I’m going to put this bluntly: I don’t like Kirby Triple Deluxe. It oftentimes feels like a product custom-built to represent all of my problems with Nintendo at the moment, particularly its reliance on nostalgia to carry the player through the beginning hours. By the end levels of Triple Deluxe, HAL Laboratory manage to make use of the installment’s meager innovations to end things on a reasonably high note, but there’s altogether too much tedium before getting there.
The evolution of the platformer, back in the halcyon days of the NES, was a curious process to behold for a youngster. Thanks to my year of birth (1986), it often felt as if the march of progress in innovation and technology of the video game world was tracking tightly with my own growth from child, to teenager, to young adult, and so forth. Early in that process came a particularly relevant title, and one that’s still a marvelously fun play, even today. I speak of the venerable Kirby’s Adventure.