I'll admit right now I know I'm not the target demographic for this game. It's for kids, but just because something is aimed at a younger generation doesn't mean it shouldn't put forth its very best effort to be a worthwhile experience. This isn't a bad game and some of the activities can be quite fun when played with real people. But these sub-games have always been the side-dish to the single-player main course, and without a worthwhile entrée, Kirby Battle Royale feels deficient.
While a fun distraction, there's little to recommend wholeheartedly when it comes to Kirby: Battle Royale. Its mini-games are well designed, but with a short Story Mode and limited replay value for its other modes, it becomes clear that this is not a stellar addition to an already bulging line-up. Kirby fans are probably better off saving for a Switch as the pink puffball is heading there next year.
Kirby: Battle Royale is clearly meant to offer another bit of multiplayer-centric fun for 3DS owners, but nothing about it feels like a full-fledged offering. The short Story Mode and the repetitive nature of the mini games available make for a game that you probably won't come back to after you've exhausted what it has to offer. It's good to see more Kirby on the handheld, but with Kirby: Star Allies on its way on the Nintendo Switch, it doesn't offer a can't-miss Kirby experience by any means.
Kirby Battle Royale is a missed opportunity, too repetitive and short lived.
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A fun proposal on short burst but it's too shallow to be interesting for long.
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Download play in Kirby Battle Royale will give a group a burst of fun, but after that it's unlikely you'll return for more.
The pink puffball's latest adventure is simple, slight, and hardly worth its steep asking price
Kirby Battle Royale has a great premise, but squanders almost all of its potential. There is simply too little content to justify its price point and everything can be completed in just a few hours. Online is lacking, as players are limited to only playing with strangers in ranked and can only play with friends if they do so locally. Despite being one of the only Kirby games without his famous inhale ability, Kirby Battle Royale kind of sucks.
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Perhaps Kirby: Battle Royale will appeal to small children under the age of ten, but if you are slightly older, you can safely pass by.
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Two years ago, I can imagine Kirby: Battle Royale having a great online following and loads of people getting together at StreetPass events to play with one another. Now? Kirby: Battle Royale is honestly best left in the past. Nintendo still has a chance to redeem this game, simply by porting it to the Switch and allowing for multiplayer on a single, big screen. But until then? Just don't bother. The minigames aren't all bad, but it just doesn't feel worth it as a full price retail release.
Kirby: Battle Royale trades in the pink puffballs platforming adventure with a collection of arena battles and mini-games. The game certainly can be fun in short bursts but lacks the depth of the mainline titles. It also gets a bit boring when playing solo so you'll want to scrounge up some warm bodies for this one. It's great if you like party games with combat but feels more like a light appetizer than a main course.
A well done new Kirby game with a lot of good ideas, but with a lack of content very important.
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If in theory Kirby Battle Royale had everything to work out, its execution turns out to be less ideal than expected. While the game stands out much more in multiplayer, it doesn't fully capture the player's interests in the long term and it feels more like a collection of minigames rather than an attempt to crossover the Kirby series with the fighting game genre.
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Sometimes Nintendo puts out distinctly 'B-list' games, and Kirby Battle Royale falls into that category.
Fittingly, a game that is about getting cake is really more of a snack than a meal; you won't find a robust narrative in the Story Mode of Kirby Battle Royale. Like a pastry, the game is mostly empty calories and air. But it's still satisfying, even if it isn't filling, and makes for a happy addition to my 3DS library.
Taken on its own merits as a spinoff, Kirby Battle Royale is a pretty good game. I think kids especially will enjoy its colorful looks and gentler challenge, even more so if they have friends to enjoy it with for local multiplayer.
Kirby Battle Royale is by no means a bad game overall, but it just has so little content that it barely warrants a lengthy play session, let alone a purchase. The mini-games themselves are fun and well-designed, but the overall package doesn't do any of them justice. If you need a dose of classic Kirby action, you'd be better off waiting for the upcoming Switch game, because this is one party that you can safely skip going to.
Households with younger kids and 3DS systems will definitely like what Nintendo did with Kirby Battle Royale but for everyone else there are better options out there.
This might have been worth it as part of a full Kirby game.