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Nintendo Developing Wii Kirby Platformer

By Ian Mikutel / Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Nintendo has revealed a new Kirby platformer game, "Hoshi No Kirby", is in development for Wii. This is the first Kirby game for home consoles since Kirby's Air Ride for GameCube in 2003--a gap of seven years.

 

Kirby Wii

 

The announcement comes courtesy of Nintendo's latest financial reports, which list the game under its upcoming Wii releases. Speculation is that the game will be released in Japan this year, however Nintendo officially listed the game's release date at "TBA".

 

Nintendo has traditionally used the Kirby franchise on its handheld systems, with success. To date, Kirby Super Ultra has sold 2.3 million copies on the DS.

 

Kirby has only made one appearance on the Wii platform in Super Smash Bros. Brawl in 2008.

 

Nearly five years ago a more traditional Kirby platformer was in development for GameCube, but was ultimately cancelled.

 

Nintendo may provide more details on the title at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, June 15-17. The Wiire will be on hand at the event for live coverage.

 

Are you excited for Kirby on Wii? Do you see Nintendo releasing a major franchise platformer in the same year as Super Mario Galaxy 2? Will we hear more at E3 2010? Sound off in the comments below!

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