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E3 2014: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Posted on June 12, 2014 AT 02:30pm

Publisher Nintendo
Developer HAL Laboratory
Platform Wii U
Release Date TBD.2015
You can read the rest of our Opinionated Guide to E3 2014 or head to our E3 hub for even more coverage.

The Rundown

Building on the mechanics introduced in 2005’s Kirby: Canvas Curse on the Nintendo DS, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse looks to get the Pink Puffball rolling once again, but this time with the help of the Wii U’s stylus instead.

The Verdict

Considering it’ll have been a decade when Kirby and the Rainbow Curse hits store shelves since Kirby Canvas Curse first came around, it’s refreshing to see that the gameplay that made that first spin-off adventure such a hit has stood the test of time.

Using the Wii U’s stylus, you can draw a special rainbow path that helps Kirby, stuck in the form of a ball, make his way to the exit of each stage. By drawing various curves and vertical loops, you can increase Kirby’s momentum in order to reach high ledges and avoid difficult obstacles. By collecting enough stars, you can also get a powerful smash attack that lets Kirby barrel over most enemies.

Besides the fact that the gameplay offers some interesting puzzles, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse’s greatest strength may be its clay-animation art style. Characters and the environment ripple like malleable clay when they make an impact with more resistance substances, which gives the game a truly distinctive look.

My only real issue with Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is how much of the gameplay is directly tied to the stylus. As a result, you’ll find yourself hard pressed to ever look up from the GamePad. So, while the game may look great in HD, you’ll spend more time looking at the standard screen on the controller. Why put this on the Wii U and not the 3DS, then? Aside from this glaring flaw, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse will be a lot of fun for Canvas Curse fans and newcomers to the mechanics alike.

Ray Carsillo, Reviews & Previews Editor
Ray Carsillo has extensive roots in geek culture, as he’s written about video games, comics, and movies for such outlets as,, Classic Game Room on YouTube,, and before finally settling into EGM as reviews & previews editor. His main goal in life? To become king of all geek media, of course! Follow Ray’s exploits on Twitter: @RayCarsillo. Meet the rest of the crew.

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