Kirby, as a game series, has always offered some unique spins on its tried and true formula. Artistically, Kirby has always taken risks with games such as Kirby’s Epic Yarn. And even the gameplay has taken drastic shifts with puzzle games and golf games. Nintendo is looking to re-imagine the Kirby formula once again with Kirby Mass Attack.
The crux of most Kirby games involves swallowing enemies and using their powers to reach the end of a stage. In Kirby Mass Attack, the gameplay revolves around using up to 10 Kirby’s to solve puzzles throughout the world. The player will start as a single Kirby but can increase the number of Kirby’s they are controlling by eating up fruit scattered around the level.
The game looks great. The gameplay looks unique and challenging and it’s no wonder why the game is so highly anticipated. There is one question that does arise from the press release however, why is this game being released on the Nintendo DS?
It is fair to say that Nintendo’s launch of the 3DS has been lackluster. Besides the obvious hardware limitations (never before has a company ever used consumers as unwitting beta testers), the software backing the 3DS has been mediocre at best. As one of the early adopters of the 3DS, I currently own 3 games; Rayman 3D, Ocarina of Time 3D, and Super Street Fighter IV 3D. Kirby Mass Attack is a perfect opportunity to get an original game using an established IP released for the system. Yes, I am aware that I can play Kirby Mass Attack on my 3DS, but it certainly is not going to help Nintendo move additional units or boost hardware sales. I know Nintendo has some major games lined up for the 3DS with Mario Kart 7 and Paper Mario, but it still lingers as Nintendo already failing to support 3DS games.
In the end, it all reeks of similarity to the DSi. I can recall only a handful of DSi exclusive games, and with major releases such as Kirby Mass Attack only seeing a DS release, it seems as though Nintendo still has the majority of their support behind the DS and not its supposed successor.