Kirby Super Star (Kirby's Fun Pak)
Nintendo's Kirby is the renaissance man of video game characters. He has appeared in t side-scrollers (Kirby's Dreamland 1 and 2), a puzzle game (Kirby's Avalanche), a pinball game, (the aptly named Kirby's Pinball Land), a Marble Madness-type title (Kirby's Dream Course) and even a Breakout clone (the new Kirby's Blockball).
Now Kirby's starring in his most ambitious game yet, Kirby Super Star, which drops the cloud-like Dream Land resident into not one, not two-but eight different games.
This title's first three games-Spring Breeze, Dyna Blade and The Great Cave Offensive-are all side-scrollers and ready to play as soon as you turn on your Super NES. You can access two other adventures, Revenge of the Meta Knight and Milky Way Wishes, once you beat at least two of the earlier games.
In Spring Breeze, Kirby leaps, runs and flies through four stages to snap up food stolen by the frog-like King Dedede, the game's Boss. Dyna Blade is similar, except this time Kirby treks through more varied levels to face Dyna Blade, a giant bird that has been tearing up Dream Land's crops. The Great Cave Offensive emphasizes exploration over action, with Kirby searching caves for 60 hidden treasures. In Revenge of the Meta Knight, Kirby has a limited amount of time to hop aboard and destroy a massive floating fortress. In Milky Way Wishes, the pinkish hero has to build up points to clear stages and finally restore peace to Dream World.
These six games mark Kirby's first stab at the side-scroller genre for Nintendo's aging 16-Bit system. However, they represent an extremely fresh attempt, because Kirby Super Star has been endowed with powers and abilities far beyond those of his past 8-Bit incarnations.
Kirby can still perform his trademark move-inhaling bad guys-but now he can swallow enemies and absorb their powers. There are as many powers in Super Star as there are enemies to eat. Depending on what Kirby swallows, he can use laser vision, swing a sword, shoot fire balls, blare out enemy-splitting screams, hurl umbrellas and wield a vast number of other powers.
But Kirby's new abilities go way beyond what his digestive system can provide. If you're tired of stuffing Kirby's iron stomach with enemies, he can spit them back out and make them his helpers. These butt-kicking slaves will stick by Kirby to the end, bashing any creatures that threaten his life. However, the helpers don't have to be mindless pawns of the computer; a second player can join in and control the regurgitated enemies, turning Super Star into one of the few simultaneous two-player Mario-type games.
Besides Super Star's five side-scrolling games, three mini-games-Gourmet Race, Megaton Punch and Samurai Kirby-are on tap to add to the title's lasting power. In Gourmet Race,
Kirby cruises through three obstacle courses, racing against King Dedede while filling up on food. Megaton Punch, a game of careful timing, has Kirby and numerous opponents seeing who can knock the biggest whole in the ground. Samurai Kirby pits the hero in one-on-one duels against the game's Bosses. Whoever has the quickest draw wins.
However, these bonus games are just the icing on Super Star's cake. The title's other games, its huge selection of powers and its two-player capabilities will keep players busy for weeks and proud that they still own a Super NES.
Super Star's three minigames--especially Megaton Punch and Samurai Kirby-test your timing and dexterity more than your adventuring skills. Megaton Punch is set up like the bonus round in Mortal Kombat. You have to pound on the Punch button three times--at specific intervals--to pull off a planetsplitting punch. First, slap the button when the red power meter is full. Then hit the button again when the two aiming crosshairs connect. Finally, slap the button a third time when the swinging pendulum is vertical. Time your taps right and you'll always out punch your opponent. Samurai Kirby is much simpler. Just make sure to wait until the signal is given to draw your weapon. Whip it out too soon and you lose. But if you pull it too late after the signal, you're dead meat.
MANUFACTURER - Nintendo THEME - ACTION NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
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Kirby Super Star is a Japanese game published in 1996 for Nintendo’s Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The game was developed by HAL Laboratory and the release for the United States came in the autumn of 1996. One year later the game was officially released in Europe. The game was later on remade for the Nintendo DS, but was renamed as Kirby Super Star Ultra.
The game was part of the three Super Nintendo Entertainment System games using the SA-1 Chip, along with Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and Kirby’s Dream Land 3.
The game was a classic 16-bit platforming video release in which the main character, Kirby, can move left, right, up and down on a 3D plane. He must avoid touching environmental hazards and enemies with their own set of attacks. Kirby has a health meter and when his life reaches the minimum level, he returns to the latest save point. This happens until Kirby loses all his lives, in which case the game ends and the player has to start all over again.
The game allows Kirby to copy the abilities of his enemies and then perform a wider range of attacks thanks to these abilities. According to the ability he is using, he turns in different colors. Kirby can also call for his “helper”, who is always around ready to get in the game and help the main character fight enemies. The game can also be played in multi-player mode, allowing a second person to connect by using an additional controller, so the game is a great two-player adventure as well.
There are a total of seven main games in Kirby Super Star:
- Spring Breeze is the first one and it is based on the first Kirby remake, called Kirby’s Dream Land for Game Boy. It uses Kirby Super Star’s gameplay and graphics.
- Dyna Blade is the second one. Dyna Blade is a giant bird disturbing Dream Land’s peace and Kirby tries to stop her.
- Gourmet Race is the third installment of the series. Dedede challenges Kirby to race in a who-can-get-more-food race. Lots of platform elements are included in this release.
- The Great Cave Offensive is the fourth game, featuring Kirby’s adventure after he falls into a cave.
- Revenge of Meta Knight is the 5th game, featuring Kirby trying to destroy Meta Knight’s battleship before Meta, the villain, can conquer Dream Land.
- Milky Way Wishes is the sixth game. Sun and Moon are fighting around planet Popstar. The plot is a bit more complicated, but features Kirby as well.
- The Arena is the final game of Kirby Super Star and requires the player to fight every boss in the game.
The game sold over 1 million copies in Japan and scored an 82.1% mark on GameRankings. Electronic Gaming Monthly gave the game an average score of 8.63 out of 10.
Everyone's favorite pinkish-white goiter with legs will be returning again for a possible one last fling on the Super NES. Nintendo is keeping a tight wrap on this one, but more info is bound to be sent your way as it is unlocked by the producers. In the meantime just sit back and prepare.
MANUFACTURER - Nintendo THEME - Action NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1
ProTip: As always, Whispy Wood puffs at Kirby and drops apples on him; make fast work of this boss by sending in your helper.
An 8-bit star achieves 16-bit superstardom with this awesome game. After goofin' around with golf and Tetris-style games last year, Kirby returns to the easy run-n-munch gameplay that made him famous. Superstar compiles eight new games: six in the traditional Dreamland style, plus a racer and a simple speed- reflex game.
There's more to do than ever because now the pink puffball can create helpers with special powers, and new chewable enemies have new powers for Kirby to adopt. The perfect execution of the varied controls leads to simple-but-charming fun.
Many enemies now require double hits, so don't relax after you nail 'em once.
Everything's improved over the 8-bit games (32 megs will do that). The graphics are sharp and colorful, and the spirited music changes constantly. If you haven't gone Kirbying lately, bask in the light of this superstar.
It's a Kirby derby! This game packs eight Kirby games such as Spring Breeze, Gourmet Race, DynaBlade, Megaton Punch, and Samurai Kirby. Kirby can assume the abilities of 24 other characters and he.. .err, it can create a helper that either the computer or another player can control. Now if only someone knew what Kirby was!