E3 2010: Kirby's Epic Yarn PreviewBy Patrick Klepek - Posted Jun 17, 2010
What We Already Know
Nothing. Kirby's Epic Yarn was one of the out-of-nowhere surprises at the Nintendo conference. I'll tell you what we did know, though: Kirby needed a new game.
What We're Seeing Today
Not only did Nintendo announce Kirby's Epic Yarn at E3 2010, they revealed it's coming to Wii owners before the end of the year, is being overseen by Super Smash Bros. mastermind Masahiro Sakurai and tossed a playable version on the show floor.
In short, Kirby's Epic Yarn shows great promise. I couldn't help but smile when the game's tutorial explained that I'd have to turn the Wii controller on its side and only concern myself with the 1 and 2 buttons -- no motion control here. Sakurai seems completely focused on turning the traditional platformer on its head through mechanics, not new ways to control.
The yarn leads to some wild gameplay mechanics, including defeating a dragon boss by swinging around on its tongue...which is made of yarn. Cue fits of giggling as I slay him.
How Sakurai implemented the yarn look is ingenius, too. While playing, Nintendo explained to me that his team actually physically scanned in yarn and began applying the yarn to in-game polygons. The resulting look is worth their hard work, as Kirby looks like nothing you've ever seen before. It barely even looks like a Kirby game, but the iconic look of Kirby shines through.
Platformers are en vogue here at E3 2010, apparently. Kirby's Epic Yarn is leading the charge.