Review: Kirby Battle Royale (Nintendo 3DS)

Compete in a series of hectic multiplayer scuffles for up to four players and master a variety of unique Copy Abilities in a bid to come out on top.


  • Chunky graphics.
  • 1702 Blocks download size.
  • Transfer save from demo and unlock a character.
  • Achievements- Has its own in-game.
  • Opening tutorial.
  • Four game modes- Battle, Online, Story, and training.
  • Four control layout switching button layouts.
  • Nickname entry. (Can be changed whenever)
  • Battle arena brawler gameplay.
  • Earn cash from playing and use in the collection to buy music, headgear, characters and abilities and game types.
  • Story- Earn LP (league points) to go through the ranks. You take part in various game types and different conditions like 1 vs3 or 1v1 or even you and an AI partner against two AI opponents.
  • Each game type has a pre-screen showing what you need to do and is done like a checklist.
  • Unlock new abilities from equipping different headgear. For example, wear the beetle hat to enable charging or unlock new weapons like spears or boxing gloves.
  • 10 Game types like slam hockey, Collect apples and drop them off or answer simple math questions. In each mode, you can attack the enemy to gain the advantage.
  • Feels a lot like a structured Mario Party.
  • Multiplayer online- Earn RP (rank points) and level up to earn more coins. Each game players vote on a choice of three events.
  • Download play supports so gamers without the game can join in.
  • Battle- Local and download play support.
  • Amiibo support.
  • Training area.
  • Shortcuts to Kirby games on the eShop.
  • Can bring up the rules.
  • Simple controls.
  • A lot to unlock.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Easy to get into.
  • Perfect for the younger gamer.
  • The story comes with cutscenes.
  • Maintains the Kirby humour and atmosphere.
  • Some clever game types.
  • Touchscreen support.


  • Achievements along with their rewards don’t show or count until you quit back to the main menu.
  • No 3D implementation.
  • The story is slow as you have cutscenes to watch but more the kicked back to the hub, select a game type then click here than there.
  • Online is a bit hollow and is only good in short bursts.
  • Can be hard to see who is who in the heat of it.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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