Kirby Super Star Ultra Review
Kirby Super Star Ultra box art
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.

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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.

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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.

By Adam Brown
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.2
Graphics
The game looks great, from its interesting characters to the bright and vibrant environments.
4.5
Control
Everything works as it should and the pink puff is, surprisingly, very responsive.
3.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
While not much of an improvement over the original title, it still sounds good and definitely evokes nostalgic feelings.
4.4

Play Value
There is a lot to like in the game's single-player experience, although the multiplayer can only really be enjoyed with two copies of the game.

4.3
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • With so many adventures waiting to be unlocked, there'll never be a dull moment!
  • Includes three new touch-screen-controlled mini-games that you can play with up to three friends via DS Download Play.
  • The original modes found in the beloved Super NES game, Kirby Super Star are all here with updated graphics.
  • You can even have a friend adventure with you as a Helper via local wireless!


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