The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES - JOE GRIF­FIN

7 cert, Nin­tendo, Nin­tendo 3DS

Nin­tendo’s end­less loy­alty to ex­ist­ing prop­er­ties continues with this pol­ished, kid-friendly plat­former. As the spher­i­cal ti­tle char­ac­ter, you can play Story Mode, Kirby Fighters or Ded­ede’s Drum Dash. Story Mode is the main at­trac­tion, a colourful, fun and of­ten in­ven­tive 2D plat­form game in which Kirby in­hales and ex­hales his en­e­mies (in the cutest pos­si­ble way). It could be more gen­er­ous with save points, es­pe­cially for a kids’ game, and you’d be hard pushed to find an en­dur­ing game char­ac­ter with less per­son­al­ity. But it’s beau­ti­fully pre­sented, with blind­ingly bright colours, gen­tle hu­mour and twee mu­sic. Kirby Fighters is a limited but en­joy­able com­bat ex­pe­ri­ence that can be played by up to four com­peti­tors. Ded­ede’s Drum Dash is the weak­est, a onenote side-scroller in which you time a bird’s jump to catch coins. Over­all, Kirby Triple Deluxe will mainly ap­peal to younger gamers and nos­tal­gic Nin­tendo fans. nin­

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