When it comes down to underrated classics for the N64 Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is considered to be a name that many people think about. Even though, Kirby 64: Crystal Shards was not among the top ten in terms of best selling games for the n64: it still managed to reach over 1.7 million in sales following its release back in 2000. The interesting thing about the Kirby 64 game was the fact that it was a 2.5D platform title which seemed like something special at the time. Even though, Yoshi’s Island from ’97 was also a 2D platformer with 3D graphics there were not too many high profile platformers from the N64 era that had that style of gameplay. Despite, the fact that any form of 2D gameplay was starting to become obsolete by the early 00’s Kirby 64 had a pretty basic but decent plot that fans could be easily intrigued by. Kirby 64 sees players trying to retrieve pieces of a shattered crystal caused by Dark Matter found on the Ripple Star. Kirby 64 sees the players traveling throughout the galaxy to collect pieces of the shattered crystal located in six different worlds.
One if the reasons why Kirby 64 was so special was because it introduced the Power Combo mechanic; which allowed the mix and matching of abilities after absorbing two enemies at once. The ability to copy and utilize opponents powers in Kirby 64 was almost better than anything you would have saw in the older Mega Man games from the NES/SNES eras of gaming. In addition to the main story mode the replay for Kirby 64 was high due to to multiplayer gameplay that it included. The were exciting multiple game modes included in Kirby 64 were Checkerboard Chase, Bumper Crop Bump along with the 100 yard hop which gave off somewhat of a Mario Party vibe. Sometimes its hard to believe that Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards was released over two decades ago; especially if they grew up as a huge Kirby fan during the 90’s. In fact, Kirby 64 was arguably one of the greatest 3D installments within entire series. Its also bit surprising that Kirby 64 never received any kind 3D remake outside of the N64 since its release back in 2000.