The next entry in the long-running Kirby franchise drops in just two days, bringing the series to Nintendo Switch for the first time. Kirby Star Allies allows players to tackle the game alone with computer AI helpers, but the game’s real hook is its multiplayer co-op. So how does it stack up against its predecessors? The early reviews are starting to roll in, and it’s a bit of a mixed bag.

Kirby Star Allies currently has a rating of 74/100 based on an average of 39 reviews. That includes 22 positive reviews, 15 mixed reviews, and 2 negative ones. Reviewers praised the fun of the co-op gameplay, but many complained that the game was far too easy, and some criticized its level design as rather dull. By comparison, Star Allies has a higher Metacritic rating than games like Kirby Battle Royale and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, but it was rated lower than Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and Kirby: Planet Robobot.

Destructoid – 9 / 10
EGM – 9 / 10
IGN – 8.3 / 10
GameSpot – 8 / 10
Shacknews – 8 / 10
Nintendo Life – 7 / 10
Polygon – 7 / 10
Nintendo World Report – 7 / 10
Nintendo Enthusiast – 7 / 10
TheSixthAxis – 7 / 10
GamesBeat – 65 / 100
Game Informer – 6.25 / 10
Gamereactor – 6 / 10
God Is A Geek – 4.5 / 10
USgamer – 4 / 5
Metro GameCentral – 4 / 10
GameXplain – “Liked”
Eurogamer – “Recommended”

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