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3DS, Wii U

Abandon all hope, Meta Knight is back in Super Smash Bros.


3DS solo modes detailed
Aug 13
// Steven Hansen
The French Super Smash Bros. site has a nice little gallery up with Wii U and 3DS screens of everyone's favorite Brawler, Meta Knight. Hoping for any other stragglers to get announced, or new characters? ALSO: Sakurai's Miive...
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Best Buy one get one free

Best Buy is doing buy one, get one for 3DS games this week


It's a mostly good selection of games, at that
Jul 21
// Darren Nakamura
Like the DS before it, the 3DS is becoming one of my favorite platforms. Now that we are several years into its life, it has a pretty great selection of first and third-party games. There are enough now that I have fallen beh...
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Kirby

Couldn't you just inhale these Kirby 3DS accessories?


I could!
Jul 10
// Brittany Vincent
It's about time we saw some more Kirby 3DS XL accessories, and these are far too cute to pass up. I thought I was going to have some difficulty passing up that Kirby keychain puzzle, but now I'm practically throwing money at ...
Kirby photo
Kirby

Kirby: Triple Deluxe's Smash Bros. minigame is becoming a standalone purchase


In Japan
Jul 09
// Chris Carter
Kirby: Triple Deluxe was a pretty great game, due in part because of its two well crafted mini-games -- a rhythm game involving King Dedede, and its Smash Bros. like Kirby Fighters Z. Well in Japan, they're apparently do...
Kirby: Triple Deluxe photo
Kirby: Triple Deluxe

This 300-piece Kirby: Triple Deluxe puzzle is worth taking the time to put together


Dem keychains, tho
Jun 20
// Brittany Vincent
One of my favorite parts of Kirby: Triple Deluxe was collecting all of the adorable little keychains. I've been hoping to see an entire set of them released for purchase, pixelated goodness and all, but I've not seen them jus...
Kirby! photo
Kirby!

You won't believe these Kirby pics that Dtoid drew, they will blow your mind and restore your faith in humanity


We're a talented bunch
Jun 12
// Brett Makedonski
How's Destructoid wrapping up E3? Frantically cranking out previews from the press room? Hustling around the show floor to see as much as possible? We probably should be. Instead, we're drawing pictures of Kirby. Really really good pictures of Kirby.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is almost too cute for words

Jun 12 // Darren Nakamura
The hands-on demo at E3 did not spend any time on the story behind Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, but presumably, the titular curse is the reason Kirby once again finds himself in ball form, stripped of his usual power to eat everything. Instead, I jumped straight into gameplay. Players have a limited bank of clay to create platforms with the stylus, and if Kirby touches one, he will follow the shape and direction of the drawn platform. The clay rainbow is a bit sticky, so Kirby can ride upside on it before launching off the end. I spent a bit of time (probably too much) just making him do loops, just for fun. What gives Rainbow Curse a bit of a challenge are smoky, colorless areas of a level that disallow any rainbow drawing inside. They do not harm Kirby in any way, so he can travel through them, but it requires adept use of his abilities to turn him into a projectile, or keen exploration to find another way to launch him using the environment. Used well, these could inject puzzle elements into what is otherwise more action-oriented. Speaking of the action, there are a few particularly satisfying sections that require the player to charge up Kirby's dash to get through, at which point he cascades through a sort of chain reaction, sending him bouncing around like a pinball. It had an almost Sonic-like feel to it, where speed and exploding clay are used as a reward for figuring out how to complete an objective. Taking the idea of a malleable substance like clay, Kirby has the ability to morph into other objects. The trailer showed him as a submarine, a rocket, and a tank, but I did not get to try any of those out first hand. If it is like Canvas Curse, Kirby gains those abilities by defeating particular enemies, but at this point it is not clear if that is the case. For the most part, we already knew what to expect from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Really, Nintendo could have done nothing but release the image of clay ball Kirby riding on a rainbow, and it would have been enough for fans. What little I played was as much of a delight as I had expected, and the clay aesthetic is particularly suited to the Kirby franchise.
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Claymation in games will never get old
Nearly ten years ago, Kirby: Canvas Curse graced our original Nintendo DS handhelds, showing us (once again) that Kirby games could be about things other than floating around, ingesting bugs, and vomiting stars. Canvas Curse ...

