For all the talk about Mario, Zelda and Samus over the years, it’s easy to forget the little pink puffball that could. Though Kirby certainly doesn’t have the pulling power of a new Legend of Zelda title, nor the clout to have a full E3 expo presentation or orchestra tour, there’s no doubting his unique appeal both in design and function. There’s a number of other reasons why he’s my personal favourite Nintendo character but I’ll get to them in a moment, as right now I want to talk about his most recent adventure released recently on 3DS.
Kirby: Planet Robobot sees our little hero awoken to the sounds of explosions and strange starships in
the sky. With little dialogue or explanation outside of the opening cut scene, you’re thrown straight into it in familiar Kirby fashion, sucking up bad guys and jumping/floating through side-scrolling levels. It doesn’t take long, however, for the unique twists of this new adventure to appear, and they really do change things up for the better.
let’s be honest here, Kirby is really cute. Pink is my least favourite colour and yet here I am harping on about how cool a piece of cotton candy is! The little dance routines he does at the end of every level, his ability to smile through the pain, that outcry of happiness with each wave … you can’t help but fall in love with him, which in hindsight is a little weird, but there you go. It’s a shame that Kirby has never hit the same kind of heights as is fellow Nintendo mascots, but as a fan I’m happy to see that the publisher and long time developers Hal Laboratories continue to pump out quality titles with is name on it.