Kirby: Triple Deluxe

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Kirby: Triple Deluxe
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Packaging artwork released for all territories.
Developer(s) HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa
Hirokazu Ando
Series Kirby
Engine Kirby's Return to Dream Land engine
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release date(s) JP January 11, 2014[1]

NA 20140502May 2, 2014
EU May 16, 2014[2]

Genre(s) Platformer, Action

Kirby: Triple Deluxe, known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby Triple Deluxe (星のカービィ トリプルデラックス Hoshi no Kābi Toripuru Derakkusu?) is the thirteenth platform installment of the Kirby video game series, developed by HAL Laboratory, and published by Nintendo. Kirby: Triple Deluxe was launched in retail and on the Nintendo eShop on January 11, 2014 in Japan and is scheduled for release on May 2, 2014 in North America and May 16, 2014 in Europe.

Story[edit]

One night while Kirby is sleeping a giant beanstalk called the Dreamstalk begins growing under Dream Land and carries various landmarks including Kirby's house and King Dedede's castle into the sky. When Kirby wakes up the next morning he finds he is in a new land high in the skies above Dream Land. Kirby makes his way to Dedede's Castle and finds that the culprit behind the Dreamstalk is a six-armed, caterpillar-like floating creature named Daranza that has captured Dedede and has him trapped in a prism made of light. Kirby ascends the beanstalk and gives chase after Daranza to rescue Dedede and set things right in Dream Land once more.

When Kirby finally reaches Daranza, the bug announces that his master's plans cannot be stopped now as he strengthens Dedede, giving him extreme power, also giving Dedede his powerful hammer and mask from the Revenge of the King. When Kirby defeats him the first time, Daranza strengthens Dedede even more, replacing his hammer with an axe. After Dedede is defeated for the second time, Daranza gets mad at Kirby. Because of Dedede's defeat, Daranza summons his master, the bee-looking Queen Sectonia, to go after Kirby. Instead of going after Kirby, Queen Sectonia uses her staff and strikes Daranza out of the tower-like structure. After that, Sectonia declares herself the goddess of Pop Star and then attacks Kirby for his "insolence".

Kirby faces Queen Sectonia and wins against her. Dedede then wakes up and Kirby jumps for joy. Although, Sectonia gets her strength back and Dedede hides behind Kirby. Sectonia then combines herself with the Dreamstalk and turns into a giant flower-like monster. She spreads vines all over Popstar, also covering the window between Kirby and Sectonia. Kirby manages to get through the vines and confront Queen Sectonia. Kirby manages to defeat Sectonia and her flower-like minions as well. After celebrating, Sectonia grabs Kirby by the leg and squeezes him. Then, Daranza and Dedede team up and get a Miracle Fruit to throw at Kirby, to make him turn into Hypernova Kirby. Kirby confronts Queen Sectonia for the final time, blasting her beams right back at her. After the final confrontation, the vines disappear and Popstar is as perfect as can be. Kirby, Daranza, and King Dedede admire the beautiful flower that has appeared while flower petals fall from the sky.

Gameplay[edit]

Kirby: Triple Deluxe is a platformer displayed in a 2.5D perspective. The game uses the same engine as Kirby's Return to Dream Land, but this time, Kirby can move between the foreground and the background with the use of a Warp Star. Some enemy attacks also emanate from the background. Kirby can eat a rainbow colored-seed called a Miracle Fruit to become Hypernova Kirby; this new power-up strengthens his inhale ability allowing him to inhale extremely large objects such as trains and trees and is used for a number of puzzles in the game.

New copy abilities include Beetle, which allows Kirby to use a rhinoceros beetle's horn to impale enemies and slam them on the ground or pick them up and carry them around; Bell, which lets Kirby wield twin bells like clubs, use them as a shield, and attack with sound waves; Archer, which lets Kirby fire arrows in any direction and pull out fake trees and boulders to become stealthy and avoid enemy attacks; and Circus, which allows Kirby to ride on a giant rolling ball to bowl over enemies, juggle flaming bowling pins to attack enemies above him and use exploding balloon animals as a weapon. At least 20 copy abilities from previous games return, as well including Wheel which was absent from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Two new subgames are Kirby Fighters, a Super Smash Bros. style fighting game where the player can customize their own Kirby and give him any of the game's copy abilities to battle other Kirbies in stages based on levels from previous Kirby games; and Dedede's Drum Dash, a rhythm game starring King Dedede, who jumps on drums while avoiding enemies and collecting coins to the tune of classic Kirby songs. The main game features co-op for up to four players.

Players can also find and collect keychains which depict characters from previous Kirby games in the same fashion as Super Smash Bros.'s trophys.

Development[edit]

The game was announced on October 1, 2013 during a Nintendo Direct presentation.[3]

Reception[edit]

As of February 24, 2014 the game has sold 457,796 copies in Japan.[4] It has not yet been released in America or Europe

References[edit]

  1. ^ Costabile, Christopher. "Kirby: Triple Deluxe For 3DS Floats Into Japan on 11th January, Teaser Site Goes Live". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/02/13/kirby-triple-deluxe-release-date-announced
  3. ^ Karmali, Luke. "New Kirby Title Announced For Nintendo 3DS". IGN. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Handrahan, Matthew (27 February 2014). "Knack beats Yakuza to Japanese number one". GamesIndustry.biz. Gamer Network. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 

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