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The Legendary Starfy Review

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Posted by Corbie Dillard

The Legendary Starfy ultimately lives up to its name.

The Starfy series has enjoyed a great deal of success in Japan over the years, but Nintendo's release of The Legendary Starfy in North America marks the first time that many gamers outside of Japan have had the chance to experience the game's unique charm. The developers obviously didn't want to stray too far from the successful formula used in the previous releases when they developed this fifth iteration, but they were still able to include enough new elements to give the game a fresh feel, even to those who've played the previous titles. But does this long-time Japanese exclusive platformer ultimately have what it takes to capture the hearts and minds of gamers outside of Japan?

Your main goal in each stage is to reach the glowing pedestal at the end of each level, but of course there are other unique challenges as well, such as finding the hidden treasure chests in each level that unlock mini-games, provide Starfy with hints, and even net him special items and accessories that can be used in the game's Stuff mode. You begin the game with only a basic set of gameplay moves: Starfy can swim, jump, and perform a basic spin, but he'll have to play through the game's many levels in order to unlock some of his more useful and powerful moves. You'll also pick up special touchscreen abilities from other characters in the game along the way that can be used to do everything from offer up gameplay hints to sniffing out the hidden treasure chests in each level. It's many of these new gameplay twists that make this newest Starfy adventure stand out a bit from previous releases.

You'll also find hidden doors in certain levels that will unlock bonus levels for you to play through, and although these doors can be rather tricky to locate they do offer up a nice incentive to go back through and play levels again. There are also levels where you can call upon Starfy's sister Starly for help, and you'll see these levels marked with both Starfy and Starly icons on the main map screen indicating that a level allows for the use of Starly. To do this, you'll need another player with their own DS system; it doesn't matter if this second player has the game or not, although it will cut down on the time it takes to download the level to the other player's DS system. Once the level is loaded both players can then tackle the level in a cooperative fashion, and since Starly comes equipped with her own unique set of moves, you can reach certain areas previously unreachable using only Starfy.

While platforming plays a huge role in the game, it's the puzzle-solving elements that add the unique twist to the mix. Many times this can involve pressing various switches, pushing certain items around a level, or even learning new actions that will allow you to go back to previously visited levels to unlock areas that couldn't be reached before. You'll even get a chance to transform into one of several creatures, each of which has their own unique set of abilities that can prove to be quite useful during certain tricky spots in the game. As with any Starfy release the control is extremely responsive and intuitive, and you'll even be given a chance to get your feet wet whenever you learn a new in-game ability or locate a new creature to transform into.

You'll also get the opportunity to square off against a boss on the fourth level in each area. While the boss fights in this fifth release are visually the best the series has seen to date, they do lack some of the variety and challenging pattern-based attacks that have become such a staple of the series over the years. They're still quite enjoyable to take on, but they tend to be a bit easy and many can be defeated with little effort, even in later stages of the game where you'd expect a bit more challenge from them.

It wouldn't be a Starfy game without the patented mini-games the series has become famous for. While they're not made a part of the actual adventure itself as in previous releases, they're still quite fun to play, especially if you can round up a few extra players to take them on in competitive fashion. These mini games range from the Coin Slinger challenge that lets you use the stylus to pull back your slingshot and fire at multi-colored coins being tossed around the screen to a Sand Tracer challenge, in which you have to trace characters and items that have been drawn into the sand within a certain time limit. You can even have up to four players take part in these mini-game challenges at once by connecting using the DS wireless function, even if only one player has the game. As with the main adventure, the game will have to download the mini-game to the other DS systems, but it doesn't take long and the multiplayer element really makes playing these mini-games a lot more fun than taking them on solo.

There are also quite a few extra modes found outside of the main game that can be a nice diversion from the main adventure. The Big Bossdown mode allows you to tackle the bosses you've beaten in the game in a timed attack mode. There's also a Stuff mode in which you can dress up Starfy using all of the garments and accessories that you've earned throughout the game. You can even check out The Moe Show, where he'll interview random characters from the game as you sit back and watch. While most of these extra features are just for silly enjoyment, they're still worth a look once you've finished the game and a good chance to go back and see the game's many cartoon sequences again in case you missed or skipped them the first time through.

Visually, The Legendary Starfy even manages to outdo the first DS release in terms of visual flair and special effects. Not only are the flashy 3-D backdrops back this time around, but the foreground graphics are even better as well. The developers have even tossed in quite a few fancy transparency effects to give the game even more visual flash. It's also nice to see that each area has its own unique graphical style, which means that you'll never get tired of seeing the same scenery as you progress through the game. Even the bosses are much larger this time around, some spanning the entire screen in size. It's clear from the moment you begin playing the game that the developers have become quite familiar with the DS hardware and know how to get the most from the system's graphical capabilities.

