A 3D Pink Puffball Paradise
Other than Mario, Kirby is one of Nintendo's most versatile mascots. Whether he's using himself as a golf ball, entering pinball machines, or being a part of inventive games like Canvas Curse, Mass Attack, or Tilt 'N' Tumble, Kirby isn't shy to push himself to do extraordinary things. Kirby's newest title, and debut on the Nintendo 3DS, is Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and it's a much more traditional Kirby title a la Super Star. It's a game that very much feels like a return to the Wii's Return to Dream Land, save for the lack of multiplayer and Sphere Doomer areas. What it all adds up to is a platforming adventure that not only Kirby fans will love, but any supporter of 2D platformers.
Kirby's minding his own business when suddenly a beanstalk takes him for a ride into the sky. A shady figure quickly king-naps King Dedede, and Kirby quickly pursues to once again save the day. Little does he know that his quest will not only save Dedede but save a kingdom from a sinister evil as well. While Dream Land is not the setting for this 2D Kirby, a great many familiar level tropes and ideas permeate through Triple Deluxe, such as requiring the first boss of the game to be none other than a variant of Whispy Woods.
|For Kirby's sake, I hope there's no|
giant at the top of this beanstalk.
|The ability to change platforming planes|
leads to some cool level design.
|These Waddle Dee model trains are but |
one hazard that can attack from the background.
|I've heard of a blowhard, but an inhalehard!?|
That's exactly what Hypernova Kirby is.
These areas of the game usually contain the game's most important hidden trinkets, Sun Stones. These appear in every non-boss level, and are required to progress through the game. While nowhere near having to find all of them is required to access the boss of each of Triple Deluxe's six islands, a fair amount is needed to move on. Unless you're just trying to breeze through every level as fast as you possibly can, it's really difficult to not have enough Sun Stones to progress through the game without being forced to return to levels.
|I hate to be the bearer of bad news, Waddle Dee,|
but ski season ended a few months ago.
|"Feet don't fail me now!"|
Kirby: Triple Deluxe runs well on the Nintendo 3DS hardware. The visuals appropriately colorful as well as rather whimsical, too. The music is cheery and mostly original, although there are pieces taken directly from Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Can't really complain about that, as that Wii game's music was exceptional and darned catchy, much like the new musical content in Triple Deluxe.
|No need to applaud for Kirby:|
He's already got a hand.
[SPC Says: 8.75/10]