Kirby: Planet Robobot Is FUN, and Here Are All the Reasons You Need to Play It

We're not exaggerating when we say that Kirby: Planet Robobot for Nintendo 3DS is the best Kirby game to date.

It's apparent within the first few minutes of gameplay, and the titular Robobot Armor is a huge part of what makes the game so playable.

Kirby Planet Robobot Title Screen

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The classic Kirby formula is still here, with Kirby inhaling his enemies, absorbing their abilities, and using those powers to complete his missions, but Kirby's new armor takes it to a whole new level (and looks so adorable in the process).

Kirby's Robobot Armot in Planet Robobot

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The addition of this mech suit may initially seem like a major series overhaul, but soon feels like a really natural extension of the Kirby games we know and love.

Just like Kirby, it can transform and gain new powers and an updated appearance based on the baddies it absorbs, with 13 abilities in total. It's up to the player to make sure they utilize the right tools to get the job done.

Kirby Robobot Armor with Spark Ability

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The game begins when the evil Haltmann Works Company takes over Kirby's home world of Planet Popstar and mechanizes the whole thing. Of course, it's up to our hero Kirby to stop this big, bad corporation and save his world–and taking control of the Robobot Armor definitely helps.

 

Even though Planet Robobot is a side-scroller, the gameplay is anything but traditional, boasting some gorgeous 2.5-dimensional graphics.

Kirby: Planet Robobot has gorgeous 2.5 dimensional graphics

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Throughout the game, Kirby navigates between the foreground and background of expansive levels, forcing players to use clever thinking to explore every nook and cranny to find every hidden gem, from level-unlocking CodeCubes to collectible stickers (which we'll get to in a moment!).

Collect Code Cubes in Kirby Planet Robobot

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And while the Robobot Armor transformations are impressive, Kirby himself can make use of 27 different abilities including three new ones—Poison, ESP, and our personal favorite, Doctor. Look at that little reflector!

Kirby's Doctor ability in Kirby: Planet Robobot

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If you happen to own certain Amiibo, you can even unlock their powers within the game. We were pretty excited to see that Mabel from Animal Crossing unlocked the Leaf ability.

Animal Crossing Mabel Amibo gives you the Leaf ability in Kirby: Planet Robobot

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Did we mention the game is a completionist's dream? You're going to spend hours filling up your sticker book with the adorable stickers hidden throughout each level. 

Kirby Planet Robobot sticker collection

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And, you can use those stickers to customize your Robobot Armor. We opted for the cutest possible options, but the beauty is that you can use whichever stickers you like to make the armor your own.

Kirby: Planet Robobot sticker customization ice dragon and sailor waddle dee

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In the unlikely event that you tire of the main game, there is a lot more to explore in Kirby: Planet Robobot.

First, there's "Kirby 3D Rumble," where you control Kirby, sans abilities, to take on hordes of enemies and shoot for combos and a spot on the scoreboard.

Kirby 3D Rumble gameplay screenshot

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Then there's the multiplayer "Team Kirby Clash," where you can band together with friends (or computer-controlled Kirbys) to take on bosses. If you're playing solo, you'll need to level up to unlock a team of four Kirbys, but it's well worth the work.

A four-member team victory in Kirby Clash

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The real fun in "Team Kirby Clash" is that you get to choose the function you'll play within your team. If you like taking a support role, the precious Doctor Healmore is your guy, but you can also play as a Sword Hero, Hammer Lord or Beam Mage. Keep playing to max out all of their levels!

Team Kirby Clash screenshot with Doctor Healmore

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While the main campaign in Planet Robobot can be completed in just a few hours, it's still a pretty meaty game with tons of extras that will keep you busy way after you've beaten the final boss. It's the kind of game that encourages exploration and makes you want to keep playing it, if only to collect every last thing.

And once the game is finished, a couple of ridiculously fun bonus modes (which you can discover for yourself) extend the gameplay even further.

If you only ever get to play one Kirby game, it should be Kirby: Planet Robobot.

 

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