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.
Kirby's Epic Yarn is home to a large number of enemies, many of which are unique to this game (and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn). Nearly all of them are made of yarn outlines, similar to Kirby and Prince Fluff, and of these, most can be unraveled using the Yarn Whip or defeated using a yarn ball, Weight transformation, or other attack. The following table lists every named enemy in Kirby's Epic Yarn:
|Enemy||Patch Plaza caption||Description|
|This creature lives deep in the ocean. Don't be shocked if you see it!||A water-dwelling snake-like creature that moves along predetermined paths and carries beads along its tail. |
Amprey cannot be defeated, and must be avoided.
|This guy smiles all the time, because he only has to wait for food to come his way.||An anemone-like creature that will attempt to entangle Kirby or Fluff in its tendrils. |
It can be defeated using a Yarn Ball or other attack.
|This yarn Waddle Dee has lots of balloons. He wants to fly high!||A Waddle Dee who floats upward using balloons. |
If Kirby stands on the balloons, they will slowly shrink until they pop, causing the Waddle Dee to fall.
|This bat strikes when you get close. He's a silent hunter.||Battins hangs from ceilings and will attempt to swoop at Kirby or Fluff with his fangs out when they draw near.|
|These funky fish wear goggles. Is it fashion? Come on, they're fish.||A round fish who attempts to bump into Kirby while in the water, but is helpless on land.|
|I hope this guy is a good swimmer, in case that spike pops his ring.||A Uniclod that can float on the surface of water using his inner tube.|
|This weirdo will give you quite a lift if you jump on its head just right!||A floating cloudy spring that Kirby can use to leap over big chasms.|
|This walking bomb has a skull on it. When it starts blinking, run!||Bomber returns, acting the same as usual. |
It can be collected using the Yarn Whip to be used as a bomb to clear obstacles.
|This fake Waddle Dee has a bow and some odd aiming skills.||A Waddle Dee equipped with a bow and arrows. |
Kirby can grab the arrows or the bow using his yarn whip to use against the Waddle Dee.
|Burt is a powerhouse. He can carry quite a load even while flying!||Bronto Burt cannot harm Kirby directly in this game, but he can carry bombs and other enemies in to harass the pink yarn ball.|
|Yellow means CAUTION. Watch out for that stinger!||A flying yellow button that may turn hostile and attack Kirby with its stinger.|
|Red means DANGER. This bug will chase you down, so be careful!||A flying red button that actively seeks and hunts Kirby or Fluff.|
|Green means GO, but you still want to be careful around this guy!||A flying green button that cannot directly harm Kirby or Fluff.|
|This angry little guy erupts constantly. Watch out for lava burns!||A lava-dwelling creature that spews hot rocks from its head. |
It can only be defeated using a Yarn Ball.
|This hothead is very territorial, so don't get too close!||A burning red salamander that crawls along walls and will try to charge Kirby as a fireball if he gets too close.|
|Chilly shoots a frigid blast from his body! That's not cool, dude.||Chilly appears on the scene with his usual attack, which can freeze Kirby and Fluff solid.|
|This guy moves freely through the water and attacks quickly! Watch out!||A spiky fish that will try to chase Kirby down. |
It can be defeated using the Dolphin Metamortex.
|He'll tackle you with all he's got! It won't hurt, but you may go flying!||A round-headed creature that tries to throw Kirby and Fluff around by headbutting them. |
He also likes to drive trucks.
|This master shoots out balls of energy. Get up close to take him out!||A headband-wearing creature that shoots Force Blasts out of his mouth. |
These blasts can be collected and tossed back using the Yarn Whip.
