A Look into Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
As a 2.5D game, Kirby was made for Nintendo 64 and was released in 2000 in Japan. The game was released in the same year and the following year in North America and Europe respectively. The game is a sequel to the Kirby’s Dream saga and has been a hit since its release. Now, game players are able to download a Kirby Crystal Shards ROM for free.
The story revolves around the planet of Ripple Star where a bunch of fairies live. As we all know that fairies are kind and peaceful, their planet is under the protection of the great crystal. However, as soon as an evil body known as Dark Matter comes to know about the crystal, he sets his mind on stealing it.
Finally, Dark Matter attacks the planet
and to save the Crystal, a fairy called Ribbon tries to hide it elsewhere but drops it and it breaks into 74 pieces. The fairy herself crash-lands on a planet call Popstar. There, Kirby and Ribbon try to find the pieces and bring it back to their plant and banish Dark Matter. However, there is still the matter of Dark Star which they then set out to defeat.
There is not much difference in this game and the other Kirby games as it stars Kirby himself. The character has the same superpowers such as the ability of imitation, flight, and inhalation. You will find that there is some difference in the mechanics of these abilities. One of the major differences in Kirby’s abilities is that of flight; he could easily fly about before, but in this game, he only has the ability to jump and is mostly limited to the ground.
The ability that is quite fascinating is the copy ability in which, after destroying an enemy, Kirby gets to combine two of the copy abilities to create a new one. He does this by either sucking up the powers of his two enemies or releasing a power star and inhaling it back along with an enemy. Each star has a different color and if there is a double power star, then it has more than one color. More features are available with our Kirby Crystal Shards ROM.
As you may have guessed already, the main characters of this game are Kirby and Ribbon. They both are responsible for saving their planet and getting rid of Dark Star. Other sidekicks include Waddle Dee, Adeleine, and King Dedede.
There are various planet levels involved in the game. As you reach the next level, you will be able to go to the next planet and complete your mission.
- Rock Star
- Aqua Star
- Neo Star
- Shiver Star
- Ripple Star
- Dark Star
The game was very well received by critics and gamers alike. However, there were some negative reviews about it as well since people were not too happy about the game being too easy because of which they were able to complete it a lot faster. On the other hand, a lot of people loved how colorful it was and its wonderful graphics.
All in all, the game was able to make quite a sale in Japan and US. It also managed to get the rating below:
- 32 out of 40 by Famitsu
- 7.9 out of 10 by IGN
- 8.1 out of 10 by Nintendo Power
- 6.9 out of 10 by GameSpot
Kirby Crystal Shards ROM Download
If you want to play the game and do not have Nintendo 64, you will need to download the Kirby Crystal Shards ROM. The file size of the game is not too big, so it will not take up too much space on your computer. Just make sure that the other specifications (which are not many) are met.
You will find a variety of websites that offer free download; there will be some that will charge a minimal fee as well. However, not all of these websites are reliable. There will be cases where a download will result in a virus. To make sure that such an instance does not occur, you will need to research on the websites that offer a download. If you know any true-blue gamer, ask them and they will definitely guide you to authentic websites for download.
The downloading itself will not take up too much time; all you have to do is make sure you follow the steps properly and the download will happen in no time.