The soundtracks have always been very light-hearted and upbeat throughout the series, and The Legendary Starfy is certainly no exception. There's an abundance of cute and catchy musical tracks throughout the game's many levels and even the sound effects have a sugary sweetness that couldn't mimic the silly theme of the game any better. The voiced effects you'll hear from the various characters can be a little overbearing at times, but much like every other piece of audio in the game, they fit right in with the zany theme the game employs. It's easy to see that the developers were trying to stick with a common audio/visual theme and they've managed to do so quite well.

Conclusion

Nintendo couldn't have found a better Starfy title to introduce the world outside of Japan to their cute yellow star's unique style of platforming. The Legendary Starfy is easy enough for gamers of all ages to enjoy, yet there's enough secret items and challenges to keep gamers of all skill levels coming back to the game long after they've beaten it. All of the trademark endearing charm of the series has been perfectly captured in this release and thankfully the developers had the sense not to try changing the game too much in adapting it for a non-Japanese gaming audience.

If you can appreciate a unique and silly platforming experience that doesn't take itself too seriously, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more endearing title than The Legendary Starfy. It features all of the playability and polish we've come to expect from Nintendo's top shelf titles and will hopefully only be the beginning of Starfy's platforming adventures outside of Japan.

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User Comments (123)

Stuffgamer1

#1

Stuffgamer1 said:

I've found the secrets and challenges to generally be quite easy to get first time through the stage, except for the ones that require abilities earned later on, of course. Nintendo Power's review puts a somewhat stronger focus on just how EASY this game really is, which resulted in them giving it a 7/10. Personally, I'd split the difference and call it an 8. That's not to say I don't highly recommend it, mind you. If you're already interested, by all means, get it! It is quite fun. I like it much more than recent Kirby games (especially Squeak Squad, which I thought kinda sucked), and I think it appeals to a very similar user base.

And once you get past the first world or two, the level design and difficulty get quite a bit more interesting. And the story is quite funny and charming. I love the way they do the animated comic book cutscenes. :)

y2josh

#2

y2josh said:

I hope Starfy catches on. I couldn't wait any longer for your review and I went ahead and picked it up yesterday. It's absolutely wonderful and I'm glad I didn't wait any longer. :D Great review. I may pick up the imports after I finish this one.

CorbsAdmin

#3

Corbs said:

The Stafi games have always been easy, but this one was a bit easier than I expected. But sometimes I like a game that's smooth and easy. A nice diversion from the bullet hell shooters I'm generally playing. :D

And the review was late due to my having to have surgery on my left wrist to remove a bone spur from my tendon. Gotta wear a brace and it makes playing games and typing a real pain. :D

Stuffgamer1

#5

Stuffgamer1 said:

Ow! You heal up nice and good, y'hear?

Also, I agree that a nice, easy game is sometimes just what you need. I fear it may turn some people off from the game, though I guess probably not because they'd already be running the other way from looking at the box. I had a friend over today, and she saw the box and had one of those stereotypical "cuuuute!" moments. People averse to such things don't know what they're missing.

I hope Nintendo localizes the other Starfy games, because I'm not big into importing games without English in them (refuse to download the Milon's Secret Castle sequel for this reason, among other VC import titles). Sadly, I keep checking back with my manager, but as far as I know, I'm still the only person to buy this game at the Gamestop at which I work. :(

CorbsAdmin

#7

Corbs said:

I hope you're not talking about Do Re Mi Fantasy. Because you should get yourself over to that one right now and grab it. I'll come to your house and do it for you if I have to. :D

Stuffgamer1

#8

Stuffgamer1 said:

That's precisely what I'm talking about. Seems it's not in English. After they went to the trouble to put English in Sin & Punishment and Super Mario Bros. 2 (Lost Levels), I just can't accept a game with a story that's in Japanese! Story matters a LOT to me in games, that's why. you're not going to convince me differently on this one, Corbie. :P

CorbsAdmin

#9

Corbs said:

Okay I'll be there tomorrow sometime around noonish. See ya then.

WolfRamHeart

#10

WolfRamHeart said:

Excellent review Corbie! A fantastic score for a fantastic game! I know a lot of people were waiting for this review and you must have worked really hard to get it to us! Thank You! Now go and play some more Starfy and get well real soon!:)

Stuffgamer1

#11

Stuffgamer1 said:

This should be interesting. For starters, you'll have to actually log onto Facebook to see where I live. Then, you've got 8 hours to get here from Texas. All to make me download a game. Maybe you should save yourself the trouble and just gift it to me? :P

sirgrim

#13

sirgrim said:

Seconding Do Re Mi Fantasy. Best import VC game available. I just MST3K'd the story line.

Moai_Head

#14

Moai_Head said:

I personally do not get the appeal of this game. In terms of difficulty and saccharine kiddiness it makes the Kirby games look like freakin' Metal Gear Solid. Oh well.

