Kirby and the Amazing Mirror
- Platforms: Gameboy Advance
- Suggested Platform: Gameboy Advance
- Developer: Hal Laboratory
- Genre: Metroidvania, Platformer.
- Release Date: 10/18/04 (NA)
- Why Play It?: A huge map, tons to discover, will take you a long time to get 100%.
- Why Skip It?: The other 3 AI teammates are pretty dumb; this game is a lot more fun with friend(s).
Anyone who’s taken a look at my Best Games Ever list knows that I love Kirby. I’ve got 3 Kirby titles on there and I’m still thinking about throwing Superstar on there. I try to stay away from games that are too similar on the list although there are some that are close, or games in a series. (Fatal Frame and Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly, Doom and Doom 2) That being said, the Kirby games on my list are much different from each other. Kirby and the Amazing Mirror definitely consumed me when I first got it. There’s so much to do, so much to find, hidden treasures and pathways that you can only get to from certain areas or with certain powers… Kirby and the Amazing Mirror definitely pushed the envelope, and is the most recent Kirby game I’ve thoroughly enjoyed (although I’ve only played Canvas Curse and Squeak Squad since).
Kirby and the Amazing Mirror is a Metroidvania. This means huge maps, many secrets, and areas that you have to return to later to find everything. The game has 9 worlds, and each world features an expansive map, and a boss at the end (except world 1). They are all linked together, and you can unlock a hub areas for easier access to those worlds. If you want to 100% Kirby and the Amazing Mirror, you’re gonna spend a lot of hours on figuring out how to get from place to place. Each world is unique, interesting, and no two worlds look alike. There are even upgrades and special features you can find. You can find maximum health upgrades, spray cans to change your Kirby’s color, and tracks to listen to for a sound test. Unique to this game is that there are 4 Kirbys. Normally, they are controlled by the (very stupid) AI, but if you’ve got a friend with the game and a link cable, you can co-op your way through the game, which is far more fun. There are only a few spots where you actually need help from the other Kirbys to proceed, but getting them to cooperate can be painful. It’s nice to have some assistance during boss battles too, but the AI gets themselves killed almost immediately. You use a cellphone to call other Kirbys to your aid, and this is a neat feature in multiplayer, but again, with the dumb AI, they often aren’t much help. Kirby and the Amazing Mirror borrows the art style from the remake of Kirby’s Adventure, Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland. You can read all about that from my Kirby’s Adventure review. Kirby and the Amazing Mirror also introduces new copy abilities like Cupid, and “Smash” which gives you all of Kirby’s moves from Super Smash Brothers: Melee.
In the beginning of the game, we learn of a Mirror World with an amazing mirror that has the ability to reflect the wishes of the person reflected on it. Something sinister begins to stir, and a Dark Meta Knight appears, splits Kirby into 4, and breaks the mirror, scattering its 8 pieces all throughout the Mirror World. It’s up to Kirby(s) to defeat the 8 bosses and return the mirror to it’s original form. Once you beat the final boss, the game rewards you with a very powerful ability that allows you to complete almost any puzzle.
Kirby and the Amazing Mirror is a unique entry in the Kirby series and does an excellent job at what it does. Despite the stupid AI, Kirby and the Amazing Mirror will have both Metroidvania and Kirby fans coming back for more and more. If you can get a friend to play with you, even better.