YMMV: The Legendary Starfy

  • Americans Hate Tingle: The Legendary Starfy is among the best-selling Nintendo franchises in Japan, but only one game was ever released in America, and it only received modest sales. This is likely due to the cutesy title character, and it being one of the few games not subjected to American Kirby Is Hardcore. Despite positive reviews and an extensive marketing campaign, American gamers' tendency to favor manliness over cuteness caused the character to be dismissed. The game itself happened to also be incredibly "wordy" so even younger players might be turned off by the required reading to understand the game (unlike a Kirby or Mario game where there's little dialogue to get in the way of the platforming action.). Even his Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is met with derision rather than praise.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ogura.
  • It's Easy, so It Sucks: Although some of the later levels and bosses can be rather annoying...
    • ...until in the 5th game when you're trying to get that 9,999-pearl clothing item, and especially when you're trying to get all the toys from the Gashapon machine (which replaces the previous games' system of simply defeating an enemy to add it to the beastiary); the toy you get is completely random to point where it's possible to get duplicates, thus eventually forcing players to resort to "farming" (itself a subversion in which you just have to collect the pearls) in order to get all the collectibles, making this particular entry in the series an inversion of this trope.
      • Also, while the main game is a nice, relaxing platformer, stage 10 is Time Attack. You can't even fight the Boss until you beat a certain time goal on each stage. The boss has an extremely hard-to-dodge attack that does infinite damage.
    • Every New Game+ in the four games has tweaked level designs, trickier bosses and some Nintendo Hard extra levels. The True Final Boss of 3 is a pain, having 12 hard to reach weak spots, moves quickly, and has a final attack in which you must hit 12 random weak spots on a meteorite before it crushes you... and then you'll have to try defusing the exact same attack again. Oh, and you are limited to 5 HP during boss battles. Sorry, no health upgrades before the fourth game.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Kirby
  • Narm: The cutscene titled "Mashtooth's Master Plan" in 5's gallery is shown below a cute elephant sprinkling a flower patch under a rainbow. Seriously.
  • The Woobie: Moe. His family is forced to move from their home, his mother dies, and then when he meets his dad, he makes a Heroic Sacrifice that kills him.