Kirby Wii U photo
Kirby Wii U

Nintendo announces Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U


A follow-up to Kirby: Canvas Curse
Jun 10
// Chris Carter
We just can't get enough Kirby, it seems. Nintendo announced Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for the Wii U today, which looks to be a clear follow-up to the DS title Canvas Curse. Not much is known at this point, but it looks like Kirby will have a ton of different forms to morph into, and the same stylus gameplay will be present.
Kirby photo
Kirby

These tiny Kirby figures are adorable and affordable


Buy ALL the little Kirby toys!
May 29
// Brittany Vincent
You can never have too many Kirby figures, and this Kirby Tsumu Tsumu set includes 5-10 figures of Kirby doing what he does best: being freakin' adorable. The tiny Kirby figures can be stacked on top of each other, and if you...
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Nintendo 2DS

Celebrate Kirby: Triple Deluxe's European release with Pink + White 2DS


I think it could fare to be pinker
May 16
// Brittany Vincent
Kirby: Triple Deluxe has landed in Europe, and Nintendo wants you to celebrate the event with the Pink + White 2DS, an adorable slice of fluff that's Kirby pink. Oh, and it's not available in the US. And it doesn't come with ...
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3DS Games

3DS titles sweeping Japanese weekly sales chart ending May 11


No surprise, look at those gems
May 14
// Brittany Vincent
The Japanese weekly sales charts ending on May 11 reveal 14 of the top 20 spots have been overtaken by various 3DS games, including Mario Golf: World Tour, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, and Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Yo...
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Kirby

Kirby's Dream Land 2 free with Triple Deluxe download in Europe


Double down on Kirby
May 05
// Jordan Devore
European gamers who buy Kirby: Triple Deluxe from the 3DS eShop prior to July 13, 2014 will receive a free download code for Kirby's Dream Land 2, Nintendo has announced. This 1995 Game Boy title is a reminder of that phase w...
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KIRBEEEEEE

Nintendo, please make more Kirby opera trailers


Plus more trailers and already complete video guides
May 02
// Steven Hansen
Kirby Triple Deluxe is out (and good) and this trailer -- the full version of this one -- is so well done I might just buy two copies. If you want to see more Triple Deluxe, there's a few other cute trailers out there (below). GoNintendo also has a complete video walkthrough, the final boss, and so on.
Kirby photo
Kirby

Why is Kirby so angry in the US, anyway?


In Japan, cute (i.e., normal) Kirby 'brings in the most people to play'
Apr 28
// Jordan Devore
Have you ever noticed how Kirby has mean-looking eyebrows on box art in the US? It's one of those things that can't be unseen, like the little arrow in the FedEx logo. Anyway, I've never understood it -- Kirby is such a feel-...

