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Review

Kirby: Triple Deluxe Review

  • First Released
  • Reviewed:
  • 3DS

Nerdy for Kirby.

Kirby might not carry quite the same level of prestige as Nintendo's most famous platforming mascot, but you'd be hard pressed to find a reason why in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. It's as inventive as platformers come, unashamedly making use of just about every piece of 3D trickery around to craft some wildly unique, colorful, and thoroughly masterful levels. More impressive is how Triple Deluxe makes such trickery seem absolutely effortless: there are some very clever moments here, but they never come at the expense of solid platforming.

It helps that you're introduced to Triple Deluxe's 3D charms gradually. Early levels are standard Kirby fare, where you leap around smashing star boxes and generally making life miserable for your enemies by swallowing them whole and spitting them out again at their buddies. Things happening in the background offer hints at what's to come--you see monsters taking a stroll, some star boxes to smash--but these things are kept tantalizingly out of reach for the moment.

Eventually, floating stars transport you to those background layers, letting you gobble up enemies with wild abandon before making a safe return to the familiar foreground. It's simple stuff to begin with, but everything is intelligently designed to guide you from one 3D concept to the next, and all without a help box in sight. Before you know it, there are enemies flying in from the background to the foreground, cannons that shoot you deep into the back of a level, and giant hands that squash you right up against the screen.

New ideas and challenges fly in thick and fast, but are so well implemented that they rarely overwhelm you. One moment you're using the 3DS's motion controls to blast a rocket at a distant set of otherwise insurmountable blocks and using a star to travel to the background and grab some goodies, and the next, you're traversing a ghost world, where the enemies and platforms only appear on a mirror image in the background. Brilliant boss battles pit you against a tree that uproots and leaps into the background, firing fruit and slapping you around with lethal tendrils, or find you taking on a mischievous paintbrush that lays thick splashes of paint across the screen to hide behind.

This is one of the few 3DS games that really makes use of the handheld's 3D screen. You can play with the 3D off, with shadows and blurring helping to define what is and isn't in the foreground, but having the 3D on helps massively in navigating the intricate levels and gives an amusing squashed Kirby some visual pop. It helps with figuring out some of the puzzles too. Many of them make use of power-ups, which Kirby acquires by swallowing certain enemies. Land a fire power-up, and you can blow flames at enemies and set fuses alight. These fuses are spread out over blocks that you move by tilting the 3DS, with careful alignment required to get the flame to the end, and launch Kirby out of a cannon with a satisfying pop.

Even outside of puzzles, the power-ups bring much amusement thanks to the impressive level of detail that has gone into each and every one. Circus Kirby bounces across the screen with all the elegance of a clown; Beetle Kirby viciously skewers enemies on his horn; and sword-sporting Kirby takes mighty swipes at the opposition, all while dressed up as a puffy pink version of Link. Selected levels unleash a neon blast of Kirby's rainbow-colored hypernova ability, which lets him vacuum up nigh on everything that's onscreen, and shift around large objects that would otherwise be immovable. Puzzles have him bringing snowmen back to life by dragging their heads back to their torsos, or sucking up rockets from towering silos and spitting them back at their supports. None of the puzzles are especially challenging, but such are the aesthetic charms on show as you solve them that it's hard to be disappointed.

Indeed, Triple Deluxe's levels feature some of the prettiest visuals on the 3DS, with a striking color palette to gawk at and the always-cute Kirby and his vast array of adorable facial expressions to fall in love with. It's a gorgeous game, but its levels are also superbly balanced and expertly crafted, while being as imaginative as anything to come from the platforming benchmark that is the Mario series. Not only that, but it feels fresh and exciting. Sure, some of its 3D ideas may have been attempted before, but they've never felt as complete as they do here.

The game is stuffed with content too. There are secrets to be found on every level, stars to collect, and an amusing rhythm-based minigame and multiplayer fighting game to dig into. You even have the option of going back and playing the game again as the mallet-smashing King Dedede, complete with remixed levels and bosses, and it's a tempting proposition when the platforming is this good. Triple Deluxe is an absolute diamond of a game, and cements Kirby's place as nothing less than a bone fide platforming superstar.

