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Kirby: Triple Deluxe isn’t going to be the type of game that people go crazy over like, say… Super Mario 3D World, but nor is it a big old snoozy disappointment like Yoshi’s New Island.

'Triple Deluxe' is a bit of a misnomer, though. That indicates that you’ve got three full games to play here, which isn’t really the case. You’ve got one full platformer, a fun but limited fighting mode and a rhythm action type with King Dedede bouncing along. Of the three, the latter is the weakest. You’ve got to time your jumps in order to get him to collect coins. It’s not all that engaging, can be frustrating, and overall it's hard to know why Nintendo thought it warranted its own mode: it would have been fine as simply a between level bonus collect-em-up (it’s got classic Kirby tunes though, if that’s your bag).

The fighting game’s diverting enough, if you want to see Kirby cosplaying as Link and slicing other kirbies up in Smash Brothers-style melees. But the platformer is what you pay for. It’s not as visually appealing as a Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and it’s hard not to belch forth an audible sigh at the fact it’s ‘yet another’ Nintendo platformer (that’s about four of them in the last four months), but Kirby’s Triple Deluxe has enough going for it to dissipate any initial ennui.

The adorable spherical oik consumes, maims and crushes his way through a bunch of cutesy islands, sucking his enemies up and taking on their traits like a cuddly xenomorph. Where Kirby Triple Deluxe messes around with things a touch is the way you can flit between two planes with the use of warp stars, conveniently bringing in the 3DS’ 3D effect, so he can go rampaging in the foreground or background. It brings in a bit of replayability as you look for extras, like keychains and level unlocks.

It won’t blow anyone away, but it’s another decent Kirby game, with smart levels, puzzles and unlockables that’ll keep the Kirby Hardcore happy. If the Kirby Hardcore exists. Don’t Google that.

Played for 6 hours.

7 / 10

  • Shifting between planes is a neat idea.
  • Fighting game’s quite fun.
  • Clever level design.
  • King Dedede rhythm game is balls.

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Chalumeau

"Triple Deluxe" isn't referring to the mini-games. If the reviewer was more familiar with the series, they'd know the 2+ mini-games are a series staple.
Posted 06:29 on 04 May 2014
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timidmeow

If by "kirby hardcore" you mean fangirls, yes, they do exist, and yes, they're a terrifying bunch.

This game is just another to add to my frighteningly long wishlist though.
Posted 19:39 on 28 April 2014
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BombaLuigi

Don't worry, Kirby Hardcore is save to google ^^
Posted 16:53 on 28 April 2014

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Kirby Triple Deluxe
7
Out of 10
Kirby Triple Deluxe
  • Shifting between planes is a neat idea.
  • Fighting game’s quite fun.
  • Clever level design.
  • King Dedede rhythm game is balls.
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Release Date: 16/05/2014
Platform: 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 7+
Site Rank: 8,927 4747
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