Kirby Star Allies - Nintendo Switch

ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
Cartoon violence
$59.99
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Overview

What's Included


  • Kirby Star Allies

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (841 out of 886)

Product Details


  • Developer: Hal Laboratory
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Genre: Platformer
  • Release Date: 03/16/2018

Synopsis


When a new evil threatens Planet Popstar, Kirby will need a little help from his…enemies?! By making friends out of foes, up to three* players can drop in or out of the adventure at any time. With new and expanded copy abilities, classic Kirby action is deeper than ever: combine abilities with elements such as ice or fire to create new friend abilities! With tons bosses and enemies standing in your way, Kirby has a new bag of tricks. Take baddies out by taking advantage of their elemental weaknesses.

Features


Use friend hearts to charm enemies and they’ll fight alongside you!

Drop-In/Drop-Out Co-op: Up to three other players can take control of Kirby’s new friends

Play through the entire game with up to four* players or with CPU friends

Kirby and his friends have fresh moves thanks to new and expanded copy abilities

Combine abilities with elements such as wind and water to create new friend abilities

Some bosses and enemies are weak to certain elemental attacks, so remember to strategize

*Additional accessories required for multiplayer mode. Game, system and some accessories sold separately.



Customer rating

4.6
95%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Too much for too little

    Posted
    Hexagon
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The graphics themselves are great...and that's about all that's great about this game(that and the music). While Kirby games haven't been known to be challenging, long time Kirby fans have said that this game is too easy even for a Kirby game and it's true. Passing the levels feels like a chore rather than fun . About the only times I've found myself having fun is when I get rid of the AI friends and have to beat a boss by myself. But aside from the game being too easy, the levels are very basic(there isn't much replay value other than finding the extra stage switch in some levels). Honestly this game isn't worth purchasing unless it's on sale (I'm talking like 29.99) and WITH the gamer's reward's club discount. But at 47.99(59.99 if you don't have the gamer's reward's membership) it's simply too much to pay for this game. For 2/3 of the asking price you can buy Rayman Legends or for full price you can buy DK Tropical Freeze and you will get your money's worth with either game. Or you don't even have to go that far, for 1/5 of the price(for 11.99) you can buy Loderunner on the Nintendo eshop. It has single and multiplayer modes, it's actually challenging, and you can design levels and characters as well as play levels created by other people. Save your money people(split the bill with whichever friends you plan on playing this game with).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fun, Relaxed, Laid-back

    Posted
    INKY
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Pros: - Looks Amazing - Runs Great - Lots of Fun Abilities - Nostalgia Trip Cons: - Not Challenging (great for beginners) - 4 Player Co-Op is too hectic - Short Game Summary: Overall it's a fun game to play single player, or with a friend. However i have noticed that the game is extremely easy with or without help from CPUs or a Friend. You can play the game without recruiting anyone to help you (short of a few easy to solve puzzles or walls that require you to have 4 people pull a switch at the same time) but that kind of ruins the core mechanic of the game. I've played this Solo and made it about 75% through the game in around 4-5 hours, and that's with me doing all of the puzzles and finding the hidden buttons to unlock hidden stages. As far as the Co-Op i've played with up to 3 people and so much is happening on screen you lose your character constantly, and if Player1 (Kirby) runs off you get dragged with him. I know as far as the Story is concerned Kirby games are somewhat lack luster, but comparing this game to Return to Dreamland (GBA) and Canvas Curse (NDS), i didn't care too much for what was going on or why. Like i've stated this game is very laid back and easy to play- but overall i don't think this game is worth the $60 retail price for the content that is given. So... wait for a sale, or buy this one used.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solo and multiplayer fun but not a huge challenge

    Posted
    sportzgirl
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    To enjoy this game you really need to have the right expectations for it. The instructions given throughout the game are straight forward and helpful. Graphically this game looks great and the happy music is pretty good. It is fun to see what different characters' skills are and how they can combine with one another. This game allows players to join in whenever they want then they can jump out of the game and let the main player continue on. The computer is intuitive when you are playing with three other computer controlled characters. They figure stuff out and do help you out along the way. With all of that being said, it is not hard to fully accomplish these levels and beat the bosses. There are a couple of levels that I had to go back into to get the special puzzle piece and push the main button but it isn't too tough to do. This is definitely a kid level difficulty and I wish they would have had an additional harder setting. Even though this game is not very hard, it is fun. I enjoyed playing it due to the cool characters and different decisions that you can make on some of these levels. It is also a great multiplayer game as up to four people can play together. So if you are looking for a fun game that is a break from more challenging games and allows you to have an enjoyable local multiplayer experience then this is for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    it was fun, but not an experience worth 60 dollars

