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Kirby’s Epic Yarn

It was another busy day at Nintendo NY, as the launches of Yoshi’s Crafted World and Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn were celebrated. We have some photos from the event via Nintendo below, along with their descriptions.

Kirby’s ability to inhale enemies is a staple of the series. In Kirby’s Epic Yarn, however, this isn’t possible. Now that the game has returned on 3DS, producer Etsunobu Ebisu has revisited the subject.

Ebisu told Kotaku the following in a new interview when asked why Kirby’s signature move is missing:

After first appearing on Wii many years ago, Kirby’s Epic Yarn is now making its way to 3DS this week. View a video comparing the graphics of both below.

Nintendo provided a major update on Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn this week. We learned that the game is launching on March 8, and some new information about the game was shared.

One of the things we heard about are Ravel Abilities “that power up Kirby in fun ways”. We now have the full rundown of these, which are as follows:

Sometimes when a game is ported to a new system, the original developer isn’t involved. That won’t be the case with Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, however.

A classification in Australia shows that Good Feel, who originally created Kirby’s Extra Yarn, will be working directly on the new 3DS version. Usually if another studio such as Grezzo is working on the project, they’d be listed in the rating. But that’s not the case for the Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn listing in Australia.

Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn launches in 2019. It’ll have new features, including “the ability to craft bigger yarn balls, summon bead-collecting wind and play two new modes featuring familiar faces King Dedede and Meta Knight.”

Thanks to Jake for the tip.

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The Wii U eShop is being updated with re-releases of two Kirby games this week. First up is Kirby’s Epic Yarn, which will be made available as a Wii download. Kirby Mass Attack is also launching on the Virtual Console.

Here’s an overview of both:

Kirby’s Epic Yarn

“When Kirby incurs the anger of a sorceror, he is transported to a world made completely of cloth and yarn! Guide Kirby through uniquely crafted levels in Patch Land, taking on a variety of forms in his common actions and transforming into powerful vehicles. Prince Fluff can also aid in the adventure with a 2nd player!”

Kirby Mass Attack

“Gather a mob of Kirby characters, and then lead them on a crazy adventure where nothing can stand in your way! You can send Kirbys swarming over your enemies, fling them into the air to hit flying floes, and even take on challenges of strength! Be sure to collect medals hidden throughout various stages to unlock minigames.”

Pricing for Kirby’s Epic Yarn is set at $19.99. Kirby Mass Attack will cost $9.99.

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Another 25 minutes of footage has come in showing Kirby’s Epic Yarn on Wii U. You can watch the video below.

Kirby’s Epic Yarn is a 3,813 MB download on Wii U. The game originally launched for Wii, but is out now via the eShop… at least in Europe! Hopefully we’ll get this one in North America soon.

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Kirby’s Epic Yarn has launched on the European Wii U eShop as the latest Wii download. View some footage from the game below.

Kirby Triple Deluxe is off to a great start in Japan having sold 214,208 copies in its first week, according to data from Media Create. That figure stacks up extremely favorably to the previous three Kirby games released.

Kirby’s Return to Dreamland comes the closet with first week sales standing in at 136,811 units. Kirby’s Epic Yarn sold only 92,280 copies, and Kirby: Mass Attack only moved 74,915 units in its first few days.

Ultimately, lifetime sales are probably what will end up mattering the most. That being said, Nintendo must be pleased with Kirby Triple Deluxe’s performance so far.

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