Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Kirby: Planet Robobot is Fun for the Whole Family

Disclaimer: I received Kirby Planet Robobot and Nintendo 3DS for review purposes as part of a campaign with KidVuz and Nintendo. All opinions are my own.

The lovable pink marshmallow of a Nintendo character, Kirby, is back
and ready for action in the new Nintendo 3DS game Kirby: Planet Robobot.
Planet Popstar is in trouble and under threat of being mechanized by ruthless invaders.
However, Kirby is up for the challenge and ready to defend his home planet
with the help of the Robobot Armor and four new copy abilities. 
We have loved playing the new Kirby game for Nintendo 3D3 and I love
that it is easy for even the inexperienced gamer (like me!) to pick up,
play, and enjoy. However, it has lots of cool tricks and nuances that make it
fun and exciting for an experienced gamer (like JT!) to enjoy playing.

While in his mysterious Robobot Armor, Kirby can scan his enemies and
and shape-shift into powerful modes, like a jet, bombs or a car. However, if he inhales
his foes, he gains new Copy Abilities that make him even more powerful against
his enemies. There are 20+ Copy Abilities available to Kirby,
including four that are new to Planet Robobot.

POISON - spray noxious mists and use poisonous power
ESP - wear an awesome hat to use psychic abilities
DOCTOR - mix concoctions and throw pills
SMASH BROTHERS - updated to show off Kirby's mad skills

I am not a gamer, but I did grow up with Nintendo. My earliest memories 
of Nintendo involve visiting my Nana and Grandpa and and getting blisters on my
thumbs as I tried to maneuver my guy down the Colorado River in Toobin' without
popping his tube and being sure to collect the jewels. But after I got married and had
kids we got a Nintendo Wii and I love playing Super Mario Brothers or Mario Kart
together as a family. So, I can't believe that this was my first introduction to Kirby.

I may be new to playing with this adorable pink character, but my kids
definitely are not. We didn't own a Nintendo 3DS before this game release,
but somehow my kids knew exactly who Kirby was, what he could do, and
how to make him do it and have fun while doing it. JT told me that he thought 
Planet Robobot was "SO COOL!" and that he is definitely asking for it and a
Nintendo 3DS for his birthday. When we were at the Planet Robobot party, I could
hardly tear him away from the game to get some lunch, so I know he loves it.


I was totally surprised how much Isabella loved the game and now she is
asking for a Nintendo 3DS and Kirby: Planet Robobot for her birthday.
She's never been big into video games, except for maybe a little Just Dance on
a rainy day or battling her brother on Mario Kart. So I love that she can pick up
3DS and start playing the game without coming to me every few minutes
frustrated that she can't figure out what she's supposed to do next.
Heck, I'm just waiting for Grace to tell me she wants a 3DS for her birthday - ha!
Currently, she is just trying to figure out how to get her brother's giant Kirby
plush away from him and make it her own. 

In addition to the main Story Mode in Kirby: Planet Robobot there are new modes
that offer new challenges for Kirby to conquer. You can also play as Meta Knight in
a time-attack mode to collect points and execute attacks on new bosses. Or you defeat
multiple bosses as quick as you can in The Arena mode and ear StreetPass wins.
In addition to these two modes, there are also two mini-games - Team Kirby Clash and
Kirby 3D Rumble - included with Kirby: Planet 3D Robobot.

Kirby: Planet Robobot is rated E for Everyone and everyone in our family
definitely gives it and the 3DS TWO THUMBS UP!
We've had a blast playing and I can't help but wanting to collect all the little
amiibos that go along with this game and make it even more fun to play.
When scan any compatible amiibo figure, you get a random Copy Ability,
helpful items and more.

The game retails for $39.99 and is available as a game cartridge or you can
purchase from the Nintendo eShop and download the game directly
to your Nintendo system.
Happy inhaling!!

Have you played any Kirby games before? 
Which is your favorite?
Do you think you'll make Planet Robobot 
part of your Nintendo collection?



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