CorbsAdmin

#15

Corbs said:

LOL. Well in truth, I'd have liked to have seen them localize the text myself. I thought there for awhile they might actually do it, but I guess it wasn't feasible for them in the end. There's even a rumor that a DS sequel is in the works, so who knows.

Stuffgamer1

#17

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Prosody: No. If I want to be up and on the internet at 4:30am, that's my right as a gaming-obsessed geek-type American! Maybe over the Atlantic there are rules about this sort of thing? ;)

Stuffgamer1

#19

Stuffgamer1 said:

Hey, Corbie, have my Wii system code: 2018-8876-4309-4630 I've also put it in my forum sig, just in case you "misplace" it. :P

Twilight_Crow

#20

Twilight_Crow said:

I just log on to see if anything interesting pop up and yeah! Starfy's review, Great work Corbie! Take care of that hand, I hope you get well soon :).

I'm getting this game for sure I'm already saving my money, lets help, so this gets to be just the first of many more, old and new, Starfy localisations.

@Stuffgamer1
Seriously you don't know what you're missing by not downloading DoReMi Fantasy, you can read the story on the internet, or DL the fan translated ROM, after you purchase it legally of course. :P

Captain_Jack_Sparrow

#21

Captain_Jack_Sparrow said:

Well those graphics sure do look pretty; like any great 2D DS... like I was hoping like Super Princess Peach & Yoshi's Island!! :D
Also I'll go back & read the review without hitting any good spoilers! ;)
I might consider reading up on Starfy yet again to know who he really is... Wikipedia isn't that much of a help though! :(
But AWESOME Review Score... a 9 is OUTSTANDING!! :D
This could make me want the game for once now! ;)

Stuffgamer1

#22

Stuffgamer1 said:

@TC: Read back and forth? Pain in the tuchus. Fan translated ROM? Don't have anything to run it on. Not worth the bother for MY $9. Once Corbie either comes around tomorrow or sends me that gift, though, I'll be sure to give it a fair shot. ;)

CorbsAdmin

#24

Corbs said:

I sent my wii code to your yahoo email you registered with on here.

Stuffgamer1

#25

Stuffgamer1 said:

Warning! Intentionally daft statement forthcoming:
@Mario maniac: Well, then, they should've just released ALL games in English in Japan and avoided this whole issue! ;)

@Corbie:So you did! And I registered it on my Wii. It feels kinda like some back alley deal the way you didn't just post your number. Don't want to share that openly, but Facebook page is just fine? ;)

CorbsAdmin

#26

Corbs said:

Actually you're only the second person, other than the guys here at Nlife, that I've got registered on my Wii. On my Xbox 360, I have two friends. On PS3, none. I just don't game online.

Stuffgamer1

#27

Stuffgamer1 said:

Wow, I feel special! :D
I only have two Wii numbers registered PERIOD now, and the other one is my brother's. :P

Also, for lack of anything better, your name in the address book is attached to a Mii of Dwight Shrute. Don't YOU feel special now, too? :D

Hey, don't edit your post and ruin it! You're rubbing away my special feelings! :(

CorbsAdmin

#28

Corbs said:

I didn' edit it on purpose. I tried to add a smily and mistakenly deleted the bottom part. Now I can't get it back. I'm having a bit of trouble typing as it is. :D

Stuffgamer1

#29

Stuffgamer1 said:

I thought that post was SHORTER before the edit! Like...only up to "registered on my Wii." Ending there, it sounded like an exclusive club. Add the bits about the other systems and you just sound apathetic about the whole thing. :P

Typing trouble...hurt hand...maybe this will cheer you up! whispers to self: probably not...heh heh heh... :P

CorbsAdmin

#30

Corbs said:

Oh I see which post you're talking about. But I had already added that before your post showed up below it.

y2josh

#31

y2josh said:

Online gaming is overrated. But I do enjoy some kicking tail with Mario Kart Wii online :) I like being solo on MOST games.

Stuffgamer1

#32

Stuffgamer1 said:

Meh, my posts do have a tendency to come up a little late relative to other people's actions. I DO have to take the time to type them, after all. Not that I'm slow at typing, just at thinking up what to say sometimes. :P

Also, I actually don't game online all that much either, but I still like to keep my friends lists stocked. :)

DazzaAdmin

#33

Dazza said:

I can't wait to get my hands on this, I love a good 2D platformer. This sounds perfect.

Great review as always Corbie.

Knux

#34

Knux said:

I have played some of this game,and I absolutely agree on the reveiew score. Awesome review Corbie!

Bahamut_ZERO

#35

Bahamut_ZERO said:

You know, I was actually just going to ask what this game would have gotten with English text (the Japanese review thing that got a 7), and now I know. I bought Stafi 3, and I'll be playing it right after I finish Zack and Wiki, so if I like it I'll buy this along with Rythm Heaven when Gamestop has one of those 20% off coupons.

