Sundayâ€™s release of Kirbyâ€™s Epic Yarn will bring us the Pink Guyâ€™s first console platformer in a decade! With the new adventure just four days away, this is a great time to revisit Kirby 64, a game that still proves speed isnâ€™t everything.
Kirby’s in no hurry to save the world as he waddles slowly and happily through this N64 2.5D platform quest. He even has time for picnic breaks. Yet the game holds up well: Its unique storybook style looks terrific, while Kirbyâ€™s ability to combine two enemy powers into an entirely new form provides variety, humor and replay value. Itâ€™s not the most difficult game in the world, but getting through requires strategy and timing. Some of the boss battles are ingenious: I still love the bit where the artistâ€™s doodles pounce off an easel.
What do you think of this classic? Worth the $10 asking price from the VC shop?