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I like to think of the Kirby series as Nintendo's experimental franchise. The company frequently treads new water with Kirby, often trying out different concepts that turn out to be delightfully impressive. Last year, Kirby's Epic Yarn was Nintendo and HAL Laboratory's progressive new endeavor, and it provided gamers with a beautiful gameplay experience that just dripped of aesthetic charm and colorful bliss. Here we are not even a full year later, and Nintendo's pink hero is once again trying something new, this time on the Nintendo DS. Kirby Mass Attack begins with the titular character fallen victim to a wicked spell at the hands of Necrodius, an evil wizard and the latest villain in the series. The spell splits the rotund hero into 10 separate Kirbys, and the antagonist has no problem defeating all but one of the Kirbys, who retreats to safe ground. It is up to this sole Kirby to seek out the other nine fragments of himself so that they can all combine their strength, band together, and defeat the maniacal Necrodius and his goons.
Before Kirby: Canvas Curse graced the Nintendo DS, the then-new Japanese handheld was considered largely unproven. Sure, the software library at the time pointed to potential, but none of the DS's dual-screened magic seemed realized until Kirby arrived for the platform. Canvas Curse, a surprising game that deviated greatly from "Kirby conventions" (the ferocious appetite and stealing enemy powers), wowed critics and fans through charming game mechanics and refined stylus-based controls. The success of the DS and its software library didn't happen overnight, but Canvas Curse started the fire, transforming the dubious portable into a relevant investment. In a surprising case of symmetry, Kirby Mass Attack taps the same vein of creativity and sophistication that made Canvas Curse so appealing, but still manages to do its own thing. Simply put: Mass Attack is a brilliant Kirby game from developer Hal Laboratory. But one that feels bittersweet, as it possibly closes the door on first-party developed DS games. Obviously Mass Attack isn't the last great game for the system, but it's not a stretch to assume that Nintendo's run is officially over as the Japanese publisher looks to the 3DS.
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Brilliant level design, challenging gameplay, tons of replay value, and one adorable mascot (multiplied by 10) shows that Kirby doesn't need a 3D gimmick to host one of the best DS games yet. Just when you think Kirby's shown us his best tricks, he throws something new at you from left field. Kirby: Canvas Curse famously took away the pink puffball's "copy" ability and turned him into little more than a rolling ball. Kirby's Epic Yarn transformed an entire world into the main character's toy, using fabric physics to astonishing effect. Both of those games have been the series' best since Kirby Super Star -- but HAL Laboratory have managed to top themselves once again. Kirby Mass Attack smartly uses the DS touch-screen to great effect. All of the Kirbys will follow your every tap, and different gestures give you finer control over the pink mob. Even this late in the handheld's lifespan, Kirby Mass Attack is arguably one of the best Nintendo DS games yet, and thanks to backwards compatibility, all of you Nintendo 3DS owners will finally have a good game to play that isn't a port of a Nintendo 64 title. Once again taking away Kirby's trademark weapon, the story kicks off when the evil wizard Necrodeus zaps the hero with a bolt of magic that splits him into 10 bite-sized, weaker Kirbys.
With Nintendo's portable focus squarely set on 3DS recently, it's easy to forget that a new Kirby adventure is on its way to the good old DS. In his latest entry on the system, Kirby Mass Attack puts gamers in control of up to 10 versions of the adorable pink puffball. Featuring stylus-only controls and some gameplay elements reminiscent of Pikmin, it beats Squeak Squad, Super Star Ultra, and Canvas Curse as the best franchise entry on DS. Outside of a brief exposition explaining how the evil Necrodeus splits our hero into 10 pieces, the game wastes little time dropping you into the action. Each hub world starts you with only one Kirby, and you're tasked with collecting fruit to add more to your count. Similar to the star doors in Mario 64, it takes a certain amount of Kirbys (up to 10) to enter each subsequent level. Once inside a level, your crew is controlled by dragging a star to the group's destination. A double-tap makes them run, a single tap allows for more precise positioning, and tapping an enemy causes the whole group to hop aboard and pummel them into oblivion. Some enemies won't be vulnerable from the front, so you must flick Kirbys with the stylus for better positioning. Flinging your group onto the back of a baddie to take them down reminded me of Pikmin, and the flick mechanic offers a surprising amount of control.
It's been awhile since Kirby's had a traditional, platforming, enemy-devouring adventure. If that's what you're waiting for, you'll have to wait longer, because Kirby: Mass Attack for the Nintendo DS marks a decided deviation from the Kirby we know and love. But this touch-only adventure will still surprise you with the sheer amount of fun it provides, and with how well it manages to capture the feel of the Kirby universe, even while lacking most of the pink puffball's gameplay staples. The premise of the game has Kirby split into 10 less powerful versions of himself by an evil, magical dude named Necrodeus. You start off each area with only one Kirby, and you gain more by gobbling up tasty fruit. More Kirbys means more power, so it's integral to do all you can to keep your pink fleet alive. One hit and a Kirby turns blue, one more and he turns into an angel Kirby that, unless you can knock him down before he floats off-screen, disappears until you earn enough fruit to produce another one. Sounds simple, but when tons of enemies begin filling the screen, each with different strategies required to finish them off, this can provide quite the challenge.
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