KnucklesSonic8

#37

KnucklesSonic8 said:

@Stuffgamer: Get DRM Fantasy. Now. Seriously, it's such a good game and I'm so glad I got it on the day it came out. :D

Anyway, great review! Sounds like it has a substantial amount of Replay Value (and much like KSSU) even with the wireless mini-games and co-op. Great to see. Can't wait to pick this up.

Slapshot

#38

Slapshot said:

@Corbie....As a hardcore gamer I also like a diversion into Stafi land myself. Great game and review is dead on. If you want a friend on PS3 as me its crossed23. I dont multiplayer hardly at all but its fun to have friends scores to try to break on games. Super Stardust, Burnout etc.

odd69

#39

odd69 said:

add me too corbie(ps3) just type my screen name it's the same odd69. i play resistance 2 co-op like crazy and sacred 2:fallen angel as well.

on the topic i am very interested in the starfi series after readin corbie's other reviews on the GBA so i found them and played them on a emulator,and i loved it.i have since then looked on ebay for both copies but i think, instead i'll just buy the one for ds. its not much of a headache that way plus my head wont spin because i cant understand japanese.

JoeDiddley

#41

JoeDiddley said:

I imported the Japanese version a few months back and it's great. Even though I love playing easy to understand Japanese games on my DS (I gave my copy of Yoshi's Island DS to my sister and bought the Japanese version) it is more text heavy than I was expecting. I never thought it would come to the West.

Pastry

#42

Pastry said:

I bought one yesterday at Wal-Mart! It was the last one left. I'm glad I bought it when I did. :)

P.S. Sorry about your wrist, Corbie. :(

Mark_Chibi

#43

Mark_Chibi said:

While I haven't had the opportunity to pick up the game yet, I'm sure I'll like it seeing as I was a huge fan of Densetsu no Starfi 4.

Great review, by the way.

Stuffgamer1

#45

Stuffgamer1 said:

Hey, Corbie! My Wii says it's STILL confirming friend registration. Does it normally take this long, or did we do something wrong?

Why are so many people trying to convince me to buy a game with such a massive fundimental flaw in it? I care about story a LOT! If I can't understand the story because it's in Japanese, I'm not going to want to waste my money on the game. If anybody wants me to play it THAT badly, they'll have to gift it to me, because that's the only way I'll try it.

theblackdragonAdmin

#46

theblackdragon said:

@Stuffgamer1: If you're still talking about Do Re Mi Fantasy, the game itself is fun (up until the final boss, who it took me 20+ tries to beat DDD: ), but the story is entirely forgettable and lame. Insisting on being able to understand the story of that game is like insisting on being able to understand the story of Kirby's Adventure or Super Mario Bros. 3... it's not necessary IMO.

CorbsAdmin

#47

Corbs said:

I already sent you the game. It confirmed it on my Wii already.

Crazed

#48

Crazed said:

Bone spurs, ow...
Anyway, great review, Corbie. Hopefully you heal soon (and I was holding off DRM Fantasy for the same reasons as Stuffgamer. Dang, that makes my wish list a good 30+ games.)

CorbsAdmin

#50

Corbs said:

Well he said that was the only way he'd try it. Sometimes it calls for desperate measures. :)

Stuffgamer1

#51

Stuffgamer1 said:

Wow, Corbie, I didn't think you'd actually do it either, not even after we exchanged Wii codes! That explains the end of my post #45. The beginning seems to be explained by the fact that because my system isn't on WiiConnect24 (because I don't want it so warm all the time), it takes a few minutes of being on to receive friend verifications and messages.

Well, thanks a LOT for actually doing that, Corbie! Corbie=my best friend on Nintendo Life. Sorry about that, Adam. :P

I'ma go ahead and try the game now. :)

Kim_Jong-Il

#52

Kim_Jong-Il said:

Hey Corbert, just wondering; how did you break your wrist? Oh, I personally don't feel like picking Starfy up. Am I missing out on a gem? cough :D

Kim_Jong-Il

#54

Kim_Jong-Il said:

Whoa! It took 8 years to fix!?
And you managed to beat Ikaruga with one hand. You are my new god! :D

CorbsAdmin

#55

Corbs said:

@ Kim Jong Eel - They fixed it with surgery back in 2001. But they left a bone spur in there and it worked its way into my tendon. I've put it off for almost a year now, but it finally got too bad.

WolfRamHeart

#56

WolfRamHeart said:

@Stuffgamer 1: Man, you are sooo lucky because you are getting one of the greatest games ever on VC for free! I hope that you like Do Re Mi Fantasy because it really is a great game! I'm still sad because I never did get my StarTropics game.:( Oh well, be sure to let us know how you like the game!

