Kirby Super Star – The Land of Dreams is under siege again!
Dream Land is once again under siege! Our hero, Kirby, returns to instigate a rescue. King Dedede is snatching up Dream Land’s food supply, but he’s not the only one! Dyna Blade, Meta Knight and many other bad guys are on the loose and wreaking havoc across the country.
Use any of Kirby’s awesome powers to create a “helper” to aid you in battle. Or have a friend join you in some two-player action by taking control of Kirby’s sidekick. Help Kirby work through EIGHT challenging games full of action and adventure. Enter the fray in Spring Breeze, enter a foot race against King Dedede in Gourmet Race, and take on a winged warrior in Dyna Blade.
Adjust your reaction abilities on Megaton Punch and Samurai Kirby, then blast your way through Great Cave Offensive, Revenge of Meta Knight, and Milky Way Wishes. Every game is different AND some extra special surprises are waiting for you!
It’s the classic Kirby game and more in 8 great games! The gameplay is both fun and challenging at times. Everyone will enjoy controlling Kirby in Dreamland and beyond. You make your way by swallowing Kirby’s enemies and then using them as projectiles or you can steal their powers if the enemy you swallowed has one. There are a lot of enemies with powers, so you won’t always have the same powers over and over again.
The powers you get also do more than one thing, for example: if you get the lightning ability, you can fire the lightning regularly, charge it up for a powerful blast, grab an enemy and shoot them and have these blue dots come out of the wand hurting to enemies. When you have a power, you can also create a helper based on the power you have. The companion will help you on your quest and can be controlled by AI or a friend of yours can control it instead.
You can also find power-ups and tap on them to get them in some places instead of absorbing and swallowing enemies. Kirby can fly, if you didn’t know that and if you want you can fly over things. When you’re underwater, you can use certain powers, but otherwise you have a special underwater attack.
The levels are fun and the enemies are well thought out. The bosses are great, they range from easy to very hard and provide a good challenge and fun at the same time. When Kirby stops flying, he spits out a cloud of dust, which is capable of hurting enemies. Kirby can also dash when running to hurt enemies.
Here’s a rundown of the Kirby Superstar games shown in the instruction booklet…
Spring Breeze – King DeDeDe has stolen all the food in Dreamland and once again it’s up to Kirby to stop him. Spring Breeze is a simple yet fun way to introduce new players to the world of Kirby. Using the classic Kirby formula of swallowing enemies and stealing their powers you make your way through the 4 stages you must clear. Each contains a boss that you must fight. It’s not a challenge for most players, but it’s a great way to sit back and have some fun with classic Kirby.
Dyna Blade – A giant bird called the Dyna Blade is terrorizing the land and guess who is ready to stop it? Yes, that’s right, Kirby is! Offering more levels, which will challenge players more than Spring Breeze, Dyna Blade is a much larger Kirby game contained in Kirby Superstar. There are also some secrets, which I’ll let you find out on your own.
Gourmet Race: After climbing a very high mountain to get the precious food found at the top, Kirby discovers that King DeDeDe is also on the mountain and intends to take all the food with him. Kirby and King DeDeDe decide to have a race collecting food to see who gets to keep everything. Basically, you race King DeDeDe all the way through the stages and pick up the food while you’re at it. You can also play against the clock to try to beat your best times.
Big Cave Offensive: While on a picnic, Kirby falls into a hole and discovers a gigantic cave rumored to hold millions of dollars worth of treasure. Kirby must go through the cave and collect all the treasure. Well, you don’t have to collect everything, but if you want 100% in your game file, you have to collect everything. The Great Cave Offensive poses a challenge for even the most skilled players because some treasures can be quite difficult to find and acquire.
Return of MetaKnight – The evil MetaKnight and his crew have set out to conquer the land of dreams with their gigantic flying ship. Naturally, Kirby jumps onto the warp star and heads into action. Revenge of MetaKnight can be quite a challenge for people and it has a great story. It also uses the classic Kirby formula but many surprises and challenges await you.
