Kirby Triple Deluxe is a return to form for the pink hero. Asleep one night, Kirby awakens to find his house atop a giant beanstalk and sees an evil bug capture King Dedede. Through six worlds Kirby will suck up enemies all in the name of good.
It’s a pretty standard affair for Kirby with a few twists. Aside from his usual round of power-ups, like the sword and umbrella ability, there are a few new skills including the whip, arrow, spear, and bells. There are many to choose from and each have their own set of moves and advantages against enemies and on terrain. For example, the fire ability can melt ice and light fuses. The other new addition is the Supernova fruit, which grants Kirby ungodly sucking skills. It’s a novel idea that is evenly paced throughout the levels.
It’s no surprise this game looks gorgeous in both 2D and 3D given that it’s from Nintendo. The music is some of the best the series has seen yet. And if the game may seem a bit too easy and short, there are plenty of collectables to go back for. Along with that are sets of mini games. One is a Smash Brothers esque brawler and the other stars King Dedede in various racing games. For a small package, this little guy packs a lot of content.
Kirby Triple Deluxe is a sheer delight. Both kids and adults can get a great time out of this adventure. Sure Kirby isn’t pushing any boundaries, some assets toward the end are reused, and it’s a tad easy, but these are small quarrels. This is just pure fun.
Score: 4/5 Stars
Special Notes: This article was originally published on May 22, 2014 via my Examiner account before the website shut down.