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  • Summary: Choose from a cast of Kirby’s most iconic copy abilities—including the brand-new Wrestler ability—and duke it out to be the last Kirby standing. Familiar friends and foes like Bandana Waddle Dee and King Dedede also make an appearance as playable characters in the Kirby Fighters 2 game,Choose from a cast of Kirby’s most iconic copy abilities—including the brand-new Wrestler ability—and duke it out to be the last Kirby standing. Familiar friends and foes like Bandana Waddle Dee and King Dedede also make an appearance as playable characters in the Kirby Fighters 2 game, available exclusively for the Nintendo Switch™ system. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 80
    Single-player isn't what Kirby Fighters 2 is about. Nor is it about the relatively serious tone of online multiplayer. Kirby Fighters 2 is a rare gem in that it's a local multiplayer-orientated game that, in 2020, was not developed by a small studio working on a micro-budget. This game, to me, is a reminder of the dozens upon dozens of hours I would play Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64 with family and friends, at a time before anyone cared about a "meta-game" or the tiered rankings of dozens upon dozens of characters. Kirby Fighters 2 gets the party fighting game genre right back to the most simple of basics, and it's adorable in the process. That's a win-win.
  2. Sep 30, 2020
    75
    Cute, immediate and sometimes a bit ruthless, Kirby Fighters 2 is a lot of fun for its price.
  3. Sep 26, 2020
    70
    It's a fun but forgettable brawler that franchise fans will gobble up.
  4. Oct 27, 2020
    70
    Beyond a new ability and some rogue-lite elements, Kirby Fighters 2 doesn’t do much to add or change the Kirby formula, and that’s not a bad thing. Kirby’s combat has proven it can sustain itself time and again, and not only is Kirby Fighters 2 no exception, it’s arguably the best out of the bunch.
  5. Oct 2, 2020
    60
    Comprehensively adorable and approachable, Kirby Fighters 2 is a solid entry point into the fighting genre. It's phenomenally beautiful and plays tightly, but the story's difficulty spikes and limited game modes see Kirby's latest outing falling short of stardom.
  6. Oct 23, 2020
    60
    Kirby Fighters 2 gets a recommendation for die-hard fans of Kirby in particular and to parents looking for a game that's not too expensive and easy enough to get a grasp on for younger kids who won't mind that this is all about Kirby and no other character. There is nothing intrinsically bad about it and it is a fun experience in multiplayer, no doubt, but strip it out of the Kirby license and this falls short in terms of actual content variation. Hardcore fans of brawlers with deep gameplay mechanics like Smash Bros. will find this one somewhat lacking.
  7. 50
    Kirby Fighters 2 is very much Super Smash Bros. for kids and/or hardcore Kirby fans. It's a similar experience just made worse by the simplistic and slow fighting and the limited variety of overall gameplay content.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 2, 2020
    10
    A simple but fun and charming experience, that somewhat feels like a smash bros. spin off, but brings enough to the table to warrant a 20 buckA simple but fun and charming experience, that somewhat feels like a smash bros. spin off, but brings enough to the table to warrant a 20 buck purchase. I'd recommend it to every Kirby and Smash fan. Expand
  2. Sep 28, 2020
    10
    stop thinking too hard and enjoy this easy to jump into/fun to master, kirby fighter
  3. Sep 25, 2020
    9
    Kirby Fighters 2 is a sequel that improves on the original in almost every possible way. A story mode, online play, a mix of 10 new playableKirby Fighters 2 is a sequel that improves on the original in almost every possible way. A story mode, online play, a mix of 10 new playable copy abilities and guest characters, and same-console couch multiplayer is a vast improvement over the 3DS' Kirby Fighters Deluxe. Bandana Waddle Dee is playable; which should be enough for most Kirby fans to instantly buy.

    Kirby Fighters 2 features 5 new playable copy abilities, Yo-yo, Staff, Water, Artist, and the never-before-seen Wrestler. This doesn't count the additions of 5 new playable "allies"; the likes of Magalor, Meta Knight and the awesome might of BANDANA WADDLE DEE are at your disposal.The game is evidently more balanced than its predecessor, and every single ability is fun, simple and unique. The addition of a grab as a swallow fits the Kirby theme perfectly in a fun and quirky way. KF2 doesn't skimp on modes, either. Its main single-player attraction is a tower-climbing story mode where you face off against various remixed bosses from the Kirby universe as you approach a showdown with King Dedede and Meta Knight. "Challenge Mode", a new version of the original's single-player offering, still feels tough and fresh.

    Other modes include an online multiplayer mode, which is only playable in 2v2, either a blessing or a curse depending on how you look at it, and a local multiplayer mode, previously only achievable through Download Play. Multiplayer Kirby Fighters in all of its glory is now on the big screen, and while it's definitely more simple than other platform fighters like Smash Ultimate and Rivals of Aether, it still manages to hold its own through the appeal of the copy abilities, the pick-up-and-play controls, and the simple fact that Bandana Waddle Dee is playable.

