KIRBY TRIPLE DELUXE
It’s funny because— wait. No, it’s not funny. I was excited for this game and now… How about that Kirby, eh! No, not Jack Kirby; owe’re deviating from comics, kids. I’m talking about a badass pink puffball.
While Kirby’s latest outing sounds like a dangerous new Taco Bell concoction, Kirby Triple Deluxe will actually leave you satisfied without a searing stomach pain. Released aside Mario Golf on May 2nd, the game sold out relatively quickly and with good reason: it’s a ton of fun…
Starting with the story mode, Kirby’s new adventure begins when a beanstalk of dreams— A DREAMSTALK, IF YOU WILL, sprouts overnight, overtaking Kirby’s hometown and this little caterpillar asshole, Taranza, kidnaps King Dedede. Climbing the Dreamstalk through various worlds will lead you to Taranza, through enemies and boss fights galore.
Granted, these enemies are not difficult in the slightest, especially with the plethora of power-ups at your disposal. Inhaling everything in sight, Kirby has many personas he can take on, including swordsman, an electric, Blanka-esque form, cowboy, ninja, and my personal favorite: fireball! I just breath fire on every enemy and they need to accept that I’m a goddamn dragon. Triple Deluxe also introduces the Hypernova, because Kirby wasn’t content with not being able to inhale fully grown trees, wrecking balls, boulders and other large objects. Additionally, each level has randomized keychains for you to collect, which provides a bit of nostalgia when you consider their designs span across all previous Kirby titles. Definitely a fun little collectible set.
Completing the game will net you two additional modes, but as far as games available from the get-go, you have a rhythm-based game starring King Dedede, which I suppose is fun in short bursts, but the gem in this entire package is Kirby Fighters. This is essentially a watered-down Smash Bros., which I can’t see as a bad thing. You pick from a variety of power-up-packed Kirbys (all things you can find in the main campaign), and either fight up a difficulty-based ladder, or take on your inferior friends and prove you are the best Kirby to ever mess a bitch up. What makes this even better? Single-cartridge multiplayer. You and up to three other friends can use download play, provided only one of you has the game, and go to war. It’s an insanely fun time-waster and just gets me even more pumped for the inevitable SSB release this summer/winter.
Kirby Triple Deluxe‘s biggest flaw is absolutely its difficulty, or lack thereof. It would have benefitted immensely from a damage system in the vein of Mario— one hit, lose your power-up, two hits, lose a life. And given the endless amounts of food you can scavenge in each level, it would have made things more interesting than having a seemingly infinite health bar. Yet, despite the fact that you essentially cannot lose unless you force Kirby to fall (and why would you do that, you sadistic bastard?), KTD still earns…
Nintendo’s Kirby Triple Deluxe available now at GameStop for the3Ds.
- Kenny “Saint SuperKick” Sanders here. So this new Amazing Spider-Man 2 adds a few more villains to the fray, such as Venom, Carnage, and Kingpin. Which makes absolutely no sense to me! Why not make “movie” video games more consistent with the…movie? Especially seeing how the movie itself was the best Spidey-film since the second — albeit crying — Tobey Spider-Man film. Some positives for me, Christ-ine? Those four costumes I got for pre-ordering. If only Nike threw me a few Jordan brand XXXL T’s every time I dropped 2 bills on their damn kicks. I’m also a fan of XP points given to upgrade your suits and skills every time you complete a mission. Those upgraded skills make battling these ridiculous enemies smoother. Negatives? As you said, Miss, the web swinging can be a little nerve wrecking — more so driving me crazy when those random glitches occur. Despite having to restart the game a couple times (and doing the missions over…), needing a patch for web-swinging, and that horrendous wall-crawling glitch, ASM2 accomplishes its purpose: If you love Spider-Man, and the new movies, you’ll enjoy the game — not so next-gen or not. Now time to dust of that 3DS! 3/5 Marc Mothafuckin’ Webbs.