1st reviewer: In addition to the usual Copy Abilities, it also adds a new feature where you can turn enemies to allies. So even when you’re playing in single-player you’d get a lively atmosphere just like multiplayer. Finding Friends Helper combinations to unleash Combination Attacks is also fun. The friends, which are controlled by CPU, are thankfully active in defeating enemies. But on the other side, the enemies whose abilities I wanted ended up getting defeated by the allies, so I couldn’t copy sometimes. 8
2nd reviewer: Being able to turn enemies to allies with Friends Heart is fresh. They become Friends Helper, and by combining abilities, it will activate Friends Abilities which can strengthen abilities or change stats, and diversify Copy Abilities even further, which makes this system great. Proceeding through stages with up to four characters sounds reliable, and it also looks lively. Being able to start multiplayer leisurely is also good, and when they are controlled by CPU they also act smartly. 9
3rd reviewer: I’m surprised that they still can find a new opening with the series’ traditional concept of using enemy abilities. Having Friends Helpers perform in their places of expertise multiply each other’s abilities, so changing party composition while proceeding midway is fun. Friends Helpers are strong and reliable, but they also end up defeating enemies whose Copy Abilities I wanted to obtain, so it’s [part of] their charm. It is also suitable for share play. 9
4th reviewer: Friends Helpers add to the strategy and new anticipation in the adventure. It has the most Copy Abilities in the series and various Combination Attacks with Friends, so you can discover new combinations and it will make you want to go on adventure multiple times by switching Friends. The Friends’ movements are also smart; even in single-player, there’s a strong feel of a bustling adventure with a four-character party. Other than the regular mini-games, other players can jump in to control the Friends, which is also great. 9
Total score: 35/40
Review originally appeared in Weekly Famitsu magazine, and is translated by BlackKite. This translation is © Copyright Japanese Nintendo. Please link to the Japanese Nintendo website (https://japanesenintendo.com/) at the top of the review if posting elsewhere.