Kirby Battle Royale
Kirby Battle Royale is a multiplayer fighting game developed by HAL Laboratory and released for the Nintendo 3DS on January 19, 2018. This game is meant as a celebration to the 25th anniversary of the Kirby series.
King Dedede makes a Kirby Printer to create clones of Kirby in attempt to prove he's better than Kirby in a Cake Royale. Kirby must battle with his teammate, Bandana Waddle Dee to win the grand prize - a large cake.
- While this is the first Kirby game to allow playing against others online, online support is very poor and limited for many reasons:
- There is a lot of notable lag (both screen and input) and disconnections throughout.
- The game lacks a Friends list or any way to create custom lobbies; the player can only do ranked Quick Matches. As a result, it is impossible to host tournaments on the game.
- Although not a huge problem, there is no way to report griefers and trolls on team battles, meaning that you might be prone to having your teammate intentionally lose for you.
- You select the copy ability/character before you select the mode, but the mode is randomly selected from what the opponents select. As a result, you might end up picking a copy ability that excels in a certain battle mode, only to have RNG select a different mode than the one you wanted to play, and possibly be at a disadvantage as well.
- Much like Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, the gameplay is extremely repetitive, even if there are different battle modes. This game isn't exactly a fighting game; it's more of a minigame collection that makes the minigame selection from Mario Party: The Top 100 look decent.
- The battle modes aside from Flagball and Slam Hockey are relatively similar to each other, adding on to the repetitive gameplay. Ore Express for instance is extremely similar to Apple Scramble, as you have to pick up items and bring them to a certain dispenser to score points.
- Cake Royale (the game's story mode) is too short and only takes 4-6 hours to 100% complete, even for Kirby standards.
- Besides online multiplayer battles, there is almost no replay factor after Cake Royale is cleared, which is unacceptable for Kirby standards which usually have an extra game mode after the main story mode is completed.
- Similar to Mario Party: The Top 100, for an anniversary game, the game somewhat fails to acknowledge all of the main games in the series. There are no references of anything from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and there are minimal references to Kirby's Dream Land 3, with the only reference being Rick, Kine, and Coo appearing in the audience of the Slam Hockey arenas.
- Largely forgettable soundtrack when compared to other Kirby games.
- This game cannot be played with stereoscopic 3D. As a result, this game suffers longer load times when compared to the other Nintendo 3DS Kirby games.
- Very little content for a $40 full priced game, especially when in comparison to the other Kirby games for the Nintendo 3DS.
- It was a pretty weak way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Kirby franchise.
- This is the first Kirby game to allow playing against other players in the world.
- The Dededestroyer Z is a cool final boss that resembles the Mecha Dedede from Kirby Dream Course and the Dedede Clones & D3 boss from Kirby: Planet Robobot.
- The game received DLC in Europe (while not as big as Kirby Star Allies), which are two additional copy abilities - Mirror and Sleep. They were added as a result of a poll where people could vote for their favorite copy ability to get into the game. However, the US version did not receive any DLC as both abilities were shipped by the time of the US release.
- Speaking of DLC abilities, it's nice to see Sleep as a usable ability for the very first time, whereas it was considered a useless one-time ability in every other Kirby game.
Kirby Battle Royale received mixed reviews from critics and from gamers. However, it is the lowest rated Kirby game on Metacritic, with a score of 57/100 from critics despite a score of 7.1/10 from gamers.
- This game released in Europe five days before Miiverse's discontinuation, and is the last first-party game to have a Miiverse community.
- It is the only Kirby game for the Nintendo 3DS to run in 30 FPS instead of the usual 60 FPS of other Nintendo 3DS Kirby games.