Kirby Chapter 64: Crystal Shards is now available as part of the Nintendo 64 app of Nintendo Switch Online. As with all previous N64 versions, Kirby 64 is only available to those who have upgraded to the Expansion Pack subscription level. The game marks the 15th N64 game available and was announced for the service last week. The classic N64 was supposed to be released on May 20, but Nintendo makes a habit of releasing these games a few hours in advance. That’s good news for those who can’t wait to experience Kirby’s retro release!
Nintendo’s announcement regarding the game’s release can be found in the Tweet embedded below.
Travel through dream worlds in search of lost crystal shards! ⭐#Kirby 64: Crystal Shards are now available on #NintendoSwitch for #NintendoSwitchOnline + Expansion Pack Members! pic.twitter.com/tKlqaWWzKb
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 20, 2022
While N64 games like Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time brought Nintendo’s protagonists to 3D, Kirby 64 retained the classic 2D side-scrolling gameplay. Kirby actually wouldn’t have a 3D main series game until Kirby and the Forgotten Land, which released on Switch earlier this year. However, Kirby 64 still managed to deliver some fun improvements on the formula. Notably, the game introduced Power Combos, where Kirby combines two different copy abilities. The game also took advantage of the system’s four controller ports, with a trio of multiplayer mini-games. While Kirby 64 It may not be the most groundbreaking entry in the series, but it does provide an enjoyable adventure that’s well worth checking out!
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Kirby franchise. While Nintendo and HAL Laboratory have hinted at plans to celebrate the occasion, there haven’t been many announcements made yet. The character’s 20th anniversary saw the release of Kirby’s Dream Collectiona compilation of classic Kirby games, including Kirby 64. Many of the games in this collection are currently available through Nintendo Switch Online, so it seems unlikely that we’ll see the compilation ported to Switch, but hopefully Nintendo has a few more surprises in store for Kirby fans before 2022 is out!
Do you plan to play Kirby Chapter 64: Crystal Shards on Switch? What N64 games do you want to see on the system next? Let us know in the comments or share your thoughts directly on Twitter at @Marcdachamp to talk about all things gaming!