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Kirby's Star Stacker (GB / Game Boy)

Game Review

Kirby's Star Stacker Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Marcel van Duyn


Anybody who plays video games probably knows all about the likes of Tetris, Dr. Mario, Puzzle League and other puzzle games, but Kirby had his own original puzzler (as in, not a reskin of Puyo Puyo) as well. The last Kirby game for the original Game Boy, Kirby's Star Stacker is actually a fairly fun game, if a little shallow.

Like most puzzle games, this one primarily involves falling blocks. Around the bottom of each stage, you'll start with a pre-set arrangement of blocks featuring stars, as well as Kirby's three helpers from Kirby's Dream Land 2: Rick, Coo and Kine. The blocks that drop down come in sets of two of Kirby's friends, and the general idea is to just match two of them. It goes a bit further than that, though; if any stars are between two identical blocks of Kirby's friends, all of them will be cleared off the screen.

This is the primary focus of the game's main mode, Round Clear, where you'll have to clear as many stars as possible in order to defeat King Dedede, who requires a certain amount that goes up the further you get. This mode is divided into five difficulties with several rounds each, so it can take a while to beat it fully. At the beginning, you only need 4 stars to defeat Dedede, but at the end of the highest difficulty this number will be over 200!

Aside from Round Clear, you can also play a Challenge mode and a Time Attack mode. Challenge is essentially just an endless game, where you've got to get as high a score as possible. As you go on, new blocks will gradually rise up from the bottom, so it's essential to get rid of everything as fast as possible; of course, the speed will increase over time as well, so you'll have to react faster and faster in order to survive. Time Attack is fairly simple: you've got three minutes to score as many points as you can.

The original release included a versus mode as well but unfortunately, like most Game Boy games on the 3DS Virtual Console, this feature has been disabled at the time of writing. We hope that it'll be added in with an update in the future.


There's not really that much to say about Kirby's Star Stacker. If you enjoy falling block puzzlers, then this should be a fun little purchase, as it's not really like any other one out there. The Round Clear mode will give you some fixed levels to play through, after which all that'll be left is high score attempts, just like most puzzlers. It's quite fun and, at the lowest possible price for Game Boy games on 3DS VC, its a download where you can't really go wrong.

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User Comments (20)



zipmon said:

Thanks for the review!! Definitely looking forward to this when it hits this side of the Atlantic!



TruenoGT said:

The looks a bit like the Yoshi puzzler for GB and NES, with the addition of stars and subtraction of eggs! Maybe will check it out when it comes to US.



Stuffgamer1 said:

I love this game, so I'm definitely going to grab it instantly when it hits in North America. Here's hoping that's sooner rather than later...



LittleKing said:

So it's similar to Yoshi from the Ambassador Program? A 7 seems appropriate. It's nice to play something like this for a few minutes here and there when you've got nothing better to do.



retro_player_22 said:

Though this is a good Kirby puzzler, I want the complete Super NES version instead. Give me Super Star Stacker for VC Nintendo. The game doesn't even had to be translated.



FonistofCruxis said:

I originally wasn't intending to buy this, but after reading this review, I think I will. Good review Drake.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@retro_player_22: Having tried the SNES version, I can tell you that it has a LOT more text than the Gameboy game and WOULD need to be translated for playability. I do wish they would do so, though, 'cause I'd love to be able to really PLAY it.

Having played both Yoshi and Star Stacker, I'd have to say they're really not all THAT similar. Yoshi has no chaining system, for example. Star Stacker is definitely the superior title, at any rate.



Iceberg said:

This looks fun, but not oh my god must buy fun. Maybe if I ever see it in a pawn shop I'll buy it.



zipmon said:

Two years later this is one of my most-played puzzle games on the 3DS - I love it! Working my way through the 'Insane' round clear now. I'd really love to see the SFC version brought over as an import Wii U VC game - here's hoping!

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