Kirby Mass Attack

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Kirby Mass Attack
Kirby Mass Attack cover.jpg
North American box art
Developer(s) HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Mari Shirakawa
Producer(s) Masanobu Yamamoto
Yoichi Yamamoto
Yasushi Adachi
Composer(s) Shogo Sakai
Series Kirby
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release
  • JP: August 4, 2011
  • NA: September 19, 2011
  • AU: October 27, 2011[1]
  • EU: October 28, 2011
Genre(s) Platformer, puzzle game
Mode(s) Single-player

Kirby Mass Attack[a][2] is a puzzle platformer game in the Kirby series developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS, which released worldwide in 2011. The game was briefly mentioned at the end of the Nintendo E3 2011 press conference.[3]

Gameplay[edit]

Like Kirby: Canvas Curse, the player does not directly play the game with a directional pad, face buttons, or shoulder buttons. Instead, the player only uses the stylus and touch screen on the DS to play the game. The game is played by using the stylus to command up to ten Kirbys on the screen. Tapping the screen creates a star that the Kirbys can follow or cling onto. By tapping enemies or obstacles on the screen, players can send multiple Kirbys to attack them, with the player also able to flick individual Kirbys as projectiles. By collecting pieces of fruit throughout the level, the player can gain up to ten controllable Kirbys, which allow players to tackle enemies and obstacles more easily than with one Kirby. Each level often requires a minimum number of Kirbys to enter, and some puzzles will require all ten Kirbys to solve. If a Kirby is hit by an enemy or obstacle, it will turn blue until the end of the level, or until the player finds a special gate which restores their health. If a blue Kirby is hit, it will turn grey and float away unless the player can drag him down and turn him blue again, with the game ending if the player runs out of Kirbys or fails a certain level objective. Hidden throughout each game are several medals, found either by exploring, solving puzzles or finding keys and treasure chests, which in turn unlock additional minigames and bonus features. Some levels also feature large lollipops that temporarily make all the Kirbys bigger, allowing them to break through barriers and reach new areas.[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

One day in Popstar, Kirby went to the Popopo Islands, an archipelago in the south of Popstar, to explore. After Kirby fell asleep in a field, Necrodeus, the evil leader of the Skull Gang, appeared from the sky. Using his magic staff, Necrodeus struck Kirby and split him in 10 tiny individual Kirbies- each with only a fraction of the original Kirby's power. After promptly defeating all but one of the 10 Kirbies, Necrodeus leaves to continue his plans. As the last Kirby looks up in despair, he notices a star. The star, Kirby's own Heroic Heart, tells him to follow it so they can defeat Necrodeus together. Kirby follows the star and begins his adventure to defeat Necrodeus and get himself back together again.

Media[edit]

A five volume manga of the series, titled Atsumete! Kirby (あつめて!カービィ, Atsumete! Kābī, lit. "Gather! Kirby") was written by Chisato Seki and illustrated by Yumi Tsukirino. It was published in Japan from 2016 by Asahi Production, serialized in the online social networking service based Facebook. In 2016,[4] Atsumete! Kirby ended 2016.three special volumes of the manga came out in Japan called "カービィマスター (Kirby MASTER)" which had all the pages for each manga in color and has brand new stories.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 83/100[5]
Review scores
Publication Score
Destructoid 9.5/10[6]
Eurogamer 8/10[7]
Famitsu 36/40[8]
Game Informer 8.5/10[9]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[10]
GameSpot 8.5/10[11]
GameTrailers 8.1/10[12]
IGN 8.5/10[13]
Joystiq 4/5 stars[14]
Nintendo Power 8/10[15]
The A.V. Club A−[16]
The Daily Telegraph 4/5 stars[17]

Kirby Mass Attack received "favorable" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[5] Destructoid said, "Cleverly designed, overwhelmingly cute, and devoted to fun, Kirby Mass Attack is a game that should become part of your handheld library without question."[6] 1UP.com said it was a "brilliant game".[18] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of all four nines for a total of 36 out of 40.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Known in Japan as Atsumete! Kirby (あつめて!カービィ, Atsumete! Kābī)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daniel Vuckovic (October 20, 2011). "Nintendo Australia outlines Wii and DS line-up for the rest of 2011". Vooks. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ Ishaan (June 7, 2011). "Kirby: Mass Attack Swarms To The Nintendo DS In September". Siliconera. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ Nicole Tanner (June 7, 2011). "E3 2011: Nintendo Teases More Games - UPDATE". IGN. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ Template:Cite web https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1425093067510102&set=a.693696767316406.1073741827.100000282667463&type=3
  5. ^ a b "Kirby: Mass Attack Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Jim Sterling (September 16, 2011). "Review: Kirby Mass Attack". Destructoid. ModernMethod. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ Tom Phillips (December 22, 2011). "Kirby Mass Attack Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b rawmeatcowboy (July 27, 2011). "Famitsu - full review scores". GoNintendo. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ Dan Ryckert (September 19, 2011). "Kirby: Mass Attack: Kirby Divides And Conquers". Game Informer. GameStop Network. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ McKinley Noble (September 19, 2011). "Review: Kirby Mass Attack (DS)". GamePro. Archived from the original on September 25, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ Nathan Meunier (September 19, 2011). "Kirby: Mass Attack Review". GameSpot. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Kirby Mass Attack Review". GameTrailers. September 26, 2011. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ Audrey Drake (September 16, 2011). "Kirby: Mass Attack Review". IGN. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ Griffin McElroy (September 19, 2011). "Kirby: Mass Attack review: Pink, puffy and preposterous". Engadget (Joystiq). Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Kirby Mass Attack". Nintendo Power. 271: 76. September 2011. 
  16. ^ Anthony John Agnello (September 26, 2011). "Kirby Mass Attack". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  17. ^ Chris Donlan (November 9, 2011). "Kirby Mass Attack review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  18. ^ Jose Otero (September 20, 2011). "Review: Kirby Mass Attack is One of the Last Great DS Games". 1UP.com. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 

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