    Posted
    lordbacon
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    Kirby Star Allies, just like most Kirby games, is by no means a game that requires a lot of skill to play through. The allies mechanic is neat, but in single player mode the cpu's would solve the puzzles themselves. This mechanic seems to be more balanced towards a 4 person coo-op than a single player experience as the cpu allies can solve most puzzles with minimum effort. On that note the game doesn't stop holding your hand until the last few levels. Most puzzle contain hints that remove any need to think about the puzzles. Some of the bosses had interesting designs but I felt the boss fights weren't long enough or not enough was done with them. take the buff DeDeDe fight. the design I thought was highly amusing, but the fight itself felt lack luster. The second to last boss I felt was the only boss to require a bit of effort to defeat and had some interesting mechanics as it used similar attacks to the Allies power. I felt if the game had maybe 2 more worlds after this where it could finally flesh out more tof the mechanics in the game play and have bosses that were a bit more difficult this game would have been worth the full 60 dollars, but as it sits now I would suggest people wait on this game until there is a sale, or they can borrow it from a friend.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Best with friends

    Posted
    ChaosCat
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    Kirby Star Allies for the most part is what you would expect from a Kirby game. It has a fairly easy campaign mode with a good challenge offered by the post game content for those who want it! As with all recent Kirby games, Kirby Star Allies features a rather prominent gimmick. This time around that gimmick is multiplayer, and the entire game is built around it. This means the game is at its best while playing with up to 3 friends, and its a load of fun. Though playing solo at times can often feel a bit held back due to the games focus on multiplayer, but is still pretty fun! My only real gripe with the game is that the game tells you how to solve the already somewhat simple puzzles in the game. Which I found a bit annoying. Over all this game is great for those who enjoy the series, but if you never have enjoyed the Kirby series. Star Allies certainly will not change your mind.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quality over quantity game

    Posted
    Panda
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    Having just come fresh off of Robobot, I had high expectations for this installment of the game. The game itself was a joy to play, but the main storyline is incredibly short. Just as the story was beginning to ramp up, it had already ended. Despite this, it is quite obvious that the creators put much attention to detail as the models and surroundings are gorgeous. In addition, there are many easter eggs hidden throughout the levels that will bring a smile to your face, especially for longtime Kirby fans. The post-game features a speedrun mode and a boss rush mode, similar to previous entries in the Kirby franchise. Those that aren't too fond of replaying the main story again with different characters and more obstacles probably won't find it as enjoyable. The minigames have also kept me hooked, although I just wish there were more of them. Comparing this to Robobot, I was more satisfied with the story and its pacing in Robobot, but that doesn't mean this game is bad. All in all, everything culminates into celebration fitting for Kirby's 25th Anniversary, I just wish there was a little more meat on the bone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love the Game But...

    Posted
    UchiChi
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    I really adore the game! I have always been a big fan of Kirby and I find him to be adorable so I was super excited when this game was announced. When I purchased it, I was very happy with the gameplay...however... It sucks playing with a friend. I played it with my boyfriend (with him being player one) and me being player two. It was difficult to work together because every time he went ahead of me, I would automatically "transport" to him. I, quite frankly, loved playing it by myself but was annoyed with playing with friends/other people. Overall, this game was pretty easy and enjoyable. It wasn't too hard to beat which I liked. The graphic was amazing, colorful and overall, did its job of keeping you entertained too. It's definitely kid level "hard" but for someone who's 20...it was too easy. I enjoyed it though as it was something to just help you destress and wasn't too hard to leave you frustrated and throwing my Nintendo Switch onto the floor. Overall, it's a wonderful game to play! I was able to finish the whole game in about 2 weeks so I wouldn't purchase it with the pricing right now (unless you have some Best Buy Reward points saved up, then sure).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for "My First Platformer," too easy otherwise

    Posted
    JohnSmithinspace

    I'm probably just echoing sentiment here, but as cool as all the ideas are in this game it's simply too short and easy to recommend to anyone but young children and die-hard Kirby fans who get a kick out of having Meta Knight and DeDeDe trailing along behind them. Even then, I think actual children these days probably have more fun with stuff like Minecraft than oldschool 2D platformers... For adults looking for good retro platformers on switch I would instead recommend Blaster Master Zero (digital only) which is a Switch Exclusive and Axiom Verge which you can pick up on the platform of your choice, but which the creator of has singled out the Switch version of as being his favorite. Both of those games are also on the short side, this genre always has been, but the price is a bit more commensurate to match in my opinion.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend


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