Kirby's Epic Yarn
Kirby's Epic Yarn is a 2D side-scrolling platformer and a spinoff Kirby series title released for the Wii in 2010. It was first announced and shown at E3 2010. The main gimmick of the game is that Kirby, every enemy, and even the background are made of yarn. Kirby can pull the yarn from the scenery to find hidden gems or continue to go forward. Here, Kirby has a helper named Prince Fluff who he can fire at places normally inaccessible to get gems. Two players can play the game together at once as both Kirby and Prince Fluff.
A mysterious wizard named Yin-Yarn arrives in Dream Land and sprouts havoc among the citizens. The sorcerer uses his power to turn all of Dream Land into yarn. The puffball hero, Kirby, while foraging for food and inhaling Yin-Yarn's Metamato by mistake, is sucked into Patch Land, a world made entirely of yarn and textiles. In Patch Land Kirby discovers another yarn character named Prince Fluff is under attack by a foe. Kirby attempts to inhale him but fails. Utilizing his newly acquired yarn powers, Kirby escapes danger with Prince Fluff in a car of yarn. Kirby and Prince Fluff must restore the Patch Land world by finding the pieces of Magic Yarn in each of the seven worlds and defeat Yin-Yarn.
In the midst of Kirby and Prince Fluff recovering Patch Land, Yin-Yarn continues to wreak havoc among Dream Land, and manages to sneak into Castle Dedede, and using a Yarn Waddle Dee as a disguise, Yin-Yarn sends Dedede into Patch Land. He continues to take down the forces of Dream Land, Yin-Yarn successfully sends Meta Knight into Patch Land, and takes over the Halberd.
When Patch Land is fully repaired using the wayward strands of Magic Yarn, Kirby, Prince Fluff, Meta-Knight, and King Dedede are enter Dream Land using the restored Magic Sock, to find the place completely turned to yarn and under the control of Yin-Yarn. Kirby and Fluff make their way up to Yin-Yarn and fight him. After his initial defeat, Yin-Yarn's knitting needles use a strand of Magic Yarn to change him into Mega Yin-Yarn. Just then, Meta Knight flies in, dropping a Tankbot Metamortex. After a Tankbot war, Yin Yarn is defeated, and his knitting needles are flung from Dream Land all the way back to Patch Land. Afterward, both Patch Land and Dream Land are restored to their original form, and Kirby says a farewell to his new friend Prince Fluff, keeping one of the Magic Socks as a memento and a means to visit him again.
- Main article: Patch Land
After inhaling Yin-Yarn's Metamato, Kirby is abducted and thrown into a world known as Patch Land, which is a world divided into seven distinct sections. When Kirby first arrives, these sections have been torn from each other and float adrift. To bring them back together again, Kirby and Prince Fluff will need to obtain the pieces of Magic Yarn from various minions of Yin-Yarn, typically Bosses. Once Patch Land is fully stitched back up, Kirby and Prince Fluff travel to Dream Land where they face Yin-Yarn.
Areas of Patch Land & Dream Land
The seven areas of Patch Land are traversed before Kirby returns to Dream Land. These areas are as follows:
|Areas of Patch Land & Dream Land|
|Hot Land||Hot Wings|
|Snow Land||King Dedede|
|Space Land||Meta Knight|
Due to the fabric filled world of Patch Land, Kirby has lost his ability to inhale enemies, for air passes right through him. In addition, Kirby has lost the ability to puff-up and use that to float. However, he can use special yarn-based transformations. Transformations are involved as Kirby can become a tank, car, submarine, parachute, UFO, and more. Kirby can transform into some forms at will, but some transformations will cost his ability to fight back, and some transformations, known as Super Transformations, can only be used at certain points on stages (usually the end of the stage). Kirby progresses through each world in a similar style to Kirby's Adventure or Kirby's Dream Land 2, where each world is separated through a large map, containing each level. Kirby is also able to interact with these hub worlds through patches he obtains after levels, which make in-game cutscenes affect the layout of the world. In the game, Kirby owns an apartment, which can be furnished with items hidden in each level. The said apartment is managed by Dom Woole, and more items can be purchased in shops ran by his brothers, with the use of beads found in each level.  Other residences live in the apartment complex as Kirby collects more items in-game. Prince Fluff is also able to transform into everything Kirby can.
All non-boss stages have three special items to be collected; two of them being furniture, and the third being a CD for music. In addition, Kirby may also collect three plates that will enable the corresponding star amounts to be available at the bonus bead wheel, located at the end of each stage. The bead wheel can provide Kirby with 200, 300, or 500 bonus beads depending on the moment Kirby attaches to the wheel. If the corresponding plates are obtained, the 200 bead bonus will cover half of the wheel, the 300 bead bonus most of the other side of the wheel, and the 500 bead bonus will cover a small segment of it. If the plate was not obtained, the corresponding part of the wheel will be empty, and landing there will yield no bonus beads.
