Kirby (Nintendo GameCube)

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Kirby GCN was an unreleased game being developed for the Nintendo Gamecube, then for the Wii. It had gone through several revisions and art styles before eventually being incorporated into Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Gameplay

Several drafts and concepts were shown while the game was in development.

Full 3D Platformer

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The first was a full 3D adventure allowing Kirby to travel into the foreground and background, and looked very similar to Kirby Air Ride in graphical style.

2D Platformer with 3D Visual

The second was a more traditional 2D adventure, but still with 3D assets. This one featured a Helper system similar to the one in Kirby Super Star, but allowed up to 3 Helpers at a time instead of just one.

Enemies (yielding Copy Ability if any) and bosses who appeared in this version includes:

This version was shown in a trailer during E3 2005.

Full 2D Platformer

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The third and final version was a 2D platformer done with clean 2D graphics, similar in art style to the Wii game Wario Land: Shake It!. Only a few screenshots of this game were ever released, but the backdrop and layout looked very similar to Cookie Country from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Legacy

Several aspects of this canceled project would eventually work their way into completed Kirby titles. Among them included the following points:

Gallery

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Video Gallery


Kirby GCN - E3 2005 trailer

See Also

References

  1. "バルフレイナイトのデザインについては、実はゲームキューブ版の王道『カービィ』を考えていた時に敵の新型ナイトボスとして作られていたデザインなのですよ。" (July 2018 Issue (Nintendo DREAM), pg. 35)