Apparently the “extra” in Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn refers to the extra horsepower needed to run it.
Many were likely surprised when Nintendo announced during last week’s Direct that the 2010 Wii title (later available on Wii U’s eShop) was getting a remastered edition on the aging portable sometime in 2019. Now, it looks like those of us who have not yet upgraded to the “new” 3DS/2DS systems (a misnomer if there ever was one since it’s about four years old) are out of luck. According to the official Nintendo site, Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn will be a “New” Nintendo 3DS exclusive.
Although the page does not mention 2DS systems, rest assured it will also work on the New Nintendo 2DS XL, as that system basically replaced all 3DS systems when it released last year (it also says it only plays in 2D on the sample box). Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn joins a threadbare selection of “New” Nintendo 3DS exclusive releases, including Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, Fire Emblem Warriors and Minecraft: New 3DS Edition.
For those of us in need of convincing (I myself am still sporting the budget-model 2DS slab), Nintendo revealed that every stage from the original Wii release would be coming to the 3DS version. There will also be additional features, “like the ability to craft bigger yarn balls, summon bead-collecting wind and play two new modes featuring familiar faces King Dedede and Meta Knight,” according to Nintendo.
If you’re still on the fence, that New Nintendo 3DS XL Super NES Edition on Amazon is still $149.99, $50 less than the retail price. If you’re actually not interested in the remastered version of Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn but are still in need of a Kirby fix, you could always head to Tokyo Skytree tower for a Kirby Burger starting Sept. 27.
John Dunphy has written, edited and managed several newspapers, magazines and news websites in both the United States and South Korea. He’s written about local government, food, nightlife, Korean culture, beer, cycling, land preservation, video games and more. His love of gaming began with the Atari 2600 but truly came of age on the Super Nintendo. Looking at his staggering surplus of console and PC games yet to be played, he laments the long-ago days of only being able to buy one $70 32-megabyte cartridge and playing it until his hands ached.