Excerpt: Kirby Mass Attack was a little known title on the Nintendo DS from Nintendo. This hand held video game borrows heavily from the Pikmin series. I purchased this DS game for the purpose of writing this review. Kirby titles have been hit and miss. I wondered which column this pink platformer fit into.
Excerpt: Kirby’s power involves inhaling an enemy to gain its abilities. Sucking up a fire enemy may turn the pink puffball into a torch, whereas devouring a boomerang-wielding foe can grant Kirby that weapon for his own use. In his last game, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, he didn’t have these abilities – he instead utilized a skill-set more similar to Yoshi’s, with a leash (tongue) that could grab his enemies and turn them into ball (egg) projectiles.
Pros: Clever gameplay, Beautiful visuals, Plenty of awesome boss battles
Cons: Sometimes touchy controls, Not being able to suck up enemies and steal powers, Getting a Kirby killed right before the end of a level
Summary: Remember Kirby – the eccentric floaty cloud-like hero who gobbled up his enemies in a series of sublime platforming titles? Well he’s back but not quite as you remember. As they did with 2005’s Kirby: Power Paintbrush, developers HAL Laboratory has deviated from the established canon once again to deliver Kirby: Mass Attack.
Excerpt: Kirby doesn't have it all together in Mass Attack as he has been split into 10 copies of himself each with severely diminished abilities. Necrodeus, the evil leader of the Skull Gang, is to blame for harming the pink puff ball. So it is up to you to bring Kirby back together. Until then you must gang up on various foes (both familiar and new) and use your numbers to your advantage.
Conclusion: And although we wouldn’t go so far as to call it a fitting swansong, if it does, in fact, turn out to be the last game you play on the DS, then you can retire your chewed stylus with a smile.
Conclusion: Concept: A side-scrolling adventure that lets the player control up to 10 Kirbys with the DS stylus
Graphics: Bright and cartoon-like, resembling old-school Kirby more than Wii’s Epic Yarn
Sound: Classic Kirby tunes are always welcome, and the new ones fit right in
Playability: Stylus-only controls worked great for the series in Canvas Curse, and they work just as well here
Entertainment: The standard stages are great, and the wealth of unlockables will keep you coming...
Excerpt: I have a bias when it comes to Kirby games. Why you ask? Well anyone who has read any of my other Kirby game reviews knows why, Kirby is my name darn it. I even have a Kirby tattoo on my leg. Bias aside, Kirby games usually have a style and charm to them that makes them an enjoyable experience. As I write this, Nintendo is set to release another Kirby game, but for the DS/DSi (it can be played on the 3DS as well).