buttons like a tiny, pink Bionic Commando. No longer relying on consuming enemies to transform, Kirby can morph into different objects to do awesome things. He can turn into a car to dash, a parachute to glide, and a brick to pulverize objects. Playing Kirby Epic Yarn is fun as it is, but throw in the game’s drop-in, drop-out co-op and you’re in for an even better time. Kirby’s blue friend Prince Fluff can be played by a second player throughout the entire game. Interaction between the characters is simple and self-explanatory. Kirby and Prince Fluff can toss eachother around the map, allowing for easy access to tricky ledges. The duo can also combine to transform into a massive battle tank. Using the Wii Remote’s motion controls player one controls a massive boxing glove, while player two aims a volley of missiles. Getting a taste of this cooperative destruction has me thirsty for more.Kirby games are highly regarded for their polished and entertaining boss battles. Epic Yarn is no different. Kirby and Prince Fluff face off against a giant green dragon at the end of the demo. The two must whip and fire back flaming buttons that the dragon spews out, causing the beast’s tongue loll from its maw. He then whips the button at the tip of the boss’s tongue, pulls it back, and slingshots it back to deal damage. The battle was a blast, and I can’t wait to see if Meta Knight and King Dedede make appearances.Overall, Kirby’s Epic Yarn is a sweet surprise from Nintendo from what I played. Hal Laboratory has proved themselves capable with the Super Smash Bros. games and past Kirby titles, and I can feel the passion emanating from this overdue console title. If you love light-hearted and engaging side-scrolling action, keep this one on your radar leading up to its Fall 2010 release.
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you guys need to KIIIIIRRB your enthusiasm
Coolio. Can't wait to pick it up and play for myself.
It looked really fun. I wouldn't expect any less.
Kirby keeps getting cuter and cuter!
I hope they do add the vacuum ability because I would love to see what happens to the enemies sucked in by a Kirby with a visible stomach.
The art style is awesome, and the game is a refreshingly new take for Kirby a la Kirby's Canvas Curse. The segments in the trailer in which Kirby can pull gaps together and unzip buildings were very clever. I love me some platforming, and Nintendo hit out of the park with this and Donkey Kong Country Returns today.
sweet, this looks really good
i've always loved a good kirby game, and this one looks adorable and fun. Nintendo is really wowing me this year, and i can't wait to play this game
it looked to cute to me...and not in a good way. i was hoping to see meta knight or something but no.....just kirbys little squakes of poyo lol.
Cute is really the only word for this.
Loving the new look. The game looks great and it sounds amazing.
innovative kirby games are always a success
It looked cute, but some of the powers and segments seemed ironically violent (Bu-bu-bu-BATTLE TANK!), and I always enjoyed the fun-whether-you're-good-or-not vibe, so I'll definitely have to have a look.
It's so freaking cute... I can't wait for this to come out!
Looks like something you would see on Nick Jr. Still a cool art direction to go for Kirby.
The lasers on the tanks go pew pew pew....
Well, this looks a bit off, but HAL has never steered us wrong before.