Gaming’s famous vacuum has gotten a 3D face lift, and it’s as fun and addicting as ever. I’ve always enjoyed Kirby games for being simple, yet at some points challenging. The right mixture to make a platformer addicting, and if it’s portable, even better. Arika and Nintendo went back to the classic Kirby’s Adventure, for a 3D version. Kirby’s Adventure was the sequel to the original Kirby’s Dreamland.
Upon waking up from his routine nap, Kirby has realized that King Dedede is up to no good and has stolen a star rod and scattered the pieces across 7 worlds. It’s up to the pink vacuum to collect the 7 pieces and restore order to Dream Land. Along the way are some interesting minigames such as, Quick Draw, which is a good ole fashion western stand off, Egg Catcher, which puts you in a wrestling mat with Dedede as you catch eggs and avoid bombs, and Crane Fever, which you must control a crane to pick up Kirby Plushies, all of these mini games award you extra lives. Arena allows you to fight previous bosses to collect their powers, and Museum allows you to suck up normal enemies for their powers.
Adventure’s gameplay is simple, yet at points a bit challenging. Each level has their own set of secrets and merit multiple play throughs. I loved the diversity in difficulty, at points I found my self breezing through levels, but at others I’d be stuck for a few hours. It’s simple enough for anyone to pick up and enjoy, but challenging enough for some veterans to get a kick out of it.
The visuals are as good as ever, Kirby’s Adventure managed to make the NES look like the SNES and was one of the best looking NES games. Arika has now added 3D, and it looks wonderful. Kirby’s Adventure now adopts more of a pop-up book style with the 3D, and it adds to the already stupendous amount of charm. The 3D is not at all jarring to anyone’s vision, but some might not think the 3D is worth the $6.99 price tag.
3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure is a must have for any Kirby fan who’s looking for a hand held fix. For those who still have the cartridge and a working NES can skip this, as the $6.99 price tag is a little step for just slight 3D enhancements.
- Easy, yet challenging enough to be engaged
- Addicting platforming fun
- Beautiful visuals for an NES game, 3D makes it even better
- Asking price is a little steep