Review: Kirby – Battle Royale

Welcome to our review of the newest Kirby game on 3DS, Kirby Battle Royale!

While most Kirby games are basic platformers, this newest addition to the Kirby IP is actually a collection of mini-games based on the main premise of getting to the Cake promised by King Dedede!

But King Dedede would not be King Dedede unless he had something evil up his sleeve, he got hold of a Kirby printer! He is now able to print Kirby clones basically and as such, challenge Kirby himself.

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While you can play both online and offline, I mostly focused on the story mode, where the game mostly weaves the story and the mini-games together. Once I passed the small tutorial, teaching me the basics, I was plunged into the main hub of the game. In typical Kirby cuteness, I went to talk to the main guy explaining how the leagues work.

As I play mini-games, I gather points, resulting in the chance to level up to higher levels, all according to basic gaming standards. To actually gain points to level up, this is where the mini-games come into play. Several types of mini-games exist, my favorite being the battle system.

I love using my Kirby and his sword, which you can swap out for other weapons like bombs and such. The sword is my personal favorite for the battle system. You can fight this mode either alone or by joining up with Waddle Dee, like the name suggests, all you need to do…. Fight! Fight! Fight!

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Aside from the battle mini-games, there are obviously others too, one involving gathering apples, another is about avoiding obstacles,  attacking a jackpot, … There is a big variety of the games, each time earning points in order to level up.

As I was playing the game, I felt that some mini-games were really too easy, much like other Kirby games, Kirby Battle Royale is not the hardest of games, no sir, the pink guy’s games are usually on the easier side. This game is no exception.

So is this game worth it?

I am on the fence about this one, I am not a big fan of party games like this, despite seeing the appeal of this game… Nintendo usually does bring us great games and the Kirby IP has been graced with quite a few great games in the past. This one, however, is good, but not great. As a game, I would more rate it as a good spin-off, one meant to play with friends rather than alone.

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In conclusion, as Kirby games go, this is not on par with some of the other games, but it is a lot better than several of the other party games out there, making it harder to quote the game. As it stands, I do like the game, but not how easy it often feels, taking down my originally planned 75% rating to 70 %. Even in the later leagues, I felt the game to be easier…

My rating is 70%