One of Nintendo’s most interesting titles shown at Nintendo’s E3 2015 booth was Chibi Robo: Zip Lash. The most tantalizing thing about Chibi Robo is the solid gameplay elements striking similarities to classic Castlevania games. Chibi Robo has been absent from Nintendo spotlight since his appearances on the Nintendo Gamecube and DS handheld. I spent some time playing a portion of Chibi’s latest adventure on Nintendo 3DS during E3 2015 and I honestly want to play more.
Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash is a 2D platformer that is being developed by series creators Skip for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is the first 2D platformer in the series, whose previous four titles were 3D platform-adventure games. The full level that I played through had a combination of platforming puzzles, collectibles, and action. Chibi Robo himself can jump around and swing his power plug around to attack enemies and get around obstacles and reach new areas.
The platforming and plug-swinging immediately gave me flashes of old-school Castlevania games, or what a modern rendition of that style of game can be. The difficulty of the stage I played was not too challenging but did require me to be creative in figuring out ways to use Chibi’s power plug to get around.
Some areas of the stage had me bouncing the power plug off of walls before connecting to a surface I could latch up to and climb. This was incredible fun as I explored deeper into the level to find various collectibles hidden in different spots.
The power plug works very similar to Simon Belmont’s whip in Castlevania, in that it can be used as a weapon as much as a tool. Enemies and blocks are scattered around levels to block Chibi’s path but can be whipped with the power plug and dispatched easily. As you complete levels and bosses, Chibi can gain more abilities and gain access to new areas in stages.
The most useful ability in the demo I played was being able to charge up the power plug by spinning it around as I moved and then launch it forward. Charging up the power plug allows Chibi to smash rocks, destroy weak walls while moving, and even deal more damage against tougher enemies.
Chibi Robo: Zip Lash also has some interesting amiibo support on the 3DS. Using the new Chibi Robo amiibo figure that will be released with the game in a bundle. After scanning the figure, Chibi turns in “Super Chibi Robo” and gains invincibility for a short period of time. Each time you scan the amiibo during a level, you accumulate experience points for the figure over time which unlocks collectible in-game figurines and other amiibo related features.
The other amiibo functionality features for Chibi Robo: Zip Lash are not yet known, but more information will be revealed as the game’s release draws closer. During my time with the game, I did not get to experience the amiibo functionality first hand, but a Nintendo representative assured me that there would be various fun reasons to use the amiibo often when playing the game.
I was really interested in Chibi Robo: Zip Lash when Nintendo revealed it during its Micro-Direct before E3 2015. My interest in the game has only intensified now that I’ve experienced the solid gameplay demo on the E3 show floor. Every aspect about Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash’s controls, platforming, and visuals were spot on in quality and fun factor. The positive similarities between Chibi Robo latest adventure and Castlevania are definitely a step in the right direction that will hopefully give us another must-own game in the 3DS library.
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