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Ivy the Kiwi? Story Might Make You Cry a Bit

Posted by James Newton

Poor little lost bird

You may have heard Nintendo Life staff James Newton and Corbie Dillard discuss this title in the latest episode of the podcast, and Ivy the Kiwi? continues to gain momentum with new screenshots and details about the tiny bird's story hitting the 'net from US publisher XSEED Games.

Developed by Let's Tap developer PROPE, headed up by ex-Sonic Team man Yuji Naka of course, Ivy the Kiwi? is set to land on DS and Wii later this year. With a storybook graphical style, intriguing controls and the talented PROPE team behind it, this could end up being one of the more intriguing platformers released on Wii and DS this year.

Check out the game pages linked below for more information on Ivy the Kiwi? and stay tuned as we'll have First Impressions of the titles following E3 next week.

Ivy the Kiwi? follows the storybook adventures of lonely baby bird Ivy as she traverses beautiful 2-D landscapes and challenging obstacles in search of her mother and identity. In a nod to classic adventure tales and heroines before her, Ivy the Kiwi begins her journey against great odds and with a grand entrance—a great fall from the sky. From the forest floor amidst a bed of leaves, her journey begins. It becomes quickly apparent that Ivy is alone. Frightened and unable to fly, she sets off through a dreamy forest on foot—or is it claw? Many creatures peek from behind leaves and rocks to investigate the mysterious little creature, but none with the same fiery red coloring as she. As she wanders, Ivy stumbles upon a single red feather and the first clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

But the journey to self-discovery is never easy, and Ivy’s is no exception. Her path is littered with danger and menacing obstacles. At any moment it seemed a pit of large spikes could appear, or vicious rat --or three!-- come rushing forward. Even raindrops prove themselves horrific, capable of washing away a small bird in a moment. But every story’s hero finds a way, and Ivy soon finds an ally in the unlikeliest of places—the strange vines that erupt forth to guide, protect and propel her on her way. She even finds that when pulled like a slingshot, she can soar through the air in a flurry of color and torpedo-like power. With a few new tricks under her tiny wing, Ivy finds herself well on her way to discovering where home is and just who, or what, she may be…

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User Comments (12)

Chris720

#4

Chris720 said:

How... Strange... Sounds intriguing, I'll have to wait for a review first though...

Collinhall

#5

Collinhall said:

Looks like a fun game, if they don't mess it up, that is. If not, then i am sooo getting this game!

HipsterDashie

#6

HipsterDashie said:

I'm not normally one to fall for soppy storylines, but this one genuinely feels rather touching. I'm definitely keeping an eye on this one, and if I do decide to buy it, chances are I'll go for the DS version.

Roo

#11

Roo said:

NGamer UK reviewed this in their new issue. It's meant to be all right, if a bit slight for a Wii disc release.

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