Kirby: Triple Deluxe
After years of enjoying a variety of adventures, ranging from classic 8-bit (Kirby's Adventure) to a string-filled world (Kirby's Epic Yarn), Kirby finally makes his debut on the 3DS with the amusing side-scrolling title, Kirby: Triple Deluxe. This game features the return of many of Kirby's classic abilities, as well as a few new ones thrown in for good measure, including the powerful Hypernova.
Triple Deluxe's gameplay shines just as brightly as other Kirby games, as the controls are very easy to use. The new Hypernova ability is marvelous, as it allows you to open up new parts of a level when the situation calls for it.
The presentation is quite lovely, with stage design that springs to life and cute little animations that define what Kirby's world is all about. The music is also worth a listen.
Finally, Triple Deluxe has replay value to spare. Along with collectible keychains and an inspired Streetpass-sharing system to collect them all, there is a pair of mini-games everyone should experience. Dedede's Drum Beat is a treat for music/rhythm fans, while Kirby Fighters is a raucous take on the Super Smash Bros. series, but with all Kirbys.
The only major downside to Triple Deluxe is that the main story mode is too easy. We dashed through most of the game in roughly eight hours, and the only challenging items that emerged were a pair of boss fights and the later stages of Dedede's music level. Experts be warned - you'll beat this game quickly.
Despite its easy campaign, Kirby: Triple Deluxe is a puff-sized adventure that platforming fans won't want to miss. Make sure you get a few friends together for Kirby Fighters as well- it's a blast.
Review code provided by Nintendo.