Review: Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Apr 28 // Chris Carter
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)Developer: HAL LaboratoryPublisher: NintendoReleased: May 2, 2014MSRP: $34.99 Like a typical Mario game, it only takes a few seconds to get in the right frame of mind for a Kirby game setup. Put simply, Kirby awakens one day to find that his home, as well as frenemy Dedede's castle have taken to the skies due to a giant beanstalk growth below the world's surface. A mysterious villain appears, and Dedede is taken. Always the hero, Kirby is off to save him across multiple worlds. These worlds will be familiar to fans of the series, consisting of various platforming challenges as well as miniature puzzles. There's a few tiny nuances like a friendly "Bandana Waddle Dee" giving out items in certain levels, but for the most part, this is the same Kirby experience you can expect from past entries. The controls are well done, and Kirby still has his float, spit, inhale, dash, and slide powers. There's some tilt controls every so often (mostly for canon puzzles), but they're inoffensive, and don't ruin the game in the slightest. Speaking of inhaling, Kirby has access to powers from his fallen enemies, and they're as deep as ever -- especially the Bell and Archer powers, which have become two of my all-time favorites next to the classic Sword. [embed]273453:53481:0[/embed] Bell Kirby functions a lot like a fighting game character, showing off both projectile and hand-to-hand combos effortlessly in tandem. As I flipped page by page through the Bell's tutorial screens, I quickly realized how detailed every power is. The Archer is even better, as he has access to a number of unique ranged abilities, with the chance to charge them up at the risk of standing still. You'll also have access to a "Hypernova" power by way of Miracle Fruit, which basically act like the Mega powers in the Wii's Kirby's Return to Dreamland. These portions aren't all that deep as Kirby can just suck up larger pieces of the set like giant trees and the like, but they're fun enough, and never feel like a pacing hindrance. Triple Deluxe itself looks great, as the 3DS' processing power lends itself well to the simple, yet colorful visuals -- essentially a portable rendition of the Return to Dreamland engine. The 3D is also in full effect here, and since the game shoots to and fro from the foreground and the background often, it looks all the more dazzling. I really hope that Nintendo delivers this same style to a home console experience in the future, as it has the potential to look just as beautiful as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. So what about those extras? Like any Kirby game, Triple Deluxe is pretty packed with ancillary treats that will please fans long after the core story has its curtain call. Dedede's Drum Dash is a perfect example of that, delivering a miniature rhythm experience within the confines of a game that's otherwise platform-centric. Like most rhyhthm games it's extremely easy to pick up, as the only controls are movement from left to right, and the A button -- which bumps up Dedede right as he touches the ground, and allows him to "backbeat," which essentially translates to clapping at the peak of a leap. As you can expect from the title Dedede is jumping from drum to drum, which creates the beat over the melody of three different songs, with a crescendo of difficulty. While the first level is easy enough, the latter two can get particularly devious with more enemies dotting the landscape, and you'll have to jump, backbeat, and dodge perfectly to the beat. It's not a system selling minigame by any means, but it's definitely worth revisiting, and will last you roughly an hour or so even if you never return to it. The real draw here is Kirby Fighters, which is like a pared down version of Smash Bros. with smaller levels, and just Kirby on the roster. It can be played both solo and with friends (!), and it even has a training mode, 10 full powers to choose from, difficulty settings, and seven stages. The kicker? It has download play, so a single cart can beam the experience to friends -- I love it when Nintendo includes this feature. What I love most about Kirby Fighters though is how deep the combat is -- because when I say 10 "full" powers, I really mean it. Every available morph power has all of its 10+ moves at its disposal, and fights can get really interesting when they're all mixed together. My personal favorite is the Archer, which has some sneaky moves up his sleeve, including the "blend" ability that lets him hide beneath a makeshift shrubbery. The levels aren't just lazy arenas either, as they range from classic locales like Castle Lolo (with hazards in tow), and there's even a Final Destination homage for those who are interested. Even if you don't have friends to play with locally it's still worth jacking up the difficulty and messing around in, and it's a perfect way to ease the wait of the next Smash Bros. If you're not satisfied there's a handful of keychains to collect throughout each level, most of which show off classic art from past games. There's also StreetPass functionality here where you can mix and match chains, as well as the heavily underused Play Coin mechanic -- if you wish you can spend five coins for a chain, and get a new one every day. There's also a huge bonus at the end that will make Triple Deluxe worth replaying again that I won't spoil here. Oh, and the classic arena mode and true arena also return, on top of everything else. Kirby:Triple Deluxe is yet another winning entry in the franchise. It delivers the core Kirby experience alongside of a few very well done extras, which is pretty much everything a fan could ask for. While the Kirby formula could easily be getting stale for some, it still represents a whimsical corner of platforming games that's centered around one central ideal -- fun.
Kirby 3DS review photo
The pink ball of fluff wins again
Whenever a new Nintendo system is released, it's inevitable that a Kirby game will appear on it. Whether it's a console or a portable, or that game is a racing, golf, or standard platformer is uncertain, but you will&nbs...

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Best Nintendo commercial this year


Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Apr 21
// Dale North
HAHAH! Wow, Nintendo. Intense much? Gotta love those lyrics, too.  By the way, I'm playing Kirby: Triple Deluxe and it's fantastic. You'll see when it comes out next month for 3DS.

