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  • Summary: Pink? Check. Puffy? Check. Powerful? You have no idea. Devour trees, obstacles, and huge chunks of stages with Kirbys Hypernova ability and inhale enemies to copy epic new moves like Archer. Its a grand new Kirby adventure PLUS a new multiplayer battle mode, Kirby Fighters! When a mysteriousPink? Check. Puffy? Check. Powerful? You have no idea. Devour trees, obstacles, and huge chunks of stages with Kirbys Hypernova ability and inhale enemies to copy epic new moves like Archer. Its a grand new Kirby adventure PLUS a new multiplayer battle mode, Kirby Fighters! When a mysterious being kidnaps King Dedede atop a giant Dreamstalk, only Kirby can save the day! Jump from the foreground to the background in dynamic 3D side-scrolling environments while using new and returning copy abilities to defeat enemies. Duke it out in Kirby Fighters, a fierce 4-player battle mode where you fight using a chosen ability like Sword or Ninja. The last Kirby standing reigns supreme. Whether youre new to Kirby or an old fan, the Kirby: Triple Deluxe game offers a triple threat-action, adventure, and a battle mode!

    -Kirby's powerful copy ability returns, allowing him to inhale, spit and transform
    -Jump from the foreground to the background in dynamic 3D side-scrolling levels
    -Employ new and returning abilities, including:
    -Archer - Kirby wields a bow to strike silently from a distance
    -Beetle - Kirby grabs foes with his horn and slams them into the ground
    -Fire - Kirby can roll into a fireball and scorch through the air
    -Sword - Kirby dons a green cap and wields a sword
    -Kirbys new Hypernova ability lets him inhale obstacles and big chunks of levels!
    -Use the Download Play feature to duke it out in Kirby Fighters, a fierce battle mode for up to 4 players! You can also sharpen your skills by playing solo
    -Enjoy a selection of additional game modes including Dededes Drum Dash and Arena
    -Collect hidden keychains in every level, each resembling legacy Kirby characters
    -Unlock improved items and new keychains by using the StreetPass function to tag other players
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 68
  2. Negative: 0 out of 68
  1. Apr 28, 2014
    100
    This is one of the best 3DS releases this year, and certainly not a title I’d urge any Nintendo, or old-school action/adventure fan to miss.
  2. May 6, 2014
    90
    The little pink dude does it again. A whole new game with a story mode and two other modes on the side to enjoy. Everything look and feels wonderful. This is a must have on the 3DS.
  3. Apr 28, 2014
    87
    Kirby: Triple Deluxe is an fun and colorful platform. It's pretty easy but well tuned and never frustrating, filled with content, levels and hidden treasure. HAL Laboratory made use of depth in some unique and interesting ways. Too bad the last world is a bit of a let down.
  4. Apr 28, 2014
    80
    While there’s a strange absence of online multiplayer in Kirby Fighters and the Hypernova feature feels somewhat underutilized, Triple Deluxe still ends up being an experience overflowing with delicious content to be gobbled up.
  5. May 5, 2014
    80
    The minor melding of the Return to Dreamland structure and the addition of finely tuned extras carries enough weight to make Triple Deluxe a must-have 3DS title for Nintendo loyalists.
  6. Apr 28, 2014
    80
    Even if you tend not to care much about Kirby games – understandably, given how toothless they can be – Triple Deluxe merits attention. Smart level design and a remarkable level of detail make this portable platformer one of Kirby's greatest adventures to date.
  7. Apr 28, 2014
    60
    Kirby Triple Deluxe may look great and has some clever ideas for how to use 3D, but falls into a rut of simple platforming and puzzles that rarely require any thought or skill. I admire that it tries to give us more powers and abilities to play with than ever before, but that empowerment shouldn’t come at the expense of any real difficulty.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. May 6, 2014
    10
    This game is an absolute joy. It's got the charm and wonder of games like K64 and Epic Yarn, without sacrificing the awesome movesets theThis game is an absolute joy. It's got the charm and wonder of games like K64 and Epic Yarn, without sacrificing the awesome movesets the classic Kirby Super Star introduced. It's simply an enjoyable experience. It takes what Return to Dreamland attempted but really polishes the gameplay elements. Everything melds a lot more harmoniously in this game. The Extra fighter mode is frantic and fun. A good way to ease a Smash appetite a bit until the actual game comes out. You've got unlockable modes that provide some more remix of the main game experience, and extra harder boss rush. Plenty of keychains to collect and enjoyable enough I can see myself replaying it. the MUSIC IS AWESOME. It's also the best looking game on the 3DS hands down. It's lush, uses the 3D amazingly, and with the added layers, really enhances some of the exploration and collection. Kirby games are entry level titles but after 22 years, it's easy to see why he still appeals to so many, young and old.

