The best Kirby games of all time

The best Kirby games
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To update: Kirby and the Forgotten Land is out and we absolutely love it. Many of you dear readers will have had the opportunity to delve into Kirby’s latest adventure, so we’re republishing this list to see where the new game ranks on this reader-rated list of the best Kirby games of all time.

It may take a few days for this dynamic list – which is determined by the user rating of each game in our database – to “settle down”. Remember that you can influence the position of all entries below by giving your own personal user rating to each game that you have played. Simply click on the star of the relevant game and score up to 10 points.


Kirby – one of the most famous faces (with little chubby arms and feet) in Nintendo’s stable of stars – has been wowing gamers with his impressive skills and sheer versatility for almost thirty years. Created by smash bros Boss Masahiro Sakurai, the pink one, has built up a very impressive collection of games across genres since his Game Boy debut in 1992, Kirby’s Dreamland.

In fact, Kirby and his catalog represent an odd dichotomy. He’s a super approachable platforming protagonist, ready to get novice and younger players on board with his leisurely iterative adventures, but he’s also (and perhaps appropriately, since he’s the product of a company called HAL Laboratory) the subject of plenty of weird ones gameplay experiments; a guinea pig for new game mechanics and ideas. Kirby is the most boring and boring video game all at once most exciting Character. Perhaps such adaptability is to be expected from an individual who can transform at will and take on the traits of literally anyone or anything they come in contact with.

We recently asked Nintendo Life readers to rate their favorite Kirby games, and the result is the ranking you see below. For completeness, this selection includes all the spin-offs, ‘deluxe’ re-releases and upgrades, compilations and ports of his earlier hits.

Importantly, results are updated in real-time according to each game’s corresponding user rating in the Nintendo Life games database. Therefore, it is quite possible to influence the ranking below while you read this. If you haven’t already rated your favorites, simply click on the star next to the game you want to rate and assign a corresponding score.

Enough chatter. Climb aboard your warp star and hold on tight – we’re about to walk you through every single Kirby game, from best to worst. Well, actually from worst to best. Nothing wrong with a little excitement…

Kirby Battle Royale (3DS)Kirby Battle Royale (3DS)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: HAL laboratory

Release date: January 19, 2018 (United States of America) / November 3, 2017 (UK/EU)

Kirby Battle Royale falls into the “B” or “C List” release category. While the main games in the series on 3DS offer creativity, intelligent design and generous amounts of content, this one falls short in every respect. It is not Poorly game, but it’s mediocre. There’s some fun for families and minigame enthusiasts who can dabble in local multiplayer, but a repetitive story mode and sparsely populated online servers will dampen everyone else’s enthusiasm. Kirby may have many of his iconic abilities here, but the copy-paste approach and limited mini-games mean this doesn’t measure up to the quality and fun of the mascot’s other games.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe (3DS eShop)Team Kirby Clash Deluxe (3DS eShop)

Release date: April 13, 2017 (UK/EU)

A free release based on the Team Kirby Clash mode in Kirby: Planet Robobot, Team Kirby Clash Deluxe was a great free-to-start multiplayer experience that combines the action-RPG gameplay of this mode with a pinch of F2P mechanics (combat restrictions and Gem Apples as currency, for example). It also used the 3DS’ Streetpass feature – oh how we miss it! – which allows the Kirbys of people you meet on the street to join you in battle.

Kirby Fighters Deluxe (3DS eShop)Kirby Fighters Deluxe (3DS eShop)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release date: 08/29/2014 (United States of America) / February 12, 2015 (UK/EU)

Expansion of the original Kirby Fighters minigame by Kirby: Triple Deluxe with team fights, boss fights, collectible cosplay and several new levels, Kirby Fighters Deluxe is both a worthwhile upgrade and a great game in its own right. The lack of online gaming is a disappointment, but it’s worth making friends for; The local multiplayer is an amazingly good time, and simple controls, helpful handicaps, and Download Play make it accessible to all.

