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on September 18, 2012
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Mario is the leader of the Free Video Game World. He is the most commercially successful video game character of all time, and leads the best selling video game franchise of all time (including several different subseries set within the same universe, all equally best selling). And he has just been shown up a pink puff ball named Kirby.

In celebration for Kirby's 20th anniversary, Nintendo has published "Kirby's Dream Collection", an anthology of six Kirby games, including exclusive new content. At this point you are either a Kirby fan or not. If you don't like Kirby nothing here will change your mind. But for those Kirby fans this is a Godsend. Kirby was originally a stand in until the developers could come up with a more sophisticated character design when they made the first "Dream Land" game, but they got so attached to the little puff they decided to keep him. And that's Kirby's appeal for even the "mature" games. There is something irascibly attractive about the character.

In every way, shape, and form, "Kirby's Dream Collection" trumps the rather insipid "Super Mario 25th Anniversary Edition" Nintendo released in 2010 for the Wii. The "Super Mario" collection was simply the SNES ROM of "Super Mario All-Stars" thrown onto a Wii disk with no updates whatsoever. They didn't even update the SNES controllers represented graphically in the game itself and there's so much wasted storage space on that disk it should be criminal. I love "All-Stars" and bought the game, but as far as an Anniversary celebrating the biggest name in Video Gaming (and Nintendo's single most valuable character), the results were underwhelming to say the least. It's even better than the "Mega Man Collection" from 2004, released on the Gamecube, Playstation 2, and original XBOX. Unfortunately Nintendo did not issue a disk like this in celebration of "The Legend of Zelda" either. If they can put Gameboy titles on a Wii disk, then they can release the Oracle games! "Skyward Sword" did reference the twenty-fifth anniversary as did "Super Mario 3D Land" in level 5-3. Apparently Iwata and Miyamoto did not want to release a "Zelda" compilation because Mario had just gotten one, for whatever sense that makes.

NEW CONTENT: There are new challenge stages (13 in total), based on the Wii "Kirby's Return to Dreamland". These Challenge stages are just that: challenging and also quite fun. The Museum section details the various games released staring Kirby. There are also three episodes from the Kirby anime "Kirby: Right Back At Ya!" ("Waddle While you Work, Kirby Comes to Cappy Town, " and "Crusade for the Blade"). There is also a 48 page book included covering Kirby's history and is also an activity book. Note that one of the answers (Cupid Kirby) on the quiz on Page 28 in incorrect. Also some of the art work has been updated.

CONTROLS: You can play the anthology with the Wii Remote, a Gamecube Controller (with those who have the older model Wiis that support Gamecube Functionality) and the Wii Classic Controller. My recommendation is to use the Classic Controller for the SNES and 64 titles.

SOUNDTRACK: There are forty five tracks from 16 different Kirby games. Much, much better than the palty 28 minute CD included in the "Super Mario" Anniversary collection, which consisted of a handful of songs and a good deal of actual sound effects from the series.

As other reviewers have noted all games use save state technology, so if you decided to stop a game for whatever reason, you can return to it at the same spot later on. This is great news for the games that originally had no save functions.

The only real noticeable flaw is that of omission of one key title that should have been included. Notably, the collection is missing "Kirby and the Amazing Mirror", a Gameboy Advanced title currently available only to 3DS Ambassadors who bought their 3DS before the price cut. This is one of the best Kirby titles and quite extensive, being a "Metroidvania" type game. It's a real shame that they didn't include that game, as it's probably my favorite of the Kirby series. Although there are several spin-off games not included, "Kirby and the Amazing Mirror" is the most puzzling omission from the Collection, as it's easily one of Kirby's strongest games and is no longer available commercially. I'm actually docking the collection a star due to not including this game, it's that good!

At this point, I will go over the individual games, as well as the spin-off games that weren't included, and then end the review with the official tracklisting for the Soundtrack that's also included with the game and the 13 challenge levels. There's a lot of info there and the review is rather long, so if you want to skip those sections I understand. For Kirby fans they will already know the games. For new comers you may find the blurbs educational and helpful on informing your decision to purchase this or not.

