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'Kirby Fighters Deluxe' review: A small taste of 'Super Smash Bros. 3DS'

Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
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Kirby Fighters Deluxe - Nintendo 3DS


The release of Super Smash Bros. 3DS is still several weeks off, but fans can get a small taste of that chaotic fun by playing Kirby Fighters Deluxe for Nintendo 3DS right now. Kirby Fighters was originally part of Kirby: Triple Deluxe as a bonus mini-game, however, the development team at HAL Laboratory has since added new content and released the game as a standalone digital exclusive for the Nintendo 3DS eShop. It may not have all the diversity of Super Smash Bros. 4, but it serves as a great appetizer as you wait for the main course.

Compared to Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe, Kirby Fighters Deluxe offers more content, is more entertaining, has higher replay value, and feels more extensive. In basic terms, think of Kirby Fighter Deluxe as a Super Smash Bros. Light Edition. Developed by HAL – developer of Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee – there are many similarities found in Kirby Fighter Deluxe to that of a Smash Bros. title.

Game mode options are on the light side, but the gameplay is strong enough to warrant continuous returns. Offering a single-player and local-only multiplayer mode, Kirby Fighter Deluxe will keep players entertained for a long time to come. The single-player will take players on a short adventure where you will battle computer AI characters and then battle King Dedede in a final confrontation. Completing the single-player game will unlock new outfits for the copy ability classes. With difficulties ranging from Easy to Very Hard, the game is accessible to everyone.

When playing as Kirby, there are a lot of copy ability classes to select from –there are ten in total. Each copy ability is unique and has respective strengths and weaknesses. The Sword class, for example, is best when it comes to melee combat, and handles pretty much as Link does from Super Smash Bros. titles. Those that prefer to battle from a distance may prefer a copy ability class like Cutter, Ninja, or the Archer. No matter your play style, there is a character class for you.

Kirby Fighters Deluxe has a strong Super Smash Bros. appeal, and its release timing is perfect as it can serve as a training tool for Super Smash Bros. fans and for those who main Kirby. For the price of $6.99, Kirby Fighters Deluxe is well worth the cost of admission – especially if you have people to play against.

Overall: 4/5


  • Lots of fun
  • Diverse roster
  • Plays like Super Smash Bros.


  • Local-only multiplayer

(Editor's Note: A review code was provided by Nintendo for review purposes.)

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