(Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Kirby Super Star (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

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Kirby Super Star Review

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Posted by Corbie Dillard

Suck on this!

Kirby Super Star made its debut on the Super Nintendo console in 1996, and although the game came late in the system's lifecycle, it's gone on to become one of the most sought-after games in the series. Now with the release of the game on the Virtual Console, Wii fans can enjoy the classic in all of its original glory.

The gameplay of Kirby Super Star remains quite similar to past releases — although there are a few new wrinkles to keep things interesting — so long-time fans of the series should feel right at home. Instead of one giant storyline and quest to complete, Kirby Super Star breaks things down into seven different platforming games and two mini-games for gamers to tackle. Each game features its own unique plot, not to mention small variances in gameplay from time to time, to create a wildly varied experience that feels fresh throughout.

As with most Kirby games, you can still inhale enemies and take on their unique powers, but this time around you can also use that enemy's powers to create a CPU-controlled helper that can play alongside you. A second person can even control them alongside you for a little cooperative play.

The controls are spot-on throughout the various games and the new gameplay mechanics only add to the fun. The low level of difficulty is likely to turn some gamers off, but given the sheer number of levels included in the package, you certainly won't be at a loss for things to do; you should get more than your money's worth out of this release.

From a visual standpoint, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more vivid or colourful game than this one. Everything about the game jumps off the screen and there's a ton of detail in each of the many backdrops. As if the beautiful scenery wasn't enough, the developers still managed to find time to create some absolutely gorgeous bosses, not to mention top notch character and enemy animations to go along with them.

The musical score is as impressive as it is varied. There are absolutely tons of different tunes to enjoy throughout the game and the Super Nintendo's sound chip is put to good use with a solid set of audio effects to further complement them. While it would have been easy for the developers to just rehash the same music throughout the package, it's nice to see that they took the time to get it right; it really pays off.

Conclusion

If you're a fan of the Kirby series, Kirby Super Star is the game to own. Not only are there quite a few homages to classic releases in the series strung throughout, but there are also enough new gameplay ideas tossed into the mix to please even long-time fans of the series who've given the previous titles countless play-throughs. The difficulty is a bit on the easy side, but as anyone familiar with the series should know by now, difficulty is certainly not what the Kirby games are about anyway. It won't take you long to see why Kirby Super Star is widely regarded as the best release in the series once you dive into these entertaining adventures.

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User Comments (62)

Croz

#3

Croz said:

I've never played the original SNES version, so i'm quite interested in this. Although i have played an hour or two on the DS remake, its enjoyable but i don't think it tops Kirby Adventure.

JamieOStaff

#4

JamieO said:

Spot on @Corbie, 1996 was quite late for a SNES title, it sounds like HAL really went to to town with the SNES's colour palette and dual sound chips. Your description of its varied gameplay has captured my interest. Fact is, I have never really played any Kirby games, but I am clearly a dork, because I should not be missing out on a 9/10 scoring SNES classic.

I am not currently a fan of the Kirby series but reading this review was great, because it has made me want to play this title. Question is, do I download it straight off theVirtual Console, or hunt down a boxed Super Famicom copy? Hmmm.

Oh yeah, and "Suck on this!" is a class intro one-liner! ;)

odd69

#5

odd69 said:

Awesome review corbie i am a big Kirby fan. I didn't get the ds version because i wanted the original so i still haven't played this yet, but Friday i will finally play this masterpeice. So this being released on the VC means alot to me and i'm quite excited to fire this game up.

JakobG

#6

JakobG said:

I loved Kirby Super Star, and I'd say the rating is pretty spot on.
I'd give it a 9.5.
You should have mentioned the soundtrack, which features probably the most remixed song in existence.

turtlelink

#7

turtlelink said:

A short, but great review! I remember wanting this a long ime ago, but i didn't have a SNES. Then o' look, nintendo makes Ultra! I'll download thias anyway.

Chunky_Droid

#8

Chunky_Droid said:

Never had the chance to play the original, thank you Nintendo for giving me another chance!

And hooray it's an awesome game to boot :)

grenworthshero

#9

grenworthshero said:

WHOA! I didn't think this game would ever grace the VC! I rented this when it first came out but never got around to buying it, and now it's pretty expensive. I didn't even know it was on VC now. Excuse me while I go buy some Nintendo points.

WildPidgeyAppears

#11

WildPidgeyAppears said:

This game sucks AND blows...in a good way. I highly, highly recommend anyone who hasn't played it to download this game NOW.

DiggerandIndy

#12

DiggerandIndy said:

"The musical score of the game is as impressive as it is varied. There are absolutely tons of different tunes to enjoy throughout the game and the Super Nintendo's sound chip is put to good use with a solid set of audio effects to further complement them."