Bottom line: Buy this for the Kirby fan in your life! And if you never played a Kirby game, pick this up and see what you've been missing all these years! For those looking for a great compilation this is the one to get! And it shows hope: maybe Nintendo is on the path and will figure out this Anniversary collection after all, given how badly they botched Mario's anniversary. With only one glaring omission (not including the Gameboy Advance "Kirby and the Amazing Mirror", arguably one of his best games), this collection does everything right that Mario got wrong.
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THE GAMES: Like any good anthology, the stars of the overall package are the games themselves, and here they are:

"Kirby's Dreamland": Kirby's debut, and probably the only Gameboy title ever available to play on the WIi itself. Rather basic compared to subsequent installments, "Kirby's Dreamland" is a rather charming platformer from the early 1990s. Although many of the series' conventions get their start right here, Kirby's famous copy ability doesn't show up until the next game. Originally there was no save in this title.

"Kirby's Adventure": released in May of 1993 (the penultimate year of the NES's lifespan), this platforming game is Kirby's only NES release and also the first appearance of the popular Metal Knight and Kirby's copy ability. The game features seven different worlds and several boss fights. Kirby must collect the seven fragments of the Star Rod to return order to the Fountain of Dreams so others may dream again. Graphically, this is one of the best NES titles, featuring quasi 3D backgrounds and parallax scrolling. The game was 6 megabytes, one of the largest NES titles ever released in terms of memory. As a late generation NES title, like "Little Samson", "Duck Tales 2" and "Little Nemo: Dream Master" this is one of the key titles from this era of the NES's lifespan. Unfortunately (myself included), many gamers missed this title when it was first released, having moved onto the SNES and Sega Genesis. The game has also been released back in 2007 on the Wii's Virtual Console. The game does have a save feature.

"Kirby's Dreamland 2": Kirby's second Gameboy appearance, this game builds on the previous two titles, as well as including three new playable animal characters (think of the four playable characters from the NES "Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse". Kirby can jump, swim, fly, and inhale his enemies for to shoot as projectiles or to eat and heal himself. The three new characters are Kine the Ocean Sunfish who carries Kirby on the swimming levels even against harsh currents (but isn't good, naturally, onland), Rick the Hampster who Kirby rides and who doesn't slip on the ice, Coo the Owl who navigates harsh winds and allows Kirby to inhale on the flying stages. The Super Gameboy version includes limited color and each stage has a specific color theme. The version on the disk is the regular Gameboy title.

"Kirby's Super Star": released in 1996, this was one of the last SNES titles released and also has had a DS remake called "Kirby's Super Star Ultra". The game comprises eight smaller games. "Spring Breeze" is a simplified remake of the original Gameboy "Dream Land". "Dyna Balde" is a four level platforming game where Kirby must battle a giant bird that is disrupting Dreamland's crops. "Gourmet Race" is a simple racing game (and probably the least substantial mini-game here). Kirby must collect treasures in a cave in the "The Great Cake Offensive" . Some of the treasures are winking nods to other Nintendo IPs, such as Captain Falcon's Helment, Mr. Saturn, the Screw Attack from Metroid, and the Triforce which is of course Zelda religious artifact pivotal to that series. Kirby must battle the Meta Knight's battleship in "Revenge of the Meta Knight" . "Milky Way Wishs" is the largest game in "Kirby Super Star", where Kirby must travel through nine different planets to battle evil. "The Arena" is an endurance challenge where Kirby must fight all the bosses from the various other games (a total of 26 boss battles spread across 19 stages).

"Kirby's Dreamland 3" is the second SNES title and third "Dream Land" tile, released within a year of "Super Star". Abandoning many of the game play conventions of "Super Star", "Dream Land 3" is based heavily on the first two "Dream Land" titles; as a result, critics were harsh on the game for not utilizing the conventions established in "Super Star". For those who like the original Gameboy titles and NES title you'll love this, though playing this after playing "Super Star" does make you feel that the series was regressing backwards. This was the last first party game released for the SNES.

"Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards": in the era of 3D obsession, "The Crystal Shards" along with "Yoshi's Story" is one of the very few 2D platformers (in this case, 2.5D) available for purchase on the N64. The game is rather short but fun while it lasts. This one is available for purchase on the Wii's Virtual Console and featuers three minigames in addition to the mian quest. These support up to four players with difficulty settings of "Easy, Medium, Hard, Intense".

THE SPIN-OFF GAMES NOT INCLUDED
There are seven games that are spin-offs and subgames of the Kirby series and not part of the lineage of the main series, and none of them are included. These are the following:

"Kirby's Pinball Land" which appears on Gameboy and the second title Kirby appears in, as it was released even before the NES game). Available on the 3DS Virtual Console.

"Kirby's Avalanche": an SNES puzzle game and a localization of the Japan exclusive "Super Puyo Puyo". The game was never released in Japan. The game uses sprites from the Sonic game "Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine". Available on the Wii Virtual Console.

"Kirby's Toybox": eight minigames broadcast over the Satellaview back in 1996. These games are not commercially available in any form whatsoever since the discontinuation of the Satellaview

"Kirby's Dream Course": An SNES golf game played form an isometric point of view, available on the Wii's Virtual Console.

"Kirby's Block Ball": a Breakout type puzzle game for the Gameboy, available on the 3DS Virtual Console.

"Kirby's Star Stacker": a Gameboy Puzzle game similar to "Dr. Mario" and "Tetris", released in 1997 and available on the 3DS Virtual Console. The game was remade as a Super Famicom exclusive called "Kirby no Kirakira Kizzu". This SNES version was never released outside of Japan, and is available on the Wii Virtual Console in Japan.

"Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble": a Gameboy Colour title, this one is built around motion controls and tilting and tumbling the Gameboy itself to control what is happening on the screen. Humourously enough, if you play this game on the Gameboy Player for the Gamecube, the only way to control what is happening on the screen is moving the Gamecube itself.

A List of the Challenge levels:
Happiness Hall:
Sword Challenge
Parasol Challenge
Spark Challenge
Magolor Race Level 1

Apricot Atrium:
Whip Challenge
Fighter Combat Chamber
Wing Challenge
Magolor Race Level 2

Last Land:
Smash Combat Chamber
Normal Challenge
Magolor Race Level 3
Smash Combat Chamber EX
Magolor Race EX

SOUNDTRACK:

Kirby's Dream Land
1. Welcome To Dream Land
2. Green Greens

Kirby's Adventure
3. Vegetable Valley
4. Grape Garden

Kirby's Dream Course
5. Iceberg Ocean

Kirby's Dream Land 2
6. Coo's Theme
7. Real Dark Matter

Kirby Super Star
8. Get Up and Go-urmet!
9. Havoc Aboard the Halberd
10. Meddlesome Marx

Kirby's Dream Land 3
11. Ripple Field: Ocean Waves
12. The Last Iceberg

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
13. Planet Popstar
14. Studying the Factory
15. 0² Battle

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
16. Rainbow Resort
17. Tower of Midbosses

Kirby Air Ride
18. Fantasy Meadows
19. Fountain of Dreams
20. City

Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
21. Forest/Nature Area
22. Boss Battle Theme

Kirby: Canvas Curse
23. Tiny Town
24. Canvas Canyon
25. Drawcia the Sorceress

Kirby: Squeak Squad
26. Prism Plains
27. Vocal Volcano
28. Squeak Squad Appears!

Kirby Super Star Ultra
29. The Masked King
30. Helper's Rest
31. The Greatest Warrior in the Galaxy

Kirby's Epic Yarn
32. Fountain Gardens
33. Greens Greens: Epic Yarn
34. Butter Building

Kirby Mass Attack
35. Meadow Breeze
36. Kirby Conflict
37. Piggy Enemy
38. Down To One

Kirby's Return to Dream Land
39. Cookie Country
40. Bring on the Super Ability
41. C-R-O-W-N-E-D
42. Returning to Dream Land

Bonus Tracks:
43. Electro Kirby
44. Gourmet Race to Green Greens: Chamber Music
45. Dream a New Dream for Tomorrow
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
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If you're like me at all, you picked up (and were disappointed by) the Mario 25th Anniversary edition--which was essentially a ROM of Super Mario All-Stars on a Wii disc. Nothing special. Nothing extra. Just a disc with a previously-released game, a CD soundtrack and an art book. many long-time Mario fans felt betrayed by how bare-bones the Mario collection was.

Now this year marks 20 years since Kirby's Dream Land made its rounds across the globe on the Game Boy. Nintendo has decided to put out another anniversary collection, only this time they focused on the adorable little cream puff named Kirby. Did Nintendo learn anything from the Mario mess-up?

The answer is a resounding, triumphant YES! Upon loading the disc, we're given a very cute intro sequence, followed by a menu with three options: Bonus Challenges, Classic Games, and Kirby's History. That right there already makes the bundle worth it, because at this point we realize Nintendo isn't messing around with this collection.

The Bonus Challenges section is comprised of revised and revisited bonus stages from the last Kirby Wii title, Return to Dream Land. Here, the goal is to use Kirby's different copy abilities to complete stages with as many points as possible, earning a medal at the end depending on how well you played.

In Kirby's History, which is my favorite section of the entire disc, is extremely neat. A complete timeline from 1991 to 2012 is shown. Each year, we see trivia bits about world events (everything from Olympic events to Harry Potter is covered) and if it applies, we also take a look at Kirby's wide variety of games on different platforms. For each game, you can check out each game's box art (with full 360-degree viewing options) and a video of the game being played, even if it's not on the disc.

Another thing worth noting here, is their inclusion of three episodes of the Kirby anime, known here in the U.S. as "Kirby: Right Back At Ya!" Whether you enjoy/enjoyed the cartoon or not, these inclusions are an awesome way to show off more of Kirby's graceful history.

And speaking of games that are on disc, let's take a look at the Classic games section. Obviously, this is the section that makes up the core of this disc--six excellent Kirby titles, preserved in their original quality, and all playable with just a Wii Remote! Even the SNES and N64 titles play just fine without the Classic or GameCube controllers, though the options are there if you'd like to use those instead.

The game selection is either extremely awesome or disappointing, depending on how you look at it. For example, I already own all six of these titles, either in cartridge or Virtual Console form. While I originally thought this would be a waste of money as a result, the games are surprisingly more fun to play via this collection. The games included (with my score out of five next to each one) are:

Kirby's Dream Land (4/5)
Kirby's Adventure (5/5)
Kirby's Dream Land 2 (4/5)
Kirby Super Star (5/5)
Kirby's Dream Land 3 (2.5/5)
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (4/5)

If you average that out, the game selection in general is a good four out of five stars. However, the only game out of this collection I didn't like was Dream Land 3. While a very competent platformer in a lot of respects, it's a disappointing game in general. Maybe I'm being grouchy and need to play it some more on the Wii remote. Might make it easier at least. I personally wish they threw another one on here like Kirby's Dream Course, but I forgive them because this collection's excellent!

Anyways... if you're expecting anything more than a fun-filled collection of amazing Nintendo games, that's your own fault. Even with one sub-average game in the mix, Kirby's Dream Collection is a collection worth owning. Kudos to Nintendo for finally getting their collections right.

P.S. The soundtrack and art book are both awesome too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
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This is a great, very fun collection of games. I suggest it the most to longtime Kirby or Nintendo fans. Other people might enjoy it too, but it is clearly designed for longtime fans. It even has a soudtrack CD with the best music out of Kirby's history. If you like Kirby, don't hesitate on buying it.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2012
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Unlike Super Mario All-Stars for Wii, which was just a copy of the Super Nintendo game on a Wii disc with a bonus CD and booklet thrown in, Nintendo has gone all-out for this Kirby classic compilation. The CD itself blows away the All-Stars CD, with over 40 great Kirby tunes from various Kirby games, and not just simple sound effects added on to a few tunes. There is also an art and information booklet, in addition to the game manual.

