Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Second Thoughts About Kirby's Epic Yarn

Yesterday, a new Kirby game was announced for the Nintendo Wii: Kirby's Epic Yarn. It's a brand new Kirby game with a completely new art style, unique music, a gameplay system that is different than what's shown in other Kirby games, and classic multiplayer action. And yet, something tells me this is a turn in the wrong direction...

While I'm happy to see another Kirby game, I'm also a bit disappointed in Hal. What happened to that outstanding GameCube title? That game looked to be a big turning point for Kirby, which is exactly what the creampuff needs, but this is a step in the opposite direction. Granted, it has the cuteness factor of 11 stars out of 10.

But there's the problem.

Kirby needs to remain cute, but this is just over-the-top, Hello Kitty cute. Like Sonic would say, that's no good.

Another issue is the gameplay. I saw no sucking. And I mean that in the positive sense. Kirby's inhale ability seems to have dropped off the face of the earth. Now, Kirby must rely on his sewing abilities to weave between the dimensions of cloth. A nice addition to the game, I'll admit. However, his trademark has always been to inhale. He doesn't necessarily have to copy abilities; that's been proven in his first embarkation: Kirby's Dream Land. But without that big mouth of his, Kirby probably wouldn't have survived.

However, the game seems to retain his more popular and well-known feature: the Copy Abilities. In the official trailer that was shown at E3, as well as several hands-on demonstrations, I saw that he has the ability to morph into the shape of a car (cars in Dream Land?!), UFO, parachute, a fish-like creature, and anything else I missed. And in the image above, we see Kirby can transform into a tank-like weapon, maybe something to replace the one-use abilities.

That's not a bad idea, but it strays a bit too far from the usual Kirby feel. However, I will give Hal this: good enough. It's great to see them try something different as opposed to simply make the same game over and over again, as it seems. However, as a Kirby fan, try a lean towards the old-style, and still try some new things while you're at it. Seems like a fair idea, right, Hal?

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