NYCC & NYAF 2010- Kirby’s Epic Yarn Review

During NYCC and NYAF this past weekend I was allowed to go in a few hours early on Friday because of my press pass.  Besides being able to walk around and feel slightly important, I was able get some game play in before the big crowd showed up.  I played Kirby’s Epic Yarn, The Michael Jackson Experience, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Kidz Bop (which I won’t review) and River Rush for the Kinect. Reviews for the other games coming soon.

Kirby’s Epic Yarn was just one giant ball of adorable!  This game, and Kirby in general, is heaven since I am a total Nintendo whore, have an incurable sweet tooth and obsessed with the color pink and all things cute.  I like Kirby, as does anyone else with a heart, and I just loved Kirby’s Epic Yarn.  I played it with Anime Angel over at Otakus and Geeks and we had a blast.  The entire time I kept blurting out “Aww’s” and “How cute’s”.

My review: Kirby is made out YARN! It’s a-freakin-dorable! Do I need to really say anything else?  Not really, but I will because I like you.

Release Date: October 17 (for North America)

Plot: “One day, Kirby spots a strange-looking Maximum Tomato and decides to eat it. However, the tomato belonged to an evil wizard named Yin-Yarn who becomes angry at Kirby and sucks him into a dimension where everything, including himself, is made of yarn. Upon arriving in this strange world, Kirby saves a young prince named Fluff from an enemy. After Fluff explains Yin-Yarn’s plans, Kirby agrees to help him (Wiki).”

To play Kirby you hold the Wiimote sideways. From playing only one level I didn’t have to use any Wii motion control in the game. As you can see from the video below it can be played as two player, the other player being Prince Fluff.  There are a few things different in this Kirby game than previous ones.

First of all Kirby no longer swallows enemies and copies their power, which was one of my favorite things.  Instead, he has this kind of whip which is used as a weapon and a tool to interact with the environment.  He can grab on buttons and swing on them to get altitude. You also use the whip to pull open patches, unzip the background and more.  You also use the whip to pull the background closer (so it bunches up) in order to get across a pit or a large body of water.  When you defeat an enemy, which is also made out of yarn, it’s unravels.

He can also grab enemies so they turn into balls of yarn which he can then throw.  In two player mode, in order to get certain items you have to pick up the other player with your whip and throw them.  You can also carry them around, much like Super Mario for the Wii.

They really took advantage of the title Epic Yarn because the levels are made out of textiles, buttons, cloth, yarn, you name it.  You can even go behind the foreground and when you move it looks like a little lump moving behind cloth.

Kirby doesn’t float like the previous games either, rather he floats down as a parachute, which is just darling!  Certain sections of the level you could also turn into a car for extra speed.  Another new feature is you can collect beads throughout the game to increase score, get medals, unlock side levels and spend them in the in-game shop to buy furniture for Kirby’s living area.

Because I only played one level and not the entire game I won’t give it a number score but I loved it.  Kirby is cuter than usual, if that is even possibly, but if you like Kirby you know the game is ridiculously easy and that remains true in Epic Yarn.  If you have a Wii and love or even like Kirby I recommended it 100%.

Trailer

Zombie Week- Sucker Punch

I’m super excited for Sucker Punch and you should be too!  In a nutshell the director Zack Snyder (300, Dawn of the Dead, The Watchmen) described the film as,  “Alice in Wonderland with machine guns.”   That alone should get you hype but if it doesn’t here’s the rest of the synopsis (from wiki):

“Set in the 1950s, it tells the story of Baby Doll (Browning), who is trying to hide from the pain caused by her evil stepfather and lobotomy. She ends up in mental institution and while there she starts to imagine alternative reality. She plans to escape from that imaginary world but to do that she needs to steal five objects before she is caught by a vile man. She has 5 days to escape before being lobotomized. In order to cope with the situation, she enters the hyper-real world of her imagination, and the lines between reality and dream begin to blur. She is joined with friends who are inmates from the institution. Lessons learned in the said fantasy world could help the girls escape their real-world fate.””

You’re probably wondering why I included this in Zombie Week.  Well there’s zombies in it of course!  Zombie German soldiers to be exact.  The posters look great and it seems Vanessa Hudgens is not trying to stay in the good-girl HSM box, good for her!

“There are dragons, mechs, ninjas, zombies, fish-net stockings and tight clothes on sexy ladies, guns, samurai swords, and dance numbers.” (via Collider)  Before you walk away because of the “dance number” bit here’s what Collider explains the dance numbers,

Gugino also explained that each character has their own kind of dance that is a reflection of self.  The way it’s woven into the story is that Gugino “real” character is a doctor who provides “sound therapy”.  Malone said the dances are a good way to express the character’s inner turmoil.  Furthermore, the dances were done in a Moulin Rouge-like hall, and it was filled with real people that made the dances feel like live performances.”

Doesn’t this sound like it would be a kick-ass graphic novel?!

It’s scheduled to be released March 25, 2011.

Cast:

Check out G4 interview the director Zack Snyder.  The trailer isn’t out yet, and you only saw it if you were at Comic-Con.  I was getting very jealous of Kevin and Olivia when they kept talking about how amazing it was… -__-

Update: See Sucker Punch trailer here

[via Collider Wikipedia G4and Sucker Punch on Blogger ]