First Look at Kirby Wii
Last Year, Nintendo released Kirby’s Epic Yarn. It was an overall entertaining game but its lack of difficulty and repetitive gameplay left more to be desired. This fall Nintendo will be getting back to its roots with Kirby Wii.
For this edition of the Kirby franchise up to four players can join the adventure together, this time each person can control a unique character instead of a different colored Kirby copy. Playable characters include some of Kirby’s old foes including Meta Knight and King Dedede. The best part about the co-op experience here is that each character has a unique weapon, attacks, and a distinctive movement style. Playing as the pink puffball is not the same as controlling Meta Knight for example.
Speaking of Nintendo’s cutest character, Kirby is going back to the classics. Nintendo is moving away from the mechanics seen in Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and back to basics with his famous endless mouth suction. In usual Kirby fashion he can swallow enemies and absorb their powers. A few new powers were on display at E3 but the fans out there will be happy to know that the fire, eye-beam, and boomerang powers will be returning as well.
A notable difference in the typical Kirby formula is showcased while battling against extra-large, super-powerful enemies. To gulp down these baddies Kirby unleashes a new move in his repertoire of tricks which I like to call the super sucking technique. During these sequences, shaking the Wii remote as he’s inhaling will allow Kirby to not only ingest the foe, but also becomes more powerful.
Mario has the invincibility star and now Kirby has a cooler equivalent. Chowing down on mega enemies makes Kirby invulnerable for a limited time. Not only that, Kirby gains an inflated version of the enemy’s power. For example, after taking in a sword-wielding opponent, Kirby multiplies in size and is granted a massive blade which would make even Sephiroth envious (not really). This weapon has the ability to annihilate enemies in a flash and better yet, it can destroy parts of the level as well.
The Kirby series as a whole hasn’t had a hit in awhile and I think Kirby Wii is exactly what Nintendo needs to re-excite fans and gamers everywhere. Even though it is rather late in the Wii’s lifespan it has the potential to be a great game. With The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword set to be released at the end of this year; maybe it will provide the momentum for Kirby Wii be successful.
See the official trailer below: