Kirby’s Dream Collection: You’ll be one happy puffball

October 2, 2012

The Kirby series is a bit of an odd companion to the rest of Nintendo’s library of first-party titles, though it remains a welcome one. Kirby is known more for its colorful style and emphasizing atmosphere and charm over difficulty, with few exceptions. It has always been a series Nintendo has not been afraid to try new things with, and it always seems to work out in his favor. 

Much like Mario’s 25th anniversary, Kirby’s 20th is being celebrated on the Wii with a collector’s edition containing six main series titles. While many of the included titles are essentially carbon copies of their original versions, and many are available on the Virtual Console, the one change for the Collection is that all of them require only the Wii Remote, with no attachments to play. (Also supported are the Classic Controller and the GameCube controller.)

The Collection includes the six classic Kirby games: Kirby’s Dream Land (Game Boy), Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (Game Boy), Kirby’s Adventure (NES), Kirby Super Star (SNES), Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (SNES) and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64). In addition, an interactive museum is included, showing Kirby’s history, as well as set of challenge stages to test your skill.

The challenge stages feel a lot like Kirby’s Return to Dream Land, the most recent title in the series, also on Wii. In a departure from Kirby’s usual style, the challenge stages offer a decent challenge to complete, especially with the highest rating.

The box includes a full-color history book and soundtrack covering the entire series. The book is a bit small, made to fit beside a standard Wii case, though it contains many useful facts and information about the Kirby series, characters and all of the games.  It is more than just an art book, and contains a lot of information about the development of the series both in North America and Japan.  The soundtrack contains 45 tracks, with a few selections from each game. The full track list, and a description of where each track occurs in the game, is shown in the back of the history book.

The Collection itself is very quick to navigate, though requires a reset to return to the menu once a game has been loaded.

Though more games could have been included, I think the choices they made here contain the best Kirby has to offer outside of Return to Dream Land. This collection is a must-have for any Kirby fan, old or new.

Pros: The best of Kirby, great extras for the price
Cons: Unable to return to the menu once a game is launched

Score: 5/5

Questions? Check out our review guide.


retrosportsgamer October 2, 2012 at 11:52 am

I thought it was interesting that they also put three complete episodes of the anime series in the museum, including the pilot.

Speaking on “trying new things” with the series, nothing is more proof of that than Kirby’s Dream Course (SNES), which sadly was not included.

Graham Russell October 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm

We’ll never see it, but I’d love a “Kirby’s Star Collection” or some such. The lineup, if it resembled this one, would include:

Kirby’s Pinball Land (GB)
Kirby’s Block Ball (GB)
Kirby’s Star Stacker (GB)
Kirby’s Dream Course (SNES)
Kirby’s Avalanche (SNES)
Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble (GBC)

Also: special challenge levels based on Kirby’s Epic Yarn.

Yep, I’d buy that.

Eric Albuen October 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Oh man, Kirby’s Star Stacker.

If they ever re-released the SNES version they only had in Japan (Kirby no Kirakira Kizzu), I would be ALL over that. That game is GORGEOUS.

Graham Russell October 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm

That game is indeed gorgeous.

retrosportsgamer October 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Good call. Wife and I enjoyed Epic Yarn and I’ve played both Block Ball and Pinball Land thanks to their appearances on the 3DS eShop. Both cool games.

Jeff DeSolla October 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I agree. There are so many solid Kirby “spinoffs” that would make a great collection of their own!

With the possible exception of the last few years of Metroid, Nintendo has proven that they can take a character and reliably deliver solid games with it, without them feeling too much like remakes of each other. Epic Yarn, Return to Dream Land, and Mass Attack are an example of this, three great Kirby games that all have a different core mechanic and style, all released within the last few years.