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.
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.
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?
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...
@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.
@WrathOfSamus777 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.
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.
@GameDadGrant 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.)