    The Kirby franchise's mission is that it's completion be accomplished by anyone. It's was to be a great entry level title in an era of really brutal and often non-welcoming NES and gameboy titles. It was pretty revolutionary at the time. However players of all skill levels have enjoyed the series immensely. Kirby games manage to be engaging regardless of their ease for many people. Their charming worlds, the fun and quirky nature of Kirby's powers, and the high quality of it's visuals and music make gamers happy. Kirby really helped me enjoy gaming as a kid. At the time I felt Dreamland was a lot longer and harder than it actually was. Now I can beat the original in 5 minutes top. Still it gave me the confidence to play more single player games on my own. Now I'm a Monster Hunter fanatic and have played a slew of much harder titles, but I still adore the pink puff ball. As a huge fan, I'd say Kirby's Triple Deluxe is amongst my favorite Kirby games. It stand tall and proud beside the Kirby Super Star classic, in my heart.
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  2. May 20, 2014
    10
    I got this little gem a few days ago, and am currently on level 4-4, and so far the game has been nothing but amazing. The graphics are mindI got this little gem a few days ago, and am currently on level 4-4, and so far the game has been nothing but amazing. The graphics are mind blowing, as the last time I played a 3DS game it looked pretty dismal, however, I'd argue this looks better than "Adventure Wii" which is a full console release! The 3D effect is disorienting, as always, but you can turn that off :). The gameplay is the best in a Kirby game for 22 years, when "Kirby's Adventure" for the NES was released. This is easily the best Kirby game since then! For the most part, the levels are basic as basic can be, except feel less linear, and encourage exploration. Some of the levels have multiple paths, and a lot have traps around every corner. The level design, and enemy design is an endearing as always, too. The new powers are awesome, with the addition of Hypernova, which is the greatest ability in any Kirby game, ever. The plot is nowhere near as dark as the other Kirby great, Kirby's adventure, in which the star rod had been stolen and tainted with dark forces, making the people of dreamland have nightmares, and kirby had to rescue it, replace it in the fountain of dreams, and defeat the dark forces on "Nightmare" (Who could be Zero's dad :p). In this game, however, DeDeDe has been captured, but let me ask you, why the hell does Kirby want to save the evil, corrupt leader of Dreamland? He's been trying to defeat him, and mostly succeeding, for the past 26/27 years, and now they're suddenly friends!? What the hell Nintendo? Thank god plot isn't exactly an important feature in modern Kirby games :p. Also, I ask, why are Waddle dee's and others of DeDeDe's minions wanting to foil Kirby? It makes very little sense, but does it have to? No, no it doesn't.

    10/10 would Kirby again.
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  3. Jun 1, 2014
    10
    I bought my 3ds xl just for some games like m3hu bravely default zelda,monster hunter 4 ultimate (2015) and KIRBY TRIPLE deluxe. ( I'd seenI bought my 3ds xl just for some games like m3hu bravely default zelda,monster hunter 4 ultimate (2015) and KIRBY TRIPLE deluxe. ( I'd seen some trailers many months ago and I definitely wanted this game). After I bought it I play it every day,I consider it a "relax and delighting moment" . Very coloured and delightful graphic,which make you addicted to the game,til you finish it. Very very great game, a must have for 3ds owners. great job hal. Expand
  4. May 9, 2014
    9
    Este nuevo kirby es excelente y el 3d se usa bastante, me gusta los nuevos poderes de kirby el juego es fácil pero súper divertido me heEste nuevo kirby es excelente y el 3d se usa bastante, me gusta los nuevos poderes de kirby el juego es fácil pero súper divertido me he disfrutado mucho este juego. Expand
  5. Oct 17, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Kirby is a series that has been through the blender time and time again. Attempting to come out with something new for this series was extremely hard, especially after classics like Kirby Superstar, Kirby in Dreamland 3 and the fan favourite Crystal Shards. These titles set the impossible bar that titles afterwards needed to meet. With the cult classic hit, Kirby's Air Ride, and the beloved Kirby's Epic Yarn, we possibly saw the end of the pink puff balls career as it was obvious that Return to Dreamland didn't quench the thirst at all and was just an even more generic Kirby. This being said, how does Kirby Triple Deluxe hold up in the mix of newer additions?

