Nintendo has shed some light on Cube title Kirby's Air Ride in Famitsu, and it sounds quite good. Instead of a platformer, Air Ride will have players struggling to keep a handle on Kirby, whose warp star is seemingly out of control and speeding away on its own. The A button is used for braking, drifting and charging up power for some sort of headlong dash. You'll also be able to half-inch abilities from enemies (by swallowing them, we'd imagine), allowing Kirby to smack things around with a sword, to throw bombs, and to douse himself in flames. What's more, as the screenshots tottering around the net confirm, there will be a four-player split-screen mode to enjoy.
On the whole, we're quite enamoured with the idea. We've come across it before in various 2D games, but we can't think of a decent truly 3D outing that did this. Save perhaps sub-levels in games like Rayman 3, and the end credit game in Monkey Ball Junior… The game is 70 per cent complete, and with a release in Japan scheduled for the summer. As you might expect, there's no release date for Europe just yet.