|“||In this game, the first to veer from Kirby's traditional platforming roots, players helped Kirby explore three challenging pinball worlds by flipping Kirby's bouncy, ball-shaped body. Exciting traps, bonus games, and enemies filled each world. To beat the game, players had to help Kirby defeat several bosses and then win a battle against King Dedede!”|
|— Summary • Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition|
Kirby's Pinball Land, known in Japan as カービィのピンボール (Kābī no Pinbōru, meaning Kirby's Pinball) is a pinball Kirby game for the Game Boy that was originally released in Japan on November 27, 1993, and was then later released in November 1993 in North America and in Europe sometime in 1993.
Kirby's Pinball Land stars Kirby, who plays the role of the ball. The game features three pinball tables, called Pinball Lands, each owned by a classic boss or mid-boss of the Kirby series: Whispy Woods, Kracko, and Poppy Bros. Sr..
The game plays out just like a game of pinball, with two flippers used to help keep Kirby in play as he bounces off walls, bumpers and enemies, scoring points by doing so. Each pinball table has three floors; Kirby must make his way up to the third floor, where a Warp Star that delivers Kirby to where the boss resides. After destroying all three bosses, a Warp Star appears that leads to a fight with King Dedede. After defeating Dedede, Kirby is brought back to the level selection screen and can play through the levels again indefinitely.
At the start of the game, Kirby has three lives. Extra lives can be gained by filling the 'EXTRA' letters on the level selection screen, scoring extremely well in some sub-games, or hitting rare 1UP icons in some Pinball Lands.
If the ball falls through the bottom of the Pinball Land, Kirby will land on a springboard. If the player presses the 'A' button at just the right moment, Kirby will launch out of the hole without losing a life. The springboard shrinks over time, and it becomes much more difficult to save Kirby. If the player doesn't press the 'A' button at the right moment, Kirby loses one of his lives. When all lives are lost, the high score table is displayed, and the player has the option to add their high score to the table if it is in the top four high scores.
Each table also has its own sub-game, which can be accessed from the second floor of each table. When time runs out, Kirby is sent to the third floor.
The Whispy Woods Bonus Game is a breakout-style game, using the pinball flippers to keep two Kirby pinballs in play. The Kirbys can break bunches of blocks to score points.
The Kracko Land Bonus Game is an eating game, where one Kirby walks along some clouds near the top of the screen, and a Kirby pinball is used to knock up different items for him to eat.
- The game's default high-score table, which consists of ZEPHYRA, PHYSALI, DENDROB, and GERBERA, is a reference to the giant mecha anime Mobile Suit Gundam 0083; the robots used by the primary protagonists and antagonists are named "GP01 Zephyranthes", "GP02 Physalis", "GP03 Dendrobium", and "Gerbera Tetra."
- Kirby's Pinball Land's engine was later used for Pokémon Pinball.
- Kirby Brawlball, a pinball sub-game in Kirby Mass Attack, is largely inspired by Kirby's Pinball Land. In addition to using the same basic rules, its logo in the Japanese version is based off of Kirby's Pinball Land's Japanese logo, and both games use a cat to indicate when the player successfully enters a code.
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