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madhair60

Video games
where's the Kirby thread? where is it. here's the Kirby thread! unless there's already one and I missed it in which case here is a second, deserved Kirby thread.

Kirby Fighters 2 is out, and did you know - it is Good?
 

Ludendorkk

(he/him)
Kirby, is the best
 

Beta Metroid

At peace
(he/him and such)
I mean, probably, but that hill is pretty darn gentle. Kirby's managed some remarkable quality consistency over the years, and you can't really go wrong with Adventure, Super Star, or any of the Wii and beyond platformers. The Dark Matter games can be more divisive, but I think they're pretty solid, too. And even the spinoffs have a lot of great offerings. My wife and I have logged more time with Kirby's Dream Course than most of the SNES Classic entries, Mass Attack is a lot of fun, Epic Yarn is another divisive one, but I think it's generally well-liked...overall, Kirby has to have one of gaming's leading batting averages.
 

Lokii

It's always time for burgers
(He/Him)
Staff member
Moderator
Seriously. I can't think of a Kirby game I dislike.

How's Star Allies? Seems to have flown under the radar.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
It's good! Like all Kirbys!

It didn't do much to set it apart from other Kirbys, but Kirby don't need to rock the boat.
 

Lokii

It's always time for burgers
(He/Him)
Staff member
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I did enjoy the demo level I played at the Target kiosk.

I tend to wait on Kirbys and I'm not sure why, they never disappoint. I played through Robobot only late last year and I still haven't gotten round to Clayvus Curse.
 

Bongo

excused from moderation duty
(he/him)
Staff member
I would expect Kirby Fighters 2 to suffer from the fact that platform fighters are a much more crowded market than they were when they made Kirby Fighters 1.

I still haven't cleared Soul Melter EX in Star Allies. Maybe I'll give it another try today.
 

Beta Metroid

At peace
(he/him and such)
The level design for Star Allies' main adventure is pretty toothless even relative to other Kirbies. But the world maps are cool, because they change "scale" as you advance (So World 1 is just going through one region of Pop Star, World 2 is hopping all over different locations on Pop Star, then the final world is a full-on Milky Way Wishes homage, where the map consists of flying across different planets that you can take on in the order you choose).

The game got a ton of free DLC updates, including a playable character (or team of characters) representing each of the main series games (including dudes like Gooey, Adeline, and the Squeak Squad). They are each really well fleshed out, gameplay-wise, even moreso than the typical abilities (which, if you've played Robobot, you know have quite well fleshed-out movesets themselves). There's a mode that's basically a streamlined version of the main campaign where you can play as any helper character, and some of them get unique areas based on their particular abilities.

Then there's a sort of sequel campaign that's much more tailored to flexing the muscles of certain abilities/characters (each guest character, plus about ten different abilities each gets a tailored segment in this mode), and it reveals more of that Deep Kirby Lore that the series has been embracing more and more in modern entries. And it has the hard mode forms of the bosses. I've always advocated for Kirby's style of hard mode, where bosses completely change patterns and have new attacks and forms, rather than simply tweaking HP/damage values. Fittingly, there's a boss rush with a whole ton of different difficulty settings and you can tackle it with all characters/abilities.

So basically, out of the box it was maybe dragged down by its not-so-great level design, but the abilities and playable characters give you more options than any previous Kirby game, and with the free additions, there's plenty of fulfilling content to use them on (heck, there's a classic boss that is only fought during the credits sequence of a particular mode!). Very fanservicey, huge celebration of all things Kirby (the main series, anyway).
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
One of the Kirby games (I think it was Return to Dreamland) had a minigame that was a full-on Battleclash remake (?!?!?), and it was FAR AND AWAY the most fun I'd had with any Kirby minigame, and I loved it and *that* is the one that never got a more robust re-release in any format, and all I can say is "drat"
 

Ludendorkk

(he/him)
Star Allies is a game totally tailored for multiplayer, which means simpler level designs so that chaos can reign. It's a bit of a letdown for solo play coming from the 3DS duology.

Where the game really shines is the Dream Friends, which are functionally fully developed Smash characters for every mainline game in the series. Star Allies might be the greatest fanservice game of all time.
 

madhair60

Video games
Chalk up another fan of Star Allies. It's a joy if you're a Kirby fan.

I mean the whole series is just nutso fanservice at this point, and I treasure it.
 

Lokii

It's always time for burgers
(He/Him)
Staff member
Moderator
I will get Star Allies

and I will play it with the boy

AND HAVE A BAD TIME!!!
 

Lokii

It's always time for burgers
(He/Him)
Staff member
Moderator
Please understand that this will be the boy's fault and not Kirby's thank you
 

Beowulf

Let the Mystery Be
(He/Him)
Kirby Star Allies got my 7-year-old son onto side-scrolling platformers. (And a huge Kirby kick--we played Star Allies as a family, then he proceeded to tear through Nightmare in Dreamland, Amazing Mirror, Super Star Ultra and Squeak Squad. And he watched all of Right Back At Ya, which I had to buy Canadian bootlegs of.) I highly recommend it for multiplayer with the non-gamers and not-yet-gamers in your household.
 
Enjoy a Kirby. Have only beaten Planet Robobot and Star Allies. (I think in the latter, I probably unlocked the difficult second campaign and was like, "hmm, no. ❤")
 
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