    A must-have for fans of Deluxe, and fans of Kirby, KF2 is a worthy addition to any platform fighting fan's library, and a surprise release that does its predecessor justice.
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  4. Sep 25, 2020
    9
    pretty solid fighting game i just wish their were more characters that aren’t kirby, Magalor dedede bandanna dee gooey and meta knight arepretty solid fighting game i just wish their were more characters that aren’t kirby, Magalor dedede bandanna dee gooey and meta knight are cool but where’s characters like Marx and Susie it could also be like star allies ultimate choice mode where you can play as the enemies that have that ability overall it’s a simple little fighter for only $20 so i’d say it’s worth picking up Expand
  5. Sep 24, 2020
    8
    I like the Kirby series. This game shows why, I haven't played the series that much and the latest game in the series is fun. Fighters 2 is aI like the Kirby series. This game shows why, I haven't played the series that much and the latest game in the series is fun. Fighters 2 is a solid game building off from the 1st game. Nintendo did a good job with this game, And I recommend this game. Expand
  6. Sep 24, 2020
    8
    I think Kirby fighters 2 is a great successor to the original, there's quite a bit of content and really fun. Online play is an excellentI think Kirby fighters 2 is a great successor to the original, there's quite a bit of content and really fun. Online play is an excellent addition especially during current events with social distancing and all that.

    The entire story mode can be played with a friend but not a friend online for some reason?, like you went through the effort to add online, why not add it to the story mode? There's tons of battles in the story mode, I'd say around 100.

    There's still the series of 9 battles on a stopwatch but it can't be played with a friend sadly. I think a simple endless mode version of the story mode, chapter 4 is sort of that but I think an endless high score mode with all the powerups of the story would've bumped this up to a 9. All of these things would've been a bigger problem if playing multiplayer wasn't so damn fun.

    Wrestler is a welcome addition to the line of copy abilities, the new stages mostly come from the 3ds games, they haven't been upgraded a whole lot graphically but they're still really fun.

    I haven't got a chance to play with 3 friends but I imagine it'll be stupid chaotic and fun.

    Kirby Fighters 2 is a little barebones for a $20 game but you'll quickly forget it when plowing through the story mode with a buddy. This is the pinnacle of Kirby spinoffs on the Switch.
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  7. Sep 24, 2020
    7
    This is coming from the perspective of someone who has beaten the story mode and has played a bit of online. I have not played localThis is coming from the perspective of someone who has beaten the story mode and has played a bit of online. I have not played local multiplayer.
    Overall, I would say this is a good game that packs a lor into such a small package and is worth the $20, as long as you're a fan of Kirby.
    I'll get the bad out of the way first as they are mostly nitpicks.
    -As another reviewer mentioned, you can't customize the controls, though I wouldn't say it makes the game unplayable. It can be cumbersome on the small joycons, but i'm sure if you play on a pro controller or gamecube controller you'll be just fine. But since the default controller is the joycons, the controls can feel a bit awkward, though this could also just be me.
    -Online mode doesn't allow 1-on-1 fights, nor does it allow you to toggle items or hazards. This may be to pound in the point that this is meant to be a casual game, as Kirby should, but the fights can be outright chaotic, which can be to the detriment to those who wish to win by skill. I feel that this is the biggest issue, as well as one of the easier to fix, as in such a simple game, all you would need is a couple switches that players could toggle, those being how many players, hazards, and items.
    -The boss diversity is very sparse. I won't spoil, but you'd be able to understand just after playing a couple chapters.
    -Besides Bandana Dee, Gooey, and a few other exceptions, all of the fighter choices are copy abilities that are Kirby only. While this is more of a nitpick, it would have been nice to toggle between kirby and the creatures that kirby can get these abilities from, i.e. Knuckle Joe for Fighter, Waddle Doo for Beam, etc.
    -In the story mode, though you can unlock them later, you can't start as Bandana Dee or Gooey, despite them being playable the second you start up the game in the other modes.

    That's all the bad, but the good more than makes up for it.
    -The game runs at 60 fps. This seems small, as that should be the standard for fighting games, but this is running on the same engine as Star Allies which ran at 30 fps, which means they were able to optimize the engine to better run on the Switch, which makes me hopeful for the quality of future kirby games.
    -The game's music is incredible, all very nicely done remixes of previous kirby tracks. After a certain point in story mode, i was absolutely floored by what I was hearing.
    -Story Mode, although simple, is great and has a ton of replayability, not just with the combination of who you play as and who you set your buddy as, but it has a system that, after each stage, allows you to pick an item that either gives you an upgrade to your health, attack, etc., or a "sticker" which gives you a special effect, such as increasing the amount of health you restore after each match, increasing power against bosses and certain enemies, decreasing damage taken from certain items, and more.
    -Along with Story mode is a much more classic single-fighter game mode where you fight alone against enemies. This is typical in fighting games, but a welcome palatte cleanser in a fighter that incentivizes co-op play.
    -The ranking system is very well implemented, letting you unlock fighters, stages, and even secret tracks and special constumes you can use besides the default hats. You can easily get up to rank 35-40 by playing Story Mode, but I have a feeling the bulk of the gameplay will be to get into the higher ranks.
    -As stated in the negatives, the boss diversity is sparse. However, each fight with the final bosses of each chapter (who again I won't spoil, but you can probably figure out for yourself) manages to be a fresh experience, changing their fighting styles, adding in small animations that gove the bosses more personality, as well as a moment that I can't spoil.
    -Though I didn't play a lot of it, the online feels very smooth, despite having to manage so much.
    Again, for a $20 game, this is a very polished experience. There is a version number in the game, so there's a possibility they'll add updates, likely to balance the experience, hopefully to fix features to make the game a better experience, as well as possibly adding new fighters, but I'll hold my breath. A few simple changes can elevate this to an 8, but as it stands it is still a fun experience.
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