If Nintendo making a new Punch-Out!! and publishing Sin and Punishment 2 hasn’t convinced you that they still have love for the hardcore gamer, here’s a sight that should warm your icy heart: The two games being promoted on Nintendo.com‘s front page right now, representing the Wii and DS respectively, are Wario Land: Shake It! and Kirby Super Star Ultra. See? They do care. And while the former turned out to be more of a rental than the transcendant 2D milestone we all wanted it to be, if you have any oldschool sensibilities whatsoever, the latter belongs in your DS.
It always surprises me when savvy gamers admit they’ve never played Kirby Super Star. Even though it was released post-PlayStation, I’ve always considered it one of the essential SNES titles, up there with A Link to the Past and Yoshi’s Island. A solid base of Kirby platforming, augmented by over twenty special powers and move sets, spread across several varied game types, plus co-op equals something very much resembling perfection. Now DS owners (that is, you and eighty million friends) have the perfect opportunity to find out what they’ve been missing out on.
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Which isn’t to say those who have played Super Star to death shouldn’t look into this; it just goes double for everyone else. Longtime fans can appreciate the complete visual makeover on display (impressive, given it was already one of the best-looking SNES games), as well as enjoy all the new sub-scenarios, which stand up to the originals for fun and invention. My favorite is “Revenge of the King,” a subtly disturbing nightmare version of Spring Breeze, the first scenario of the game. That probably sounds too heavy for a Kirby title, but believe me; albeit in a very simple, Kirby-esque way, there are parts where the developers seem to have flown off into Kojima territory.
And on the off-chance that none of the new content appeals to you, hey: it’s still portable Super Star. You can’t go wrong.