The Good
Wonderfully inventive levels that make great use of 3D
Gorgeous visuals and soundtrack
Slick controls and feel
Loads of secrets to discover and content to unlock
The Bad
8
Great
About GameSpot's Reviews

About the Author

Mark's all-time favorite genre is the platformer, having spent many an hour with the likes of Super Mario, Rayman, and Kirby. He played all the way through to the end of Triple Deluxe for this review, and is currently working his way through a second time as King Dedede.

Discussion

117 comments
pikachudude860
pikachudude860

Kirby, Zelda and Pokemon. My 3 favorite game series. Best games ever.

creepshow2
creepshow2

I just perchased this for my wife it looks awesome soon as she plays it I will post what she thinks of it. She will play it 1st then I will give it a shot.

chromaticity
chromaticity

I believe that the game deserved something higher than an 8. I absolutely love this game, brings me back to the days of the Amazing Mirror... :)

mirage_so3
mirage_so3

Damn you Nintendo! Make some console games! All they do is make games for the DS!

Latiran
Latiran

Now i am surprised. I retract what i just said on The Amazing Spiderman 2 game review, perhaps there is hope after all.

advocacy
advocacy

Please also write a review for Disney Magical World (also for the Nintendo 3DS).

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

OMG! I can't believe this! Gamespot actually gave a Nintendo game an 8 and it's freaking Kirby! I am glad that  GS is back appreciating Nintendo games

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

wait...there is no bad but the game gets an 8....how does the review system work here?

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Reminds me of how great the first Kirby for the original DS was. Seems Nintendo dares much more with Kirby than the likes of Mario, the results on the handheld are often better, and sometimes on the console as well (looking at you Epic Yarn).

megakick
megakick

There is like no games for the Wii U

angrycreep
angrycreep

This seems to be a broken record, and yet again they seems to struggle matching their score to their review. He sounded and spoke about the game, like he was gonna give the game something in the neighborhood of high 80s or low 90s score, and he ended up giving the game a 8.0 score. He had plenty to say about how good the game is, but had very little to say about the bad, and considering how good he spoke about the game, you would think that the game would have score higher.

robbiejones
robbiejones

For the bad he could of put down "puzzles aren't much of a challenge".


GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Looking forward to getting this

Bloody_basic
Bloody_basic

 Hey, I have watched this. YES! YES! YES!

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

1 -  "It's an absolute diamond of a game"
2 - It has no cons.

...Gets an 8.0

am_h8ter_ade
am_h8ter_ade

I guess I am going to have to get it. Its been such a horrible 2014. My 3DS has been drowning in dust since Zelda. For a video game company, Nintendo sure doesn't release many games. 


And I don't care about Bravely Default. I hate JRPGs. So don't mention it like one game makes for a great year.

jeanlucforever
jeanlucforever

This review reminded me of those teachers in school that don't give constructive criticism, only have good things to say about something you've done and then give you a B. Please, constructively criticize my/Nintendo's work, so I know how I/they can improve! I usually like Mark's work, but I do think he needs to add points of criticism or talk about how they can improve. Did it need a better story to receive a 10? Was it overall just not as fun as say super mario 3d world? A sentence saying something like, overall the platforming was just not as innovative as super mario 3d world would be enough to satisfy me for why this game received an 8.

diego_corleone
diego_corleone

Like all the Nintendo exclusives, the kids are gonna love it.

ObxChillin
ObxChillin

nothing bad and gets an 8? makes sense to me

Bowser05
Bowser05

I agree with the others...where is the bad? I only skimmed the review but I didn't see any bad points mentioned. How did this game get an 8 Mark...yet you have nothing bad to say about it? Maybe somebody else can clear this up for me?

gladchimer93
gladchimer93

@freedom01  Well, you have got to consider that there are quite a few games out there that are perfect for what they want to be, but fail to be recognized as 'Masterpieces', which the 10 on Gamespot stands for. Even a 9 implies that there has to be more than just a perfect game here, but something at least a little groundbreaking. In fact, I think I've seen 9s being given to some games that were flawed, but still in some way offered a new experience that only a handful of games do.

