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That cute little squishy guy is back in all his pastel glory to sweeten up 2-D life on the Nintendo 64. With 3-D games such asPerfect DarkandDonkey Kong 64getting the bulk of attention among consumers,Kirby 64provides a fun change of pace for both young and experienced gamers who don't necessarily need all three dimensions to have fun.

Young gamers will love the bright, colorful graphics in this game, which is 2-D with some 3-D foreground and background elements. Kirby is joined by plenty of friends who will aid in his quest to recover the pieces of an important shattered crystal.

While the levels are a bit too easy for older gamers, the gameplay in Kirby 64 is original enough to entertain all ages. Kirby still has an appetite for enemies, sucking them up and spitting them out, but he can also swallow them, inheriting abilities such as fire and cutter. Also, Kirby can now combine enemy powers, often with hilarious results. For instance, electricity plus stone turns Kirby into an electrifying little light bulb. Sure, you don't need to use all these powers, but they're still fun to play with. --Robb Guido


  • Whimsical 2-D graphics
  • Kirby 64's copy and combine abilities result in some unique and varied gameplay
  • May be too easy and too cute for older players
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review by . August 12, 2000
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This game was too easy, too stupide, not enough challange, shall I go on? After so many good games for this creampuff he finally got into a bad game. Let's hope this is only a fluke like for Sonic (Who made a number of bad games after "Sonic & Knuckles") before we got "Sonic Adventure."
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