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Article source: Nintendo Power

If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em!

"I think Kirby Air Ride is a great game that really shows what HAL Laboratory can do."

Category: Racing
Players: up to 4 players
Release Date: Oct 13, 2003
Memory Blocks: 4
Publisher: Nintendo

Extra Game Features:
For a sharper and clearer image, select the Progressive Scan option when playing on a TV set that supports that feature.

Prepare for fast and furious racing action as Kirby hits Warpstar speed! Use ultra-simple controls to race and battle your friends in one of three hectic game modes. Developed by the same team who brought you Super Smash Bros. Melee, Kirby Air Ride is a true multiplayer masterpiece!


  • Kirby Air Ride is really three games in one. Air Ride, Top Ride and City Trial modes each deliver a unique approach to the intense action found in Kirby's first-ever racing game.
  • Gulp down enemies scattered throughout each course to copy their abilities. Unleash the power of Bomb Kirby, Wing Kirby, Freeze Kirby, Sword Kirby, Fire Kirby and lots more.
  • Unlock and master 15 Air Ride Machines, each with different features and distinctive control styles.
  • Complete 350 hidden challenges to unlock a wide variety of cool special features.
  • Use Nintendo GameCube Broadband Adaptors in LAN mode to allow each player to have his or her own personal screen.
In Air Ride mode, you'll race to the finish line against your friends or computer-controlled competition. There are three ways to play in Air Ride mode: Air Ride, Time Attack and Free Run. In Air Ride mode, your goal is to take first place by completing a set number of laps or by going the farthest distance within a set time limit. Time Attack has you racing to beat your best three-lap time, and in Free Run you'll race alone to try to beat your best one-lap time on a course.

Top Ride mode delivers light-hearted 2D racing action from a sky-high view. Up to four players can race to the finish line using wild items like Buzz Saws, Drills, Freeze Fans and many more to pester the competition. Like Air Ride, Top Ride has three separate modes of play designed to put your racing skills to the test.

In City Trial mode, you'll race around a gigantic fantasy city in a quest to build the ideal machine to use in a random challenge that occurs after a set time limit. The more of City Trial's 120 objectives you complete, the larger the pool of random challenges becomes. The challenges cover a wide variety of scenarios, ranging from quick one-lap races to insanely fast drag races. There are literally dozens of challenges to conquer!

Bottom Line

Don't let Kirby's cuteness fool you -- Kirby Air Ride is crawling with tough challenges suitable for players of all ages. Cool Air Ride Machines and Kirby's trademark copy abilities combine to make this game a must-play for any Kirby fan!

Everyone: Mild Cartoon Violence.

Mild Cartoon Violence
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