I passed this one up when it was new since it looked in media just like a hokey 4-way multiplayer tie-in title of the sort Nintendo was pushing around the release of GameCube and the GBA Player/controller-adapter. I was prompted to revisit it by a Twitch comment stating that Kirby SuperStar's Great Cave Offensive was "basically the prototype of Amazing Mirror," at least conceptually. And... that's not far off. Mirror is an open-world Kirby... not _quite_ Metroidvania, since there's not much backtracking-with-new-abilities as opposed to just revisiting everywhere 5 times to cover all the paths, but close enough to recognize. I'd put it a little bit steep on difficulty for Kirby, and on account of all the retraversal required to get anywhere, somewhat more tedious than the Dreamland series, Adventure or SuperStar (in its entirety). I'll also say that the powers system is disappointingly constrained for such a large post-KSS game, with each power (excepting one or two boss abilities) granting only one or two usable moves. On the plus side, Mirror sports familiar, fairly tight controls, professional graphics not overly reliant on hardware image distortion, and a soundtrack among the better I've heard on GBA, without the grainy-fuzzy-overcompressed character of some of Nintendo's earlier titles e.g. F-Zero Maximum Velocity. Overall, room for improvement, but a fun time-fill for a 4-day road trip.
Length of ownership: 1 week
yes: I recommend this product