Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Nintendo 64

User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 71
  2. Negative: 4 out of 71
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  1. Bill
    Jun 23, 2007
    7
    Brilliant music...but the game in general is a little easy and going back for every crystal shard is a bit of a hassle.
  2. Nov 20, 2011
    6
    Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards can provide reasonable challenge to practiced gamers with its nearly mean-spirited hiding places for the titular crystal shards, but the levels themselves tend towards the easy side, perfect for younger gamers. Ultimately, Kirby's ability to combine his copy-powers and the puzzles to solve for crystal shards will only vaguely distract from the slow, floatyKirby 64: The Crystal Shards can provide reasonable challenge to practiced gamers with its nearly mean-spirited hiding places for the titular crystal shards, but the levels themselves tend towards the easy side, perfect for younger gamers. Ultimately, Kirby's ability to combine his copy-powers and the puzzles to solve for crystal shards will only vaguely distract from the slow, floaty controls and the short playtime. Expand
  3. Sep 12, 2013
    7
    To be honest, this is the only Kirby game I have ever played aside Kirby's Adventure. Kirby 64 can be difficult at times, but it is enjoyable for everyone. Score: 4/5.
  4. 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. 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 lookThis 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. Expand

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#6 Most Discussed N64 Game of 2000
#7 Most Shared N64 Game of 2000
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. CheckOut
    80
    The only knock on the game is that it is not particularly lengthy when compared to a behemoth like "DK64."
  2. Nintendorks
    80
    Whatever the reasons may be, just rent Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, ignore any qualms about difficulty or length and for the few days you have it proceed to bask in the glow of great fun emanating from your TV screen.
  3. CNET Gamecenter
    70
    Simple, enemy-inhaling fun that's accessible but won't hold your attention for very long.