Now that gamers have had a couple of months to tackle Kirby's Epic Yarn -- it was released in North America on October 17, 2010 -- Nintendo is looking to the future. What does Nintendo see in its future? It sees itself shifting into high gear, making even more games based on its iconic characters.
Nintendo has announced today that a new Kirby platform game for the Wii is currently being developed by HAL Laboratory. The game was first hinted at rather coyly in a financial report released in the wee hours of last night as a Kirby game expected for release in 2011.
Not excited yet? Just watch this awesome trailer and try not to drool all over yourself like a certain author of this post, who will not be named, did:
The game looks very reminiscent of Kirby's Adventure for the NES, which could be a sign that this is an upgraded version of the previously unreleased Kirby's Adventure for the GameCube. The GameCube game had a trailer at E3 in 2005 which showed Kirby side scrolling in classic Kirby's Adventure style, attacking enemies and swallowing them to copy their abilities.
Interestingly, it looked like the GameCube version was going to support 4 player co-op, which was one of the major selling points for 2009's New Super Mario Bros Wii. If this game is indeed a continuation of this previously unreleased project, then we can expect that an announcement for 4 player co-op is probably in the pipeline. For a bit of nostalgia watch the 2005 E3 trailer:
The GameCube version of the game never materialized, but there was an announcement in 2007 about the development of a new Kirby Wii game which was expected to be the continuation of this abandoned project. Kirby's Adventure for the NES was the game that introduced fans to Kirby's copying ability, and was widely regarded as one of the greatest titles of its time. A Wii game in its style might help revitalize a Nintendo that has seen a huge dip in its profits in its 2011 fiscal year.
A new Kirby game announcement might feel a bit soon, but it's likely that we won't be seeing it in North America this year. While Nintendo hasn't given it a release date, they have stated that they expect it to be released sometime in 2011, which could mean a fall release date in Japan followed by a spring release in North America.
Are you interested in more Kirby, or do you think that it's a little too soon for another Kirby game?
Kirby Image: fanpop!