Stuffgamer1

#58

Stuffgamer1 said:

You didn't get your game, WolfRamHeart? Why the heck not? Prepares a lynch mob to chase after CowLaunch if the answer is not good enough

Sooo...Do Ray Mi Fantasy. I was having quite a good time with it for a while, though I'd still vastly prefer it with English so I know what the heck was up with the Bomberman cameo! Now I'm stuck at the cheating-butt boss of world three and his afterimages of unavoidable doom. What the heck kind of afterimages KILL you? SO not right! And I HATE the way I only get one hit at the boss. I don't stand a chance!

@Corbie: A couple weeks ago, WolfRamHeart won a little quiz contest on the forum thread called "CowLaunch." Prize was supposed to be a gifted NES game of the winner's choice. He made his choice, but apparantly never got the game.

WolfRamHeart

#59

WolfRamHeart said:

@Stuffgamer 1: Yeah, unfortunately I never got my StarTropics game due to the complication of friends not being able to gift games to other friends in different countries. Since CowLaunch is from the UK and I'm from the US it just didn't work out. I'm sad about it but it isn't CowLaunch's fault; this is one of Nintendo's rules and neither of us knew anything about it. I don't know why Nintendo won't allow us to gift games to other people when the game is already available in all regions. I can understand it if the game hasn't been released in a specific region region yet but this rule seems like nonsense to me.

sirgrim

#60

sirgrim said:

Guess I'll download the Starfy movie theatre commercial to the screen in my work's area. Awesome, there's two different ones.

Stuffgamer1

#61

Stuffgamer1 said:

@WolfRamHeart: Actually, that reason makes sense. Sends off a very disappointed mob
An NTSC Wii can't run a PAL game, and it's no surprise to me at all that the gifting system isn't set up to go cross-region, even if the game IS available in both regions. The two online stores don't have access to each other at all, y'know? I hadn't fully realized that CowLaunch was from the UK, though. Mostly see him on forums, and not comment threads so much. No flags on the former, y'know. :P

That sucks, though it does make me less disappointed that I lost the contest, since I couldn't have gotten the prize either. ;)

WolfRamHeart

#62

WolfRamHeart said:

@Stuffgamer1: Yeah, I guess it could have been either one of us because you were really close to winning that contest too! I really wanted StarTropics but I'm glad at least one of us got a free game! Hopefully you are enjoying Do Re Mi Fantasy!:)

Stuffgamer1

#63

Stuffgamer1 said:

Didn't you read past the first paragraph of my post #58? The second tells you exactly how I'm enjoying it.

CorbsAdmin

#64

Corbs said:

Well we're going to be doing more avatar contests in the future, so that will give everyone even more chances to get some free stuff. You gotta love free stuff. It's free! :D

Stuffgamer1

#65

Stuffgamer1 said:

Wow, Corbie, that came outta NOWHERE! I had already been under the impression this was the case, so why did you give us non-news instead of the secret to the World 3 boss in Do Re Mi Fantasy? :P

Also, there's no such thing as "free," or at least not in this case. It takes WORK to make contest-winning Avatars! I couldn't have joined if I wanted to because I don't have the equipment with which to do so. That doesn't seem very fair to me. Only reason I didn't care this time is that I had already bought the game anyway. :P

WolfRamHeart

#66

WolfRamHeart said:

@Stuffgamer1: Yeah, I did read your post but I'm hoping that when you spend some more time with the game you will grow to like it more despite the language barrier.:)
@Corbie: Thanks for the encouragement and I do love free stuff! I look forward to the next avatar contest, hopefully it will be coming up really soon!:)

Stuffgamer1

#67

Stuffgamer1 said:

Oh, I like the game itself just fine. The language barrier isn't as bad as say...an RPG, naturally. I still wanna know what was up with the Bomberman cameo, though. Did they even try to make it make sense within the context of the game?
It's this being stuck at this boss that's ruining the experience for me. The first two bosses were hilariously easy, but this guy just keep kicking my butt! :(

CorbsAdmin

#68

Corbs said:

That boss is really not very difficult when you figure out what to do. I hate to ruin it for you because when I do you're going to kick yourself for not figuring it out. I found the game super easy.

And how do you not have what it takes to do an avatar? What are you using to post on here?

Stuffgamer1

#69

Stuffgamer1 said:

My PS3. I do use my dad's computer sometimes, but we don't have any kind of software that would be used to make an Avatar.

With the boss, I found out that I could shoot him when his cape is open, which helps a lot. But when he starts zooming around the room with the afterimages, he doesn't seem to want to stop unless I jump on his head at least once, and I almost always die in the attempt. :(

CorbsAdmin

#70

Corbs said:

You can download a free paint program from many sites and even the one that comes with windows is perfectly capable to do the cutting and pasting of an avatar. And Windows has a built-in screen capture you can use or just download an image for the internet and scale it to fit in the 60x60 size.

How long have you been at this boss? Truthfully.

