Kirby Air Ride

aka: KAR, Kirby no Air Ride, Kirby's Air Ride
Moby ID: 10654
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Kirby's adventures take him into new territory in this race through the stars. Control Kirby and various other characters from the franchise through the tracks (ranging from star fields to Mario like kingdoms) simply by using the analog stick. As Kirby accelerates himself, all you need to do is guide Kirby and be careful not to hit any obstacles on the track. Kirby can also use various special moves, such as attacks on the other racers to slow them down. 4 players can take to the track at any time, controlling a different colored Kirby.

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  • カービィのエアライド - Japanese spelling
  • 커비 에어라이드 - Korean spelling

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Average score: 60% (based on 25 ratings)

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Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 21 ratings with 1 reviews)

One of the best Game-cube games I've played

The Good
At a glance Kirby Air Ride seems like just another racing game brought on by a popular franchise, but the game has a bit more to offer. Instead of just racing players are given 3 different gameplay modes including the normal race / combat sequence, a miniature side-scrolling like race, and City Trial mode. In "City Trial" mode players roam an open level collecting upgrades for their vehicles to later compete in games and matches that determine the winner of the City Trial. An event or twist always occurs during a city match, some that will effect players or the items around them. Objects, such as pillars or meteors will occasionally appear in the level. Another City Trial objective is to find pieces to complete the two Mega-stars Hydra and Dragoon. There is also a free roam option for practice with the different vehicles.

 Another thing the game offers is a diversity in vehicles. Each star is different in it's strengths and weaknesses. Some may be faster, slower, stronger, weaker, or better at maneuvering or gliding. These different attributes can often be used as an advantage in different side games.

 Though the game is extremely fun it can get a but tiresome, but if there is one thing that will keep you playing it is the achievements. After playing a match in one of the 3 game modes a list of achievements that have been unlocked will appear. These achievements will often unlock new vehicles, stages, and characters.<br><br>**The Bad**<br>There really isn't too much to complain about with this game except that it doesn't provide much fun on single player. But the game is intended for multi-player so be sure to get a few friends together and this game won't disappoint.<br><br>**The Bottom Line**<br>If you enjoyed the many Mario Karts and the Crash Team Racings then Kirby Air Ride is a guaranteed enjoyment.

GameCube · by Jason Hodges (2) · 2009

Trivia

Development

Kirby Air Ride was originally supposed to be a Nintendo 64 title and was one of the first titles announced for the system. It was eventually dropped from release lists, only to be brought back to life in 2003 for the GameCube.

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  • Kirby Air Ride
    Official US website
  • Kirby's Rainbow Resort
    Fantastic megasite with everything you ever wanted to know about Kirby.
  • Warp Pipe official site
    Use Warp Pipe in conjunction with a broadband adapter and a copy of Kirby Air Ride,1080' Avalanche,Or Mario Kart:Double Dash!! To play online.

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Game added by Kartanym.

Additional contributors: Apogee IV, ~~, gamewarrior, Patrick Bregger, Rik Hideto.

Game added October 14, 2003. Last modified January 2, 2024.