He also likes to drive trucks.
|Dweller of the deep, this monster uses his light to distract his prey!||A large deep-sea fish that tries to inhale Kirby and Fluff, but can be defeated by pulling on his light.|
|These guys are always by themselves at parties. They're real ceiling drips!||An animate drop of water that drips from ceilings and can be wrapped up into yarn balls.|
|This guy loves his burning lifestyle and definitely hates water.||A living ball of fire that can be defeated using the Fire Engine Metamortex.|
|Some say there are beads hidden in this snake's burning body! Can you believe it?!||A snaking creature made of fire that can be destroyed using the Fire Engine Metamortex to yield beads and treasures.|
|These are Hot Wings's kids. They'll come after you just like their mom!||Small birds made of fire that fly at Kirby during the Hot Wings boss fight.|
|Approaching this spinner causes it to erupt into flames. I warned you!||Flamer returns to crawl along walls and try to tackle Kirby and Fluff. |
Its body emits light in dark places.
|Freezo may look festive, but it's an ice-cube party if you touch him!||An icy variant of Shotzo that can freeze Kirby or Fluff solid with his shots. |
Unlike Shotzo, Freezo can be defeated using the Weight or a Yarn Ball.
|His bite is dangerous, but he can't do much with a closed mouth!||A stationary upward-pointing gator that tries to chomp on Kirby and Fluff as they jump on his nose as a platform.|
|He has a spiky body but soft eyes. It's just better to avoid him.||Gordo returns, serving the same indestructible hazardous role as usual.|
|That pink headband means business! Grizzo will charge you with all his might!||Grizzo makes a brief appearance in this game. |
His charge can break through Star Blocks.
|This jelly floats around, shocking anything in its way with 10,000 volts!||A small water-dwelling jellyfish that occasionally flares up with electricity.|
|These are Krackos-in-training. They're not very strong, but they sure work well as a team!||A smaller variant of Kracko that appears alongside its larger namesake in Cloud Palace.|
|These guys live in magma. They sink if you step on them. Careful!||Lava-dwelling legless creatures that act as slowly sinking platforms if stepped on.|
This mariner has a cannon. Don't take his strange head lightly!
This mariner will shish your kebab if you're not careful!
This mariner has a sword. He's clearly under Yin-Yarn's control.
This mariner may try and call for backup troops! That's not good...
|Blocky blue Soldiers that carry a variety of weapons and are found in Boom Boatyard.|
|These are Capamari's wacky kids. They all attack at once.||Small round-headed orange octopuses that try to attack Kirby during the Capamari boss fight.|
|This cheeky monkey is bananas about throwing beads everywhere!||A harmless tree-swinging creature that tosses beads at regular intervals until it runs out.|
|This space bug likes to attack in formation with a swarm of its closest friends.||A bright blue flying button that attacks in swarms out in space.|
|This yarn Waddle Dee's parasol keeps him safe from rain, sun, or foes!||A Waddle Dee that wields a parasol which blocks yarn whips and projectiles. |
Kirby can stand atop the parasol if angled upward.
|This big lug will just keep rolling until he hits something.||A large round rolling creature covered in spikes. |
He can be defeated using a Yarn Ball or the Weight (but the latter method will also hurt the attacker).
|This guy packs one of the most dangerous saws in the ocean!||A saw shark that tries to pursue Kirby and Fluff in the water.|
|The face of an angel? Sure...as long as you don't get Scarfy mad!||Scarfy returns to harass Kirby, and are immune to his yarn whip, but can be defeated through other means.|
|It must feel nice to float around all day. Beware of its stinging tentacles!||An inappropriately-named air-dwelling jellyfish that shoots irritating spores at Kirby and Fluff.|
|Snails are lonely, so when he sees someone new, he tackles them with joy!||A snail-like creature that attacks by rolling into a ball and quickly charging, contrary to normal expectations of his speed.|
|This indestructible cannon packs quite a wallop!||Shotzo appears once again, serving the same purpose as usual by firing regular shots at Kirby and Fluff.|
|This sticky-tongued monster will try to lick just about anything!||A bulky creature that tries to lap up Kirby or Fluff with its tongue.|
|This thief steals beads and disappears if you touch him!||A bag-shaped creature that runs from Kirby and Fluff and grabs any beads he comes into contact with. |
He drops beads if defeated from afar, but will disappear otherwise.
|This snapper lives in tight spaces. It can stretch like you wouldn't believe!||A snaking line creature that tries to chase after Kirby or Fluff when they are navigating passages in the Snake form. |
They can be made to plug into electrical outlets.
