This Day in Video Game History – October 17th, 2010 – Kirby’s Epic Yarn Released for Wii

A Kirby game with a very unique visual style was released on this day in video game history.


The box art spotlights the game’s unique art style. Courtesy: Nintendo

Kirby’s Epic Yarn was developed by Good-Feel and HAL Labs and published by Nintendo exclusively for the Nintendo Wii. It was released in the United States on October 17th, 2010 after a release just days before in Japan.

The game changes up the formula of the successful Kirby series. Instead of his ability to suck up and copy the skills of foes, Kirby’s moves are based around the yarn visual style the game uses. He can whip enemies and throw them as yarn balls. Somewhat similar to Yoshi’s Island, Kirby can also transform into some other unique vehicles.

As mentioned, the game features a visual style based around the yarn aesthetic. This, along with the gameplay, led to the game getting mostly positive review from critics. It has since sold over 1.5 million copies across the world.

Another game with the yarn style, Yoshi’s Wooly World, was released for the WiiU.


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