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Kirby's adventure for the Nintendo 64 is a polygonal side-scroller similar to Klonoa - however, unlike Klonoa, the game only follows one set path instead of multiple branching paths. In this game, Kirby can still copy the abilities of his foes - but in addition to this, he can combine these abilities with others to make unique combinations (For one example, combining electricity and ice will turn Kirby into a fridge that spits out food).

The story begins with Dark Matter assaulting a faraway land for their special crystal. A young fairy called Ribbon takes the crystal and escapes to save it. She lands in Dream Land, but pieces of the crystal have shattered and landed all across the world. Kirby volunteers to help and together they go to find all the missing pieces.

Kirby will encounter his friends, who have been controlled by Dark Matter. He'll have to battle them to rescue them. From there, they travel together to other different worlds, including Rock Star, Water Star, and Ripple Star, Ribbon's home world, where Dark Matter is lurking. To properly finish the game, players must find all the hidden crystal shards tucked away in the various levels. Only then will Kirby and his friends truly save Ripple Star.


Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Nintendo 64 Kirby can hurl powerup stars into other enemies to make new powers
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Nintendo 64 Needle and Spark turns Kirby into a dangerous lightning rod
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Nintendo 64 Waddle Dee helps by walking on the platform to move it
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Nintendo 64 Watch out for the Bronto Burts in the background - they'll fly towards you!

Alternate Titles

  • "星のカービィ64" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Hoshi no Kirby 64" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

The Next Level Nintendo 64 Aug 01, 2000 A- 91
Mag'64 Nintendo 64 Oct 14, 2000 88 out of 100 88
64 Power / big.N / N Games Nintendo 64 Jun, 2001 83 out of 100 83
Gaming Target Nintendo 64 Jul 18, 2000 7.9 out of 10 79
Digitally Downloaded Wii May 10, 2012 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Gamekult Nintendo 64 Jul 23, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Super Play (Sweden) Nintendo 64 Jun, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Power Unlimited Nintendo 64 Jul, 2001 69 out of 100 69 Nintendo 64 Nov, 2003 5.5 out of 10 55
Nintendo Life Wii Feb 26, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50


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