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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn is an action/adventure game exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is a remastered version of an older game originally released on the Nintendo Wii in 2010, and the latest title in the Kirby franchise. Players control Kirby as he maneuvers through a yarn world, fighting against a wide variety of creatures and environmental hazards. Since everyone in the world (including Kirby) is made of yarn, violence is kept to a minimum. Any attacks against opponents unravel them, without any blood or gore; Kirby, on the other hand, can't die. If he comes into contact with an enemy attack or a hazard, he loses beads that he's collected on that stage. The game also includes amiibo support (for figures that are sold separately); these give hats that Kirby can wear, providing him with special abilities, like tossing bombs or swinging swords. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game.
What's it about?
KIRBY'S EXTRA EPIC YARN is a remastered version of an adventure game that originally came out on the Wii in 2010. The story is exactly the same as the original game: As Kirby walks through the woods one day, he stumbles across an evil magician who transforms him into a piece of yarn and transports him to a world made entirely out of fabric. Shortly after arriving, he meets a young prince named Fluff who asks for his help in defeating the wizard and stitching his land back together. Along with Kirby's ability to turn into various objects and use a yarn whip to unravel enemies, this new version of the game adds new abilities like tossing bombs or wielding swords. The game features amiibo support so players can swap between these talents at will. Players can also tests their skills with the two mini-games, where King Dedede and Meta Knight collect beads and defeat enemies across a number of stages that players unlock. For those gamers looking for a larger challenge, they can always replay a level in Devilish mode, which causes devils to hunt you down to interfere with your progress. Can Kirby save the day and the land once again?
Is it any good?
This updated adventure packs in new content and breathes new life into an enjoyable classic on a new platform. Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, like Yoshi's Woolly World, brings players on a tactile textile adventure. Because everything's made of yarn, exploring the world is as easy as unraveling its threads. Whether it's pulling platforms closer to you or tying a hazard shut, discovering the secrets of this land feels much more at your fingertips. Kirby is amusing to watch as he transforms into different objects, like a UFO, a dune buggy, or a fire engine. The game is also very family friendly: Combat causes enemies to unravel and toss beads up in the air. Since Kirby can't die either, it's a great intro for young gamers into platforming games without anything scary. While the game has lost its co-op gameplay, this keeps the focus on single-player action, which feels just right on the 3DS.
There's also a little extra content added here: Players can choose to replay any mission for additional beads and new in-game items in the Devilish mode. Here, devils chase and attack Kirby throughout the level, giving a bigger challenge as you fight your way across each stage. Fortunately, Kirby gains new abilities by wearing hats, such as tossing bombs or spinning like a tornado. This can help Kirby bypass many of the enemies that he'll face, and even better, he can bring these hats from level to level, allowing players to pick and choose the ability that they like best to help them through stages. Along with this harder mode are two mini-games, featuring series regulars Meta Knight and King Dedede, who try to collect as many beads as possible by destroying enemies and obstacles to make embroidered materials. While the mini-games are mild diversions to the main adventure, they're still entertaining to play if you get stuck or need a break from the story. Whether you've played it before or are discovering it for the first time, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn is a tale you'll love to get tied up in.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn affected by the fact that there's no blood or gore shown, and enemies unravel when defeated? Does the nature of the game world prove that you don't really need graphic combat to have fun?
Do you feel the need to purchase amiibo to gain the use of special hats in Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, or is that more of a gimmick to sell figurines?
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Nintendo of America
- Release date: March 8, 2019
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: E for No Descriptions
- Last updated: February 21, 2020
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