Milky Way Wishes: The sun and moon are fighting, causing the days and nights in Dreamland to blend together. Guide Kirby through many different planets in an attempt to get things back to normal. Instead of the classic swallow and copy powers, Milky Way Wishes is different. You find the powers and then you have permanently acquired them. You can then switch between different powers anytime you want and this concept puts a fun new spin on Kirby action. Milky Way Wishes is extremely fun and quite difficult at times as well.
Megaton Punch – This minigame is quite entertaining but also quite easy. You can play with 1 or 2 players and select a level for yourself. You first set Kirby’s power meter by pressing any button when the power meter is full, then you press any button again when the two cursors flying around exactly meet to form one, and finally you press any button when the swinging pendulum is inside the ring. . Now you have your score and if it is higher than your opponents, you win. It’s that easy.
Samurai Kirby – Like the other minigames, you select the number of players and the level of difficulty in Samurai Kirby. This game is a reflex test and requires you to press any button as soon as you see “!”. Whoever presses it first wins. Don’t press any buttons too early because you will be disqualified if you do it too fast. Samurai Kirby offers many challenges and fun.
Kirby, one of the best on a SNES, has never looked better before. Most of the enemies look very nice and well detailed. The food you use to restore Kirby’s health is also very good. The backgrounds are simply amazing and show off the fascinating world of Dreamland well. All on-screen movements look great; Kirby’s and enemies. The small cut scenes are almost perfect and very well detailed. Kirby Superstar is one of the best games in terms of graphics on SNES.
Everybody loves to listen to Kirby’s music, right? It’s easy on the ears and flows well with the game. Some stages may have mediocre music, but most are simply the best. The sounds are also great and match the actions cleanly and almost perfectly. If you hit something with a certain amount of force, the sound you imagine will be heard will be heard. When you become invincible you get some great fast paced music and who could forget Kirby’s dance music. Everyone loves Kirby’s dance, or so I think.
Kirby Superstar’s controls are really good and easy to learn. You use the D-Pad to move Kirby and you can double-tap the D-Pad left or right to run. You can also press the D-Pad up to enter a door and press down to make Kirby sit or crouch. While pressing down and B at the same time, the star warrior will slide. Pressing the B button will make Kirby jump while continuously pressing it will make Kirby fly.
Your flight time is infinite so don’t worry about falling down. The Y button is probably the most important in the entire game, as it causes Kirby to swallow enemies, which you can then spit at other enemies or use to acquire an ability. The Y button can also be used to shoot air bullets while flying and use the water gun underwater. When you have a power, you can use the A button to create a helper, and if you don’t have a power, you can use the A button to get rid of the helper.
The L and R buttons make Kirby take cover from most enemies and obstacles, but not all. Start pauses the game and if you want to reset it you just have to press the Start, Select, L and R buttons simultaneously. You can also use the A button to teleport to Kirby or self-destruct if you’re the helper and can’t get too far away from Kirby, but this isn’t a big deal.
The replay value:
With eight games in one plus mini-games, you’ll be playing Kirby Superstar for a long time. Collecting all the treasure in Great Cave Offensive and all the power-ups in Milky Way Wishes will take a while. If you have a second player as a helper, you will play these games over and over again just for the fun of the multiplayer feature.
That’s Kirby Super Star in a nutshell. I highly recommend this game to anyone who owns a SNES, and I’m really disappointed that we never saw a GBA port or anything like that, but hey. They took what was great about the first Kirby game, added a few more mini-games, dedicated themselves to finding all the secrets to get the real ending, and made it two player. What more could you want?
Even with the release of Kirby Crystal Shards for the N64, I still think this is the best of the Kirby games. This one did everything perfectly, however, the first one was even more innovative. If anyone ever gets a chance, they should definitely try this game out, surely they won’t regret it!