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Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)

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Description

The plot of Kirby's Epic Yarn largely revolves around Nintendo's cutesy cream-puff being dragged out of his normal world by an evil sorcerer named Yin-Yarn and trapped in a fabric-based world called Patch Land. Everything in this new land, including the heroic marshmallow Kirby, is made of yarn and fabric. As a result, Kirby has lost his signature inhalation and power absorption abilities. After meeting and saving Fluff, a prince, Kirby and his companion decide to work together to "stitch-up" Patch Land in the wake of the destruction caused by Yin-Yarn.

Kirby's Epic Yarn follows previous Nintendo franchises Paper Mario and Yoshi's Story in its creative design around physical real-life aesthetics. Where Mario was designed around a flat paper theme, and Yoshi lived though a living story-book (in a sense, a variation on a paper theme), Kirby ventures into strange new territory being made of fabric and yarn. Stages and puzzles are heavily designed around the fabric themes and aesthetics, such as enemies being made out of yarn, and puzzle elements involving zippers and buttons.

As mentioned, Kirby has lost his typical powers, and instead of using his formidable lungs as a weapon, he uses a whip (obviously) made of yarn. While Kirby no longer swallows enemies to steal their powers, he hasn't slowed in the least bit where transformation and unique powers are concerned. Kirby floats by transforming into a parachute, flies as a UFO, drives as a car, and features a wide range of other transformations including an anvil, a dolphin, a mole, a dune buggy, a rocket, a robot, musical notes, and more.

Like the Lego games or later Wario Land titles, Kirby really doesn't die. However, taking damage causes Kirby to lose precious items (colored beads for instance) that the player collects throughout the levels to, in effect, earn higher scores, medals, and to unlock more challenges in the game. As well as the item collection, each stage contains three hidden secrets for players to hunt. Each "world" in the game features a boss battle and extra stages should the player meet the right challenges in item collection. There are also new friends to be made who bring about several smaller challenges such as finding a certain number of characters in a stage within a time limit, carrying a character to a new location, and more.

Also, Kirby's Epic Yarn follows the seemingly current trend from Nintendo of the game playing largely as an old-school side-scrolling title a la New Super Mario Bros. Wii, large segments of Metroid: Other M, and the revamped Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Kirby also welcomes his new pal, Fluff, in two-player cooperative gameplay which adds to the puzzle solving and gameplay in many situations. Like many Nintendo-helmed Wii games, Kirby's Epic Yarn takes liberties with the Wii Remote using it for several different styles of play holding the Remote sideways à la classic controllers, pointing at the screen, or angling the controller for other uses.


Screenshots

Kirby's Epic Yarn Wii Title Screen
Kirby's Epic Yarn Wii With his new yarn ability Kirby is able to weave himself into various objects, seen here as a parachute.
Kirby's Epic Yarn Wii The adventure begins
Kirby's Epic Yarn Wii Cutscenes play out like a book

Alternate Titles

  • "毛糸のカービィ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Kirby und das magische Garn" -- German title
  • "Kirby e la stoffa dell'eroe" -- Italian title
  • "Kirby Au fil de l'aventure" -- French title
  • "Keito no Kirby" -- Japanese title

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The Press Says

The Escapist Nov 21, 2010 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Destructoid Oct 17, 2010 9.5 out of 10 95
Game Informer Magazine Nov 15, 2010 9.5 out of 10 95
Joystiq Oct 15, 2010 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Hardcore Gamer Magazine Oct 19, 2010 4.5 out of 5 90
Fragland.net Mar 25, 2011 90 out of 100 90
God is a Geek Mar 29, 2011 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Oct 15, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
GamePro (US) Oct 15, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Jeuxvideo.com Feb 22, 2011 15 out of 20 75

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Awards

  • GameSpot
    • 2010 - Best Graphics, Artistic (Editors' Choice)
  • GameSpy
    • 2010 – Wii Game of the Year
    • 2010 – Platforming Game of the Year

ResidentHazard (3236) added Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii) on Oct 19, 2010