Nintendo’s iconic pink protagonist Kirby returns in the latest installment on 3DS in with more might and power than ever before. Think Pink! Think Power!
If you’re familiar with the Kirby games from the past, you’ll know you’re in for a great adventure, as Kirby: Triple Deluxe doesn’t stray too far from the classic formula we’ve come to love and know over the years. Kirby still retains old abilities, as well as introducing new ones to it’s audience. In this new adventure, Kirby awakens from a deep slumber to find an enormous beanstalk has twisted it’s vines around Kirby’s home and lifted it high into the clouds. Unaware of what to do, Kirby travels to Dedede’s castle, only to find mischievous enemy Taranza has kidnapped King Dedede and whisked him off to Floralia, another land far from the prying eyes of Kirby.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe is a solid platformer, with Kirby using his typical abilities to run, jump, float, and inhale every object available in Kirby’s path to destroy enemies and reach the end of the stage. Concealed around each stage are various Sun Stones for Kirby to find and these unlock end of level bosses for Kirby to come up against. You’ll also find a number of Key Chains to collect and these are more of a collectable incentive, rather than anything more. If you want to purchase more, you can swap three play coins for a keychain and can only get five keychains at a time, so you need to complete a stage to be rewarded with more. I love the collecting side of the game, even though it serves no real purpose other than gathering different Kirby keychains from past and present.
Kirby’s travels take his adventure through a number of beautiful pastel coloured environments from the fun and enjoyable Lollipop Land to the carrot fueled rollercoaster world of the Old Odyssey. Kirby’s environments shine through as the pink puffball traverses the various lands, fighting enemies and collecting Key Chains and Sun Stones. This game is absolutely gorgeous and you’ll be hard pressed to find this amount of cuteness and fun rolled into one game.
Kirby’s abilities and structured environment have been given a complete overhaul, with the new design enabling Kirby to travel back and forth from the background to the foreground via a star. Enemies are depicted in the background and can only be reached when travelling the star. It certainly gives the game-play mechanics a new perspective, enabling you to feel a different type of experience with Kirby. There are areas of the game where you’re required to tilt the 3DS system left and right to steer or guide Kirby in certain environments and there’s a number of puzzle elements, where you’ll need Kirby to use special abilities to get through various stages.
In certain stages, if Kirby has been hit by an enemy, he can be projected forward and almost stuck to the screen. This also happens if Kirby is hit by a train and squashed. A squished Kirby is a sad Kirby. Kirby still keeps a number of familiar abilities to play around with such as transforming into sword kirby for slicing and dicing action, to changing into fighter Kirby wearing a warriors headband and performing ninja attacks. Kirby will suck up bombs, swim underwater and move elegantly through each stage with pleasant dexterity.
However, in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, he uses his new found abilities such as Hypernova, which projects a rainbow from Kirby and then allows Kirby to suck and consume large scaled enemies and environments, almost pulling the scenery into his mouth. It’s an incredible experience as giant trees and enemies are completely ripped away from the environment.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe also offers a number of extra sub-game modes, such as Kirby Fighters and Dedede’s Drum Dash, and these provide additional entertainment in the form of a rhythm game and a Super Smash Bros. style based game.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe is a fantastic new addition to the Kirby series. Kirby’s platformer antics still pull on my heart strings, and I am always left wanting more from our favourite pink iconic friend. While Kirby: Triple Deluxe is not the most challenging of titles, it is still a fun filled experience. Kirby: Triple Deluxe still packs in sweet treats of cute platforming goodness and we’re continually spoilt by stunning graphics and polished environments. It’s hard to tear yourself away from those big blue eyes and round pink body.