Review: NES Remix 2

Apr 21 // Chris Carter
NES Remix 2 (Wii U)Developer: indieszeroPublisher: NintendoReleased: April 24, 2014MSRP: $14.99 Much like the first iteration, the premise for NES Remix 2 is extremely simple. You'll have access to a number of microgames selected from an array of NES hits developed by Nintendo (above), which grant you access to bits and pieces from said games. So rather than play through large portions, you're going to be playing, at maximum, one small level at a time in the form of a challenge. Each challenge can net you up to three stars (including a soft four-star rainbow rating), which can be used to unlock more games, stages, and even remix levels where modifying factors are at play, or characters are combined. Got it? Good. Where NES Remix 2 shines, quite simply, is the superior selection of games. Instead of starting off with a middling selection of mostly arcade titles, Remix 2 gives you the good stuff right away, with games like Mario 3 unlocked immediately. It also helps that there's a ton of variety this time around, since Dr. Mario and Wario's Woods (puzzle games), and Punch Out!! join the fray, in addition to sport-centric games like Ice Hockey and Mario Open Golf. Not all games are created equal, however. Punch Out!! fans in particular will be disappointed that there are only a scant few levels featured -- and remedial ones at that. But for the most part I was happy with the variety, and the challenge level is slightly superior to the original Remix -- Lost Levels and Kid Icarus in particular have a few really fun challenges that will definitely test your reflexes, and some of the Kirby minigames are clever with their use of singular powers. [embed]273431:53463:0[/embed] "Remix" levels return from the original, and they're more or less the same as they were before. As a mixture of singular game challenges with a twist and "insert game character into other game here" modifications, the Remixes are often the most fun part of the game. They'll range from things like "defeat Birdo in Mario 2 while it's invisible," or "get through an entire Mario 3 level in the dark," while mixed challenges might have you play a portion of a Mario 1 level as Kirby, or see boos invading Dream Land. But like the first time around, my chief complaint is that there simply aren't enough remix levels, and not enough of them combine characters. There's a concerted effort this time around to get to that concept rather early (such as Mario 2's Peach transplanted in Mario 3 or Toad in Zelda II), but really, Remixes should wholly consist of those dream team matchups. Despite what you might think at first glance these mash-ups actually work, and mainly serve as a tease while you go back to each game that only serves within the confines of its own retro rules. NES Remix 2 thankfully gives you a cherry on top in the form of Super Luigi Bros. The concept is as simple as it gets -- it's a full remix of the original classic Super Mario Bros., but with Luigi in tow (and his unique jump), and a pretty big caveat -- the entire game is backwards. While this is mostly just an official ROM hack, as an extra, it's greatly appreciated as part of the overall package. It's also technically the last celebration for the extended Year of Luigi in the US (for those who care -- and if you don't, you're a monster). If you bought the first game you'll have another extra included called Championship mode. It's modeled after the Nintendo World Championships event in the '90s, which tasked people with completing various challenges across a few select games, scoring them with an elaborate system. For the challenge, you're tasked with collecting 50 coins in Mario 1 as fast as you can, collecting 25 coins in Mario 3 (the original featured Rad Racer instead), and grabbing a high score in Dr. Mario (which was originally Tetris in the NWC) -- a final score is tallied using a formula similar to the original competition.  This is something that I'm going to be playing for quite some time with friends every so often, comparing scores until the cows come home. I wish this mode was a bit more fleshed out overall though (two Mario games is a bit much), and I'd love to see it as a standard in future iterations of this franchise (SNES Remix, perhaps?). In other words, I wouldn't buy it just to play Championship mode, but it's enjoyable all the same. NES Remix 2 is a solid follow-up with more "must have" games and a few extras to sweeten the deal. If you passed due to the ho-hum nature of some of the titles in the original offering, think about checking it out this time around.
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A better remix with stronger samples
NES Remix was able to scratch an itch for many retro enthusiasts out there, but it lacked a certain spark that made it a must-buy for the average gamer. It would be hard to really consider half of the selections "classic...

