Kirby Super Star Ultra

Play through eleven games in this remade Kirby collection
SeriousGamer - Staff Reviewer

Content at a glance:

Mild Cartoon Violence: Enemies are inhaled or attacked in various ways. Struck enemies disappear in a starry explosion. One boss's head is shown detached, one mini-game is a shooting gallery.

Destruction: Explosions, some fiery, are seen. Mini-game shows the ground cracking.

Fantasy Magic: Copy ability looks like a magician, player can call helpers from out of nowhere, one boss is a magician.

The little, lovable pink lump named Kirby makes another appearance on the Nintendo DS. Though he’s small, Kirby made a big name for himself along with other Nintendo characters like Mario and Link. While Kirby may not be the most well-known of them, he’s done pretty well for himself, and he continues to inhale some pretty big stuff even today.

Super Star Ultra is a remake of Kirby Super Star for the Super NES. With the DS, it’s made a few changes. It sports a brand new look for starters, some new games, and some really impressive looking cutscenes as well. But it’s still the same old Kirby.

Plot

Super Star Ultra carries on the same idea from Super Star. Instead of one game, you have eleven main games with their own plot to play. These range from retrieving food stolen from the people of Dream Land and finding out what’s driving a giant bird up a wall to hunting for underground treasure and fighting off a giant battleship. You even have to settle a sky-bound squabble between the sun and moon in one game. Or you can relieve past victories (or suffer past defeats) in The Arena. There’s a lot to do in Super Star Ultra.

Gameplay

Super Star Ultra is a typical platform game for most of the games you play. The only exceptions would be one racing game which does include some platform elements, the Arenas, and the mini-games. Kirby can inhale his enemies and spit them out to attack or copy their abilities if they have one. He can also use these abilities to call helpers into action which are usually based on the enemy you inhaled. Kirby can also fly for an indefinite amount of time.

Some games feature a time limit. You must complete the level with the allotted time or you’ll lose a life.

By playing games, you’ll unlock more games, and by playing those games, you may unlock more games or cutscenes to watch.

Offensive Content

Mild Cartoon Violence

Kirby inhales and spits out enemies which take the form of stars. Some of his copy forms give him a sword or hammer as well as other ways of beating enemies. One form, the aptly named Fighter, lets Kirby attack with punches, kicks, and uppercuts, and another form lets him throw the bad guys around. Enemies in just about all cases explode in a cloud of stardust when defeated. In the case of the mini-bosses, they’ll remain on screen for a brief time before disappearing in the same fashion. In a few cases, like with some of the final bosses, they’re shown unharmed later.

One level boss’s head is shown detached from its body after defeating it. There’s no blood seen, and given the nature of the boss, it’s really nothing at all.

One mini-game involves a shooting gallery, but you’re clearly not shooting anything alive.

Destruction

Destruction is the object of the game in some of the games you play. One revolves around destroying a large battleship that falls apart piece-by-piece. We see explosions as the ship takes damage, and it is seen on fire and crashing at the end. In another game, an object is consumed in a large explosion, and we see its debris scattered throughout the starry sky. Some of the bosses are mechanical and are shown either falling apart or on fire after defeating them.

One mini-game also involves breaking a large stone, and the slab isn’t the only thing that takes damage either. You see the ground crack under the force sometimes.

Fantasy Magic

Two of Kirby’s forms show using some kind of wand, almost like a magic wand. Kirby can also create a helper from his copied ability that just appears out of nowhere. One boss attacks by sending out images and one image is that of a magician. There doesn’t seem to be anything of the occult connected with any of it though.

A prominent creature in one of the games apparently has the ability to grant wishes, and the game requires you to gather stars to summon it. Again, all of this stays within the realm of fantasy, and stars have played a large role in Kirby games since the start.

Noteworthy Content

Kirby always appears to do what’s right for others in most of the games. For instance, he gets stolen food back, and takes responsibility after defeating a boss in another. (the boss was a large bird with chicks, which Kirby takes care of) Most of the games with stories show Kirby wasting no time when something’s wrong. The only exception is the Great Cave Offensive game, which shows Kirby out for himself hunting for treasure while trying to escape a cave he’s in.

Conclusion

When I finally got around to putting Super Star Ultra in my DS, I couldn’t put it down. I’ve unlocked quite a bit, and I still can’t put it down yet. While Kirby may have a kiddy look, this is one game anyone can get into. And its lack of offensive content makes it a nice little title for the kids as well. If there’s one star the discerning gamer wants to hitch their wagon to, I’d recommend hitching up to Kirby Super Star Ultra.




Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this Spotlight review are those of the reviewer (both ratings and recommendations), and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Eden Communications or the Christian Answers Network.

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