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  • Summary: Prepare for fast and furious racing action as Kirby hits Warpstar speed. Use simple controls to race and battle your friends in one of three hectic game modes. In Air Ride mode, you'll race to the finish line against your friends or computer-controlled competition. Top Ride mode lets up to four players race to the finish line using wild items like buzz saws, drills, and freeze fans to pester the competition. In City Trial mode, you'll race around a gigantic fantasy city in a quest to build the ideal machine to use in a random challenge that occurs after a set time limit. Don't let Kirby's cuteness fool you--Kirby Air Ride is crawling with tough challenges suitable for players of all ages. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 56
  2. Negative: 12 out of 56
  1. Kirby has surprising depth and greater challenge than you might think. [Dec 2003, p.139]
  2. 80
    Anyone from 5 years of age to 95 years of age can pick up a controller and compete for first place. That's the beauty of it, the incredible universal appeal that it offers.
  3. 75
    The perceptive lack of lots of courses in Air Ride mode and the limited fun that the Top Ride and City Trial modes offer might shy away some gamers, but KAR is primarily a fast, fun, and novel take on the kart racing genre that shouldn't go ignored.
  4. 60
    The tracks are well designed, but with such simplistic gameplay it can get repetitive quickly. The greatest sin, though, is the lack of tournament or tally within the multiplayer game.
  5. 57
    Ultimately this is a game for the youngest of GameCube players and difficult to recommend to anyone who takes their racing seriously.
  6. It's not the speed that bothers me, it's the lack of depth and boring modes of play that kept it from being a keeper.
  7. 30
    None of this is very entertaining at all. The game offers some of the most slender, inconsequential, and ultimately, boring distractions to be found on the GameCube. [Sept 2003]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Apr 6, 2012
    For most games, you can quantify their replayability, but this game, this glorious masterpiece of a game, could be played into infinitum. It was ingeniously crafted by the Nintendo gods themselves, painstakingly created after a thousand years, the mortals used to manufacture the disk were sent to death, as to ensure that such perfection would never be recreated. The entire game involves merely two buttons, catering to the massive ligament impaired audience. Yet even with such a simple control scheme, the complexity of this game is immeasurable. Like the game of Chess, computers are still unable to quantify the amount of possible moves can be made at any moment. This is the epitome of perfection and provides a sublime experience; get this game. Expand
  2. StephanP.
    Nov 20, 2003
    Its the best game i've ever played in my life. Its Xtreme.
  3. Mar 29, 2014
    I don't really know what to say about this game. It is perfect. The fast paced multiplayer is probably the most fun I've had with my Gamecube. On top of that, the re-play value is infinite. There are so many achievements to go through and it is genuinely fun to try and beat them. Expand
  4. Furby
    Jun 14, 2004
    So, what if Furby rode on a warpstar like Kirby did? He'd fall off! He has no hand! It's Kirby Air Ride day! And here's my review. The controls are very simple. All you need is the control stick and the A button. Kirby may have lost his voice, but it's just his old self. And who said you could hammer Kirby as King Dedede? Just defeat him in less than a minute. It'll be fine. Very nice courses. Ha ha! Kirby fell! Yeah, and it makes you lose your health in a battlefield. But Kirby is the right one. Remember, though, he's not a marshmellow! Kirby, you are a hero! Hee hee hee! Expand
  5. Kirbygurl
    Feb 12, 2004
    KAR is more for the hard core Kirby fans, but it does a pretty good job of it. Be it simple, it's also good for quick playing. I know it's not the best, but it's far from the worst. Graphics are pretty good and the music rocks. Expand
  6. Jan 19, 2013
    Offering a great multiplayer experience and a surprisingly splendid soundtrack, Kirby Air Ride is a bit underrated. It contains a pleasant amount of content and hectic gameplay that is fun for everyone. Expand
  7. JohnB.
    Oct 21, 2003
    Worthless waste of time. hal what are you doing!

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