There Were Three Lost Kirby Games Before Returns To Dreamland

By Spencer . October 25, 2011 . 11:36am

The Kirby (tentative) listings for Gamecube and Wii in Nintendo’s financial reports weren’t vaporware. Right after Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards came out, the Kirby team started working on a Gamecube sequel, which was briefly revealed at E3.

 

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Shigefumi Kawase, a producer at HAL Laboratory, tried making a Kirby game with four player co-op, a feature that would eventually become part of Returns to Dreamland. This game would have come out shortly after Kirby: Air Ride, which Nintendo released in 2003.

 

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Another canned Kirby game let players freely move around in 3D space, but was canceled because the team didn’t feel it’s quality was up to par.

 

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A third game had a pop-up book style with an animated Kirby. The team tried to enhance Kirby’s copy abilities for this title, but like the other two games it was abandoned. Each game was in a partial state of completion. Eleven years later, we finally have Kirby Return’s to Dreamland, a console Kirby game from HAL Laboratory.


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