THAT is something the recent Kirby games failed at; I always thought the music from the GBA and first two DS games stunk. Every time I hear the music from this game, I always think to myself, "They just don't make this anymore." :-(

manleycartoonist

#13

manleycartoonist said:

I owned this on the SNES and it is the best Kirby game. In my opinion it would be a 10/10 game is they would have used the visual style from Dream Land 3. That was what a beautiful SNES game looked like.

Kevin

#14

Kevin said:

Once I get a new points card I'm getting this. I enjoyed the DS version.

Uncle_Rick

#16

Uncle_Rick said:

For me, it's still a toss-up between Kirby's Adventure and this for which is the best in the series. But they're both fantastic. If you haven't played it, why are you reading this? Go download it now!

Digiki

#17

Digiki said:

Suck on this!

I get it, it's because the game kind of sucks a lot of the time.

WiX

#18

WiX said:

For me, this is THE BEST Kirby-game and SNES-game! Even today is is still fun to play with its awesome gameplay, music, graphics... Everything! :D

What really makes it stand out from the other Kirby-games, aside the RockMan-esque game choosing, is that all the enemy costumes have many different attacks! It wasn't mentioned in the text (or I am just blind) and that is really worth mentioning as it adds much depth to gameplay. Many other games in the series have only one or few attacks.

Of course, the most fun you can get from this game is when played with a friend. I REALLY recommend this to anyone who likes platforming, Kirby, colors, fun games with friends... :)

Oh Nintendo, could we finally get that new real platforming Kirby-game for Wii with good music, multiplayer goodness and many attacks per costume, please? For so long have I waited for you... E3, save us!

Knux

#20

Knux said:

Wait, this game is out on the VC in America!? Must-buy for me!! :)

Rensch

#24

Rensch said:

I played the DS version that came out a while back but I like Kirby's Adventure better.

Sylverstone

#25

Sylverstone said:

Nearly my fav Kirby game, but Kirby Super Star Ultra and Kirby: Canvas Curse are great as well.

That tagline sucked me in!

retro_player_22

#26

retro_player_22 said:

I'm so getting this one, already had a blast with the remake, Canvas Curse, Squeak Squads, Amazing Mirrors, and Nightmare in Dream Land for the portable so I'm all for this classic.

StarDust4Ever

#27

StarDust4Ever said:

Will download ASAP when I get home tomorrow. That'll give me two solid days playtime on my Wii before Galaxy 2 takes off.

PS - Inhaling your enemies P'wns :D

Adamant

#28

Adamant said:

@bro2dragons: No, much shorter. Kirby Super Star in its entirety is about as long as Kirby's Adventure, which was a pretty huge game in its own right.

bro2dragons

#29

bro2dragons said:

@Adamant: alright, cool. so they're bigger than minigames but smaller than real games? well, i do think i'll give this a go next time i have 800 points lying around. :)

CharlieRod

#30

CharlieRod said:

If anyone is interested in getting the cartridge for SNES, go to a fleamarket! I've done this with almost all my games and you would be surprised how much cheaper they are there instead of buying them on eBay.

EdEN

#31

EdEN said:

I own the original cart and the DS remake so this release isn't for me but for everyone else the 800 points asking price is very much worth it. Nintendo could have charged 1,000 points due to all the content in the game but they did the right thing.

BobberyFan98

#32

BobberyFan98 said:

Seriously, once Bejeweled 2 comes out, and hopefully its only 500 points, I am totally getting that and this! Booyah! :D

-BF98 ;)

LordJumpMad

#33

LordJumpMad said:

If theres one Kirby Game to play, this is it

You havn't lived intill you played this Game.

I have it on the DS, but I want to play it on my Wii

WanderFan91

#34

WanderFan91 said:

Great review, Corbie. :) I've read the review before going to school this morning on my iPod Touch. :) I'll always remember the first time I played it back during Hurricane Rita in 2005, and I'll never forget the first time I heard this amazing song. :) I wish I could've played it as much as I have Kirby's Dream Course back then (what it can I say, the latter was ad - dic - ting, mostly on two player; I miss that. :(). I'm glad I managed to replay the game on the DS, as Kirby Super Star Ultra. It's my second favorite Kirby game ever. :) I love turning enemies into allies. :) It's got one of my top favorite Jun Ishikawa soundtracks ever, as well as Arcana and Kirby's Dream Land 3. :) :) :) The Great Cave Offensive is the best game of 'em all, imo. :)
@Corbie - did you come up with that tagline? If so, then that's clever; 'cause of the usage of the term "suck" (meaning "to inhale").
But, like Illsuion of Gaia was changed to Illusion of Time in Europe, I wonder why Kirby Super Star changed to Kirby's Fun Pak for Europe?

