The director of Kirby: Triple Deluxe has explained why Nintendo's lovable pink rogue is often angrier in the West.
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HAL Laboratory has shown some balls with its most famous creation, which is appropriate given that he looks like one. In recent years, the career of Masahiro Sakurai's pink blob has taken an experimental detour, with Epic Yarn, Power Paintbrush and Mass Attack all proving the malleability of the rose-tinted hero.
So it's a surprise in some ways to see him revert to old form. Kirby's Return to Dream Land (as the more accurate US title would have it) is a retrograde platformer where you consume enemies to obtain their powers. His fans would argue that's what Kirby's best at, but this is so disappointingly generic that most will miss his more esoteric side. Here, HAL has appropriated Kirby's Copy ability: ingesting past glories, then regurgitating them for our pleasure.
Originally planned for release on the GameCube, Kirby's Adventure Wii is a game that exists solely to fill a hole in a release schedule. With no unique hook, it's simply happy to retread old ground.
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Nintendo subsidiary Hal Laboratory scrapped three different Kirby projects before finally getting it right with forthcoming Wii title Kirby's Adventure.
As revealed in a new Iwata Asks interview on the official Nintendo site, the three still-born projects were all planned GameCube titles.
The first, which was shown off briefly at E3 in 2005, bit the dust following problems getting a multiplayer mode up and running.
Kirby's Adventure Wii launches on 25th November in Europe, Nintendo has announced.
The title takes Kirby back to his side-scrolling enemy-swallowing roots after last year's 8/10 Kirby's Epic Yarn.
Alternately named Kirby's Return to Dream Land outside Europe, the game sees Kirby recovering scattered pieces of an alien spaceship.
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