E3 2010: Radical new Kirby's Epic Yarn somehow makes Kirby even cuter

Nintendo has been full of surprises today, one of the biggest being a radical renenvisioning of the Kirby franchise with their new title Kirby's Epic Yarn. During his brief intro of the mystery game, Reggie was making more bad “yarn” and “spin” puns than usual, leaving the crowd wondering if Crochet Today! Magazine had somehow infiltrated the teleprompt. Fortunately Kirby's Epic Yarn’s arts and crafts style quickly explained away the bad jokes.

Above: Kirby dodges this ADORABLE dragon's tongue

The Epic Yarn video showed Kirby as a small pink outline, apparently made from yarn, blasting through a 2-D side scrolling level attacking enemies with some sort of yarn whip. The video then showcased Kirby in multiple different forms including a UFO and an extremely powerful looking robot. While the shocking new art style is a big change, the gameplay looks like classic Kirby, with some additional Wii commands included.

Above: The LBP influence is there, but it's still classic Nintendo

From the gameplay we saw, it’s unclear how heavily the Wiimote is integrated, or if the Classic Controller can be used. Either way, this gorgeous take on Kirby, looks like classic Nintendo platforming at its best, and the creative art style definitely plays to the Wii’s graphical strong points. Nintendo may not have the most powerful graphics in the industry, but they certainly have some of the best art direction, even if it does owe Little Big Planet a thank you card.

Jun 15, 2010


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  • InsertChrisAntistaJokeHere - June 16, 2010 11:43 a.m.

    I completely hate the new art direction they took with this kirby, to be honest i was expecting a more mature version.
  • Robusken - June 16, 2010 1:20 a.m.

    All my kirby fanboyism flowed back in once I heard about this.
  • CandiedJester - June 15, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    Cuuute ><
  • taterboob - June 15, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    Just like Kid Icarus, I never really cared that much about Kirby. Nintendo's somehow managed to convert me on both titles in one press conference. Well done.
  • Ridgley - June 15, 2010 11:07 p.m.

    I hate this art style for Kirby.
  • FrozenImplosion - June 15, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    Am I the only one who actually mistook the screenshots for Yoshi Story at first glance? [It was a very out of the corner glance]
  • Cyberninja - June 15, 2010 9:13 p.m.

    the only down side now is that it looks like kirby can no longer eat everything in his path
  • RocketPenis - June 15, 2010 9:11 p.m.

    God I've been waiting for this game
  • batouyukinawa - June 15, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    Now this is what I'm talking about. Nintendo taking it's underpowered console and creating a great graphical presentation regardless.
  • JohnnyMaverik - June 15, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    When they were playing it, it all looked like it had some really nice ideas but it was way over cutified, I know Kirby has always been cute but bleh, wtf was that. Screens look nice though... almost like looking at a different game and I <3 Kirby so keeping an open mind... for now.
  • 510BrotherPanda - June 15, 2010 8:13 p.m.

    I wouldn't say it owes LBP a thank you. LBP is not just knit dolls, it's paint and stickers and cardboard, etc. Besides, Kirby Dream Land 3 was sort of modeled to look crayon-drawn, and that's maybe before LBP was even an idea.
  • thekeith82 - June 15, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    "...even if it does owe Little Big Planet a thank you card." Umm, yes, except yoshi's island did something similar what, 15 years ago?
  • nomnom52 - June 15, 2010 7:02 p.m.

    @8bitBaby: No, I actually like the new look for everything. Also, I'm glad Kirby is returning to the home consoles.
  • ManiacalMuphin - June 15, 2010 7 p.m.

    Awww...So close...
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  • 8bitBaby - June 15, 2010 6:59 p.m.

    EPIC YAWN. amirite? no seriously... epic is the new extreme. kirby was never this... cute. i don't like this fluffy take on him.

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