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Nintendo Learns What "Anniversary Collection" Actually Means
, September 20, 2012
This review is from: Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition (Video Game)
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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