Originally Posted by Nintendo
Kirby's first console platform game since the Nintendo 64™ days introduces an amazing new look based on animated yarn and a world of cloth and textiles. The creative approach is woven directly into the game play and allows the ever-morphing Kirby to take on a variety of new forms. A simultaneous two player* mode will have players of all skill levels enjoying this one-of-a-kind experience.
* The look of the world is stunning, but it's also interactive. Pulling on stray threads might reveal hidden areas. When Kirby literally goes behind the scenes, the virtual fabric warps and bends to show his location.
* Thanks to his versatile yarn composition, Kirby can take on a variety of forms both in his common actions and when he transforms into powerful vehicles. When Kirby dashes, he zips around as a car. In water, he turns into a submarine. At times he can even transform into a massive robotic tank, a UFO and other vehicles.
* Two players can play through the entire game together.
* Beads and collectible items are scattered throughout the environments for players to find.
In Epic Yarn, Kirby can't copy abilities and he can't fly, but he has a variety of forms he can transform into. They are called "Transformations". There's a total of 16 of those in the game. Here's some of them.
Submarine : As soon Kirby enters in the water, he goes into this form.
Dolphin : Kirby can swift faster in this form. He can also jump through hoops, swim up waterfalls and bounce beads on its nose.
Parachute : In this form. Kirby goes into a slow fall. You can transform into this form at any moment by tapping the 2 button twice.
Rocket : Kirby can destroy enemies by shooting stars at them and fly around in rocket form in a similar manner to Space Invaders.
Fire Engine : Kirby can put the fire out in this form including fire enemies.
Tankbot : Kirby becomes this once he picks up a certain powerup. It can hover, has light-up eyes, and can shoot Missiles. When there are 2 players it has a boxing glove as well, and it seems that, instead of piloting the tankbot, Kirby becomes the tankbot while Prince Fluff pilots it.
And when you are not using transformation, you can use your Whip to catch enemies and throw them at others like the previous Kirby always did. The whip can also be used to open secret passages hidden in the background, reveal some power ups and make your way through the levels.
The game supports complete Co-Op gameplay through the entire game. The first player is controling Kirby and the second player is using Prince Fluff. You can beat Epic Yarn from the start to the end with a friend with a second Wii Remote. Here's some videos about it.
Co-op Gameplay #1
Co-op Gameplay #2
Japanese Co-Op Commercial
Official E3 Trailer
First Japanese Teaser Trailer
TGS 2010 Trailer
Japanese Overview Trailer
Japanese Commercial Video
Japanese Single Player Commercials
Even More Gameplay
Fire Truck Gameplay
Japanese Video Update (9.24.2010)
Famitsu : 9/8/9/10
1up : A-
IGN : 9/10
Kotaku Review (Editor's Choice)
GameTrailers : 8.4/10
GamesRadar : 9/10
Iwata Asks : Epic Yarn wasn't supposed to be a Kirby game
Once formal development began, the staff first spent three months working on a prototype. They found some problems once they actually tried to play the prototype, though. It had the elements of an action game, like enemies and gimmicks, and the look of the World of Yarn was good, but something just felt wrong when they played. Additionally, although the game offered a simple play experience, Watanabe, a more casual gamer when it comes to action games, didn't find the first couple of stages too fun.
It was during this somewhat confused state, where they didn't have a full vision for the game, that Nintendo asked them if they'd like to make it into a Kirby title. This proposition came in Summer 2009.
Iwata asked Ebisu for his reaction upon hearing Nintendo's proposal. It turns out that he'd actually gotten a feeling that the game's Fluff character looked a bit like Kirby. However, he wasn't sure if he necessarily wanted to put Kirby in the game, as the people who'd made the original character would presumably like to have that character make it into the final product.
However, after putting Kirby in the game as a test, Ebisu was surprised with how persuasive seeing the character in there was. The reason for this, he feels, is that because the Kirby character already exists, the yarn version of the character offered a greater feeling of existing.
The Epic Yarn Room
In the recent Kirby Demo, Nintendo created a room completely made out of Yarn. It's so pretty that it deserves some attention.
Making Of by I Am 8-Bit
Fountain Gardens - Tank
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