RevolverLink

#35

RevolverLink said:

I've been meaning to pick up Kirby Super Star for a while now, but I'm torn on which version to pick-up. Is Ultra worth the extra 22 bones or should I just download the original?

HappyHappy

#36

HappyHappy said:

I have the DS version, but I’ll probably download this too so my brother and I can play it together.

theblackdragonAdmin

#38

theblackdragon said:

@StarBoy: It's clear from the way Digiki worded his statement that he understands what Corbie meant. He's just choosing to take it that way intentionally because he personally doesn't like the game. :3

WanderFan91

#39

WanderFan91 said:

Ah.


And while I'm at it: I've gotta say that Marx in Milky Way Wishes was really difficult the first time I fought him. I solely use the Stone ability on him whenever I fight him. The music for when you're bouting with Meta Knight is very epic in style. The credits music for The Great Cave Offensive, The Revenge of Meta Knight, and Milky Way Wishes are amazing. Jun Ishikawa (and Hirokazo Ando) always make great soundtracks in these series of games, even outside of the series. :)

WanderFan91

#41

WanderFan91 said:

I also love the plethora of abilities in this game. :) I also love that, if you press the X Button, you can create your ally with your current ability. :)
Ninja Kirby FTW!!! :)
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Draygone

#42

Draygone said:

Personally I prefer Kirby's Adventure, but mostly because it's a single lengthy game rather than just a bunch of smaller games bundled into one package. Other than that, the only real downside to Kirby's Super Star is that you actually have to take advantage of two-player co-op in order to get 100% (a single artifact in The Great Cave Offensive).

WanderFan91

#43

WanderFan91 said:

@Draygone - not true. I managed to recuperate all sixty treasure chests in The Great Cave Offensive by myself, with the aid of a CPU-controlled ally in certain places, several times.

Scottie

#45

Scottie said:

Is this worth getting then for the single player mode alone? I love platform games and want this to come to the EU please Nintendo of Europe.

WanderFan91

#47

WanderFan91 said:

Who could forget Kirby's priceless expression on his face when the narrator characterized him as "jolly"?

The SNES sported really good Kirby games. :)

SPOILER

If you beat Helper to Hero on Kirby Super Star Ultra with all twenty characters, you'll be allowed to watch the original SNES cutscenes. :) I finally managed to accomplish the completion of Helper to Hero today. :)

SonicMaster

#48

SonicMaster said:

i disagree with "this is the best kirby game." I played the ds version, and i was boring.

WanderFan91

#49

WanderFan91 said:

Kirby Super Star and Kirby's Dream Land 3 both have amazing graphics and soundtracks and gameplay, imo. :) But I wonder why Capsule J was altered for the DS remake?

Omega

#50

Omega said:

I remember that Kirby Nightmare in Dreamland (GBA) is the same game as Kirbys Adventure (NES). So is Super Star a completely unique game? Or does "8 games in one" mean, that it is 8 re-releases in one cartridge?

WanderFan91

#53

WanderFan91 said:

Congrats, Europe. :)
I like seeing how fast I can beat these mini-games. :)


If I had to name the single best song in the entire game, it would have to be this one!!!! :) One of the most rewarding ending songs I've ever heard. :) Hear it to believe it. :) :) :) Jun Ishikawa and Hirokazu Ando FTW!! :)

Kurachi

#54

Kurachi said:

@ 43 and all other people who say its just a bunch of minigames
its not just minigames, there are adventures, like great cave and dynablade
its just a game with adventures and lots of minigames, not ONLY minigames

great cave has something like treasure hunt, but isnt that THE adventure?

i know why its called minigames, but its not the truth

they say cuz you have different things you can do, and great cave has most, but if you call all these options minigames, you better call for example kirby's adventure (nes) also minigame, as you gotta do levels to get to the bosses and complete the game

ps. dynablade has a story too :D

anyway, its ---->IMO<---- the best kirby game, as its very advanced, like it has most things to do, especially the great cave

Nintendo-Dude

#56

Nintendo-Dude said:

How come Nintendo release Kirby Super Star, 8 games in 1, for the Virtual Console. but they don't release Super Mario All Stars, 4 games in 1 !?!

Sometimes I just hate Nintendo.

Scarhino89

#57

Scarhino89 said:

Kirby Super Star (Kirby's Fun Pak in Europe) is my favourite of the serie. I've got it on Virtual Console.

Nintenbro

#61

Nintenbro said:

I finally decided to give this game a chance, since it was just made available as a Club Nintendo reward. It was only 150 coins, so it can't possibly be too much of a mistake.

WingedSnagret

#62

WingedSnagret said:

Just got this from the Club Nintendo reward system. And I've got to say it's worth every coin! Loads of fun!

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