The Legendary Starfy
|The Legendary Starfy|
North American box art
|Developer(s)||Tose Co., Ltd.|
The Legendary Starfy, known in Japan as Densetsu no Stafī: Taiketsu! Daīru Kaizokudan (伝説のスタフィー たいけつ！ダイール海賊団?, lit. "The Legendary Stafy: Confrontation! Daīru Pirate Squad"), is a marine platform video game developed by Tose Co., Ltd. and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS handheld video game console. It is the fifth game in the The Legendary Starfy video game series. On June 8, 2009, the game became the first in the series to be released outside of Japan.
After the events of Densetsu no Stafy 4, while the protagonist, named Starfy, was sleeping in bed, a rabbit wearing an astronaut suit, named Bunston, fell from the sky through the roof of Pufftop Palace, bouncing on and waking Starfy. While Starfy couldn't understand, a group known as the Terrible Trio arrived inside of Pufftop Palace and grabbed Bunston. Before they could flee away, Starfy used his signature Spin Attack against the Terrible Trio, making them drop Bunston. After Starfy knocked them out, they wondered where Bunston went, and decided to vanish in smoke in order to avoid Starfy and search for Bunston. A short time later, Moe the clam curiously rushed inside the room and asked Starfy what the commotion was all about. Then Starfy didn't answer him and tried to jump into the ocean to pursue Bunston in order to find out about him, while Moe tried to pull Starfy from the edge of the cloud of Pufftop Palace, but then Moe failed to stop Starfy and slowly slid off with him. Meanwhile, Starfy's sister Starly protects the Pufftop Palace from the Terrible Trio and its soldiers, who are looking for Starfy and/or Bunston.
Returning from the previous four Starfy titles are the costume series of power ups - this time, it is a ghost, dragon, chicken, and an ice-tailed seal costume. Unlike other games in the series, instead of touching a costume, Starfy touches Bunston's thought bubbles to put on a costume. The game also has DS wireless co-op play in select areas and boss fights, where one person controls Starfy and the other controls Starly. Only one cartridge copy of the game is required for this feature. Five different minigames are offered, one of them a cooking game starring Starly. Returning from earlier entries in the series is the wardrobe collection in which players dress Starfy and Starly in different outfits.
The Legendary Starfy is the first game in the series to be released outside Japan. Nintendo of America previously found games in the series to be "too Japanese" for a North American release. The joint decision by Nintendo and Tose to finally release the Starfy series abroad came about because the Nintendo DS was doing well in the market. Yurie Hattori, assistant director for the Starfy series states "It's a game that's really the result of all the great ideas we had in [Densetsu no Stafy] 1-4. This is a really accessible game and a great starting point to bring it to the US." Very few changes were made for the game's English adaptation. To promote the game, a launch event was held at the Nintendo World Store in New York City on July 11, 2009.
Reviews for The Legendary Starfy have been positive mostly. Reviews have commented on the game's similarities to Kirby. Reviewers have applauded the size and depth of the world, and creative story telling presented to the player.
IGN Nintendo Team editor Mark Bozon expressed in his review that the game contains an "incredible amount" of activities, and can feel almost cluttered at times because of this. Game Informer 's Matt Helgeson said in his review of the game, "[it] isn't mind-blowing, but it's certainly well crafted and bolstered by some genuinely funny writing." Both of the Game Informer staff who reviewed the game also found that the cool-down period after performing Starfy's spin attack too many times was "annoying".
The Legendary Starfy debuted on the Japanese sales charts at number 3, selling 29,000 copies. It is the slowest debut for the series so far. Media Create sales data lists the game at having sold 126,428 copies in Japan by the end of 2008. Public sales information from Amazon.com suggests that The Legendary Stafy was the top-selling Nintendo DS game in North America during its week of release, temporarily beating out previous top-sellers on the platform such as Mario Kart DS and New Super Mario Bros. NPD Group reports that the game was the 19th best-selling game in North America during the months of June and July 2009.
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- Official English website
- Official Japanese website (Japanese)
- Official web page for The Legendary Starfy at Nintendo.com
- Starfy Wiki