Super Kirby Clash (Switch eShop)Super Kirby Clash (Switch eShop)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release date: 09/04/2019 (United States of America) / 05.09.2019 (UK/EU)

An updated version of the free Kirby game Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, Super Kirby Clash maintains the standard of the series with its impressively diverse boss list, straightforward RPG-Lite mechanics, and high potential for replayability. Online multiplayer is unstable and unreliable, but as a free-to-play version, Super Kirby Clash handles its monetization smartly and doesn’t hold back too much, giving you a fair amount of timed content depending on how much you’re paying. There’s little reason not to try it if it’s passed you by.

Dededes Drum Dash Deluxe (3DS eShop)Dededes Drum Dash Deluxe (3DS eShop)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release date: 08/29/2014 (United States of America) / February 12, 2015 (UK/EU)

Another standalone update of a mode from a previous game, Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe is a hit with rhythm game fans; Short but very sweet, it features wonderful melodies, clever levels, and plenty of quintessential Kirby charm. It’s also an excellent expansion of the original minigame, with brand new levels and lots of fun gameplay tweaks. Anyone looking for a new approach to musical platforming should look for this one. It is dedede-lightful.

Kirby's Blowout Blast (3DS eShop)Kirby's Blowout Blast (3DS eShop)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: HAL laboratory

Release date: July 6, 2017 (United States of America) / July 6, 2017 (UK/EU)

A standalone version of Planet Robobot’s sub-game Kirby 3D Rumble, Kirby’s blowout blast leans back to the series’ Dream Land roots despite the added third dimension. Blowout Blast looks beautiful, controls well, and is easy to learn, play, and replay. It’s also a bit too simple in its construction and could have benefited from some surprises to spice things up in the main stages. Younger players are likely to have a lot of fun, and there’s still plenty of Kirby love for completers, but anyone not quite done with the point-hunting element might find the experience a bit draining.

Kirby's Star Stacker (UK)Kirby's Star Stacker (UK)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: HAL laboratory

Release date: April 1997 (United States of America) / August 28, 1997 (UK/EU)

If you like falling block puzzles then then Kirby’s Star Stacker is a funny little one of those. The Round Clear mode gives you some fixed levels to play through, after which you’ll be left with high score attempts like most puzzlers. It got a Super Famicom remake exclusive for Japan very late in the life of that system, although it never made it to the west because the mainstream market for SNES games had disappeared by 1998. All in all, it’s pretty fun.

Kirby's Avalanche (SNES)Kirby's Avalanche (SNES)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Compile

Release date: 09/24/2007 (United States of America) / July 27, 2007 (UK/EU)

Renamed as Kirby’s ghost trap in Europe this is simply Compile and Banpresto Super Puyo Puyo with touches of pink color from HAL. In the battle of 16-bit Puyo puzzles dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine seems to have a slight advantage Kirby’s Avalanche (at least for casual gamers) due to the password system and a better soundtrack. However, it’s hard to go too far wrong with Puyo Puyo, and this one has Kirby with it. Conclusion!

Kirby's Blockball (GB)Kirby's Blockball (GB)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: HAL laboratory

Release date: May 1996 (United States of America) / 1995 (UK/EU)

A first playthrough of Kirby’s block ball Lasts around three hours – it takes most players longer to beat each world’s benchmark high score and unlock the final world – and there’s replay value to be found in scoring. The classic gameplay of Breaking out and the adorable Kirby presentation, music, and unique power-ups all go together well, although there can be a bit too much waiting and hoping in later worlds. Still, Block Ball is a decent piece of entertainment.

Kirby Tilt'n' Tumble (GBC)Kirby Tilt'n' Tumble (GBC)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: HAL laboratory

Release date: April 11, 2001 (United States of America)

Released in Japan in 2000 and North America the following year, this GBC spin-off never made it to the PAL shore. The cartridge contained a tilt sensor that allowed you to control Kirby, rolling him through levels and guiding him to the goal. Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble isn’t groundbreaking, but it’s a fun Kirby oddity and worth playing if you can track it down.

Make sure you’re playing it in a regular GBC or GBA though – the accelerometer doesn’t like being held upside down in a GBA SP, and you won’t get very far plugging it into a Game Boy player either . The best Kirby games of all time

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