But the real star, as it should be, is the game disc itself. While some may question putting two black and white gameboy games on the disc (although Kirby's Dreamland for the Game Boy was Kirby's first appearance), they're still great games, and there are four additional console games: NES Kirby's Adventure, SNES's Kirby Super Star and Kirby's Dreamland 3, and the N64 Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards. The reason you have to exit out of the game to start another one is because it uses the Virtual Console's capability of creating suspend points so you can continue where you left off. This is most noticable with Kirby 64, where you get the N64 logo for a few seconds when unsuspending your game.

The coolest addition is the interactive history museum, where you can get information on all of the Kirby games throughout the years, including fully rendered 3D box art and demo video of all of the Kirby games. Also, in the 2002 section, there are 3 episodes of the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! cartoon. I found these strangely enjoyable, although I'm not fond of King Dedede sounding like a cross between Foghorn Leghorn and an Army Drill Sargeant. And apparently Meta Knight is a good guy.

The bonus Return To Dreamland Challenge Stages are the icing on the cake, and give you a good perspective of how far game graphics have come (yes, even without HD.) You have the option of playing with just the Wii Remote, the Gamecube/ Wavebird Controller, or the Classic/ Pro controller. I'm glad more games late in the Wii's life are allowing these options, because games like Donkey Kong Country Returns and Metroid: Other M really could have used the extra buttons. I know most of you hated Other M so I won't even get into that (I personally liked it, however.)

One final note: if you put the CD (which, unfortunately, like any CD or DVD, cannot be played on the Wii) in your computer, all of the song titles but 3 of them are in Japanese, so it appears NOA left the CD untouched from the original Japanese version. (Edit: All of the song titles are listed on the last two pages of anniversary booklet, along with what game they are from!) That's a moot point, though, as this is a great addition to add to your other compilations of Super Mario All-Stars, Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition, and Metroid Prime Trilogy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
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The best of our pink little friend is right here. It has his best game all on one disk. I was considering buying all of these games individually, but i don't have to now. Kirby Super Star and The Crystal Shards are by far the best. Defiantly worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2013
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It's a cool game. My daughter real enjoy playing by herself and with her cousin when we order it for her birthday.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2013
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I have been a fan of Kirby for a long time. This collection is missing a few notable games (Amazing Mirror), but overall has a fantastic selection. The ports are faithful to their original versions and play excellently on the Wii (and Wii U). The music is a nice bonus too. Finally, the box is gorgeous and makes a display game for your collection.

The booklet of Kirby history is a pleasant to read (and very colorful) anthology, any fan would enjoy reading it.

My only caveat is that I would not recommend to someone who has never played Kirby, unless they like retro games.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2014
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For over 22 years, that familiar enemy-swallowing, copying-ability hero named Kirby has been in gamers' hearts. Nintendo has continued to release wave after wave of Kirby titles after its grand entrance back in 1992. And 6 of those games are in one package -- right here on the Nintendo Wii! There's also some additional "challenge stages" that are based off of 2011's "Kirby's Return To Dream Land." Most Kirby games have been well known for being "pick up and play"-based, with just the right amount of ingredients.

Even better, you can browse through Kirby's history of every game that was ever released! (One exception is 2014's "Kirby's Triple Deluxe" for the Nintendo 3DS, because it hadn't been invented yet.) It would have been nice if Nintendo had included the REST of the Kirby titles onto a bonus disc, but I'll take what I can get. :)

You can play Kirby's Dream Collection in one of 3 ways -- with the Wii Remote, Classic Controller, or the Nintendo GameCube controller. I find it easiest to use the Wii Remote. Overall, I'm very impressed with how Nintendo faithfully imported each game.

