Kirby Air Ride GameCube

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 70 Ratings

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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: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  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. StephanP.
    Nov 20, 2003
    10
    Its the best game i've ever played in my life. Its Xtreme.
  3. Apr 30, 2014
    10
    Kirby Air Ride is the only reason I got a gamecube, You should consider it for your game library; It has hours and hours of fun, You can setKirby Air Ride is the only reason I got a gamecube, You should consider it for your game library; It has hours and hours of fun, You can set the CPU's difficulty from 1-9 to adjust your level of challenge.
    Air Ride is a simple mario kart-like mode, You race in the track against others for the first place, you can have so much fun trying all air ride machines, knocking down your opponents and trying to discover shortcuts!
    Top ride is the 2nd game mode, which is not as fun as the others, but also not boring; Picking up items, taking shortcuts, It might be not as good as City Trial or air ride, but it is awesome to have a little duel against the CPU!
    City Trial is probably what makes this game awesome. Upgrade your machine, explore the city, and find the three pieces of the air ride machines, at the very end, You'll fight against your opponents with your upgraded Air-Ride machine in a random picked stage! From a race to a target flight, This is the best mode of the three.
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  4. Kirbygurl
    Feb 12, 2004
    9
    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 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
  5. Jun 28, 2013
    9
    People always talk about how they put in, say, 100+ hours into a game like Skyrim. You know how much time I put into Kirby Air Ride? If myPeople always talk about how they put in, say, 100+ hours into a game like Skyrim. You know how much time I put into Kirby Air Ride? If my calculations are correct, about 350+ hours. The game is addictive and awesome that if you have a group of friends it just never gets boring. The real gem here is City Trial, which is an awesome mode that is full of surprises. A definite must own. Expand
  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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#11 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
#38 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003