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Hot Take: Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)

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I’ve never really been unhappy with a Kirby game. Even the pink puff’s lesser outings (I’m looking at you Return to Dream Land) were enjoyable to me. With on-point gameplay and a carefree, innovative attitude there’s no way I’d skip a Kirby game. Luckily, Kirby: Planet Robobot isn’t a lesser outing. It may in fact be one of his greatest adventures yet.

  • Kirby: Planet Robobot is short and sweet, just like every Kirby game. Sure I’d love for it to be a smidge longer (Maybe a secret world or levels) but this has been true since the dawn of Kirby games. At the end of the day I’m fine with it anyways. In the absence of a lengthier main game, meatier mini-games would have been nice though.
  • Will the mini-games show up on the eShop as full titles, a la Triple Deluxe?
  • Robobot is filled with smile-inducing moments. The first time kirby enters the cockpit of his Mech-Armor and the transformation sequence takes place I felt the grin stretch across my face. Even if the copy abilities for it were same-ish, I loved the way it always felt fun.
  • Amiibo functionality is something I always look forward too. Kirby: Planet Robobot has it, but I feel like it wasn’t pushed far enough. Kirby could have had all the costumes from the Smash Bros series make an appearance, even if they reused the existing in-game copy abilities (Little Mac is fighter, Palutena is mirror, Jigglypuff is sleep, etc). Instead they just have a few custom ones. It was a missed opportunity to push the amiibo limits.
  • Kirby final bosses are always grander than you’d think a Nintendo B-Franchise would get (side bar: Is Kirby still a lesser Nintendo franchise?!). The final boss is epic. The sub-bosses and world bosses get kind of same-y, but the feeling of fighting the final boss in a Kirby game is great, Kirby: Planet Robobot is no exception.

Generally Kirby: Planet Robobot is a fantastic game. I played it to completion in about three days over my Metro commute to and from work. Everyone with a 3DS should buy it. If you’d like a more in-depth review you can find that punk, GiantBoyDetective’s, here.

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JpSr388 is a casual(ish) gaymer, hardcore Nintendo fan, designer & writer. He writes about what he cares about, and is always good for some opinions. Find his sexy ass on Twitter here. Or keep on the lookout for more editorial, QuickDraws, Hot Takes and reviews here.

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