Don't think about it too much, every score system is in some way flawed, just remember that this particular game is perfect for what it wants to be, so if you want a plattformer for the 3DS, this game is right for you.

Killermonkey97
Killermonkey97

@freedom01 8 don't got to mean nothing's wrong with it. I've loved plenty of games that I'd personally give an 8 to only 'cuz it doesn't necessarily break any ground, and really, saying it isn't groundbreaking is a silly con to have, doncha think?

disneyskate
disneyskate

Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, MH3U, Pikmin 3, DKC: TF, Windwaker HD, ZombiU, Nintendo Land, Batman: Armored Edition, and some awesome GBA games, and Earthbound, plus more on the way. Your argument no longer holds weight. Also, this is a review for a 3DS game, talk about being irrelevant.

wrongong
wrongong

@angrycreep  It's not the perfect kirby game imo. Just another 2d kirby game with some new gimmicks (Fun gimmicks sure) but even though I really enjoyed it, I think an 8 is perfectly fair. Kirby games could be better, imo, they need to do a 'Kirby Galaxy' a 3rd person kirby game with open levels and a whole new way to experience the series.

disneyskate
disneyskate

It's a game for young kids, Kirby isn't supposed to be hard.

Setho10
Setho10

@StonerDemon Gamespot doesn't start at 10 and detract a point for every flaw. That isn't how their rating system works. A game can have no major flaws and still not be a 10/10. That said, I agree that this review to me reads higher than an 8. But in the end whether it gets an 8 or a 9 really isn't important compared to the text. All you need to know to make an informed purchase is that the game has creative levels, puzzles, and enemies, controls well, and has a lot of content. Who cares what the final, arbitrary score ends up being?

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@StonerDemon

Reviewing games is not like marking essays.

JuanGrande386
JuanGrande386

@am_h8ter_ade  after last year I find it hard to believe your 3DS is collecting dust! Maybe you should try branching out to other games! I have tons of 3DS games in my back catalog! 

jeanlucforever
jeanlucforever

I guess you could kinda sort of consider this a criticism:


"None of the puzzles are especially challenging, but such are the aesthetic charms on show as you solve them that it's hard to be disappointed."

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

@diego_corleone   Or anyone who knows what a good game is will love it.  

Go play your FPS son and stop trolling Nintendo articles.

ps3gamer1234
ps3gamer1234

@Bowser05  Sometimes a game is worth a 8 without a bad. It is not worth a ten (10) according  to the reviewer.

binderdundat
binderdundat

@disneyskate  i think he is saying that this should have come out for the wii u as well, cause not everyone owns a DS. So try to think about your response for more than a second next time. 

robbiejones
robbiejones

@disneyskate  iv'e been playing kirby since the original gameboy dude i know! just saying he has to justify why he gave it an 8. People will just go to the pro's and con's section and be confused on why it didn't score higher if there is no con's. In his review he said that the puzzles aren't challenging etc so it will justify the score.

jeanlucforever
jeanlucforever

@Gelugon_baat  

Your right, it's an art, not a science. But for a review to be useful, it must tell us why the game deserved an 8 as opposed to a higher score. A review is supposed to be useful for people to figure out how to allocate their limited resources. Not knowing specifically what negatives makes it worse in comparison to a 10 makes it difficult for readers to allocate their resources efficiently.