Kirby 2DS photo
Kirby 2DS

Check out the brand new Kirby 2DS portable


Pink+White
Apr 02
// Chris Carter
Guess what guys -- there's another 2DS/3DS variant coming out! Not that I'm complaining of course, but Nintendo of Europe has just revealed a Pink + White 2DS variant that will be released alongside of Kirby: Triple Del...
Kirby 3DS photo
Kirby 3DS

Kirby: Triple Deluxe will launch on May 2nd on the 3DS


North American release date confirmed
Feb 13
// Chris Carter
During today's Nintendo Direct, president Satoru Iwata announced that Kirby: Triple Deluxe will launch on May 2nd, 2014 in North America. That's the exact same date as Mario Golf: World Tour, also launching on the 3DS. In the meantime, enjoy the new trailer above!
Kirby sells gangbusters  photo
Kirby sells gangbusters

Suck on this: Kirby sells huge in 3DS debut


I guess the Japanese haven't Kirby'd their enthusiasm
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
Kirby: Triple Deluxe is looking great. There is still no word on a release date outside of Japan, but in its first week of Japanese availability it has already sold 214,208 copies. That's more four times as much as the number...
Kirby 3DS photo
Kirby 3DS

Kirby: Triple Deluxe shows well in this extensive footage


More than half an hour of gameplay
Jan 10
// Jordan Devore
It's only now hitting me how much I want a proper Kirby on 3DS and Kirby: Triple Deluxe appears to be exactly that. While the game released in North America and Europe yet, it's out now in Japan. Wasting no time, NintenDaan ...
King Dedede photo
King Dedede

King Dedede joins the Super Smash Bros. cast


Tons of screenshots to peruse
Jan 10
// Chris Carter
The newest Super Smash Bros. 2014 cast member has been confirmed -- and it's none other than Kirby's rival King Dedede. He'll sport his signature hammer once again, and there's plenty of screens showing him in action, as...
Kirby photo
Kirby

Kirby desu. BIG MAN, BIG MAN....


Hhhhhhi
Jan 06
// Dale North
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Impale your enemies in Kirby: Triple Deluxe


New power-ups get shown off, plus a fighting mode
Dec 25
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Fact: Kirby games have always been fun no matter what. Even Crystal Shards had its moments! So I'm not surprised that Kirby: Triple Deluxe is looking like a ton of fun. This four-minute video gives us a great overview of wha...
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DTOID News drew some hot Santa Claus fanart.
Hey gang! Sorry I wasn't around on Tuesday, but there wasn't a whole lot of news -- so here's a rundown of today's big news, including yesterday's big ol' Nintendo Direct, that new realistic medieval RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and the Xbox One's upcoming documentary series on the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Atari 2600 game. No, seriously.

New Kirby 3DS modes photo
New Kirby 3DS modes

Two new modes announced for Kirby: Triple Deluxe


Kirby Fighters and Dedede's Drum Dash
Dec 18
// Brett Zeidler
Iwata brought Kirby: Triple Deluxe with him to today's Nintendo Direct, showing off some new gameplay including 2.5D gameplay, and a hyper nova inhale ability. Most interesting, however, was the announcement of two new modes ...
Kirby Triple Deluxe photo
Kirby Triple Deluxe

Kirby becomes a big bad beetleborg in Triple Deluxe


It's Kirb-een a while
Dec 13
// Steven Hansen
The colorful Japanese site for Kirby: Triple Deluxe saw some updates recently, lovingly compiled by NeoGAF's L~A. One of the videos on the site shows the player tilting the 3DS to pour a pot of water Kirby is floating in, in...
Kirby 3DS photo
Kirby 3DS

Kirby: Triple Deluxe out in Japan on January 11


That's another game off the checklist for 3DS
Nov 15
// Jordan Devore
You saw that delightful trailer for the new Kirby 3DS game, right? I keep replaying it for the adorable music. We've since found out that this title is called Kirby: Triple Deluxe and, at least in Japan, it'll be releasing on...
Kirby photo
Kirby

Kirby: Triple Deluxe is the new Kirby title for 3DS


Sounds suggestive
Nov 13
// Jonathan Holmes
Nintendo announcements are like surviving a few years into the zombie apocalypse. Just when you feel like you've gotten into a safe, predictable routine, you get bit in the ass. Case in point, I was on a podcast with frequent...
3DS Kirby photo
I can't get enough of that adorable puff ball
Before today's Nintendo Direct could conclude, Iwata had just one more announcement -- a brand new Kirby game is coming to the 3DS in 2014! I mean, sure, it looks exactly the same as pretty much every Kirby game in the past, but the Kirby series hardly ever attempts to transcend a basic platforming experience. And you know what? I still enjoy it.


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