Parents' Guide to

Kirby: Battle Royale

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Average party fight game "knocks out" cartoon characters.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2018
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Party games are pretty common on Nintendo systems, so genre newcomers need to be exceptional in order to stand out. Unfortunately, this one is merely average. Kirby: Battle Royale's collection of games isn't bad. The combat is enjoyable, the objectives simple and clear, and the length of each mini-game just right. And when you haven't any friends to play with, it's nice to be able to switch over to the short but nicely paced single-player mode, where you can get some practice while feeling a sense of progression as you unlock abilities, medals, and collection items.

But the experience suffers from a lack of variety and a sense of repetition. With only 10 "battle types" (mini-games, essentially) from which to choose, it isn't long before most players will start wondering if there's anything more to see. While players can unlock plenty of fighting abilities for Kirby that have potential to change up combat tactics a bit, they don't alter the primary objectives of each mini-game. The feeling of discovery and newness quickly evaporates. All you're left with is the prospect of mastering some pretty simple game mechanics. With plenty of meatier party games available for 3DS and other Nintendo platforms, it's hard to imagine why anyone other than hardcore Kirby fans would need to invest in this polished but surprisingly slight offering.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo of America
  • Release date: January 19, 2018
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: May 26, 2021

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