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  • Summary: Inhaling foes and blow them away in 3D environments across 25+ stages. Inhale enough enemies and you can launch one huge Blaster Bullet capable of wiping out a troop of Waddle Dees. Now's your chance to battle iconic bosses like Kracko Jr and King Dedede in 3D. Inhaling multiple enemies toInhaling foes and blow them away in 3D environments across 25+ stages. Inhale enough enemies and you can launch one huge Blaster Bullet capable of wiping out a troop of Waddle Dees. Now's your chance to battle iconic bosses like Kracko Jr and King Dedede in 3D. Inhaling multiple enemies to launch Blaster Bullets is a great way to pump up your score and go for a bronze, silver, or gold star. Another way to score big is to rack up a combo by continuously firing at enemies without missing. Or you could always just collect coins as you jump across platforms. As you progress, you'll unlock EX stages, which provide a tougher challenge to master. Celebrate your victories by tapping a Kirby series amiibo figure to build a statue in the plaza that plays new music. [Nintendo] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Jul 13, 2017
    100
    Kirby’s Blowout Blast is easily my favourite of the mini games released on the 3DS due to how much more depth is has compared to the others. You’re getting around 5-6 hours of play from your $10 purchase, making it a good way to tide you over until Kirby returns later this year on the 3DS and Switch in 2018.
  2. NF Magazine
    Aug 24, 2017
    75
    I like it – but it's really still just a proof of concept. [Issue #29, p. 22]
  3. Jul 6, 2017
    72
    The package brings in some twenty new stages.
  4. Jul 11, 2017
    70
    Kirby's Blowout Blast on Nintendo 3DS eShop isn't going to be lighting anyone's world on fire, but it's a bite-sized little beauty for Kirby fans. Its short stages and score-based focus deliver a highly inviting title with extra replayability that completely captures the heart of Kirby adventures. While the cost is fair, it's sadly far too short and a full version of this would have been very welcomed.
  5. Jul 13, 2017
    70
    This is a smaller Kirby game, but still quite enjoyable. If you want more Kirby and you're ok with a less traditional approach, this is a good choice.
  6. Jul 6, 2017
    68
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Jul 10, 2017
    36
    Although it's set in the delightful Kirby universe, there's no denying that Blowout Blast is little more than a bare-bones and unchallenging experience. That being said, if you want to teach a toddler how to play video games then this is a solid entry point.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. May 2, 2019
    10
    This game is pretty cute, it's colorful, the bosses are fun, nice soundtrack, and awful amiibo support, you need a Kirby, King Dedede, MetaThis game is pretty cute, it's colorful, the bosses are fun, nice soundtrack, and awful amiibo support, you need a Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Waddle Dee amiibo for just statues of them and they're pretty useless than the other Kirby amiibo compatible games. Expand
  2. Apr 19, 2019
    9
    For the cheaper price, this was a fantastic game full of color and life, even if it's not too long. I was still able to replay it and haveFor the cheaper price, this was a fantastic game full of color and life, even if it's not too long. I was still able to replay it and have fun. The major downfall is the fact that this is some overhead, basic and easy game rather than the sidescroller we all know Kirby to be. Expand
  3. Sep 18, 2019
    8
    A very fun and engaging Kirby game that will keep you entertained for a few hours.
  4. Apr 9, 2019
    6
    This game is, well, alright I suppose. But unlike some previous Kirby games that I have played and fallen in love with, this one did not makeThis game is, well, alright I suppose. But unlike some previous Kirby games that I have played and fallen in love with, this one did not make me smile all the way through, it did not make me not want to kill myself. However, it's Kirby, so it is still charming to say the least-and has excellenct music, which is to be expected in a kirby game, albeit all of the music is re-used from previous games. This game is short however and doesn't have much to offer. Still, it was cheap so it's alright. Expand
  5. Aug 30, 2017
    6
    I was disappointed when I got it and tried it out for the first time. But I started to find out this game isn't that bad. The gameplay isI was disappointed when I got it and tried it out for the first time. But I started to find out this game isn't that bad. The gameplay is flawed but has some fun but other then that the game ranges from awful to okay. A huge disappointment but a bit of fun. Expand
  6. Jul 14, 2017
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Here's my review of Kirby's Blowout Blast, taken and modified from PNM's Discord chat.

    Kirby's Blowout Blast is a 3D platforming game by Nintendo which is based on a subgame in Kirby: Planet Robobot. It remains a bit too faithful to the subgame, but it also takes a lot of inspiration from Dream Land.

    Overall, the level desing is pretty boring and uninteresting, mostly featuring sections where you can get blaster bullets, shoot them at enemies for a better score, and extremely simple sections which usually require a single jump to get past. Most of the game is also comprised of non-optional sections involving you having to try to defeat all of the enemies before you can either progress or backtrack, where some enemies go away after a while if you choose not to defeat them, thus ridding you of a bonus for defeating all enemies. The time limits are also pretty short, but they're not bad, though the time required to get the time bonuses can be a bit tough.

    The whole "Blaster Bullet" gimmick is rather poorly executed, and the boss fights aren't very interesting aside from Kracko. The enemy AIs are also great for the transition to 3D, but the bosses just aren't that creative. You fight Lololo twice (independantly in Green Greens and then with Lalala in Castle Lololo) and you tend to fight the bosses multiple times. And I'm not even counting the EX levels or the Secret Path. Counting those, you actually fight Lololo 5 times. Kracko and Kracko Jr. share most of the attacks too. The only boss that's really unique is King Dedede and his giant counterparts, as well as Giant Masked Dedede.

    There's also no copy abilities. Considering the fact that this game took heavy inspiration from the first Dream Land, this makes sense, but there's so much potential for 3D copy abilities. And I'm not talking about the 2.5D games. I mean copy abilities that work on a 3D plane. Kracko is rather interesting just because of one attack where his eyeball seperates and he creates a storm throughout the whole stadium. Even if they had added items from Dream Land, I would've been a lot happier.

    The soundtrack is pretty good despite most of the soundtrack just being Kirby's Dream Land and Adventure remixes.

    The controls are also very smooth, and although Kirby can fly, I only ever used it during the Lololo and Lalala fights and the only part where it was really needed was to get a single out-of-reach food item. Kirby IS missing a few moves from later games, like guarding and sliding, but the only use I'd have for guarding are the bosses. Some boss attacks are hard to dodge, but overall, the bosses are easy, though the EX counterparts are more difficult.

    Also: there's no plot! Kirby games are known for their introductory sequences too, and the fact that this has no story whatsoever feels like Kirby's adventure in Squeak Squad to get his shortcake back and beat up King Dedede, except forget the shortcake, and make it so that Kirby's just trying to clobbah King Dedede! Yeah, that's just about all the plot you'll get here. You'd expect a secret final boss with something possessing King Dedede. The game page doesn't even have any plot at all, just talking about how fun it is.

    Kirby's Blowout Blast has a lot of room for potential, but it definitely needs to be executed better. Lack of plot, barren stages, and annoying mechanics, as well as how repetitive the game is even before you finish it, definitely ruins the experience. Kirby in 3D has so much potential, and although this game isn't great, this game shows that if Nintendo invests into 3D Kirby games, the games could become very successful. The game also has some redeeming qualities like it's good soundtrack, and smooth controls, but there's just not enough to make a good Kirby game.

    I'd rate this 4/10.
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