PAX 2010: Kirby’s Epic Yarn Is Very Cute (Hands-On) (VIDEO)

Kirby’s Epic Yarn, announced at E3, is almost inexplicable. It’s a beautiful game. It’s really, really cute. In some ways, it’s a reimagined LittleBigPlanet with Kirby, because the game (and I’m basing this on the three levels I played this weekend) is less about the challenge and more about just enjoying yourself and trying to find treasures.

Of course, aside from the visual style ad the whole loot-hunting thing, the three levels I played weren’t really that much like LBP, because it was almost mindless. The game sort of put me into a trance, in fact, and I went on autopilot until we hit a boss fight.

Oh yeah, “we.” The game is co-op, and much of the joy of the game comes from throwing your partner around the room. I imagine that’ll be even more joyful when I’m drunk.

I’d guess, based on the extremely low difficulty and simpleness of the mechanics, that it’ll end up being considered more of a children’s title than a title for everyone. It’s certainly more like, say, the Peter Pan ride at Disneyland than Space Mountain, to be sure. I did get to chance to watch a couple kids try it out, and they seemed a lot more into it than the older folks who tried it. That’s not to say folks my age (23) and older won’t enjoy it, but I just can’t see your average Nintendo player getting into this the way they would, say, Super Mario Galaxy.

Of course, if the demo levels I played were the first three, then it might be that the difficulty ramps up as it goes along. These are just my initial impressions.

OK, so enough of my thoughts. Here’s a video of some folks playing the same three levels I did. Judge for yourself; that’s why we do these videos.

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This thing comes out October 17 in North America and October 14 in Japan.

Got the game? Take a look at our full Kirby’s Epic Yarn Walkthrough!

If you had another Nintendo hero in mind, we’ve got a Donkey Kong Country Returns walkthru also!

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