I know it is strange to devote a full review to an upgraded version of a Kirby sub-game found within another Kirby game, but Team Kirby Clash Deluxe acts as a standalone entity so technically that entitles it to the full review treatment. Clash Deluxe is an improved and free-to-start version of Team Kirby Clash, a multiplayer sub-game originally included in Kirby: Planet Robobot (click here for my review of that game), and it manages to make the otherwise short sub-game much more replayable. The vanilla version of Kirby Clash focuses on a team of four Kirbys who band together to defeat a series of bosses who become progressively more difficult.
You can choose a role for each Kirby to best suit a battle and each role is analogous to a class you would find in any RPG with choices ranging from Sword Hero (standard knight), Hammer Lord (heavy warrior), Dr. Healmore (healer), and Beam Mage (well…mage). As you defeat bosses your Kirby will level up, increasing his stats and overall effectiveness during combat. You can battle each boss by teaming up with three other CPU controlled Kirbys or with friends through wireless download play. In addition, special power tablets will appear during a battle when you inflict a certain amount of damage to a boss. Once they are collected by each Kirby they will trigger a powerful explosion that deals massive damage.
Team Kirby Clash is a delightful little sub-game that is perfect to play after completing the main campaigns of Robobot. It reminded me a lot of the Arena where Kirby would fight all of the bosses he encountered during story mode except way more fun. I also found the RPG elements to be a nice touch that actually makes Kirby Clash more nuanced than the Arena. I only wish I had more to play with because after I beat all the bosses it immediately lost all of its replay value and I never went back to it again.
This is where Team Kirby Clash Deluxe comes into the picture. Clash Deluxe takes Kirby Clash and gives it some well needed replayability. I like that the game builds on the RPG elements from the original title: the level cap is now 50, you can now obtain weapons and armor for each of the roles, and support items like stamina and attack potions are now available for your Kirby to use in battle. All of these items can be forged with Fragments and Gem Apples which are the main form of currency in Clash Deluxe. Fragments are rewards for beating bosses while Gem Apples can be procured from a Gem Apple Tree every time you start the game up.
Beginning the game again is always an unexpected trip in itself because different events occur on different days of the week. For example, on Tuesdays enemies will drop twice the number of certain fragments and on Sundays players can purchase twice the number of Gem Apples. Yes dear readers, the only thing that actually requires your money in Crash Deluxe are the number Gem Apples you can nab. Don’t fear, you always get five free Gem Apples every time you start the game and buying more is optional anyway. Just keep in mind that the only way to expand the Gem Apple Tree is by buying more Gem Apples.
As you can imagine, the number of bosses that can be fought in Clash Deluxe are doubled. Moreover, your team fights these bosses in diverse worlds and regions which is a step up from the base game. The bosses are no pushovers either so always make sure you fight bosses you previously defeated to level up and buy better equipment. I found myself struggling against bosses in the second region because I was too under level.
What I appreciate about fighting bosses again is that the game provides a handicap to prevent you from experience and fragment farming. Before you enter a fight, you must expend points from a new Vigor meter and once it reaches zero you cannot fight anymore bosses unless you decide to fork over a handful of Gem Apples or level up to extend the Vigor meter. Multiplayer in Crash Deluxe is greatly improved as well. You can now recruit players you meet through StreetPass or over the internet in case you don’t have anyone else to play with over local wireless play.
Overall, Team Kirby Clash Deluxe is like its predecessor, a delightful little game that is barrels of chaotic fun. The only difference being that is has a bunch of good upgrades and RPG elements to bulk it up. If you are expecting this to be the next grand Kirby adventure then you are better off playing another Kirby game entirely like Kirby Super Star or Kirby 64. So what are you waiting for? Go and download Team Kirby Clash Deluxe on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. I highly recommend it and it’s free to play; what is there to complain about.
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