E3 2014: Nintendo Unveils Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U in 2015

Nintendo reveals the follow-up to 2005's Kirby: Canvas Curse during its E3 2014 press conference.

Nintendo's trusty pink puffball is making its return on the Nintendo Wii U next year in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. In a brief trailer shown during Nintendo's E3 2014 press conference, Rainbow Curse will be immediately recognizable to fans of 2005's Kirby: Canvas Curse on the DS.

In Canvas Curse, players did not control Kirby directly. Instead, they used the stylus to draw paths for Kirby to follow, or to tap Kirby to have him dash a short distance. These paths bridge gaps in the level, or shield Kirby from harm. And it appears that Rainbow Curse will play in much the same way. A similar, path-drawing mechanic was shown in the trailer, as well as a new art style. Unlike Canvas Curse, which had a more cartoonish aesthetic, Rainbow Curse sported a distinct claymation-inspired art style.

In his review, GameSpot alum Jeff Gerstmann praised Canvas Curse, stating that "Canvas Curse couldn't really be done on any other platform, yet it doesn't sacrifice its gameplay for the sake of short-lived gimmicks." It will be interesting to see how Rainbow Curse builds upon this foundation, as well as how it handles the transition from the DS handheld to the Wii U's touchscreen.

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5 comments
GlaciusXL
GlaciusXL

OMG, Rainbow Curse? Must be sort of antigay statement, let Twitter know about your outrage! Demand that the title needs to be changed! Ahhhhh!!!!! .... Oh, nevermind, it's E3 time where there isn't a need to make up garbage to get clicks. Carry on.

Foppe
Foppe

Could have been worse.

immortality20
immortality20

I'd much rather a new platformer action Kirby game, sounds like this will be using that damn gamepad too much. I don't want to use that, I want to use a regular controller.

Harrason
Harrason

Sonic the Hedgehog : Kirby Edition