Kirby Fighter's Deluxe
Kirby Fighters Deluxe, just like Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe, originally was a minigame from Kirby: Triple Deluxe and is now a standalone title on the Nintendo eShop. Players can don their favourite copy ability and duke it out against the computer or their friends to see which Kirby’s the strongest, but is it the strongest buy?
Feeling a lot like a light version of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, players can choose from one of eight different Kirby’s, each with its own Copy Ability. In battle, players move on a 2D stage and have access to various moves with the B button and various basic directional inputs. Simple stuff that anyone can pick up and play. The gameplay has each Kirby with a health bar, and when it hits zero, that Kirby is out. The Super Smash Bros. resemblance isn’t too far off, as HAL Laboratory, Inc. also develop the Super Smash Bros. franchise.
Gameplay consists of two different modes. The first, as single player, sees your chosen Kirby fighting through various stages with the difficulty being chosen, with included boss fights against Kirby villains Kracko at halfway and a number of King Dededes at the end. The stages are random enough to provide spontaneous bursts and provide enough variety for small sessions, but with the limited amount of fighters, may provide dull over extended sessions. Victory over the single player awards that Kirby a new hat for that ability and a bronze, silver or gold star on the ability you won based on what difficulty you chose.
Multiplayer can be between players who all own the software, or one player who owns the game and up to three others who don’t via Download Play. However, those who don’t own the game only have access to the Sword, Cutter and Beam Copy Abilities. Handicap, item appearance, the stage and other options can be set.
While multiplayer gameplay can be accessed through, well, multiplayer, the option to play similarly with only one person against computer controlled players can be accessed through the training option. While this makes sense, it’s tucked away in a corner and is downplayed a little.
That’s all there is to this game, unfortunately. The gameplay mechanics lend themselves to something much more than what is presented.
Summary: Kirby Fighters Deluxe throws some punches. It’s just punches that we’ve already seen before, in a little simpler way, with fewer actual punches. If you own Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, give this a wide berth. If you don’t, or if you want to dip your toes into something that doesn’t take much to get, give this a look.
Kirby Fighters Deluxe can be bought on the Nintendo eShop exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS for $9.10.