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Amazon Japan offered a lovely Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn preorder bonus

Tote along

The time to preorder Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn in Japan has come and gone, but we're just now getting a look at what Amazon Japan offered for those who preordered the game. Those early purchases all came with a lovely Kirby tote bag! I love bags as preorder bonuses. They're super useful, and a fun way to display the games you support!

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn - Accolades trailer

The reviews are in!

One ticked-off sorcerer just banished Kirby, warping the poor puffball to a yarn world in need of saving. The twist? Having a yarn body is epic! Kirby can transform into knitted wonders like tanks and flying saucers. Plus, his new ravel abilities mimic his classic copy abilities, adding something new to every stage of this action-adventure game!

Photos of the Yoshi’s Crafted World and Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn Launch Event at Nintendo NY

Celebrate good times!

Photo 1

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Quinn D., 4, and Avery D., 7, of Bronx, NY, Valentina P., 5, of New York, NY and Frida F., 6, of Bronx, NY celebrate the upcoming launch of the Yoshi’s Crafted World game by challenging their new friends and family members during a special event at the Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Plaza. The brand new platforming adventure game Yoshi’s Crafted World will be available for the Nintendo Switch system on March 29.

Photo 2

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Avery D., 7, of Bronx, NY gets adventurous during a special event at the Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Plaza to celebrate the launch of Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, which brings Kirby’s craftiest adventure to life with extra epic new challenges and extra abilities. Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn is now available for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Photo 3

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Evelyn H. of Brooklyn, NY celebrates the launch of the Yoshi’s Crafted World and Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn games during a special event at the Nintendo NY store in Rockefeller Plaza. Both games feature classic characters and an adorable hand-crafted look. The all-new Yoshi’s Crafted World will be available for Nintendo Switch on March 29 and Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn is now available for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Kirby's Epic Yarn Vs. Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn - visual comparison

An Epic comparison

Let's take another look at how this Wii classic fares during its transition to 3DS. Some of the overall fidelity might have been downgraded, but the important bits are certainly intact.

Famitsu print ad - Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn

Kirb your enthusiasm

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn debuted to roughly 10k sales in Japan, which isn't exactly a promising start. That said, it's a debut to be expected when you take into account how many people have simply abandoned the 3DS. Perhaps the above print ad can get a few more people interested in revisiting their 3DS.

My Nintendo goof adds Fortnite logo to Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn wallpaper

Kirby Battle Royale

Well that's a bit of a mistake! In a promo image for a Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn wallpaper over on My Nintendo, it appears someone goofed and accidentally included a Fortnite logo in the upper left-hand corner. As far as we know, this only appears in the promo image for the wallpaper, and not in the actual download. I'm sure the preview image will be fixed soon, but at least we'll have this post to remember it forever!

Thanks to Kolma for the heads up!

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn - Nintendo NY launch event footage

Rolling out the red carpet

It may be Mar10 Day at Nintendo NY tomorrow, but there's other festivities going on today! Check out footage from all the launch fun for Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn at Nintendo NY via the video above.

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn - Day-1 sales data in Japan

A not-so-epic debut

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn has had its debut in Japan. Wondering how this 3DS port did? Check out details on the day one sales below.

Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn

- 20%
- lowish debut, but expected
- sales should improve during the weekend

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn producer explains why Kirby doesn't have his traditional inhale action in the game

Whip it good

Kirby's Epic Yarn made a lot of big changes to the Kirby series, with one of hte biggest relating to Kirby being unable to inhale enemies. Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn adds in some new tweaks to the 2010 Wii title, but retains the decision to remove Kirby's staple ability. Why did Nintendo decide to remove the inhale ability in the first place, and then replace it with a yarn whip? Kirby producer Etsunobu Ebisu explains in a Kotaku interview.

- making Kirby out of yarn “means outlining the character with yarn, so the stomach would be hollow"
- if Kirby inhaled enemies, this would mean the "enemies would just fall out after”

“When discussing designs for a new action game, we often start with the player’s abilities, but for this project we took a different direction and started to discuss and pitch ideas from the structural and environmental perspective. From there, we figured out how the world would play by going over things like what the world would be like if it was made of yarn, how that would differ from a normal world, and whether there’s anything that can be done only because of the yarn.

In response, we created the basic ‘pulling’ ability for the yarn characters. We thought that this would fit the game, so we consulted with HAL Laboratory about Kirby’s ability in this game being to pull, rather than inhaling. HAL Laboratory understood that the hollow stomach meant air would just leak out even if inhaled, and kindly accepted our proposal.”

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn - North American launch trailer

Time to feel those pants!

One ticked-off sorcerer just banished Kirby, warping the poor puffball to a yarn world in need of saving. The twist? Having a yarn body is epic! Kirby can transform into knitted versions of vehicles like tanks and flying saucers. Plus, his new ravel abilities mimic his classic copy abilities, adding something new to every stage of this action-adventure game. The Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn game is available now!

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