Stuffgamer1

#71

Stuffgamer1 said:

Not sure. A least 10 minutes, honestly. Several game overs. NOT cool! And if 10 minutes doesn't sound like much to you, keep in my I have a very low tolerence for BS with boss dificultly, plus my mom was trying to sleep and my outraged outbursts were preventing that occurance. :P

CorbsAdmin

#72

Corbs said:

LOL, wow then I'd hate to see you play some of these bullet hell shooters I have in my cabinet. Probably kill you. I spent almost 9 hours trying to beat the witch in Banjo Kazooie before I got it down. :P

Here's a hint. It's all about positioning in this one.

Stuffgamer1

#73

Stuffgamer1 said:

There's a reason I hate bullet hell shooters, y'know. :P

That hint is so incredibly vague as to be worthless.

CorbsAdmin

#74

Corbs said:

Well I gave you the game, I'm not going to play it for you. Grow a pair and get in there. Move it! :P

Stuffgamer1

#75

Stuffgamer1 said:

Y'know, I could just get the answer on Gamefaqs. There is a walkthrough for this game. But it wasn't YOUR walkthrough, so I decided to seek help from a friend instead of some random guy. If you're going to be like THAT, though, I guess you leave me no choice. Actually, my choice is either break and go to Gamefaqs or never play the game again. Recommendations?

CorbsAdmin

#76

Corbs said:

Actually the walkthrough on GFs only goes to the end of level 2. So you're out of luck. And I'm not purposely trying to not help you, I just don't remember the exact pattern of that boss as it's been awhile. I only remember that there was a spot that worked for me. I'm playing it now to try to get to it.

I can't be like that. I can't let a game beat me. EVER! Maybe I'm OCD. I fought some battles in FFX that took days to beat. :P

Stuffgamer1

#77

Stuffgamer1 said:

DAMMIT! Well, I guess your $9 only bought two hours of entertainment, then. Sorry if it seems like a waste now. :P

At least in an RPG you can level up to stand a better chance. No such luck here. If there was a Trophy at stake, I'd probably have kept trying hours ago. I just don't see the point now, though. Maybe if I at least had health against this stupid boss...respawning at red armor every damn time is BULLCRAP!

CorbsAdmin

#78

Corbs said:

I understand. You gave it your best shot and that's all you can do. If you can't do it, you can't do it.

I just can't let it go, myself. I've spent hundreds of hours on some of these bullet hell shooters until I can 1cc them. I'm a sick sick man. Well maybe you'll find the time to come back to it sometime. I hope you enjoyed what you were able to play through.

Stuffgamer1

#79

Stuffgamer1 said:

Mild embarassment time!
I just went ahead and tried again against my better judgement and somehow managed to win after two more game overs. Luckily, he only did the afterimage attack once and I managed to not get hit that time. :P

Sooo...you happy now, Corbie?

Stuffgamer1

#81

Stuffgamer1 said:

I was just especially irritable at the time, really. Shoulda known I could handle it if I took a break. I've been generally quite stubborn today. Probably a side-effect of my extremely stupid sleeping choices of late. The fact that I'm online right now and I live in the Eastern time zone should make that factor a clear concern. :P

CorbsAdmin

#82

Corbs said:

I knew you could do it. Now I'm going to play a quick game of Deathsmiles while I await my wife's return from work and then it's off to bed. Enjoy the game and get some sleep.

Stuffgamer1

#83

Stuffgamer1 said:

Wow, your wife works LATE! Somewhere in Texas only puts you one or two hours behind me, right? Come to think of it, I didn't even know you were married until just now! Learning about friends is a good thing! :)

And yeah, I think I'm about to try to get a little sleep. Gotta be up in three hours! :P

Edit in morning: I note that you fixed the link thing on Facebook. I also note that you're listed as "single" there. :P
Yes, I am perhaps too curious for comfort. You're free to decline to tell me stuff whenever you DO become very uncomfortable with the questions. 'Cause I'm nice like that. ;)

CanisWolfred

#84

CanisWolfred said:

It's out already!O_o If you need me, I'll be at the store...by somewhere near Christmas time.

Toon_Link

#85

Toon_Link said:

I'm getting Starfy today!
I'll see you on the "What's Your Opinion on Starfy?" thread!

