Kirby Adventure is a cancelled platform game that was announced for the Nintendo GameCube at E3 2005, but only little information were revealed since then and it was absent from the show floor at E³ 2006. The levels were rendered in 3D, but the game play was still a side-scroller, much like in Kirby 64. Kirby was able to ride on the backs of up to three other characters. Those characters could have been played by other humans in a 4 players multiplayer coop mode. Kirby was also able to get abilities from partners or enemies, like in Kirby Super Star.
On May 26, 2006 IGN released an article which states that a number of games, including a “generically labeled Kirby game” would have been released for the Wii console. The article also states that this information was gathered from the Japanese release list found on the corporate site of the Japanese Nintendo webpage.
As of September 14, 2006, a list of upcoming games in Japan for Wii has including the title (Hoshi no Kirby). While the list is labeled with the Wii name, a number of titles that were previously listed as being released on other Nintendo systems are listed on it as well. For a further note, quite a number of games have shifted from one system (presumed cancelled) and released on another. The December 2006 issue of Nintendo Power removed the game from the upcoming GameCube titles list, but did not place it in the upcoming Wii titles list. [info from Wikipedia]
During E3 2011, it was announced that a new Kirby Wii was coming out. This was to be the final product of what was started and known as Kirby’s Adventure for the GameCube. From the new Kirby Wii trailer and the old Gamecube trailers these games seem to run with a similar 3D engine.
As of January 28, 2011,the game was officially re-announced under the tentative title Kirby Wii, with a projected release date of fall 2011 in North America. Its final titles were announced in the following months, and was finally released for the Wii on October 2011 as Kirby’s Return to Dream Land.
Thanks to an Iwata Asks article, we can read more about the development and cancellation of a series of Kirby prototypes for the GameCube:
Kawase: Yes. To begin by introducing myself, I was originally a designer on a team called Jack and the Beanstalk Project and worked on games like Pokémon Snap4. Now I’m a producer in Tokyo. As for that 11-year gap between home console Kirby games, right after Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, we immediately began working on a new Kirby game. That was during the time of the Nintendo GameCube system, and screen shots were shown at the E3.
Iwata: “Were shown”? You sound so detached about it! (laughs)
Kawase: Oh, believe me, I’m not! (laughs) But after that, it never got updated, and I’m sure some people would wonder and ask, “Whatever happened to that?” To some, it had become an object of mystery.
Iwata: The release date went unannounced forever.
Kawase: Yes. Actually, there are three lost Kirby games. The first one is the one that pictures were shown of at E3. It was a Kirby game based on the concept of four-person simultaneous gameplay. That was when I learned how difficult it is to make a game that is both multi-player and single-player.
Kawase: That’s right. The second one was an experiment with extremely challenging gameplay that placed Kirby in 3D space and allowed players to freely move around. But unfortunately, we weren’t able to achieve the quality we hoped for and it never reached completion.
The third one involved an animated Kirby sort of like a pop-up book. We renewed the Copy Abilities, and tried to power it up. We spent 11 years… making and abandoning these three games.
Iwata: During that time, screen shots were shown and release dates went unannounced for a long time. Then the Nintendo GameCube system changed to the Wii console. Miyamoto-san says that video games are something you never really complete. It’s hard when a game simply refuses to come together.
You can find more about the released Kirby series in the WiKirby!
Thanks to Juan and Vahkiti for the contribution!
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Kirby’s Adventure for GC would’ve been beyond awesome!
get rid of that second video it has a childs voice
hey. so when is this coming out?
dude, just because he sounds like a child doesn’t mean he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
I,ve heard it might come out for wii
So…they canceled this game to have a worthless and annoying adventure mode for Brawl? Stupid Sakurai…
well… comparing what i have seen in this trailer, in the second video and in the 30 seconds footage of kirgy wii, i can say to sum it up: subspace emmisary sucks, kirbys adventure for gc would have been awesome just because of the skills from kirby and the other players being kirby enemies independent of the rest of the engine just BEING SSE and kirby wii will be a nice sequel to the kirby titles hardly feeling like kirby and the amazing mirror, but will be a bit oversized in features as most of the attacks are action-overflowed cutscenes which destroy the enemies but make the game less fluidless. watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6T8ZaEfFvY&NR=1&feature=fvwp
THis should probably be marked as beta now, just saying. (It makes me so happy to be saying that. :D)
The post is now updated with the latest info! Thanks to everyone :D
Also I give you, the trailer theme! :D
HEY GUISS WAT. KIRBY WII IS OUT U GUISE.
Good to see the article headlining with the info I sent :D
I own a gc and that would of been awsome…
That second video was terrible. HR-D3 was already a character! They just gave him a new look. He originally was a robotic Dedede with drill hands in Kirby Star Stacker (or one of the other old spin offs). How can you compare the jumping of Kirby. The jumping of Kirby in Brawl is the same as Melee and the original, which came before the Kirby GCN trailer (not to mention hat the jumping of Kirby in SSB is based off of the Jumping of Kirby in almost every game).
Now that Kirby’s Return to Dream Land was released, we all know for a fact that Kirby GCN was scrapped for Kirby’s Return to Dream Land.
what a shame but that game was canceled and life
I understand some of those comments are old, but if anyone’s now reading the process on how it was made, it has nothing to do with Brawl’s SSE. They don’t mention it here, obviously. That was something that stood out on its own.
ok this game looks like a sequel to kirby super stars milky way wishes thats the last part of the game this how i think im positive kirby can make his enemys his helper and if you here closer to in the trailer you here the sound affects from superstar and the rock abiltiy and spark look simular in superstar but in 3d models and kirbys suck up animation looks like super smash bros melele and super star. then the music is the arena for return to dreamland the dedede robot is the ex verison of that robot in return the dreamland in its EX mode sorry if i dont know the name and i proofed tornado is in it if you see with the dedede robot those two helpers theres one trwiling in the air like tornado and in the begining of the trailer we see kirby makes a helper but if you look above kirby there is a bat swooping bye that is the same as that bat in return to dreamland and then when kirby makes the broom helper look on the bottem and you will see the enemy from air ride that one that lights up/ but thats all i had to explaing
I have a Club Nintendo magazine which came out January 2006 and gives some info about the game, here’s a scan I did:
It says the story is about Kirby trying to recover the warpstar from King Dedede, Kirby can climb on top of his friends (he can combine its powers with them), the engine it’s pretty similar if not the same as Smash Bros Melee and they expect the game to have a multiplayer mode similar to Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.
Well Kirby Star Allies was a fun game that used the most out of Kirby Adventure (tentative title), I still think I would have had more fun with the GameCube title. Had powers like Wheel and Tornado, fun level designs and an original plot of Kirby losing his Warp Star. The enemy designs were also refreshed, indicating that it would have been directed by Sakurai. Just tons of potential that never came to be.
Maybe if HAL Laboratory can release EarthBound Beginnings on Wii U Virtual Console, then Kirby Adventure has hope on Switch Virtual Console. After all, if Star Fox 2 can resurface from the vault, then I see no reason why Kirby Adventure can’t tag along.
Indeed, i’m sure Nintendo keeps their prototype somewhere safe and if there’s the chance as it happened with Starfox 2 it seems like they don’t mind releasing previously cancelled titles.. maybe for a “gamecube mini”?