Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Developed by HAL Laboratory
Published by Nintendo
*Triple The Deluxe, Triple The Appetite*
One night while Kirby is sleeping, a giant beanstalk called the Dreamstalk begins growing under Dream Land and carries various landmarks, including Kirby’s house and King Dedede’s castle, into the sky. When Kirby wakes up the next morning, he finds he is in a new land called Floralia, located high in the skies above Dream Land. Kirby makes his way to Dedede’s Castle and finds that the culprit behind the Dreamstalk is a six-armed, caterpillar-like being named Taranza, who has captured Dedede and trapped him in a prism made of light. Kirby ascends the Dreamstalk and gives chase after Taranza to rescue Dedede and set things right in Dream Land once more.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe is a 2.5D Platformer which once again takes many elements from the previous Kirby games. Returning at Kirby’s disposal is his inhale attack which allows him to swallow his numerous enemies to gain new abilities such as sword wielding and the ability to breathe fire. A new item in this game is the Miracle Fruit which transforms Kirby into Hypernova Kirby which allows his power-ups to become stronger aswell as making his inhale power much stronger with the ability to swallow much larger objects in the world such as Tree’s. Other new abilities include Beetle, Bell, Archer and Circus which along with many previous power-ups from other entries gives Kirby numerous abilities at his disposal. The Boss fights in the game were great fun and to me kept the same challenging yet fun aspect of the boss fights from Kirby’s Dreamland. The game also takes a lot of influence from the Super Smash Bros. series with a new mini-game called Kirby Fighters in which you customize your own Kirby and pit it off against other Kirby’s in a free for all brawl aswell as the ability to collect keychains in the game of many Kirby characters which feels very similar to collecting trophies in the Smash Bros. Series. I also liked how they included King Dedede in this title with a Mini-game called Dedede’s drum dash which was extremely fun and suited the game brilliantly aswell as the King Dedede story mode which is unlocked once you complete Kirby’s which not only adds more challenge making the levels and bosses harder but also the fact you have to fight evil versions of both Dedede and Meta-Knight. All in all, The gameplay of this game is brilliant.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe has a great soundtrack that truly fits the style of game which Kirby is. As many fans of the series will know, when Kirby isn’t fighting against his numerous enemies; His life is actually quite laid back and relaxing so when the game starts out, The music shows that and has a very relaxed tone to it. During the levels that follows those relaxing tunes though comes some truly fun and entertaining music which you can clearly tell has been made for a Nintendo game keeping the same charm as most games from the company. There is even some new takes on old music pieces from the series. All in all, The Music is enjoyable however it can occasionally get repetitive.
The Visuals on Kirby: Triple Deluxe look great for a 3DS title and capture the feel of the Kirby games being set in a Dream world with the numerous stages in the game being designed around numerous different settings such as the woods, a candy land and even a Beanstalk. As always the character models are handled extremely well and the colors look beautiful when added to the style Nintendo are trying to go with.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe has a decent length of time on both story modes (Kirby & Dedede) however once those are complete unless you want to replay them; then the only real replay value you get from the game is the Mini-Games and collecting the Keychains if you truly want to go for 100%.
All in all, Kirby: Triple Deluxe is a great new entry in the long running series combining both the old and the new really well, however my only real problems with this game is that there is not much in terms of replay value and the music can occasionally get repetitive but otherwise this a great game and definitely one for the family.
My Score = 8/10
- Great Story
- Fantastic Gameplay
- Combination of Old & New
- Enjoyable Music
- Colorful visuals and character models
- New Modes
- Not Much in terms of Replay Value
- Music can occasionally get repetitive
Kirby: Triple Deluxe is available now from all good retailers exclusively on Nintendo 3DS. Thanks go out to Nintendo for loaning us the game and supplying the Assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Review by Matt McNamee