CorbsAdmin

#86

Corbs said:

The Facebook I just tossed together when I first set it up and never got around to fixing some things. You saw how long it took to change the link. :D Fix'd. It's obvious that some people pay way more attention to Facebook than I do. :P

Stuffgamer1

#87

Stuffgamer1 said:

Yes, we do, Corbie. We have such small, insignificant lives that keeping Facebook accurate becomes a source of a sense of accomplishment, and it bugs us to see inaccuracies on our friends' pages. Or something like that. Maybe it's actually just me being OCD about it (funny how that's a common term used by people who don't even have an actual disorder nowadays, isn't it?). :P

And just in case someone reads this review some time down the road (or anytime in the future, I suppose) and thinks Corbie and I stayed off-topic for way too long, I apologize. It's just the easiest way I have to talk with him. :P

CorbsAdmin

#88

Corbs said:

I didn't mean to imply your life was insignificant, I'm just not quite as into the social aspects of the internet. :D

Stuffgamer1

#89

Stuffgamer1 said:

You didn't imply that my life was insignificant, I did. It's my opinion, to which I believe I am more than entitled. I do find it funny that you say you aren't into the social aspects of the internet, ignoring the fact that Nintendo Life is a VERY social site! I'm making new friends here, after all. That's what I would call social activity. Now if you want to say you're not quite as into the social networking sites as I am, I'll accept that as the truth. :P

CorbsAdmin

#90

Corbs said:

Well I try to be social on the site, but I was referring more to the sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. Stuff like that. In truth, the readers are the main reason I went to work for these sites in the first place. Because Daz still hasn't delivered on the Ferrari yet. :D

EDIT: And I'm talking with the good folks at WayForward right now and we're going to put together a little special feature for the site soon. We're working out the details now. Should be really cool.

WolfRamHeart

#91

WolfRamHeart said:

I wonder how well Starfy is doing saleswise? I really hope people are buying this game because I really want to see Nintendo bring more Starfy games to the US! Corbie, if you get any more Starfy news please let us know about it ASAP!:)

EDIT: Wow Corbie, you're working on something with WayForward? That's awesome! Could this be the next avatar contest you were mentioning earlier? Hmm, I wonder what it could be! I can't wait!:)

CorbsAdmin

#92

Corbs said:

I'm trying to get some sales figures on the game now. I'm curious as well. I do know that the Gamestop where I bought one for my niece the other day had only sold 4 of the 20 they got in.

WolfRamHeart

#93

WolfRamHeart said:

I'm glad to hear you bought Starfy for your niece too! Does she like it? At the GameStop I shop at they got six copies of the game in but have only sold one so far. Not very encouraging but I'm hoping it is doing better elsewhere.

CorbsAdmin

#94

Corbs said:

My youngest niece loves the Stafi games. She's beaten all of the 3 GBA games I have. Here you can see that I've trained her well!

WolfRamHeart

#95

WolfRamHeart said:

LOL! That's pretty awesome Corbie! Your niece is a hardcore gamer already! Don't train her too well or she may end up replacing you here on Nintendo Life!;)

CorbsAdmin

#96

Corbs said:

Now what would you guys do without me around her to annoy you? :P I gave my niece a white import Saturn console when she was 6 and she still plays that thing all the time.

J_K

#97

J_K said:

It always hurt me they refused to release this quality line of games outside of Japan for years. I tried off and on to ever find a fair price (to me $5-10 max over USA retail) priced game I could nab from overseas but couldn't. The series is fantastic and I've yet never got to experience it until I see this opportunity before me now. I'm pleased they went with the latest of the Japanese to test the waters, and hopefully if it pans out they can back release previous titles to let people have more starfy fun.

Is it me(this is to NES fans) but does this play a hell of a lot like Little Nemo the Dream Master? Cute stages, great audio, puzzle like environments on doing X to get Y to finish Z, and then the 'suits' to do added moves over what you just have or earn for your own body.

Stuffgamer1

#98

Stuffgamer1 said:

Twilight Crow wrote:

Seriously you don't know what you're missing by not downloading DoReMi Fantasy, you can read the story on the internet, or DL the fan translated ROM, after you purchase it legally of course.

I would be happy to read the story online IF I COULD FIND IT! Seriously, I've been searching, but I can't find a transcript ANYWHERE! Can anybody help me with this, please?

CorbsAdmin

#99

Corbs said:

I played through the translated ROM of the game to see the story, but that was a long time ago. You'd probably have a better shot at finding that than a text-based translation.

Stuffgamer1

#100

Stuffgamer1 said:

I already said way back in post #22 that I don't have a way to play said ROM, and even if I did, what makes you think I want to have to play the game AGAIN just to see the story? See, this is why I didn't buy the game for myself in the first place. It's got entirely too much text story to not have been translated! I'm at the start of world 6 now, and I still don't have a CLUE what's been going on in all those story scenes. That REALLY bothers me! And I don't care if the story supposedly doesn't matter, because it matters to me!

CorbsAdmin

#101

Corbs said:

My advice is quickly delete the game and try to get past the pain and aguish it's caused you. Perhaps therapy should be considered. Or at the very least, a hypnotist to undo some of the damage. But if you must have the story, let me sum up.