A multiplayer function for two players is also available, the second player taking the role of Prince Fluff. Prince Fluff has identical abilities and capabilities as Kirby, except when using special yarn transformation, where Kirby controls one part of the transformation, and Prince Fluff will control another part of it. If either player falls too far behind, they can summon an angel to transport them to the other player, however, if both of them end up being carried by an angel, many beads are lost as if they have fallen into a pit.
As a departure from all games in the series, Kirby cannot get defeated or die, even when he has no beads and fighting bosses. When Kirby gets hit or falls down a pit, he loses a large abundance of beads, depending on how many he has. Throughout all the levels, Kirby and Prince Fluff can collect hundreds of beads, an in-game currency that is used to purchase items from Dom Woole's shops, or used to collect medals in all levels in-game, in every level. The more beads they collect, the closer they get to obtaining a bronze, silver, and gold medal at the end of each stage. At boss battles, they can collect more beads to unlock a secret patch that can unlock two extra levels in each world.
Normal transformations are different forms that Kirby can shapeshift into at will (With the exception of the Pendulum and Submarine, where Kirby must latch onto something or dive into water respectively).
These can be accessed by jumping into a Metamortex.
List of enemies
|Hot Wings||Hot Land|
|King Dedede||Snow Land|
|Meta Knight||Space Land|
*There are multiple variations of these enemies.
Neighbors live beside Kirby's Pad in Quilty Square. All can be contacted for playing mini-games.
|Zeke||Zeke's Hide-and-Seek||Apartment 102|
|Beadrix||Beadrix's Run||Apartment 201|
|Carrie||Carrie's Transport||Apartment 202|
|Buster||Buster's Training||Apartment 301|
|Mara||Mara's Race||Apartment 302|
- Makiko Ohmoto - voice of Kirby
- Tomoko Nakamura - voice of Prince Fluff
- Yuko Tsuga - narrator (Japanese)
- Pablo Magaz - narrator (Latin American Spanish)
- France Marien - narrator (Quebec French)
- Dave White - narrator (North American English)
- Paul Vaughan - narrator (British English)
- Olivier Deslandes - narrator (European French)
- Wolf Kahler - narrator (German)
- Massimo Marinoni - narrator (Italian)
- Carlos Riera - narrator (European Spanish)
Kirby's Epic Yarn was called the best of E3 by many sites, including Kotaku, 1-Up, and GameSpot.
Post-release, Kirby's Epic Yarn had seen high praise from critics, with an average 90% Score on Metacritic. . IGN.com said the "incredibly creative art direction is well worth the experience." Gamespot had called it an "an absolute joy". 
One of the more common complaints of the game was regarding the difficulty, in which Kirby cannot be defeated, unlike all other games in the franchise. However, it has been noted the challenge of the game spawns from collecting gold medals on all stages and finding all secret treasures.
- Main article: Kirby's Epic Yarn/gallery
- The titular use of the word yarn may refer to both definitions of the word; the actual material of the game world, and that the game is narrated.
- The same can be said for epic, as it can be used as an adjective or as a type of story.
- The art design of Kirby's Epic Yarn may have been inspired by a Japanese TV commercial for Kirby's Adventure on the NES, which aired in 1992. The commercial showed Kirby made out of fabric eating up other enemies, similarly to Epic Yarn.
- Kirby's Epic Yarn originally started as a non-Kirby game starring a character named Fluff, which may be where Prince Fluff comes from. However, in the Summer of 2009, it was made into a Kirby game due to the previous game not being enjoyable, though made more fun as a Kirby game.
- The internal codename of Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn is also "fluff".
- The developer of Kirby's Epic Yarn, Good-Feel, later have released Yoshi games in similar concepts: Yoshi's Woolly World and Yoshi's Crafted World.
- Oddly, the data for every stage in this game appears deep in the files of Yoshi's Wooly World. These were most likely used for testing in the early stages of development.
Names in other languages
Keito no Kābii
|French||Kirby - Au fil de l'aventure||Kirby - On the thread of adventure|
|German||Kirby und das magische Garn||Kirby and the magic Yarn|
|Italian||Kirby e la stoffa dell'eroe||Kirby and the fabric of the hero|
|Korean||털실 커비 이야기
||Yarn Kirby Story|
|Spanish||Kirby's Epic Yarn||Kirby's Epic Yarn|
- Official Japanese website
- Official North American website
- Kirby's Epic Yarn on Nintendo.com
- Kirby's Epic Yarn on Kirby Informer
- "You can actually transform into a car at will in this side-scrolling adventure; while holding the Wii Remote controller sideways, simply double-tap left or right on the Control Pad, and Kirby will zoom off. Because he has more speed in this mode, he can jump higher and farther than when he's in the default Kirby form. Of course, this means he can't attack foes since he doesn't have arms as a car." —Page 36 of Issue #259 of Nintendo Power (October 2010)
- Page 72 & 73 of Issue #260 of Nintendo Power; November 2010
- Kirby's Epic Yarn all cutscenes (American English)
- Kirby's Epic Yarn all cutscenes (British English)
- Enticing visuals and varied gameplay make Kirby's latest adventure an absolute joy.
