PSMB's favorite, but sometimes a little overrated in
some eyes... Sword Kirby
What can be said about this power, other than...
"sharp!" Sword is one of Kirby's original powers, and a
deadly one. The sword doesn't have the closest range in
the air, but can cut a good distance in front of Kirby
on the ground... and the hybrid Poppy Bros./Link hat is
soo catchy. Sword can slash, slice, and dice with the
best of them... and Kirby Super Star gives it even more
uses. The Sword Beam, downthrust, multi-stab, and
dashing stab are new attacks Kirby has to cut the
baddies own to size. Strangely enough, Kirby needs full
health to pull off a Sword Beam... doesn't work that way
for Meta-Knight, nor for animé Kirby, and HE can do it
in the air also. Sword also cuts slightly behind Kirby
in attack, sometimes coming in handy. Mostly, you'll use
this to just take out what's ahead of you.
Spin Slash isn't as strong as the ground attacks, but it
makes up for that by multi-hitting. I think it's a bit
stronger than the ground multi-stab, but you risk
contact against bosses. It's best used in crowded
screens. Otherwise, stick with the standing slashes.
Use of the
sword can sometimes land a spare hit in KSS. The dashing
stab lets the blade linger for a second to strike, and
the air slash (not the spin) also does this if you hold
"Y" down. However, except for the Sword Beam, dash, spin
slash and multi-stab, you bounce away after every
attack. Sword Kirby doesn't do this otherwise (KA, Air
Air Ride makes Sword Kirby a feared force. He attacks
whatever gets near him, and has a three-hit combo that
leaves enemies laying. Nicely done there, HAL... now
I'll NEVER beat Checker Knights. (j/k) The Sword slashes
re strog, and a valuable asset against King Dedede, and
in levels like Celestial Valley and Sky Sands, where the
enemies can group sometimes.
Overall, I'd say it's a perfect power, except that it doesn't
have the greatest range sometimes. (Parasol beats it there, as
well as Cutter, Laser, Fire, Ice, etc), and it isn't as strong
as a sword should be. (Parasol's stronger, as are Hammer,
Stone, Spark, Ball). Sword gets a 7.5/10 from me...
it's a good solid power, but sometimes falls short of what
you'd expect of a sword. Still, when the fans come flocking
for a Kirby power, this one lingers at the top of most lists,
if not just under Stone and Hammer.