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E3 2014: Nintendo Rolls Out New Kirby Game Trailer For Wii U

Posted by Conor McMahon

From canvas to clay

As a surprise announcement slipped in between the vast Hyrule Warriors and the mighty Xenoblade Chronicles X during today's Digital Event, Nintendo showed us a glimpse at Kirby's next outing set to take place on Wii U. Stylus at the ready!

Following Yoshi's Woolly trend of creative new art styles, the adventure seems to be set in a world made out of clay with a crisp, stop-motion feel to the action. Its gameplay will look familiar to anyone who played Canvas Curse on DS, as the GamePad touchscreen is similarly used to draw a path for Kirby to follow through the level.

Kirby gets around by rolling and dashing along the paths drawn out by the player, allowing for momentum to build through clever placement of ramps and by utilizing the environment. As well as that, transformations seem to be making their return as well, with submarine, rocket, and tank forms are all featured in the trailer.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is without a release window at time of writing, but you can check out the gorgeous trailer below to get a quick burst of colour right now.

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User Comments (39)

vamkar

#2

vamkar said:

canvas course is one of favs kirby games! so I expect great things from this one. looks awesome. !

PuzzleMaster7

#3

PuzzleMaster7 said:

I never played Canvas Curse, but if Rainbow Curse is as great as everyone says its predecessor was, I'll be looking forward to it.

Stubborn_Monkey

#5

Stubborn_Monkey said:

Epic Yarn meets Canvas Curse. Feels like Kirby will be ret(h)reading* old games. I still like it though.

*I'm really, really, really, really sorry. Not really.

Phantom_R

#6

Phantom_R said:

And to think, just the other day I was replaying Canvas Curse and lamenting over how unlikely a sequel would be!

Though a lot of what I liked about Canvas Curse came from its awesome art style and animations... Clay Kirby will have neither of those things...

GrimSh

#7

GrimSh said:

Hmm... the gameplay seems extremely familiar. Not super exciting, but I'll keep my eyes on it.

DreamyViridi

#9

DreamyViridi said:

Wow. What a coincidence. I recently went back to Power Paintbrush (the other name for Canvas Curse) to get the last medals and 100% my first file from years ago, and now this comes up! It's like fate. I'm all for it.

Portal_King

#10

Portal_King said:

@Heng-Yu Seriously?! Are you that greedy?! What Nintendo showed today was incredible and everyone is super looking forward to it. For Majora's Mask, Nintendo seems to be focusing on it's future at the moment. New IP's, all of which look amazing.

And who REALLY needs Majora's Mask after seeing what The Legend of Zelda U has to offer? Open world! Sure Majora's Mask was a great game but there was certainly more hype for Zelda U than there ever has been for Majora's Mask.

ModestFan93

#11

ModestFan93 said:

Amazing Mirror was a more exciting game to me as a child. But I'm happy that this game was created. I have a haunch that it might release this year.

Williaint

#12

Williaint said:

This really doesn't seem like a full title... Kind of like how Captain Toad's adventure doesn't feel like a full title...

absuplendous

#13

absuplendous said:

Canvas Curse wasn't my favorite, so I'm not really drawn to this. Visually, it looks great, though.

ShadJV

#15

ShadJV said:

Couldn't initially decide but I guess I like this reveal, I did enjoy Canvas Curse.

DestinyMan

#16

DestinyMan said:

I still want to play Canvas Curse. This will finally spur on me to get it, as this looks great and cute.

Alucard83

#18

Alucard83 said:

Although cute graphics, but i prefer normal controller instead drawing with my fingers all the time to make a movement. It looks very very tyring

Giygas_95

#19

Giygas_95 said:

Eh...I didn't really care for Canvas Curse, but this looks interesting enough...I do like the art style though.

darthllama

#20

darthllama said:

I liked Canvas Curse and also Ivy the Kiwi which had the same concept. Looking forward to more Kirby action!

Rukiafan

#21

Rukiafan said:

@CanisWolfred I'm with you there, although I did somewhat enjoy the game I would only have given Canvas Curse a 6.5-7.0/10 which while above average score is really disappointing for a Kirby title, but hopefully this new one will be better. ;)

Luffymcduck

#22

Luffymcduck said:

Great to have a sequel but it's a little wierd to play an HD game where most of the action takes place on gamepad with lower resolution.

Heiki

#23

Heiki said:

So basically this game will be playable on the GamePad and won't use the TV?

It doesn't seem a bad game and I will probably get it. But Nintendo should bring those games to 3DS instead. There's no point in giving HD treatment to a game that will play on the GamePad.

Henmii

#26

Henmii said:

Nintendo does love them some graphical styles experimentation, it seems! Looks nice, and I loved Canvas curse. So I keep an eye on it!

Hortencio

#31

Hortencio said:

My only "damn it, don't waste a reveal on this worthless character" moment of E3 today...and we that was AFTER I saw Woolly World. Oh well, ultimately a very, very good day!

Bolt_Strike

#32

Bolt_Strike said:

This game is literally the lovechild of Canvas Curse and Epic Yarn. And like both of those games, it seems to be mainly filler to hold off Kirby fans for the main event that isn't coming for another two years (Squeak Squad and Return to Dreamland respectively). Still looks fun though, so I'll probably pick it up.

TradeMark

#33

TradeMark said:

Of all the Kirby games to get a sequel, this would have been the near the bottom of ones I would expect, even though it would be my most wanted! Since I no longer have my old copy of the predecessor, I thought I would just have to wait until DS games came to the VC, and hope Canvas Curse would be one of the ports. Now I can just enjoy the sequel instead! :D Well, hopefully being as good, if not better, then it's predecessor.

With all the announced Wii U games in the Digital Event, and the ones I still have to get, I feel perfectly satisfied with my Wii U purchase.

AshFoxX

#34

AshFoxX said:

I would have rather seen the evolution of Mass Attack over Canvas Curse, but hey, I'm not everyone. Glad so many of you are excited!

Ryu_Niiyama

#36

Ryu_Niiyama said:

That screencap needs more Hardcore Kirby. Where are the angry eyebrows?

Seriously I am pretty excited about this one. Canvas Curse took a bit to grow on me but now it is one of my favorites. Love the art direction. It is like Nintendo has made it a mission to uplift gamer's spirits with vibrant art direction.

19Robb92

#37

19Robb92 said:

I love the DS one, best Kirby game I've played. Definitely looking forward to this! Love the visuals as well!

GXPblog

#38

GXPblog said:

Love the art style! I'm a huge fan of stop motion animation / claymation so I'll probably buy this based on the strength of that alone! :-)

BulbasaurusRex

#39

BulbasaurusRex said:

Sorry, but indirect movement controls = no buy.

If Nintendo is going to keep making Kirby games with mediocre (in my opinion, anyway) experimental gameplay systems (this one, Canvas Curse, Epic Yarn, Mass Attack), at least they're still balancing them with quality traditional Kirby games (Return to Dreamland, Triple Deluxe).

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