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Kirby's Return to Dream Land

by Neal Ronaghan - June 7, 2011, 1:06 pm PDT
Total comments: 5

Four-player Kirby with super powers is the bomb.

Kirby Wii is, in a nutshell, Kirby meets New Super Mario Bros. Wii. With four-player drop-in/drop-out gameplay featuring Wii-Remote-on-its-side controls, you traverse around traditional Kirby levels with a few new twists. The biggest is the fact that four players traipse around on the screen together. It's much like the partner system in past titles, except now the other three players (first player is always Kirby) get to choose between Meta Knight, King Dedede, and Waddle Dee. The four players can share health, and even stack on top of each other to make a giant totem pole.

Kirby has a few new tricks as well, as he is the only one that can suck up enemies and use their powers. The usual standbys are there, with sword, cutter, beam, and more. Some new ones (at least to me) were a leaf power-up that used homing leaves, a whip that turned Kirby into the dopest cowboy in the world, and a water power-up that gave Kirby a head full of water and the ability to put out flames.

He can also suck up ultra enemies that give him time-limited screen-clearing power-ups. The large sword power-up involves Kirby taking out a large sword to cut away the surrounding enemies and environmental hazards. Another one is a flame power-up that shoots a line of fire across the stage. These are visually exhilarating and rewarding.

Naturally, there are some motions involved. You can get sucked up an enemy and you have to shake to get out. Also, Kirby has a super suck that is activated by holding the 1 button and shaking the Wii Remote.

The two levels in the demo seemed a little on the long side, with lots of secrets and several mini-bosses. The boss at the end of the easier first level was the standard tree boss from older Kirby games. The boss at the end of the harder second level was a genie who threw bombs.

There are also several, possibly optional sections where Kirby goes into a black-and-white environment that auto-scrolls. Wait too long and the edge of the screen will get you. You can, however, throw items at it to keep it back. This might tie into the story, which likely involves Dream Land being taken over by some jerk who's turning it black and white.

Kirby Wii is, kind of oddly enough, my favorite thing on the floor so far. It's early, but I had a blast with this game. It's developed by HAL Laboratory and is coming out this fall.

Talkback

TheFleeceJune 07, 2011

I saw the trailer for it and all I could think about was how it had everything I love about Kirby and about how good it all looked. Epic Yarn was a nice game, but it didn't have Kirby doing his thing. This time it's all being done right and I'm real excited for this title. Trailer Here: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/n10/e3_2011/04/kirby_wii/index.html

Killer_Man_JaroTom Malina, Associate Editor (Europe)June 07, 2011

Quote from: TheFleece

I saw the trailer for it and all I could think about was how it had everything I love about Kirby and about how good it all looked. Epic Yarn was a nice game, but it didn't have Kirby doing his thing. This time it's all being done right and I'm real excited for this title. Trailer Here: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/n10/e3_2011/04/kirby_wii/index.html

Beat me to it. I like Kirby games when the Copy powers are actually made more meaningful to progressing through levels. For example, in the trailer, you see Kirby take the Sword ability, then use a powerful attack to cut down a pillar, opening the way to a new area.

And to clear this up, is Kirby Wii actually the title, or is that just what people are calling it for the time being?

Lady MushroomJune 07, 2011

Yippee! More Kirby for the Wii! Shrooms like Kirby!

MorcantJune 11, 2011

All I'm saying is that folk are going to have to fight me to play as Meta Knight in multiplayer. Meta Knight is the sh*t.

TennindoJune 27, 2011

looks awesome. My most played kirby games have been the ones on GBA. Loved them.
I never did buy Epic Yarn. It is good but not my kind of Kirby game, but this one is

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Hoshi no Kirby Wii Box Art

Genre Action
Developer HAL Laboratory
Players1 - 4

Worldwide Releases

na: Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Release Oct 24, 2011
PublisherNintendo
RatingEveryone 10+
jpn: Hoshi no Kirby Wii
Release Oct 27, 2011
PublisherNintendo
RatingAll Ages
eu: Kirby's Adventure Wii
Release Nov 25, 2011
PublisherNintendo
Rating3+
aus: Kirby's Adventure Wii
Release Dec 01, 2011
PublisherNintendo
RatingGeneral
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