This soldier has a cannon, so you better look out! Those shots are dangerous!
This soldier wields a spear... Do you think he gets paid more than the Sword Soldier?
I bet this guy wouldn't be such a big shot without his sword!
This soldier can call for help, so be sure to deal with him quickly!
|Squared-off footmen who wield varying weapons but are not particularly threatening in small numbers.|
|These guys work behind the seams to stitch together new platforms!||Small squiggly creatures that move quickly through fabric to sew new platforms during the Yin-Yarn boss fight. |
Their needles will prick Kirby if he makes contact with them.
|This alien being floats through space, dropping energy spheres everywhere!||A large space-faring jellyfish that shoots out balls of electricity.|
|This fake Waddle Dee recklessly twirls around a spear. Look out!||A Waddle Dee carrying a spear that can prick Kirby or Fluff on contact. |
The spear can be taken using the Yarn Whip.
|A Spore Jelly just floats about, dropping spores on everything. Surprise!||Contrary to its name and description, Spore Jelly appears in the Outer Rings stage to attack Kirby and Fluff using energy projectiles.|
|This big slug likes to crush his foes. He spits some mean thread, too!||A large caterpillar that attacks using silk balls and body slams.|
|This ghost gives off a nice glow. Wrap him up and use him as a lantern!||A spectral ball of light that harms Kirby on contact. He can be wrapped up into a ball to help Kirby see in the dark.|
|This enemy is wrapped in bandages and mystery... So he thinks.||A Cyclod (or Sneak Sack) wrapped in bandages to resemble a mummy. |
Swadclod can attack by extending his bandages.
|Don't let this crazy hot rod win! Show him who's the king of the road!||A truck monster is either a Waddle Dee, a Cyclod, or Dandan driving a truck. |
They are faced on the road in Pyramid Sands, Dusk Dunes, and Frigid Fjords.
|These trees live in the forests of Dream Land. They have great leaves!||Smaller cousins of Whispy Woods that drop Gordos from their canopies unless stopped.|
|This creature's moves are unpredictable, and his aim is very precise!||UFO appears in late game stages to shoot lasers at Kirby and Fluff.|
|Uniclod is very proud of his horn... That's why he wants to spear everyone with it.||A Cyclod with a horn on his head who charges Kirby and Fluff to attack them.|
|Yin-Yarn made these impostors! They look just like the real ones!||Fake Waddle Dees made of yarn that are helpless without some other implement. |
They also like to drive trucks.
|This big-eyed Waddle Doo may be a fake, but that beam is as nasty as the real thing!||Waddle Doo uses his beam attack to harass Kirby and Fluff as usual.|
*There are multiple variations of these enemies.
While not strictly distinguished from common enemies, Mid-Bosses in Kirby's Epic Yarn serve as more substantial obstacles for Kirby and Prince Fluff to overcome. The following table lists all of them, whether they be mentioned in the Patch Plaza or not:
|Name||Patch Plaza caption||Description|
|This huge mariner shoots a huge cannon. Steal his huge shots and return huge fire!||A larger version of Cannon Mariner who needs to be hit multiple times to be defeated.|
|N/A||The Combo Cannon appears as an obstacle for Kirby to overcome on the Battleship Halberd stage. |
It fires large button cannonballs and shoots out a yarn laser.
|N/A||A variant of the Reactor that appears in the Moon Base stage.|
|The fluffy body looks soft, but that big eye will shoot bolts that are anything but...!||Kracko appears as a mid-boss in the Cloud Palace stage. |
He attacks using lightning and by sending out Li'l Krackos.
