|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Hal Laboratory Inc.||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Nintendo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sep. 22, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Along with the fairly sizeable single-player experience in the game, Ultra is host to some decent multiplayer offerings as well. With two copies of the game and two systems, players can play through the entire game together using a local wireless connection. However, if you happen to only have one copy of Ultra, you can still play through the game's Spring Breeze segment as well as three touch screen-based mini-games.
While you can play through Spring Breeze with one game, it is definitely far from optimal. Player two will control player one's support character, but they will need to somehow peer over their shoulder to do so. Forcing two players to use one set of DS screens is ridiculous, especially when you consider just how small the DS's screens are. The included mini-games are all relatively shallow, consisting of a speed-based picture recognition game, a game that has you quickly tapping targets to score points, and one that has you eating food from a conveyor belt while tapping bugs, bombs, and rocks to keep them from slowing down the feasting process. None of these mini-games are exceptional by any means, but they do provide a small amount of fun when played with a group of friends.
Kirby Super Star Ultra is a perfect example of how to update a game. With its improved visuals, added cinematics, additional single-player content, new twists on the original's gameplay, and a competent multiplayer aspect Ultra delivers an excellent and modernized remake of a classic title. Kirby fans will surely not be disappointed and players who happened to miss the original on the SNES should definitely give this one a try.
CCC Staff Contributor