The announcement at E3 left me with a warm fuzzy feeling after viewing the launch trailer. That same feel was maintained as I played through the game. The unique use of yarn and fabric adds a new sense of graphical presentation. It was similar to the same effect as when I played Wind Waker for the first time, but enough reminiscing let's get down to business. The unique art style of Kirby's Epic Yarn is a fantastic change of pace from the usual cartoonish presentation of Nintendo's franchise heroes. The yarn that depicted Kirby moves realistically to the point of fascination over the developing team's obsession with the material. Kirby's movement looks to give the same sense of comfort that fabric and yarn have. Everything down to the buildings and platforms have this sense of happiness and comfort, and the graphics are not simply a coat of paint for the series. Every bit of the gameplay is combined with the choice of the artstyle. A well thought out move on Nintendo's part. Kirby has and always will be a platform with some sort of twist to stand out from Mario. While normally it involves inhaling objects and enemies, he is not given that same power this time around. Instead he is given a do-all loose piece of yarn that in times acts as a weapon, a hand, or even a make shift swing. Adding to the fact that the art presentation and methods of puzzle solving are ubiquitous to what a human reaction is when encountering the movable objects in the game. As an example encountering a zipper and unzipping to reveal your next objective. This feature gives the game a great appeal to first time players and fans a like. As a side note co-op is possible in game. Using a contrasting character the mode is actually enjoyable in comparison to the chaos that is 4 player Mario Brothers for the Wii. Difficulty wise it is on par with most other Kirby games on the simpler side of challenge. The replayabilty is limited, great for a once playthrough and a great rent.
posted by hydropolos (SACRAMENTO, CA) Oct 25, 2010
Member since May 2007
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There are fun games for the Wii, and then there are those games that are reminders of the reason you bought a Wii. Kirby's Epic Yarn is one of those games that Wii owners need to add to their collection.
If you enjoy games such as New Super Mario Brothers, Mario Kart, Zelda, Metroid Prime, or Donkey Kong, then you probably already know that Nintendo makes the best games for the Wii. Kirby's Epic Yarn is what you have probably been waiting for.
GRAPHICS: Beautiful - puts next generation games to shame at times. MUSIC: Catchy, cheery, and ready to create nostalgia all over again. MULTIPLAYER: VERY FUN. The team play is again a staple of Nintendo. DIFFICULTY: You will never die, but the challenges can be tricky. CONTROLS: Perfect use of a Wii-mote. Thank you Nintendo!
This is a great game for the young at heart. It is very long, but has so many neat things that Kirby can morph into, you'll be anxious to see what the next level holds! This is a definite purchase if you have $50.
My 5yr old son loves it mostly for the fact that it's 2 player but it is also pretty fun. The parts where you turn into stuff like fire truck or UFO's is probably the best feature. He also like collecting furniture to decorate his room. Definitely a good game for little kids.