You go around through all these worlds and s**t putting enemies in bubbles and blowing them away. You beat all these bosses and stuff and save the world. The end. :D

Stuffgamer1

#102

Stuffgamer1 said:

You're hilarious, Corbie. And helpful, to boot. :P

Of course, I've slightly exaggerated the effect it has on me. Still, I don't understand why this problem DOESN'T bug you or much of anybody else, apparantly. You LIKE having to skip past walls of what might as well be gibberish and pretend the game has no story? Not getting to experience the full impact of the obviously humorous character interactions? Moving on like the game was made 10 years earlier than it was?

Don't get me wrong here, it is a good game. Not nearly as great as you make it out to be, and not only because of the text issue, but still good. Even so, if I was reviewing it, I'd have to knock off at LEAST a full point just because I can't follow the story AT ALL. Given the fact that this IS the reason I didn't buy it for myself in the first place, I'm not sure why you decided to risk wasting your money on it to begin with! Not to sound ungrateful, but you probably should've seen this coming.

CorbsAdmin

#103

Corbs said:

I don't see it as a waste. I get a lot of satisfaction from the interaction with the readers on this site. So paying someone back from time to time isn't really what I would consider a waste. And in all honesty, I've been quite fortunate in my personal life, so I like to spread it around when I can. I thought it was worth the chance to send it to you to see if you might like it. And I've just been giving you a hard time on here about it, so don't take it personally. It's all in good fun! Which is what the Corbinator is all about. :D

Stuffgamer1

#104

Stuffgamer1 said:

Yeah, I can easily tell you're just teasing. When I'm serious about finding a solution, however, it can get extremely annoying to be met with nothing BUT teasing. There needs to be a balance, eh?

I guess I'm really FAR more story-minded than your average gamer, which is why this whole thing bugs me more than the rest of you. It's hard to feel alone in something like this, with everybody thinking I'm making a big deal out of nothing. :(

gameking23

#106

gameking23 said:

I just ordered this game from Amazon because I could get it cheaper there. Unlike GameStop they charge full price while Amazon saves me 7 dollars. Now I can not wait to give this game a try.

ballistikboy

#107

ballistikboy said:

Hey guys... looking to purchase this game and I love platformer games, especially Mario Bros, Zelda, etc. Do you think this game is worth $35? Is re-playability good? Not too comical for adults, etc?

WanderFan91

#109

WanderFan91 said:

A 9 well deserved, though I felt it more to be a 9.5. ;) Anyway, when I first got to grips with the game, I fell in love with it. No other DS title comes even close, imho! Not only is it very cute, but it's also very fun. The best 2D/3D blending graphics I've yet witnessed, the music is very catchy, and the gameplay is very intuitive. Despite how easy it is, I still ranked it at my Top 10. Truly marvelous.
I truly hope TOSE and the Big N either translate the other Starfy games or bring them over to Western shores. Both would be nice. :)

LEGEND_MARIOID

#110

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Great game and very relaxing. Makes you smile too. The family love it too.

Good review and I understand the 9/10 score...though I'd give it an 8

PristineQueen

#113

PristineQueen said:

great game!! i would recommend it to anyone. great colors, cute characters, maybe a bit much talking for my taste, but i guess kids like the dialog. i have yet to be able to play with somone else over wi-fi which i really want to do.

alvieao

#114

alvieao said:

Lately I've been back into platformers once again; the last ones being Drill Dozer and Pulseman (both by Game Freak), and now the Legendary Starfy. Finally, Nintendo and TOSE released a Starfy game outside of Japan. After playing it for some time, I must say Starfy is a fantastic platformer. Wonderful graphics, the gameplay is very good, great music, and the characters are cute. Everyone must have Starfy in their DS collections, especially after playing those Mario and Kirby games.

grumblegrumble

#115

grumblegrumble said:

Got this for cheap on the Wal-Mart clearance rack $15... am loving it so far! So cute and well made, designed totally to the T, I love this...

Cipher

#116

Cipher said:

Given the fact that this got a 9/10, along with many other positive reviews to back it up... I absolutely cannot understand why Nintendo of Europe won't release it in the UK and Europe.

Hokori

#118

Hokori said:

I think i'll get this very soon, its $15 at wal-mart, and I just got Rhythm Heaven for the same price

DKmania

#119

DKmania said:

I was thoroughly surprised by this game. I got it for $15 while it was on clearance at Best Buy and it is by far the best deal I have ever snagged on a game this good.

NintendoFanatic98

#120

NintendoFanatic98 said:

I got it at Target for $7.41. It was on super clearance. :D worth every penny. I also got the first Layton for the same price. :D

Pupito

#122

Pupito said:

This game is a bonafide masterpiece. True, its not very difficult for hardened veterans, but it's got so much charm and character, and the marine platforming gameplay is pure bliss. Starfy has a pretty diverse move set, and he's secretly my favorite Nintendo character! I just hope they either translate the earlier games or continue with the franchise. A 3DS or Wii Ware game would be sublime!

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