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It's been a while since we heard from Nintendo's pink cream puff. The last time we have seen him on a home console was back in 2008 when he starred in Super Smash Brothers Brawl. Now Kirby is back once again to bring his undeniable cuteness and charm to the Wii with his very own game, Kirby's Epic Yarn.The game starts out with the pink puff ball trying to eat from a tree when Yin Yarn the Sorcerer appears and sucks Kirby in his teleporting sock, transporting Kirby to Patch Land, where everything is made out of different clothing material. Kirby meets Prince Fluff, who explains to Kirby that Yin Yarn has broken Patch Land into seven different parts. The two then go on a journey to get magic yarn to sew Patch Land back together again.This game is played by holding the Wii Remote sideways like an NES controller. This is actually quite handy since playing the type of side scrolling 2D platformer that Kirby's Epic Yarn is without this setup would be difficult. During different parts of the game, Kirby can transform into different vehicles to advance through the level. Some of these are really fun, like tank Kirby, others are just a pain in the neck to operate, like train Kirby. Pressing the 1 button makes Kirby grab certain items and enemies. Grabbing enemies and using them as weapons are useful for getting to hidden bonuses that the player wouldn't be able to get to without them, and the two button causes Kirby to jump. Different items in the game consist of alternate background music, and furniture, which can be used to decorate Kirby's apartment that Zeke gives you at the beginning of the game. That's right, in this game, Kirby gets his own home where you can place different items like lamps, rugs, couches, and pianos that you find throughout the game. These are neat little items that had me aching to find more whenever I would play.Apart from the positives of the game, Kirby's Epic Yarn does have some negative points, and the biggest one of that is the game is just too easy. This game has no game over screens and no lives or life bars. Being a game aimed towards younger kids, it's understood that the lack of these features would help make it easier for kids who don't want to keep track of lives in the game. But something for the older audiences like a difficulty selection would've been a nice addition to the game for those who wanted a little challenge.Kirby's Epic Yarn is definitely a quality Wii title and a Nintendo gem. It has fun, action, adventure, and cuteness that anyone could love. Despite the game being really easy, this isn't a drawback of the game and one should go out and pick this game up, it's well worth it. It's a fresh new experience for the Wii, which is definitely a plus for the system. Do yourself a favor and buy this game!
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