Saturday, October 29, 2011

Kirby Turns One, A Sibling Is Born - Unwinding, Before Moving Forward

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Kirby's Epic Yarn was released on October 17, 2010 for the Nintendo Wii, with a MSRP of $49.99.  The game took about 2-weeks for its game-play hours to show up on the Nintendo Channel, and I did its initial data report last November which you can read HERE.

Kirby's Epic Yarn was developed by Good-Feel and HAL Laboratory, and published by Nintendo.  The game received an "Everyone" rating from the ESRB with "Mild Cartoon Violence" listed as content for parents/gamers to be aware of.

Kirby's Epic Yarn is barely a year old now and this past Monday, October 24, Nintendo released a new 2-D Kirby Wii game, Kirby's Return to Dream Land.  

So, before we head into Kirby's new Dream Land, how many hours Wii owners have spent with Kirby's Epic Yarn over the last year?  Let's unwind one more time and take a look!

How many characters from Kirby's Epic Yarn can you spot in the image above?
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The Brew
Kirby's Epic Yarn has about 135,945 Wii owners that have now reported game-play hours through the Nintendo Channel, with 372 days possibly reported.

The game's average play-time per day/session reported is 1 Hour 58 Minutes, which means each time Wii owners are sitting down to play Kirby's Epic Yarn they spend about two hours playing the game.

Kirby's Epic Yarn has a "professional" review score average of 88.75%, based on 44 reviews on  The game has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on based on 160 customer reviews, which is 89.63% when they are converted to a 100% review scale.
Lots of 5 out of 5 Star customer reviews!

Filtered Thoughts
Earlier this summer, Mrs. Coffee and I traded/loaned our neighbors Donkey Kong Country Returns for Kirby's Epic Yarn(and I also got Wii Sports Resort).  Mrs. Coffee and I played through Kirby's Epic Yarn cooperatively, and we enjoyed playing through the game together.  While we completed the game together and saw the credits roll, we didn't go back and complete every single level that is unlocked through the campaign, cooperatively.  The game gives players an overall percentage "complete", and Mrs. Coffee and I finished with more than 50% of the game "complete" when we saw the credits roll.

We both thought the level designs improved the further we made it in the game, and Mrs. Coffee enjoyed the game so much that she started and completed her own save file in the game.  How much did Mrs. Coffee complete of Kirby's Epic Yarn on her own save file?  The image below shows all of our percentages, with the top save file my own personal file(FAIL), the middle save file of 58% was our cooperative save file, and the third save file was Mrs. Coffee's by herself:

So, as the image above shows, you can probably expect between 7-10 hours of game-play to complete the game's campaign with around 50% of it finished.  As Mrs. Coffee's file shows, if you want to complete the game with 100% of the items found, and all of the levels completed, your hours can be a lot higher if you take your time and play through some of the levels multiple times.

If you missed how Nintendo advertised Kirby's Epic Yarn when it released last year, below is the television commercial for the game:

Overall, I would recommend Kirby's Epic Yarn to families that are looking for a fun 2-player 2-D platforming experience.

Have any of you played Kirby's Epic Yarn?  If so, do you know what percentage of the game you had completed when you saw the credits roll, and did you perhaps go back to try and complete it with 100% as Mrs. Coffee did?

If any of you are interested in Kirby's Epic Yarn, you can see prices for it on and linked below.  Also, you can see Kirby's newest Wii adventure below, Kirby's Return to Dream Land:


  1. I have it, but have hardly played it. My youngest has been playing it a lot this week though, and she loves it. not sure how far she is through it though - she doesn't "complete" many titles. Toy Story 3, Lego Harry Potter and Little Big Planet are about it from the last 2 years. I keep meaning to sit down and get some quality time in with this game, but I just haven't yet.

  2. @Chalgyr:
    Interesting titles there your youngest plays. I remember you saying before that she really enjoys Little Big Planet, and that is actually one of the games I downloaded for Sony's "Welcome Back" program, but I haven't even touched it!

    As for putting time into it, it's a simple game and definitely not difficult/hard because you can't really die, but finding all the items in each level can be challenging and require multiple play-throughs of each level.

    Thanks for the feedback!

  3. I was thinking of this post again last night, as my youngest was playing Epic Yarn last night for awhile. She looked like she was having fun. It's such a visually interesting game too.

    yeah, when it comes to Little Big Planet, there's never been a game she plays like that one. Ever. My son played it quite a bit, but it just hits a sweet spot in my youngest daughter's imagination. I've only played it a little, but she loves creating things, she socializes with other kids including her cousin down in Florida, and just seems to adore it.

    I'm getting her LBP 2 this year for Christmas. :)


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