Nintendo's little pink puffball has been pretty busy of late, across both Wii and DS. And now he's flying in on a star to try and save the struggling eShop platform. It's perhaps his toughest mission to date.
For all the promise, the 3D remakes of classic games (creatively called "3D Classics") that have appeared on the Nintendo 3DS have to date been misfires.
It's not that the idea is bad; with a 3D coat of paint these NES games always look great. The problem is that the choice of games has been generally poor. Urban Champion is terrible. Xevious is only marginally better. Twinbee is good fun, but is so obscure that it's never going to be an adequate poster boy for the 3D Classics. Kirby's Adventure on the other hand, is.
The game itself plays as well as can be expected when considering one of the truly classic platfomers. Kirby has his full arsenal of abilities, and though they're relatively limited given this was his very first outing, it's as charming and entertaining as ever to bound around, swallowing enemies and taking their abilities. You all have play a Kirby game, right? If so you know what to expect.
Levels fly by and are largely forgettable, though they are laid out in a pleasant fashion. Though Kirby is far too easy, it is worth noting that Kirby's world is a vibrant one, filled with a surprisingly large range of interesting enemies.
The game progresses in a linear fashion; finishing one level opens up the next. Ever so often you'll be tasked with defeating a (too easy) boss, and that will move Kirby on to the next world.
There's a few little minigames to break up the action somewhat. The best of those is the little skill tester (which doesn't take much skill) minigame, though the rewards aren’t that great - performing well at that will reward you with (unnecessary) extra Kirby lives.
Of course, because it's so easy, Kirby is also over far too quickly and there's very little reason to play through the game again. This is a criticism that is applicable to most of the Kirby series - charming but far too easy, so use your experience with those games when deciding whether the original is also for you.
In giving us what we knew we were getting, Kirby is a success - technical issues aside, it's still a well-produced game. You can't help but wish the 3D remake was used for a more appropriate game, though. The Castlevania games or Final Fantasy NES titles would just love a 3D remake.
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