Kirby's Epic Yarn

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Kirby's Epic Yarn
Kirby's Epic Yarn NA box art.png
North American box art of Kirby's Epic Yarn
Developer(s) Good-Feel, HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Kentaro Sei
Release date(s) Wii:
Japan October 14, 2010
NA October 17, 2010
Australia February 24, 2011
Europe February 25, 2011
South Korea September 1, 2011

Wii U (digital):
Europe May 21, 2015
Australia May 21, 2015
NA July 28, 2016
Japan August 9, 2016
Platform(s) Wii, Wii U (digital-only)
Rating(s) ESRB: ESRB E.png - Everyone

PEGI: PEGI 3+.png - 3+

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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.

Six years later, Kirby's Epic Yarn was ported to the Wii U as a downloadable eShop title. In 2019, the game received a remake for the Nintendo 3DS, titled Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn.


Kirby is sent to Patch Land by Yin-Yarn.

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.

Patch Land[edit]

The world of Patch Land, consisting of seven distinct areas.
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[edit]

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  
Name Normal Stages Boss
Quilty Square None.
Grass Land Fangora
Hot Land Hot Wings
Treat Land Squashini
Water Land Capamari
Snow Land King Dedede
Space Land Meta Knight
Dream Land Yin-Yarn


Kirby in the Cool Cave stage of Hot Land.

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).[1] 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.[2] 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. [3] 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).

Super Transformations[edit]

These can be accessed by jumping into a Metamortex.

List of enemies[edit]

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Standard enemies  
Image Name Description
Amprey.jpg Amprey
Anemonee.jpg Anemonee
Needed.png Balloon Waddle Dee
Battins 1.jpg Battins
Needed.png Blipper
Bobber Clod.jpg Bobber Clod
Boinger.jpg Boinger
Needed.png Bomber
Needed.png Bow Waddle Dee
KEYBrontoBurt.png Bronto Burt
KEY Buttonbee Screenshot.jpg Buttonbee
Buttonbug.jpg Buttonbug
KEY Buttonfly Screenshot.jpg Buttonfly
Calderon.jpg Calderon
Candlemander.jpg Candlemander
Needed.png Chilly
Cutfish.jpg Cutfish
Cyclod Art.png Cyclod
Dandan Art.png Dandan
Danglerfish.jpg Danglerfish
Dropso.jpg Dropso
Emba.jpg Emba
Embaconda.jpg Embaconda
Embird.jpg Embird
Needed.png Flamer
Freezo.jpg Freezo
Needed.png Gordo
Needed.png Grizzo
Jelly Jr..jpg Jelly Jr.
Li'l Kracko.jpg Li'l Kracko
Magmotamus.jpg Magmotamus
Sword Mariner.jpg Mariner*
Octopea.jpg Octopea
Ooki.jpg Ooki
Orbitfly.jpg Orbitfly
KEY Parasol Waddle Dee.png Parasol Waddle Dee
Rolling Clod.jpg Rolling Clod
Sawgill.jpg Sawgill
Needed.png Scarfy
Sea Jelly.jpg Sea Jelly
Shelby.png Shelby
Needed.png Shotzo
Slobba.jpg Slobba
Sneak Sack.jpg Sneak Sack
Snip-Snap.jpg Snip-Snap
Sword Soldier.png Soldier*
Soocher.jpg Soocher
Space Jelly.jpg Space Jelly
Needed.png Spear Waddle Dee
Spore Jelly.jpg Spore Jelly
Sulkworm.png Sulkworm
Stogue.jpg Stogue
Swadclod.jpg Swadclod
Truck Monster.jpg Truck Monster
Twiggy Woods.jpg Twiggy Woods
Needed.png UFO
Uniclod Art.png Uniclod
KEYWaddleDee.png Waddle Dee
KEYWaddleDoo.png Waddle Doo
Image Name Description
Blast Mariner.jpg Blast Mariner
Maincannonyarn.png Combo Cannon
Kracko KEY.jpg Kracko
KEYcore.png Reactor
Space Kracko.jpg Space Kracko
Space Reactor.jpg Space Reactor
Whispy's Forest Tankbot.jpg Whispy Woods
KEY Wicked Willow Screenshot.jpg Wicked Willow
Image Name Description World
KEYFangora.png Fangora Grass Land
Kirby's Epic Yarn 2010 E3 Hot Wings Battle.png Hot Wings Hot Land
Squashini.png Squashini Treat Land
Capamari.jpg Capamari Water Land
KEYKingDedede.png King Dedede Snow Land
KEYMetaKnight.png Meta Knight Space Land
EpicYinYarn.png Yin-Yarn Dream 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.

Neighbor Game Apartment
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

Voice actors[edit]

Kirby's Epic Yarn is the first title in the series to feature voice actors narrating the game. The North American and European versions have minor differences between their English transcripts.[4][5]

  • 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. [2]. said the "incredibly creative art direction is well worth the experience." Gamespot had called it an "an absolute joy". [6]

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.[7]
  • 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[8].
  • 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[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 毛糸のカービィ
Keito no Kābii
Yarn Kirby
Chinese 毛線卡比[9]
Máoxiàn Kǎbǐ
Yarn Kirby
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

External links[edit]


  1. "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)
  3. Page 72 & 73 of Issue #260 of Nintendo Power; November 2010
  4. Kirby's Epic Yarn all cutscenes (American English)
  5. Kirby's Epic Yarn all cutscenes (British English)
  6. Enticing visuals and varied gameplay make Kirby's latest adventure an absolute joy.
  7. Japanese commercial for Kirby's Adventure, note the similarity to Epic Yarn.[1]
  8. IGN article about the yarn of Epic Yarn
  9. Nintendo Taiwan Wii game list