For those of you that are a little more unfamiliar with the Kirby catalog, here is the title list now:

Kirby's Dream Land (Game Boy, 1992 -- playable); Kirby's Adventure (NES, 1993 -- playable);

Kirby's Pinball Land (Game Boy, 1993); Kirby's Dream Course (Super NES, 1994); Kirby's Avalanche (Super NES, 1994);

Kirby's Dream Land 2 (Game Boy, 1995 -- playable); Kirby's Block Ball (Game Boy, 1996);

Kirby's Super Star (Super NES, 1996 -- playable); Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Super NES, 1997 -- playable);

Kirby's Star Stacker (Game Boy, 1997); Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Nintendo 64 -- playable);

Kirby's Tilt 'N' Tumble (Game Boy Color, 2001); Kirby: Nightmare In Dream Land (Game Boy Advance, 2002);

Kirby's Air Ride (Nintendo GameCube, 2003); Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (Game Boy Advance, 2004);

Kirby: Canvas Curse (Nintendo DS, 2005); Kirby: Squeak Squad (Nintendo DS, 2006);

Kirby's Super Star Ultra (Nintendo DS, 2008); Kirby's Epic Yarn (Nintendo Wii, 2010);

Kirby's Return To Dream Land (Nintendo Wii, 2011 -- challenge stages playable);

Kirby's Mass Attack (Nintendo DS, 2012); Kirby's Triple Deluxe (Nintendo 3DS, 2014).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2012
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It's hard to believe it's been a whopping 20 years since the world's most famous pink puffball, Kirby, broke out on the scene. Speaking as someone who's played just about every one of his games ever since, I was delighted to hear that the little guy's birthday was being celebrated with Kirby's Dream Collection, which cherry-picks several of his most commercially successful titles into one package. Given the lackluster disaster that was Nintendo's "acknowledgement" of Mario's 25th anniversary with Super Mario All-Stars: Limited Edition (which was little more than a sloppy port), expectations might be low, but thankfully this collection does its birthday boy right-for the most part.

The collection includes most of Kirby's best-known games; there are the Game Boy titles Kirby's Dream Land and Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Adventure of the NES, Kirby Super Star and Kirby's Dream Land 3 of the SNES, and Nintendo 64's Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. If you're among the select few experiencing these games for the first time, you are indeed in for quite a treat, as Kirby games in general offer some of the cutest, most charmingly whimsical platforming experiences available. Kirby's Dream Land 3, Super Star and The Crystal Shards in particular feature Kirby shining his brightest, accentuating his diverse array of awesome abilities as he travels through the colorful, surreal dreamscape that we've all appropriately come to know as Dream Land.

Each of the games can be played holding the Wii Remote sideways, but there is Classic and GameCube Controller compatibility as well. Each game is a to-the-tee port (minus, arguably, Kirby 64, which is rendered at twice the resolution of the original, so keen eyes might notice cleaner, smoother polygons) and plays exactly the same; as veterans remember, classic Kirby gameplay consists of inhaling enemies to copy their abilities and then duking it out using the various powers you gain (ranging from throwing ninja stars to shooting laser beams or simply sweeping a little broom).

Although these only encompass Kirby's first decade of existence (which ironically means Nintendo is ignoring the latter half of the anniversary they're celebrating), there's still much more for Kirby fans to sink their teeth into. Entirely new content is offered in the form of Challenge Stages, a series of time trials based heavily on the gameplay and aesthetic design of Kirby's most recent installment, 2011's Return to Dream Land. Like that game's own Challenge Stages, you'll embark on time-limited missions to defeat as many enemies, collect as many coins and take as little damage as you possibly can while using only one predetermined copy ability per stage. These newly designed Challenge Stages do make for some great fun and in fact present quite a, well, challenge, particularly if you're aiming for a perfect gold medal score. They even added a pseudo-storyline of sorts, reintroducing Return to Dream Land's mysterious alien Magolor as a competitor you'll race throughout the final stages. Although it's not the meatiest of new additions, many collections of this sort don't contain any wholly new content at all, so I appreciate and commend the extra effort.

