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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kirby Fighters 2 is a fantasy arcade style fighting game available for download on the Nintendo Switch. Players choose from a selection of Kirby characters, each with unique skills and abilities, and fight against one another in a series of competitive matches. The game's relatively easy for players to pick up and play, though the difficulty curve in Story mode can get pretty steep. Although fighting is the focal point of the game, and there's no shortage of weapons and items to use, the combat's more cartoonish in nature overall and there's never any blood or graphic violence.
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What's it about?
Everyone's favorite cheery pink ball with an insatiable appetite is back in KIRBY FIGHTERS 2 for the Nintendo Switch. Players will join forces with Kirby … and Kirby … and Kirby … in all of his unique forms, as they battle in an all-out fighting tournament to decide which Kirby is the best Kirby. Will it be Hammer Kirby with his massive mallet? Or maybe the master of martial arts, Fighter Kirby? Or maybe Artist Kirby will be the one to paint his way to victory? You decide as you choose from a selection of seventeen Kirbys, in addition to a few other familiar faces from the Kirby series, and work your way through a tower of rivals in Story mode.You can also throw down the gauntlet and duke it out with frantic four-player fun in local or online Battle mode. If you're a Kirby fan hungry for a fight, Kirby Fighters 2 is here to satisfy your appetite.
Is it any good?
Under normal circumstances, a fighting game where more than three-quarters of the roster is made up of the same character might seem strange or boring. But when that character is Nintendo's loveable icon Kirby in Kirby Fighters 2, "normal circumstances" go flying out the window. Outside of five guest fighters, or "Buddies," the game's built on a roster of seventeen different versions of the titular character, each based on a "Copy Ability" the hero has used in previous games. So despite appearing to be watered down, there's actually a robust selection of unique abilities and tactics to choose from. Whether it's the beetle version of Kirby that can ram and impale opponents on his massive horn, or the kid version of Kirby that swings and slings his yo-yo around to take opponents down from a distance, players are sure to find at least a couple of personal favorites to play with.
The controls in Kirby Fighters 2 are fairly basic and easy for gamers of all ages and skill levels to pick up and play. There's a lot of arcade style button mashing with an occasional tilt of the thumbstick added to pull off a special move and no complex commands to memorize. That said, the game isn't easy by any means. Climbing the tower in Story mode starts simple enough, but quickly becomes a daunting and even frustrating task. Plus, once you choose your fighters at the start of each chapter, you're locked into that choice until you either climb to the next tower or give up and start over. Multiplayer is the game's bread and butter though. There's nothing more fun that getting some friends together and having that old school classic arcade experience. Multiplayer is at its best in local play with friends sharing the fun in the same room. The game does support online play, which works quite well on the whole, but does suffer from the occasional lag that can hamper a match. Still, for a casual competitive game night for all ages, Kirby Fighters 2 is a party waiting to happen.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Kirby Fighters 2 affected by the cartoonish nature of the game? What sort of violence is acceptable to which ages? How does slapstick and cartoonish violence compare when weighed against more realistic or graphic portrayals?
How do spinoffs or cameo appearances help to extend the reach of a franchise? Are you more likely to try out a different style of game that stars your favorite characters? Or would you rather wait for more adventures in the main series?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch
- Price: $19.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release date: September 25, 2020
- Genre: Fighting
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Friendship
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence
- Last updated: September 28, 2020
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