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Out Now: Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush

Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush

The drawn out release is here!

As you may have noticed we've been going kooky for Kirby this week, as the round, pink protagonist's latest adventure, Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush, has finally come to European shores. It's been a few months since the game's North American release, so you may already know quite a bit about it, a game we called "a...

Video: Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush Launch Trailer Brings a Colourful Clay Overload

Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush Launch Trailer Brings a Colourful Clay Overload

Finally arrives in PAL territories this week

Gamers in North America have been able to tackle Kirby and the Rainbow Curse on the Wii U for some time, wearing out GamePad touch screens in the latest HAL title starring the pink puffball. Its journey to PAL regions - as Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush - has taken longer, but it's finally due this week...

Feature: Here Are Our Fondest Kirby Memories

Here Are Our Fondest Kirby Memories

Rainbow Paintbrush finally launches in Europe this week, so we talk Kirby

This week sees the release of Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush (Rainbow Curse to you North Americans) in Europe, and we thought it would be the ideal time to share some of our most treasured Kirby-related memories with you, our dear readers. Since he bounded into our lives in...

Feature: A Fit-To-Burst History Of Kirby Games

A Fit-To-Burst History Of Kirby Games

In 22 easily swallowable installments

Kirby has always existed to present an appealing leaping-in point for beginner players, a job he has performed well for nearly two dozen years now. And yet, many of the players who helped cut their gaming teeth on a Kirby title still stick with the series after all this time. As more games are added to the Kirby...

Weirdness: Care for Your Own Virtual King Dedede

Care for Your Own Virtual King Dedede

And pick up his royal poops

Remember Tamagotchi, the virtual pet on a keychain you could take care of until it died either through neglect or being sent through the wash? Artist Paperbeatsscissors has brought back all the fun in browser-based form, and with everybody's favourite stretchy, penguinny dictator! It's enough to fill that King Dedede...

Video: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Accolades Trailer Sings Its Praises

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Accolades Trailer Sings Its Praises

A chance to gawk at some lovely 60FPS footage

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is out now in Japan and North America, helping to fill the quiet retail spell for Nintendo's home console in those territories - its timing was appropriate, too, keeping Wii U fans entertained as HAL Laboratory celebrates its 30th anniversary. Utilising the GamePad for touch...

Feature: A Celebration of HAL Laboratory - Forever Focused on Fun

A Celebration of HAL Laboratory - Forever Focused on Fun

Kirby, Pokemon, Smash Bros., and Box Boy...

Over the past weekend, on 21st February, HAL Laboratory turned 35 years old. Its rather cute / peculiar logo should be familiar to plenty of Nintendo fans, though due to Nintendo branding being predominant it's easy to overlook just how important the developer has been in not only establishing some of...

News: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Discuss the Art Style and Sources of Inspiration

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Discuss the Art Style and Sources of Inspiration

Blessing or a curse?

Just this Friday, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse released in North America to general critical acclaim. We awarded it a 7/10; while praising the excellent art style, we felt there were underutilized gameplay applications of the clay theme. As part of the buzz surrounding the game's release, GameSpot recently conducted an interview...

Video: Check Out Kirby's Adventure Wii on the Wii U eShop

Check Out Kirby's Adventure Wii on the Wii U eShop

You'll need shades with all those colours!

Nintendo's latest Wii digital re-release for Wii U in Europe is Kirby's Adventure Wii - AKA Kirby's Return To Dream Land. This Wii title from 2011 is a back-to-basics adventure that puts Kirby into familiar territory - there's no need to complain if you're in North America, you get the brand new Kirby and...

Review: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U)

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U)

Clay achin'

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a sequel of sorts to 2005's Canvas Curse, which is considered to be among the top titles the pink puff has ever starred in. That's pretty high praise and a tough act to follow — but 10 years on, Nintendo and developer HAL Laboratory are giving it another whirl. The result is a video game equivalent to a...

News: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Give Background on Design Decisions

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Give Background on Design Decisions

"The result, after applying everyone’s voice, was a very lively game."

While European gamers are still left in the dark as to exactly when it'll launch, North Americans will be enjoying Kirby and the Rainbow Curse in the coming week. In the latest issue of Nintendo Dream - a Japanese gaming magazine - an interview was conducted with several...

Video: Nintendo Shows Off New 3DS HOME Themes Set For Valentine's Day Releases in Japan

Nintendo Shows Off New 3DS HOME Themes Set For Valentine's Day Releases in Japan

Majora's Mask 3D! Kirby! Pikachu!

As regular visitors to this site may have figure out, we rather like 3DS HOME Themes; they're simple but do add a little extra oomph and charm when opening up our systems. Though the range in the West hasn't included all of the variations that have made it in Japan, meanwhile, it's not been all bad - we've seen a...

News: Kirby Fighters Deluxe & Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe Hitting European 3DS eShop on 13th February

Kirby Fighters Deluxe & Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe Hitting European 3DS eShop on 13th February

Suck it up

Kirby: Triple Deluxe was a fun arrival on 3DS last year, and later in 2014 Nintendo - in North America and Japan - released Kirby Fighters Deluxe and Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe on the eShop as extended versions of the title's minigames. Nintendo of Europe has now announced that these downloads will be arriving in its region on 13th...

Video: The Latest Japanese Commercials for Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Are Full of Cuteness

The Latest Japanese Commercials for Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Are Full of Cuteness

And shouting, there's humorous shouting

The Japanese Nintendo YouTube channel is among our favourites, partly because adverts posted there are often - in this writer's humble opinion - more entertaining than their Western equivalents. We present as evidence this latest trailer for Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. We reckon the voice-over may be...

News: Nintendo Rolls Out Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Footage and Details

Nintendo Rolls Out Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Footage and Details

May transform opinion

One of the first retail releases on Wii U in 2015 will be Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, at least in North America and Japan, which will bring its brand of stylus-controlled rolling gameplay to the system; its clay-based look and animation has certainly caught the eye. Nintendo took the opportunity, on Christmas Day, to spruce...

News: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse has Multi-Waddle-Deedi-Player

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse has Multi-Waddle-Deedi-Player

Amiibo support also confirmed

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse has a moldorable clay style that will attract a lot of players, but not all of them may be into the line-drawing strategies of its single-player mode. Luckily for those who desire more of a straight up platformer feel, a multiplayer mode has been announced in today's Nintendo Direct. Up to...

Developer Profile: Masahiro Sakurai

Masahiro Sakurai

About the man behind two of Nintendo’s most significant franchises

"I decide what goes in the game; nobody else." These were the words of Masahiro Sakurai during a 2008 interview with Official Nintendo Magazine about Super Smash. Bros. Brawl. It's a quote that stands out because it contrasts quite starkly with the modest way in which the man...