A lot of the value also comes with the packaging itself: Kirby's Dream Collection is currently only available in its "Special Edition" (which may or may not end up being limited), which includes the game itself as well as a collectible art booklet and soundtrack CD. The booklet is a total fan service delicacy, with each page displaying an array of Kirby artwork, conceptual designs and sketches, screenshots and more. There's even a bestiary of sorts featuring the franchise's most memorable baddies, and several blurbs of informational history denoting Kirby's original conception, plus some seemingly work-in-progress material yet to come. The text is descriptive and the artwork is delightful; Kirby fanatics will definitely treasure this little nugget for years to come. The soundtrack features music directly ripped from the games (nothing is rerecorded or orchestrated, for those wondering), meaning you may or may not have any desire to subject yourself to the relentlessly upbeat, older 8-bit tunes. There are also, however, a small handful of new, Kirby-inspired tracks that do merit an earnest listen, particularly the entertaining "Electro Kirby," a techno mix of memorable Kirby tracks.

Some other goodies include an in-game timeline that allows you to travel through a detailed account of Kirby's history, spanning from his debut in 1992 to his most recent outing on the Wii. In this feature, you'll be able to move Kirby himself along the timeline and physically view the box of each and every one of his games, watch its trailer, read its description, or, if it's included in this collection, jump right into playing it. There is also a wonky but fairly interesting inclusion of random trivia knowledge for each year (you'll be reading little blurbs about Janet Reno and the Olympics amidst all the Kirby games). There are also a few full episodes of the Kirby TV show, Right Back At Ya!, included, which you can view through the interactive timeline section.

Speaking as someone who owned and played every single one of these previous titles, I definitely found some of them to be played out and then some by this point, particularly those that have already been rereleased several times. As truly fantastic as Kirby Super Star was, given that I played it a hundred times over the first time around and then played through the entire thing again on the Nintendo DS rerelease Super Star Ultra, I had little desire to revisit it here. I had also already downloaded the 3DS eShop versions of Kirby's Dream Land and Kirby's Adventure, both of which frankly are much better suited to a handheld console at this point in time. This leads to a bigger overarching issue: this is a collection that, in my opinion, was really meant to be a Nintendo 3DS game. Playing 20 year-old Game Boy games on an HD flatscreen in 2012 feels wonky, particularly when you realize that none of these titles are even the appropriate resolution to be properly displayed on modern TV screens (there is no fit-to-screen mode for any of the classic games, meaning you'll be seeing blocky borders on either side of the screen). This certainly doesn't affect the gameplay experience, but it does make one question if this was really intended for a home console.

Additionally, although the games included are great in their own right, a greater addition of more obscure games such as Dream Course, Kirby's Avalanche, Star Stacker or the Japan-only release KiraKira Kids would've really beefed up the catalogue and made it more worthwhile for already loyal fans (who surely already own the biggest games, either in their original form or as one of their various rereleases on the eShop or Virtual Console). Ignoring all of Kirby's GBA and DS installments was also a bit of a poor choice; Amazing Mirror and Squeak Squad would have been great additions. Also, a big frustration players will be facing is the lack of a return-to-menu option once you start playing one of the classic games; you'll have to return to the main Wii menu and reset the entire game if you want to change games, which can be very annoying if you have the desire to switch games quickly.

So the ultimate question most people will have when it comes to a collection like this: is it worth it? If you're a Kirby newbie and have yet to experience his catalogue of fantastic classic games, the answer is an absolute yes. For tried and true Kirby fanatics who've already played through each and every one, the answer is similar, but a bit more complicated. It really depends on just how much of a Kirby fan you are; speaking as someone who absolutely adores Kirby and didn't actually finish Kirby 64 the first time around (meaning I do actually have a first-time full playthrough to enjoy), I'm pretty satisfied with the purchase, particularly because I'm a sucker for Kirby merchandise (the colorful packaging, detailed art book and comprehensive soundtrack are all delectable goodies) and did get more enjoyment than I was expecting from the all-new Challenge Stages. All in all, if you're a fan of the pink puff, it's hard to go wrong with just $39.99 for this much content, whether you're craving the wholeheartedly new or just want to bask in the warm light of some truly dreamy nostalgia.
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on November 6, 2012
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This game has the classics of Kirby. It's a great collection for anyone
who wants to play six classics of the cute puffball. It also has
extra challenges for return to dreamland and the history of Kirby.
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