No one expected to see a new Kirby game announced for the Wii U yesterday, especially as Yarn Yoshi was expected to receive its full reveal. Nintendo wouldn’t show two colorful 2D platformers at once would they?
In this new game, billed as a sequel to Kirby: Canvas Curse from the Nintendo DS, this new Wii U exclusive features the series first foray into a claymation art-style. Players control Kirby via the GamePad’s touch screen wit the stylus, he rolls forward in ball form, he can be tapped for a quick dash and he is also guided by lines the player draws. When Kirby comes into contact with one of these lines he is roughly parallel to, he will travel along it in the direction you drew the line. As with the majority of Kirby games, he can transform into different items and make use of their abilities. One example is a slow moving tank to knock large items out of the way.
Kirby must collect treasures hidden amongst the levels, behind false walls, hidden doorways. Some can even be hidden in unreachable rooms unless Kirby has touched flower switches. The game will also feature water-based levels, with strong currents, which cause Kirby to float to the surface. More details will be forthcoming in the coming weeks and months as the release date of 2015 approaches.