Kirbys Epic Yarn
While walking through Dream Land, Kirby spots what seems to be an odd-looking tomato and decides to eat it. However, the tomato, revealed to be a "Metamato", belonged to an evil wizard named Yin-Yarn who becomes angry at Kirby and sucks him into the magic sock around his waist. Kirby ends up in Patch Land, where everything, including himself, is made of yarn, making his normal powers useless. Kirby saves a young prince named Fluff from an enemy using the Metamato's powers to transform. Fluff explains that Yin-Yarn has separated the various patches that make up Patch Land. Needing to find the 7 pieces of magic yarn that tie the patches together, Kirby decides to help Fluff restore Patch Land and defeat Yin-Yarn.
The game is played with the Wii Remote held sideways. Differing from earlier games in the Kirby series, Kirby uses a whip-like ability to attack enemies, swing on buttons to gain altitude and interact with the environment, while his usual ability to copy enemies by swallowing them has been removed. Tapping the attack button will defeat most basic enemies, while holding down the button will capture them and turn them into a ball of yarn, which Kirby can then throw. Kirby also no longer floats like in previous games, instead gliding in the form of a parachute, as well as turning into a car for extra speed and transforming into an anvil to drop with force from the air. Certain parts of the game see him transform into, among other things, a surfing penguin, a dolphin, a power mole, a UFO, a train, a fire engine, a dune buggy, a rocket, a starship and a giant robot, some forms controlled by tilting the Wii Remote, or in the case of the train, by using the Remote's infrared pointer. Akin to games in the Wario Land series, each level has three secret treasure chests for Kirby to find, some of which can unlock extra levels. Also, colored beads are scattered throughout every level, which Kirby can collect to increase a score and earn medals at the end of the level, which in turn unlock side levels that provide a greater challenge. Similar to games like Lego Star Wars, Kirby can't die, but will lose some of his beads if he is hurt. These beads can be spent in an in-game shop to purchase furniture and wallpapers, which can then be used to customise Kirby's living space. Occasionally, other characters will show up in Kirby's living space and set him challenges, such as time trials and collecting all the beads in a level. A second player can play as Prince Fluff. The two players can stand on or throw each other in order to reach otherwise inaccessible areas, and the second player is sometimes able to use additional mechanisms during the vehicle sections.
The game features graphics rendered in a unique knitted design somewhat reminiscent of Yoshi's Story and the Japanese commercial of Kirby's Adventure, though considerably more pronounced, based on animated yarn and a world of cloth and textiles. The game works its graphics style into the gameplay through creating interaction between the game and its graphical style, such as allowing Kirby to pull on buttons, stray threads and zips and spin balls of yarn to reveal hidden areas or alter the shape of the terrain.Playing as a traditional 2D platform game, it retains the series trademark of Kirby being able to alter his shape to suit the challenges before him, both in common action and transformation into vehicles such as a car or a submarine. It also seems to have some gameplay/graphic elements similar to those in the Paper Mario franchise.
Two classic Kirby characters also return. King Dedede (shown in a later trailer with strings attached to him due to him being manipulated by Yin Yarn) and Meta Knight (brainwashed and manipulated by Yin Yarn) were shown in a Japanese advertisements and trailers for the game; both of them will serve as bosses. In addition, traditional series bosses, including Whispy Woods, Kracko, and a darker version of Kracko called Space Kracko have also been shown through the same sources.
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