    Kirby Triple Deluxe is everything you expect from a Kirby game. You jump, you suck up enemies, you go through linear worlds that are often alliterations of candy or pastries. The story again is a little bit different from Kirby games of the past. When I say little...its literally the smallest touch. Kirby goes off to save another race, much like Crystal Shards. This time though its Dedede that you want to save? I felt this was an interesting but ultimately awkward choice for the series. Dedede is considered Kirby's arch-rival in the Kirby franchise, but Kirby being the nice puff ball that he is needs to rescue him. Just doesn't flow as nicely as it did with Dedede fighting alongside you as Crystal Shards, but again this is minor criticism. In a Kirby game you expect linear, and heck, it gives you that.

    With the linear plot aside, let's talk game mechanics. This is possibly the best Kirby's felt in a long time, if not the best its felt. The flow is brilliant and feels exactly like the previous installments with the obvious touch-ups that allow heavy functionality. New abilities are weird but fun and unique, the stages hold to a design really well and are probably the best thought out Kirby stages gimmick wise in the whole franchise. Just take a look at that Circus stage, that stage is definitely one of the most recognized stages in this game and it shows. The best utilization in this Kirby game is the 3D. This adds a whole different dimension to gameplay and makes it feel so much more alive. This is mostly used in boss battles as the bosses often utilize the 3D in their attacks. This may cause a disconnect for the time of attacks for people playing it in 2D. That being said, this feels like I'm playing the best components of past games, with no issues.

    Jun Ishikawa and Hirokazu Ando knew what they were doing when they made this OST. It screams new-age Kirby while also pandering to the older feel of the series. This was a smart choice in their parts to play to both audiences while creating a very atmospheric piece. Each piece fits perfectly with the stage paired with it, and that final boss music is to die for! Truly makes battling it worth it. Along with the OST, the visuals are equally up to par. Much like its predecessor, Kirby's Return to Dreamland, the style of Kirby and its graphics are exactly the same. The designs of the bosses and stages though are the biggest difference. While Return to Dreamland had a more minimalist approach with its design, Triple Deluxe truly reinvents the Kirby feel. The designs of stages are more memorable and the designs of the bosses are more intricate and don't feel as generic as they use to be. Take Flowery Woods for example, this is a textbook Kirby boss with a complete overhaul making it more vibrant. This game took the aesthetics of the past and easily came into its own.

    Even though I didn't touch base on the mini-games involved such as Dedede's Drum Dash, and Kirby Fighters, I felt as if those deserved their own review if done since they are technically their own games in their own right and available separately. That being said, the modes in Kirby are the same we come to expect in any Kirby game. There is the Adventure mode, which runs you through the main story. There is movie mode, which allows you to watch the little cutscenes placed in a Kirby game. The mini-games which are always a great time waster. Of course ending it off with a tournament of all the bosses in the game.

    This game was the Kirby game we have been hoping for in order to revive the Kirby franchise. Despite an overly linear story and pathway to the goal, this was to expected. What was meant to wow us was the brilliant visuals and designs, the grandiose OST, and the amazing feel of the gameplay. How does this one hold up to the rest of the Kirby greats? Well just turn up that 3D setting and take Kirby Triple Deluxe for a whirl and try it out for yourself!

    Story: 7.8
    Gameplay: 9.2
    Visuals: 8.8
    Music: 8.9
    Overall: 8.6
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  6. Dec 5, 2014
    8
    Kirby Triple Deluxe is a very good game and is a nice addition to the franchise. If you love Kirby, you will love this game, you will alsoKirby Triple Deluxe is a very good game and is a nice addition to the franchise. If you love Kirby, you will love this game, you will also love the game if you love platformers, but should you get a 3DS for this game, well not if it’s your only reason, if you have another game in mind as well then that’s a yes. It is one of the better 3DS games. Expand
  7. Jun 15, 2014
    6
    triple deluxe is far too slow paced and easy to be a real good kirby game.
    It is probably the worst kirby game ever made next to avalanche,
    triple deluxe is far too slow paced and easy to be a real good kirby game.
    It is probably the worst kirby game ever made next to avalanche, and avalanche was great by normal game standards.
    the running speed, action speed, and game engine speed in general is laughable and speed is a huge deal.
    just use the wheel for, its a joke how slow it goes. triple deluxe is a kirby game for 3 year old children. almost like the devs thought they had to make a parody of a Kirby game, or thought it was expected of Kirby games to be very slow and easy and overly bright and plasticy (to think there was once a time when kirby games were known for their amazing graphics)

    Although the key-chains and hearts show that the dev's hearts were in the wrong place, the engine's easy and slow game-play really makes it a Kirby game no where near as good as amazing mirror, superstar, or the original dreamland series.
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