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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. TotalGames.net
    77
    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: 39 out of 48
  2. Negative: 4 out of 48
  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. BillG.
    Oct 19, 2003
    10
    I give a ten on this game because its really nice to have new kind of game on this platform.
  3. Furby
    Jun 14, 2004
    10
    So, what if Furby rode on a warpstar like Kirby did? He'd fall off! He has no hand! It's Kirby Air Ride day! And here's my So, what if Furby rode on a warpstar like Kirby did? He'd fall off! He has no hand! It's Kirby Air Ride day! And here's my review. The controls are very simple. All you need is the control stick and the A button. Kirby may have lost his voice, but it's just his old self. And who said you could hammer Kirby as King Dedede? Just defeat him in less than a minute. It'll be fine. Very nice courses. Ha ha! Kirby fell! Yeah, and it makes you lose your health in a battlefield. But Kirby is the right one. Remember, though, he's not a marshmellow! Kirby, you are a hero! Hee hee hee! Expand
  4. Jan 25, 2016
    9
    When my friend first told be about Air ride i was skeptical, thought it was going to be a Mario Kart clone. But I was surprised, the game hasWhen my friend first told be about Air ride i was skeptical, thought it was going to be a Mario Kart clone. But I was surprised, the game has many stars(karts) to choose from each are very different, there are 2 legendary stars but i won't spoil what they are. The game has 3 modes, Air Ride(racing), Top Ride(top down racing) and City trial, a mode where you upgrade your cart, once you get the hang of it it becomes quite fun, I don't understand why Metacritic gave it such a low score, it is one of my favorite games and even would play it over Mario Kart. Expand
  5. Apr 3, 2014
    9
    I used to play this game when I was but a wee lad, and I recently ordered it off of Ebay, and I can't put it back down. The graphics areI used to play this game when I was but a wee lad, and I recently ordered it off of Ebay, and I can't put it back down. The graphics are cartoony, which is what makes a kirby game what it is, and it really adds to the detail. The music is very in depth for wherever you are. Even with the simple control concept of an analog stick and the A button for a brake, once you master it, there can be no stopping from this game. They have the standard racing mode, the to down racing mode, or the free roam, also known as city trial, where you collect power us to make your machine the best out of them all. Although there are only 9 maps and not a very big display of stars, it doesn't take away from the fact of all the other great things about it. Expand
  6. Jan 3, 2022
    8
    A surprisingly addictive party game with a lot of different game modes. It does very feel luck-based and difficult to control. however.
  7. JohnB.
    Oct 21, 2003
    0
    Worthless waste of time. hal what are you doing!

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