Kirby’s return to stardom in recent years hasn’t been without a few bumps along the road. A recent Iwata Asks session (via IGN) revealed as much, detailing three cancelled games starring the ball of joy that have been and gone over the past 11 years.
The first was planned for release shortly after 2003’s Kirby Air Ride and was both a four-player coop and single-player game. Development difficulties ultimately led to this one’s demise, though this month’s release of Kirby’s Return to Dream Land did revive those multiplayer elements.
Next up was a challenging 3D open-world project which Kirby producer Shigefumi Kawase explained never quite reached the level of quality hoped for. In the bin for that one, then.
Last up is a classic 2D side-scroller with a pop-up book look. Copy-abilities would be the focus of this adventure.
And that’s about that. Hopefully Return to Dream Land makes up for these past cancellations. Wonder if Metroid has any cancelled N64 prototypes sitting around?