Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Review

Pink, cute, and still a ton of fun

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a 3DS on

ESRB Everyone rating

Kirby has been on many memorable adventures so let's dive back into his classic yarn-based platformer now that it's available for 3DS.

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn screenshot 1
I know these desserts are made of yarn but I still want to eat them!

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Back in 2010, Kirby's Epic Yarn debuted for Wii and it was one delightful game. Instead of being able to inhale, Kirby uses a Yarn Whip that can turn enemies into balls of yarn which is similar to how Yoshi can swallow enemies and convert them to eggs. You can then use these balls to throw at obstacles and other enemies. One of the most satisfying aspects of Kirby's Epic Yarn is its scoring system where you collect beads and earn medals at certain thresholds. However, whenever you get hit, some of your beads will scatter just like Sonic's rings do in the blue hedgehog's classic adventures. Seeing Kirby transform into a car to dash, a parachute to glide, a weight to crush enemies, and even a Tankbot and a flying saucer within certain segments is great fun. It's an epic game indeed.

Of course, Kirby's Epic Yarn is absolutely adorable complete with catchy music and incredible animation which makes the yarn-highlighted characters really pop. Speaking of cuteness, the ability to visit Quilty Court in order to customize Kirby's Pad and attract friends is an adorable addition that not every player will enjoy but it's still great that you have the option to do so.

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn screenshot 2
Meta Knight stars in his very own horizontal slash 'em up

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Differences

So, what's new in Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn? For starters, it features 2 pretty fun mini-games. Meta Knight stars in Slash & Bead which plays like a horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up although you mostly hack and slash instead of shoot projectiles. Meanwhile, Dedede Gogogo features the infamous King in an endless runner where you jump, slide, dash, and attack in order to earn as many beads as possible. There are also 2 difficulty settings for the main game that you can alternate between at any time. Normal Mode is the same as the Wii game although this time around, Kirby has some cool power-ups known as Ravel Abilities that allow him to do things such as attack with a sword, throw bombs, and transform into a whirlwind. There are also a whopping 54% more objects to collect!

I should also mention that you can share your room designs via StreetPass and use an amiibo to grant 1 of 3 different Ravel Ability power-ups to Kirby by scanning any Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight, or Waddle Dee statue whenever you want.

Although all of these additional features are awesome, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn has a few downsides. First of all, Normal Mode was pretty easy in the original but with the new Ravel Abilities, it's so easy that it verges on being unsatisfying at times. On the other end of the spectrum, the Devilish Mode difficulty setting is super-annoying as a devil keeps popping up while unleashing attacks directed straight at Kirby. Couldn't there be a middle ground? Next, there is no Local Play or Download Play functionality which means that you can't play this version via multiplayer at all. Finally, there is no 3D support which I find to be pretty ridiculous, especially considering the fact that Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World looked awesome in 3D. That feature would have made Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn even cuter!

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Maybe if King Dedede keeps running, he'll lose some of that penguin fat

Although it doesn't take full advantage of what the 3DS is capable of, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn is a must-have portable version of a top-notch Wii game complete with plenty of impressive extra content that complements an already great 2D platformer.

  • + A wonderful classic Kirby game that's now portable and just as fun as ever
  • + Ravel Abilities are a welcome inclusion
  • + Very cool mini-games and extra content
  • - Normal Mode is a bit too easy now and Devilish Mode is fairly annoying
  • - No multiplayer at all
  • - Lacks 3D functionality
8.7 out of 10
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