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Famitsu shows off new Kirby game for DS
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April 13, 2011, 21:42:20
As usual, Kirby shows up on dying systems. First the Wii game announced in January, and now a new DS game.

Apparently you can control up to 10 Kirbys with the stylus.

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Posted: 04/13/11, 21:42:20  - Edited by 
 on: 04/14/11, 00:00:37    
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Come on, Nintendo! 3DS!!! We wouldn't even know it was just a port!

Posted by 
 on: 04/13/11, 21:54:38
Didn't we see this last year at... something? Definitely looks familiar.

Posted by 
 on: 04/13/11, 23:48:06
It was definitely announced before. Seems like the only new detail is the confirmation of stylus control. Which sounds fun, could this be a pseudo sequel to Canvas Curse?!

@-JKR- Well... although I agree with you in theory, it is a stylus controlled game. So the 3D effect couldn't really be applied. Unless they made you control it on the bottom screen and view it on the top, but that might be awkward.

Posted by 
 on: 04/13/11, 23:58:34  - Edited by 
 on: 04/13/11, 23:58:48

I would have thought so until Nintendogs and Cats. I was surprised (shocked even) how easy it was to use the bottom touch pad to control the top screen.

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/11, 00:01:35
I'm not saying it's not feasible, but something like that might take a bit more thought than a straight port? If it is anything like Canvas Curse it might require some very quick, very precise tapping on moving enemies/etc. which might be tough to pull off on the bottom screen if the action is on the top screen. They would also have to totally change the display of the data that is currently on the top screen on the DS version as well, maybe it could all stay on the touch screen but the data would have to be minimalized and pushed to the side, etc. I'm not saying it would be a huge, impossible project or anything, but I can see why they are sticking to DS with this one.

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/11, 00:05:31
It's sort of irritating when you micromanage groups of things on the DS screen. Like in the first Mario Vs. DK puzzle game. But Canvas Curse worked pretty well. Not as well as Yoshi's Touch and Go, mind you, but what has?

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/11, 00:09:05
Quiet you! I will happily be getting more life out of my DSi.

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/11, 00:53:17
Weird, wonder what it plays like. I'm getting a Locoroco vibe from it, though, which isn't good. Who's developing this?

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/11, 09:25:45
@Guillaume Yeah but LocoRoco is one of that line of Sony games that have awesome theories and poor design. Other developers can do much better things with the general concept. For instance, Fluidity.

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/11, 16:37:00

Sure, it's just that Nintendo has had these "awesome in theory, poorly designed games" themselves, like Mario Pinball or Yoshi's... accelerometer adventure... on the GBA. Which is why I'm curious who's making this before getting excited. If it's HAL or Intelligent Systems or a dev like that, cool. If it's Tose or Artoon, on the other hand...

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/11, 16:39:28  - Edited by 
 on: 04/14/11, 16:39:40

Soul Bubbles, Trauma Center and Ivy The Kiwi? come to mind almost immediately.

Maybe even Knights in the Nightmare, though I haven't put too much time into that one.


Yoshi's Topsy-Turvy (or Universal Gravitation, if you're on the other side of the pond)!

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/11, 16:41:43  - Edited by 
 on: 04/14/11, 16:43:54
I've never played a Kirby game.

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/11, 16:45:31
WrathOfSamus777 said:
I've never played a Kirby game.
Now where did I put my whip?

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/11, 16:48:13
@Guillaume Yeah I suppose I really don't see what Nintendo gets out of working with Artoon, they're just not that great. TOSE on the other hand... DRAGON QUEST HEROES: ROCKET SLIME BITCHES, DON'T HATE. Wait, they also did the MGS game on GBC? Isn't that like super, super highly rated? I've always been curious.

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/11, 16:48:31
Yeah I know. I'm going to be buying Epic Yarn for sure. If I like it, which I think I will, I'll go back and start playing more Kirby games.

I own and have beaten MGS: Ghost Babel on GBC and it's pretty good for a GBC game. I wasn't blown away by it but it was a solid game. Craig from IGN gave it a 10/10, I'm pretty sure.

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/11, 16:53:39  - Edited by 
 on: 04/14/11, 16:53:58
Hmm, Epic Yarn was more of a new IP that they slapped Kirby onto, than a Kirby game at heart. I fully recommend Epic Yarn, but maybe also give Kirby's Adventure (NES) a go on the VC, for the authentic Kirby experience.

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/11, 16:58:29
@anon_mastermind Isn't Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland a remake of the NES game? Might be worth it to check that one out instead of going way back.

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/11, 17:01:23
Is that a GBA game? I never played those. The original is still pretty great.

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/11, 17:04:22
Nightmare in Dreamland is a great remake of Kirby's Adventure. I beat it recently. One of the only games that I've ever 100%'d.

I think even the Zelda games get a bit too fiddly with the variety of touch-screen inputs (same with The World Ends With You and Ninja Gaiden, to a certain extent). I don't like when movement AND combat are both touch.

Of the games you listed, Ivy the Kiwi? had the same problem for me. Trauma Center had a bit too many touch functions, but still worked. And Soul Bubbles was fairly elegant, I thought. (Like Yoshi's Touch and Go, with its automatic scrolling.)

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/11, 17:22:44
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