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

#6 Most Discussed N64 Game of 2000
#7 Most Shared N64 Game of 2000
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  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. Mar 19, 2017
    8
    This game is to much good, I'm not a fan of kirby, a played few games of this franchise because i don't like them, but this game caught me, iThis game is to much good, I'm not a fan of kirby, a played few games of this franchise because i don't like them, but this game caught me, i love the mechanics of mix power ups and get more powerful habilities,too the worlds and levels has a great design, whit a very good difficulty curve.
    The graphics are really standar but is compensated whit the diversity of his worlds, very imaginative.
    But despite all that is no more innovative than kirby dreamland or super star or amazing mirror, It is more of the same but more polished and more pretty.
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  3. Aug 11, 2016
    7
    This game is pretty short, but might take a while because of frustration, I rage quit a few times, but i finally beat it and im happy. GameThis game is pretty short, but might take a while because of frustration, I rage quit a few times, but i finally beat it and im happy. Game play is nice i guess, i havent played every kirby but the other ones i have feel better, Kirby is really slow in this game even when you sprint and fly it takes ages, and can be really annoying especially boss fights. Graphics although old, still look good today, matter a fact i'd much rather look at this then gta4 because man does that game have some hideous graphics. The soundtrack is great, it goes from peaceful, and catchy, to bad ass and intense in some boss fights. Story isn't much it's just a fun game. you just go from world to world boss fight at the end of each, and thats it. but man do some get hard. I think games should also be rated by their difficulty as well, because this is E for everyone but kids will probably stop playing once they reach the 2nd boss, this should be like E 10 and up or something, but no little kid is going to beat this, well some will, but most won't. There's also 3 minigames you can play with friends which are pretty fun, overall a nice light hearted game. Full Review »