Kirby: Triple Deluxe - 3DS/2DS

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Viewed: 2D Side-on, Scrolling Genre:
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Nintendo Soft. Co.: Nintendo
Publishers: Nintendo (GB/GB)
Released: 16 May 2014 (GB)
13 Oct 2017 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 7+
Connectivity: Download Play, Multi-Card Play


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Kirby, Nintendo's little pink blob who will eat just about anything, is back. This time he's making an excursion that's been made specifically (and exclusively) for the 3DS.

The developers at HAL have really leaned into the handheld's 3D functionality, too. With that 3D slider cranked right up, characters will get flung out against the screen like kids making faces against glass and objects will pop and fly out towards you. Most important for how the game plays, though, is the fact that by getting hold of warp stars Kirby can transition to different levels of the game environment. HAL has clearly had a lot of fun getting to grips with the 3D.

As with the best of Kirby's outings, Triple Deluxe is a sidescrolling platformer. Kirby's signature gobbling - or, rather, inhaling - ability is back, too. Kirby can use his copying power to mimic the abilities of any foes he ingests. He might swallow a sword-fighting enemy and start swatting away other nasties with a blade, or absorb an explosive enemy and start blasting away.

New to the series is Kirby's Hypernova ability that temporarily cranks Kirby's powers up to 10, enabling him to suck up much heavier objects and shift elements of the environment about.

There are two new modes thrown in, too. Kirby Fighters is a 2D beat-'em-up for up to four players, while Dedede’s Drum Dash is a rhythm action game set to classic Kirby music!