E3 2011: Kirby Wii Preview Hands-On

Kirby brings a few buddies along for the ride in his latest 2D adventure.

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Kirby is one tenacious puffball. Nintendo's always-hungry mascot makes his second appearance on the Wii in as many years, though his latest foray is a vastly different experience from Epic Yarn. In the aptly named Kirby Wii, up to four characters team up for side-scrolling, block-busting, enemy-knocking action. We got a chance to check out this 2D platformer today and came away pleased that the Wii still has a little bit of life left in it.

Upon first looking at Kirby Wii, you may mistake it for previous games in the series, such as Kirby Super Star. You guide the pink blob through a variety of familiar-looking levels, sucking in enemies to steal their powers when the mood hits you. It's standard stuff, until your friends enter the mix. Meta Knight, King Deedede, and Waddle Dee are playable as well, and when you throw everyone into the blender, things become a lot more fun.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii seems like an obvious inspiration, but Kirby Wii plays a lot different from the commercial smash hit. Levels, at least early on, have plenty of enemies in your path, but not a lot of tricky jumps or deadly obstacles. Because of that, you don't have to worry about unexpected deaths like in the last 2D Mario game. This makes things less aggravating, but the game is much easier as well. It's unclear how things will evolve as you get deeper in the game, but right now, having a few friends tag along lowers the difficulty significantly.

Another strange thing is that only Kirby has the ability to steal the powers from your enemies. Meta Knight has a sword, and Deedede has a hammer, but they're pretty similar instruments. Kirby is a lot more varied than any of the other characters, which means three people are just out of luck. Granted, our limited time with the game was fun no matter which character was ours, but there is a clear slant in the direction of the titular star at this point.

These niggling aspects stood out because the rest of the game is the cartoony fun you would expect from the franchise. Longtime nemesis Whispy Woods returns as a boss, and thumping him to splinters is a blast with a couple of friends by your side. Keep your eyes on GameSpot for more information on this upcoming platformer.

Discussion

18 comments
LoyalNintendo
LoyalNintendo

btw, thumbs up is u think its unfair that only Kirby gets the "fabled" powers

LoyalNintendo
LoyalNintendo

thank goodness this is the Kirby we ALL know *cough*

montblanc512
montblanc512

... Don't take this the wrong way, I like kirby, but F**K you Ninty, Two more games possibly worth getting on the Wii, and a year until the next system comes out. A toned down Kirby game is not enough to keep me happy.

hulk2646
hulk2646

sweet , nice , ....momy please give me one pink kirby

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

Kirby is back people, the most badass pink puff ball has return in all its glory :D

Demonjoe93
Demonjoe93

I wonder why Kirby's getting this much attention now. A few years ago everyone all but forgot about the poor puff ball.

GamerEye
GamerEye

Kirby is probly one of easiest Nintendo frenchise ever. In beating the story that is. I'm certain that beating it 100% will present plenty of chalanges.

calvinsora
calvinsora

I don't see how a game being easy is necessarily bad. Kirby has never been all that tough, why change things? Anyway, this looks awesome.

grimtendo
grimtendo

FINNALLY! a proper kirby game!

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

Considering this game is one of the Wii's Final Games, it should be interesting considering Kirby's Dreamland 3 and Kirby 64 crystal shards were the last for their respective consoles and that they both feature Dark Matter

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Games aren't as hard as they used to be... Kids are becoming complacent. We used to love being punished for sucking, now they'll throw tantrums if they don't win. Make harder games!

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

very promising and I hope they come up with a good title.

DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

This game looks like it's going to be awesome. Some of Kirby's new abilities are SO badass!