Kirby Super Star Ultra

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Cute sprite Kirby makes a classic game new-ish.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kirby's all about being the laid back hero who fights against evil.

Violence & scariness

The violence here is of the very mild cartoon variety that includes a sword and shooting.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a remake of an old Super NES game. The game contains a series of short platform-style games, some perhaps too short. It's E-rated, with mild cartoon violence that includes the use of a sword and some shooting.

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What's it about?

He's been called the super-tuff pink puff. Kirby, one of Nintendo's star characters who also has an animated cartoon TV show in reruns, is back with KIRBY SUPER STAR ULTRA. It's a charming handheld redoing of an oldie but goodie Super NES game which featured \"eight games in one.\" The DS version of this platformer is even more robust, and the versatile Kirby, who sucks in his enemies and then steals their abilities, stars in a passel of games in which he's the hero who saves the world. For instance in Spring Breeze, he tries to regain food stolen by gluttonous King Dedede. In Dyna Blade, he fights against a giant bird who's eating all the food on a farm. In Revenge of Meta Knight, Kirby has to destroy the Halberd, a powerful ship heading straight for Dream Land, ready to take it over.

Ultra, which is split into short platform games and minigames, begins with a fast, handy tutorial for the platformers which tells you to use the A button to jump and hover and the B button to suck up your enemy. Then, you can press X to use your foe's abilities during the game. Unfortunately the minigames, which include a shooting gallery and a card matching game, are the only ones to use the DS touchscreen.

Is it any good?

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You may well be disappointed with the very easy first game, Spring Breeze, because its four stages can be completed in just a half hour or less. But the other platform games, three of which are unlocked after you complete Spring Breeze, are more challenging. The Great Cave Offensive asks you to find 60 treasure chests in maze-like series of caves that can be fairly unforgiving.

Ultra is enhanced by its wireless DS cooperative and multiplayer ability. With one card, you can challenge up to three other pals to play the minigames. And you can play Spring Breeze with two players via wireless, too. Players don't require an extra game card to play these. Sadly, each player requires a game card for local wireless play. Still, with nicely updated game graphics, even more detailed cut scenes and a great variety of Kirby games, Ultra is well worth the price of admission -- if you haven't played the 1996 original and if you can deal with the fact that most of these games are pretty darn short.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about where Kirby stands in popularity in the Nintendo universe. Is he as cool as Mario? Also, if you could incorporate other people's abilities, what would you choose? Would you choose a sports star, a politician, a celebrity, or someone right in your own family? Why?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:September 22, 2008
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E for Mild Cartoon Violence (Nintendo DS)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byCalebCalebCaleb July 7, 2009
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The lovable kirby tweens game

I got this when I was 13. and i had fun with it. I would probably think that 6-10 year olds would loves this game.
Kid, 8 years old June 13, 2009
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SUPER STAR GAME!!!!

I love this game!!! I love Milky Way Wishes because you get to copy abilitys without losing them.
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Kirby Super Star Ultra

Parents need to know that this is a remake of an old Super NES game recommended for ages 3 years and up. The game contains a series of short platform-style games, some perhaps too short. It's E-rated, with mild cartoon violence that includes the use of a sword and some shooting. Recommended for ages 3 years and up

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