Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Nintendo 64

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
Buy On
  1. It took forever for Kirby to make it to Nintendo 64 but truth be told, after this formulaic and instantly forgettable cartridge, nobody’s likely to start whining about how long it takes for the ol’ pink pudge to make his return. Pass on this one.

Awards & Rankings

#5 Most Discussed N64 Game of 2000
#8 Most Shared N64 Game of 2000
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Aug 16, 2012
    10
    Haters aside, a side-scroller Kirby game is one of the best games available for the N64. As someone with limited experience with the KirbyHaters aside, a side-scroller Kirby game is one of the best games available for the N64. As someone with limited experience with the Kirby franchise, I was really surprised by this game. The power-up system is pretty awesome and the game has decent graphics for a game on this platform. Over, this is an experience worth having. Full Review »
  2. May 12, 2017
    7
    "Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards" is often seen as one of the greatest console "Kirby" games of all time. Being one of the few legitimate "Kirby""Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards" is often seen as one of the greatest console "Kirby" games of all time. Being one of the few legitimate "Kirby" platformer games on a home console, many look favorably at "Kirby 64" and have great memories with the game, loving the faithfulness to the series as well as the ability to copy two abilities at once and considering it to be a great game. And, while I'm not crazy about the game, it was still good fun overall (remember, 7 out of 10 to me is "good," not "mixed).
    "Kirby 64" has a lot going for it: it's relatively fun overall, the visuals are still colorful and nice to look at, the music is amazing, and the controls are solid. There's quite a few things that work here, and the game as a whole is pretty well-crafted. To go along with that, there's even a decent bit of challenge here, making it feel pretty satisfying when you finally beat the game.
    Unfortunately, a few things work against the game: for starters, it's fairly short, and I can't imagine you'll really want to come back to play the game many times after your first play. On top of that, the game just starts to lose its luster after a while, and while you'll be loving it for the first few worlds, the game will get a bit boring after a while.
    All in all, though, "Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards" is a safe, good, fun little 2.5D platformer that's worth a good play through. Seeing that it's only $10 on the Wii U eShop, that's a great price for a nice, cute, relatively fun game.
    Final rating: 7 out of 10 "Good"
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  3. Mar 28, 2017
    8
    This isn't an easy game to find, but it's definitely worth the purchase. Not being familiar with the kirby titles I didn't know his power wasThis isn't an easy game to find, but it's definitely worth the purchase. Not being familiar with the kirby titles I didn't know his power was to absorb other enemies, combining skills is pretty cool and gives you a different way to complete levels. It's rather short but very challenging at the end, I had to use a walkthrough on the final level. I definitely recommend this one for casual gamers. Full Review »