As he sustains damage, he becomes smaller and smaller.
|N/A||The Reactor appears as an obstacle for Kirby to overcome on the Battleship Halberd stage. |
It shoots out fire from its cannons and summons UFOs at a regular interval.
|This is one of Kracko's distant relatives. He attacks along with his Li'l Krackos.||A dark version of Kracko that appears in the Outer Rings stage. |
He attacks in a similar manner to Kracko, though he also shoots out meteors.
|This forest king has lived in Dream Land for ages. He's always in Kirby's way.||Whispy Woods blocks Kirby's path at the end of Whispy's Forest. |
He tries to throw apples and air bullets at Kirby, but these can be easily shot down by the Tankbot's missiles.
|Scary inhabitant of Weird Woods, this is one spooky tree!||A roadblock tree that lets out spores and is weak against the Saucer Metamortex's lightning attack.|
Each land aside from Quilty Square has a stage dedicated to a boss encounter. The bosses of Kirby's Epic Yarn are as follows:
|Boss||Patch Plaza caption||Description||World|
|This flaming guardian can breathe fire but will drop its guard when tired.||A large green dragon that attacks using fire breath and its pointed tongue, but tires easily.||Grass Land|
|This guardian of the volcano shoots fire from her wings! Avoid getting burned!||A large phoenix that attacks using its fiery wings and by sending Embirds after Kirby, but is weak to Yarn Balls.||Hot Land|
|The villain of Treat Land has more than a few mean tricks up his sleeve!||A wily gourd-headed magician that attacks using many magic tricks, but has a weak spot under his hat.||Treat Land|
|This sea monster is rather vain. I wonder what the deal with that knit cap is...?||A giant octopus that disguises itself as a squid using a knit cap.
Its weak point lies on its head between the eyes.
|This selfish Dream Land king wields a big hammer that's almost as big as his mouth!||King Dedede is made to fight Kirby after being transformed into a yarn outline and tied to puppet strings.
Attacking King Dedede causes the strings to drop, which can then be pulled on to unravel them.
|This space guardian fell under Yin-Yarn's spell! Luckily, it all worked out!||Meta Knight is made to fight Kirby after being transformed into a yarn outline and given flaming swords.
Each of these swords needs to be destroyed in turn in order to break the spell.
|This sorcerer uses his knitting needles to weave his evil all across Dream Land!||The main villain of Kirby's Epic Yarn.
Yin-Yarn attacks by using his knitting needles and the power of the Magic Yarn to conjure enemies for Kirby to fight.
|Yin-Yarn used the power of the Metamato to transform into a mighty robot tank!||Yin-Yarn takes a form similar to a Tankbot in a last-ditch effort to defeat Kirby and Prince Fluff.
The heroes in turn become a Tankbot to retaliate against him, and a battle of flying missiles ensues for the fate of Dream Land and Patch land both.
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.
- 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.
- Kirby's Epic Yarn originally started as a non-Kirby game starring a character named Fluff named Fluff's Epic Yarn, 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.
- Interestingly, 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.
- Main article: Kirby's Epic Yarn/gallery
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
- English, French and Spanish manual (NA print)
- "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." –Nintendo Power (Future US), pg. 36 of Issue #259, October 2010
- Nintendo Power (Future US), pg. 72 & 73 of Issue #260, 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." , Metacritic
- "I see. By the way, Kirby’s Epic Yarn wasn’t originally intended to be a Kirby game. You really did start from scratch and for a while were making a completely new title called Fluff’s Epic Yarn. Fluff, the main character at that time, shows up in Kirby’s Epic Yarn, too. A “world of yarn” has been the setting for this game from the very start. How did you come up with the idea of a world of yarn?" —Satoru Iwata (Iwata Asks: Kirby's Epic Yarn - Part 1: Using Real Yarn and Cloth)
- IGN article about the story of Kirby's Epic Yarn (archive)
- Nintendo Taiwan Wii game list