Nintendo of America has surprised fans and announced the official release date for Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U in the United States. The platformer is due to be released on February 13th. Sadly those in Europe will have to wait a little longer for the game.
Online gaming publication IGN managed to get some hands-on time with Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U at this year’s Gamescom event. The video showcases the game’s unique art style and is played using the touchscreen on the Wii U GamePad. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is due out on the Wii U next year.
Two Deluxe Downloadable Kirby Games: Bounce or battle with two new titles available today at $6.99 each in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe and Kirby Fighters Deluxe are standalone downloadable games that first made an appearance in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and are now updated with enhanced game-play features.
In Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe, players move Dedede across the stage, bouncing to the beat in seven new stages exclusive to this downloadable version. In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, players use different copy abilities to defeat all of the arena opponents. This version includes five new stages and a new team battle feature. Players who already own Kirby: Triple Deluxe with StreetPass data will get bonus content in both downloadable games.
First 4 Figures has added a new figurine to its growing Nintendo line-up. Revealed by the company yesterday, Sword Kirby is the first in a colourful, dreamy collection of the Kirby series. Standing at just 16 inches, the pink puffball will set you back a chunk of hard-earned coins, priced at $239.99 (roughly £144 or €180). But because he’s so adorable in his green and yellow hat and LED sword, you’ll soon forgive his makers for setting such a meaty price.
Made from polystone resin, the same material used to make the wonderful Princess Zelda figurine, Sword Kirby arrives with a Cookie Country level-designed base hailing from Kirby’s Return to Dream Land on the Nintendo Wii, plus he comes with an authenticity card, numbered base, and full coloured packaging.
Sword Kirby will come in two exclusive forms at First 4 Figures. The special LED sword edition is limited to 850 pieces worldwide, and is priced at the aforementioned $239.99. While the standard edition – having no LED light in the sword – is limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide, and priced at the lower $219.99. Both can be pre-ordered at the official First 4 Figures site, here.
The horrific and macabre Nightmare Wizard from the Kirby series has been confirmed as an assist trophy for Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS. The cunning villain – whose primary aim is to spread the gruesome, nightmarish visions throughout Dream Land – will take centre stage in the upcoming brawler and shroud the arena in complete darkness while the battle ensues.
The fearsome Kirby boss was announced by Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai in his Miiverse post today. The director comments on Nightmare Wizard’s stage presence, which will even force effects on CPUs, allowing them to fall or trip amidst the battle. Here’s what Sakurai said on Nintendo’s social network:
“Nightmare Wizard appears as an Assist Trophy! He will engulf the stage in darkness, and fighters will need to brawl blindly for a while. Look out for the effect before it goes dark, and play it to your advantage. Blinding and reversal effects even make the computer players mess up.”
NintenDaan has uploaded some footage from Kirby Fighters Z and Dedede’s Drum Dash Z for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS eShop. Kirby Fighters Z is a Kirby-themed Smash Bros mini-game where you must defeat other Kirby CPUs with a chosen ability and DeDeDe’s Drum Dash Z is rhythm based game. Be sure to watch the videos.
NeoGAF member Exterminieren says that he heard on the 8-4 E3 podcast that the Nintendo PR team at E3 had said that they had lowered the framerate on Kirby And The Rainbow Curse in an effort to make the game have an Aardman Animation style. This supposedly gives the impression of a choppier claymation look.
“On the 8-4 E3 podcast, it was said that the PR guys at Nintendo’s booth were saying that, with Kirby’s claymation visuals, the decision had been taken to deliberately lower the frame rate to give the overall animation a slightly choppier, Aardman Animation-style style.”
Thanks, Peter T