Bowser05
Bowser05

@ps3gamer1234 @Bowser05  I don't agree with that. A 10 would be a perfect score correct? Now in order to acquire that score the game would need to be so good that the person either has nothing to complain about or his/her complaints aren't big enough to hold any weight. There is no justification in the review for it getting an 8 rather than a 10 or even a 9. I'll read through it in detail in a few minutes to see if I'm wrong...but it just doesn't make sense. Nothing is worth getting a lower than perfect score without a REASON.

jeanlucforever
jeanlucforever

Only lazy people resort to numbers, like Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen. My point is that the numbers should reflect what I'm told in text. You're right that numbers alone are without context. But if Mark had said something like "the highs are not quite as high as the best platformers" or "while the game strikes all the right cords it doesn't provide enough in the way of innovation", I'd be completely satisfied. When I read a review it should not only inform the reader. If the developer so chooses to read the review it should tell them how they can make their game better. Put yourself in the shoes of the developer. Would they know reading this review how they could make that 8 a 10? I think this game probably deserved its score, I just want to know why.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@jeanlucforever

Well, if you are going to say that, I would say that for a person who has been around GameSpot since 2011, you haven't realized that niners or tenners are reserved for games which particularly impressed whoever is reviewing it.

With that said, only lazy people resort to numbers, and people who resort to numbers to make their purchases or spend their game-playing time are going to learn the hard way that numbers don't tell everything about a game.

The_Deepblue
The_Deepblue

I agree with what you said about gaming review standards, and Kirby games. Kirby games are always pleasant, and you'll find little if any real flaws; but they typically do not push any boundaries. I'd also say that Canvas Curse and Epic Yarn were innovative, the former in its gameplay, the latter in visual style and presentation. Canvas Curse, in my opinion, is the one Kirby game I'd consider elite, though every other Kirby game I have played ranges from good to great. And Kirby's Adventure on NES is a classic.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Bowser05

True, it does sound more like a 9 from GameSpot, but you know them, "8's all around!!!" especially if it's a Nintendo title. Last Nintendo title that got a 9 from them was A Link Between Worlds, and before that, I don't even remember. 

Bowser05
Bowser05

@abHS4L88  See but that's my point. You just gave me reasons for why it SHOULDN'T be a 10. Those are perfectly legitimate reasons and ARE faults with the game. They aren't faults that have to necessarily negatively affect the game (hence why it's not listed in the bad section) but they are faults the hold it back from being EXCEPTIONAL. 


The point is...I didn't see any indication of that in the review. In fact, just from reading the first paragraph Mark makes it clear that it IS exceptional and does a great job of being fresh AND familiar. Reading through it you see nothing but praise and no indication of it falling short in any way shape or form.


So while I agree that lack of innovation or lack of something groundbreaking can be fair reasons for an 8...this review doesn't indicate that this game is anything BUT a masterpiece.


"Triple Deluxe is an absolute diamond of a game, and cements Kirby's place as nothing less than a bone fide platforming superstar." 


I don't know about you, but that final sentence alone does NOT indicate an 8. According to them, and 8 is Great, a 9 is Superb and a 10 is Masterpiece. That review is very clear in showing the game is AT LEAST superb...if not a masterpiece.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Bowser05 @ps3gamer1234  

While it makes sense, I would say that a game with no notable faults can be an 8 if the game itself is either not ground breaking enough or amazing enough to justify a higher score. 10's are either given to games that are completely groundbreaking and innovative while still being well executed (like say Ocarina of Time, Metroid Prime, Halo: Combat Evolved, Super Mario 64, Journey, Portal, Half-Life 2), or being purely polished and an all around amazing (Super Mario Galaxy 2, The Last of Us, A Link Between Worlds, Skyrim, Batman Akham City). 


While I absolutely love the Kirby franchise and Return to Dreamland is one of my favorite Wii games, Kirby games typically don't reach either height, although Epic Yarn was definitely one of the most innovative Kirby titles along with Canvas Curse.

Bowser05
Bowser05

@ps3gamer1234 @Bowser05  Haha nice. Yeah I don't agree with that. If there is nothing to complain about then the game deserves a 10. A game can't be below a 10 and not have a single negative aspect. That doesn't make sense, you know?

ps3gamer1234
ps3gamer1234

@Bowser05 @ps3gamer1234 I asked  the same thing before for a other game and someone said what I said to me. So I just  figured that is a good answer.

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