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Though Starfy has seen mild success in the import market, he’s mostly an unknown quantity outside of Japan. It’s somewhat sad that Nintendo decided to schedule his western debut during E3 without so much as a mention during their press conference. The Legendary Starfy isn’t the most challenging adventure on DS, but it sure is one of the most enjoyable. It’s full of light-hearted, lovable characters and perfectly executed gameplay. If you think you’re too manly for this outing, that’s truly a shame, since it’s one of those titles that just makes you feel good deep down inside. It’s made for kids of all ages, and Starfy’s well deserving of sitting alongside Nintendo’s other great gaming legends.
Nintendo couldn't have found a better Starfy title to introduce the world outside of Japan to their cute yellow star's unique style of platforming. The Legendary Starfy is easy enough for gamers of all ages to enjoy, yet there's enough secret items and challenges to keep gamers of all skill levels coming back to the game long after they've beaten it. All of the trademark endearing charm of the series has been perfectly captured in this release and thankfully the developers had the sense not to try changing the game too much in adapting it for a non-Japanese gaming audience. If you can appreciate a unique and silly platforming experience that doesn't take itself too seriously, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more endearing title than The Legendary Starfy. It features all of the playability and polish we've come to expect from Nintendo's top shelf titles and will hopefully only be the beginning of Starfy's platforming adventures outside of Japan.
For those looking for another impressive core Nintendo franchise to obsess about for the next few dozen years, Starfy is your man. Combining some of the best elements from games like Kirby, Donkey Kong Country, Little Nemo, and Mario himself, TOSE’s latest offering is a DS gem, and brings about more content and diversity than almost any other sidescroller on the system. You’ve got five main mini-games (all wireless supported), a drop-in/drop-out two player mode for specific bosses and levels, plenty of great level design that pushes the core experience, and more collection and “un-game” offerings than you could ever hope to fully explore. The only real downside to the game is that it’s so over-the-top and cluttered with modes and options that most young players could be pretty overwhelmed pretty fast. When the biggest problem out there is that there’s too much to see you’ve got a winner on your hands.
Western gamers have waited quite a while to see Starfy on our home front, and The Legendary Starfy is a bright and charming introduction to this series with a great play experience that has much to offer long after the main campaign has ended. Fans of 2D Nintendo platformers such as Kirby and Super Mario will surely be entertained by this enjoyable title. While the challenge level leaves something to be desired, the good aspects certainly outweigh the bad, and we can only hope that the Western gaming world will continue to see more of Starfy and his outrageous companions in the future.
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At the end of the day, The Legendary Starfy is hardly one of the best platformers you will play but it is a fun and accessible game that aims to make gamers happy by letting them win all the way. The challenge is lacking and level designs are a tad too simple but the gameplay variety, solid length of the main adventure (8-10 hours), secrets and quirky extras makes The Legendary Starfy a entertaining package. Just don’t expect the same level of challenge and quality level design as New Super Mario Bros or the same variety in abilities as Kirby.