- Japanese commercial for Kirby's Adventure, note the similarity to Epic Yarn.
- IGN article about the yarn of Epic Yarn
- Nintendo Taiwan Wii game list
|Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn|
|Friends||Angie ・Beadrix ・Buster ・Carrie ・Chaise Woole ・Dom Woole ・Loomis Woole ・Mara ・Prince Fluff ・Zeke|
|Sub-Games||Zeke's Hide-and-Seek ・Beadrix's Run ・Carrie's Transport ・Buster's Training ・Mara's Race ・Devilish Mode ・Dedede Gogogo ・Slash & Bead|
|Bosses||Fangora ・Hot Wings ・Squashini ・Capamari ・King Dedede ・Meta Knight ・Yin-Yarn ・Mega Yin-Yarn|
|Car ・Parachute ・Pendulum ・Sleigh ・Snake ・Submarine ・Top ・Weight ・Minor Yarn Transformations|
|Digger ・Dolphin ・Fire Engine ・Off-Roader ・Rocket ・Saucer ・Spin Boarder ・Star Shooter ・Tankbot ・Train|
|Areas and Stages||Patch Land||Quilty Square||Kirby's Pad ・Patch Castle ・Quilty Court ・Fabric Shop ・Furniture Shop・Patch Plaza|
|Grass Land||Fountain Gardens ・Flower Fields ・Rainbow Falls ・Big-Bean Vine ・Fangora ・Mole Hole ・Weird Woods|
|Hot Land||Pyramid Sands ・Lava Landing ・Cool Cave ・Dino Jungle ・Hot Wings ・Temper Temple ・Dusk Dunes|
|Treat Land||Toy Tracks ・Mushroom Run ・Sweets Park ・Melody Town ・Squashini ・Cocoa Station ・Dark Manor|
|Water Land||Splash Beach ・Blub-Blub Ocean ・Secret Island ・Deep-Dive Deep ・Capamari ・Boom Boatyard ・Fossil Reef|
|Snow Land||Snowy Fields ・Cozy Cabin ・Mt. Slide ・Frosty Wheel ・King Dedede ・Frigid Fjords ・Evergreen Lift|
|Space Land||Future City ・Tube Town ・Mysterious UFO ・Stellar Way ・Meta Knight ・Moon Base ・Outer Rings|
|Dream Land||Whispy's Forest ・Tempest Towers ・Cloud Palace ・Castle Dedede ・Yin-Yarn ・Meta Melon Isle ・Battleship Halberd|
|Regular Enemies||Amprey ・Anemonee ・Balloon Waddle Dee ・Battins ・Big Waddle Dee ・Blast Mariner ・Blipper ・Bobber Clod ・Boinger ・ Bomber ・Bow Waddle Dee ・Bronto Burt ・Buttonbee ・Buttonbug ・Buttonfly ・Cannon Mariner ・Cannon Soldier ・Calderon ・Candlemander ・Chilly ・Cutfish ・Cyclod ・Dandan ・Danglerfish ・Dropso ・Emba ・Embaconda ・Embird ・Flamer ・Freezo ・Gator ・Gordo ・Grizzo ・Jelly Jr. ・Kracko ・Li'l Kracko ・Magmotamus ・Octopea ・Ooki ・Orbitfly ・Rolling Clod ・Sawgill ・Scarfy ・Sea Jelly ・Shelby ・Shotzo ・Slobba ・Sneak Sack ・Snip-Snap ・Soocher ・Space Jelly ・Space Kracko ・Space Reactor ・Spear Mariner ・Spear Soldier ・Spear Waddle Dee ・Spore Jelly ・Stogue ・Sulkworm ・Swadclod ・Sword Mariner ・Sword Soldier ・Truck Monster ・Twiggy Woods ・UFO (enemy) ・Uniclod ・Waddle Dee ・Waddle Doo ・Whistle Mariner ・Whistle Soldier ・Wicked Willow|
|Devils||Me-Devil ・We-Devil ・Ye-Devil|
|Ravel Abilities||Bobbin ・Button ・Knitting Needles ・Marking Pins ・Nylon ・Wire|
|Note: Stages in bold are level boss stages.|