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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 upPrepare 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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. Nintendo Power
    84
    Kirby has surprising depth and greater challenge than you might think. [Dec 2003, p.139]
  2. 80
    It's more different than fun, but once you get the hang of it, Air Ride's quirks become strengths.
  3. Despite the huge amount of secrets to unlock we can't envisage this lasting too long and it might be just too sugary for a lot of people. But if you're looking for something to play with the whole family, or with a lot of friends then this is perfect. [Import]
  4. 60
    With an impressive variety of creative and offbeat game modes, great multiplayer, numerous tracks and minigames, a horde of vehicles, and endearingly charming characters and gameplay elements, Kirby Air Ride is surprisingly enjoyable if you give it some time.
  5. 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. Edge Magazine
    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: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
  1. Apr 6, 2012
    10
    For most games, you can quantify their replayability, but this game, this glorious masterpiece of a game, could be played into infinitum. ItFor 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. Jojochoamaster
    Oct 26, 2003
    10
    This game is sweet!
  3. Aug 11, 2014
    10
    Don'y listen to the reviewers on this one. This is one of the best racing games I've ever played. As usual, the reviewers have no idea whatDon'y listen to the reviewers on this one. This is one of the best racing games I've ever played. As usual, the reviewers have no idea what they're talking about. Anyone with half decent taste will love this game. Expand
  4. Furby
    Jun 14, 2004
    10
    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 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. ErikVangorp
    May 4, 2005
    9
    At last, plug and play racing...
  6. Jan 19, 2013
    8
    Offering a great multiplayer experience and a surprisingly splendid soundtrack, Kirby Air Ride is a bit underrated. It contains a pleasantOffering 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
    0
    Worthless waste of time. hal what are you doing!

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#9 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
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