|Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition|
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
|“||A celebration of all the fun we've had over Kirby's first two decades. Here's to many more!”|
|— Summary • Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition|
Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition (Kirby's Dream Collection for short) is a compilation title released to commemorate Kirby series 20th anniversary. The playable content in the compilation consists of six past games and 13 previously unreleased Challenge stages on one Wii disc, and it comes with a complimentary soundtrack CD and a collectible 48-page celebration book.
The included games are:
- Kirby's Dream Land (Game Boy)
- Kirby's Adventure (NES)
- Kirby's Dream Land 2 (Game Boy)
- Kirby Super Star (SNES)
- Kirby's Dream Land 3 (SNES)
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Nintendo 64)
The Challenge mode opens up in the interior of the Lor Starcutter. The camera pans slowly down to reveal Magolor doing something on the Starcutter's main computer board. He turns around and greets the player, and says that he's from Another Dimension. He also says that he can't get enough of Planet Popstar, and to make up for all the fuss that he made in the last game, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, he created an amusement park for Kirby to enjoy. The player then proceeds to go through these levels:
- Sword Challenge
- Parasol Challenge
- Spark Challenge
- Magolor Race 1
- Whip Challenge
- Fighter Combat Chamber
- Wing Challenge
- Magolor Race 2
- Smash Combat Chamber
- Normal Challenge
- Magolor Race 3
- Smash Combat Chamber EX (After beating Magolor Race 3)
- Magolor Race EX (After beating Magolor Race 3)
After the player beats Magolor Race 3, the credits start to roll. Kirby then walks (with Magolor trailing along behind him) through all the levels of Planet Popstar in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and ends in Cookie Country. Magolor leaves Popstar on the Lor Starcutter, but not before giving Kirby a final wave goodbye. As Kirby nears the end of the walk, the music changes from the 20th anniversary theme to the original ending theme of Kirby's Dream Land, and he is greeted by King Dedede, Meta Knight, Bandana Waddle Dee, and a number of classic enemies from Kirby's Return to Dream Land. This will also unlock the option to watch the ending again via the file select screen. The player may now also play the Smash Combat Chamber EX and Magolor Race EX.
Kirby's History is an interactive calendar documenting the Kirby series history both in the games and in the world. The games span Kirby's Dream Land to the very disc the player is using, Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition. The games are represented by their box arts. At the end of the "History Hall" is a bright light, which may represent Kirby's bright future. There are numerous statues of characters from the Kirby franchise (Kirby himself, Rick, Coo, Kine, and Waddle Dee) that are standing on pillars.
When in Kirby's History, when the player selects a game, a track from that game will play. An example is if the player selects Kirby Super Star Ultra from the list, Masked Dedede's theme from Revenge of the King will play. If the game is included in the collection (such as Kirby's Dream Land or Kirby Super Star), then there is an option on its menu to play it. Kirby selects a game to view by inhaling its box and swallowing it.
If Kirby attempts to inhale any of the golden statues, he will get tired, similarly to his super inhale from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad. The golden statues represent years where little or nothing happened related to the Kirby franchise, instead providing just trivia about the real world (usually related to Nintendo or other technology). Interestingly, Kirby starts out the hall at Kirby's Dream Land, but there is a statue of Kirby himself if the player goes left, not right.
The gold statues in order are: Kirby, Lololo and Lalala, King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Magolor. All statues are represented in an 8-bit form (even though Magolor never previously appeared this way).
If the player waits long enough without observing any games, the music will shift from the Castle Lololo theme to Cloudy Park theme from Kirby's Dream Land 2. Also, while waiting, Kirby will get tired and fall asleep in place, much like he does when remaining idle in other Kirby games.
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- Similarly to how the level names of Kirby's Return to Dream Land spell out "CROWNED," the names of the levels in Challenge Mode spell out the abbreviation "HAL", which is a reference to HAL Laboratory, the creators of the Kirby series.
- Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition is one of the few Kirby games that launched in the United States with a price below the usual Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price; where most Wii games sold for $50, this game sold for $40.
- A large number of the artworks from past games have been improved.
- The answer concerning Cupid Kirby on page twenty-eight for the Cavalcade of Kirbys quiz located on the back of the celebration book is incorrect; Cupid is from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, not Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
- Each level of the New Challenge Stages uses a track from a previous Kirby game. Happiness Hall uses Butter Building's theme from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Apricot Atrium has one of the Ripple Field themes from Kirby's Dream Land 3, and Last Land has Shiver Star's level select theme. All training rooms play the theme from the Beginner's Show in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, and the pre-Magolor Race screens in Happiness Hall and Apricot Atrium feature the theme from the Kirby GCN trailer, which was used as the boss theme in The Arena in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Also, the music in the Smash Combat Chamber EX varies between The True Arena from Kirby Super Star Ultra and Miracle Matter from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
- When observed closely, the letters of the names Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede and even Waddle Dee can be found on the "Credits" page, which is located in the back of the activity book. "Kirby" is highlighted in pink, "Meta Knight" is in blue, "King Dedede" is in green, and "Waddle Dee" is in orange.
- The lag resulting from having too many effects or enemies on the screen has been majorly reduced.
- The ending from the Challenge Stages resembles the Bad Ending of Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Kirby's Dream Land 3.
- This is the only Kirby Wii title to feature the exact logo on the game box's spine.
- The game's disc features artwork of many characters from the Kirby series. A number of these artworks -- most of them from Kirby Super Star Ultra -- were never officially distributed in North America.
- Release dates between the Japanese and international versions of all the games were different throughout the series. In the Japanese version of Kirby's History, every year is filled with something except 1991, which is filled with an 8-bit Kirby statue. In the international version, the years 1991, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2007, and 2009 are empty; they were filled with 8-bit statues of Kirby, Lololo and Lalala, Waddle Dee, King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Magolor, respectively.
- Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition is the last game in the series to come with a physical instruction manual; all Kirby games released afterwards come with a digital manual only.
- Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition takes up 31 blocks of Wii memory.
- The built-in 3DS game StreetPass Mii Plaza's Puzzle Swap contains a puzzle panel for Kirby's 20th Anniversary. When completed, it plays an animation in which Kirby flies on his warp star as sprites of various characters from various games float past. There are several special character sprites that can only be seen by moving the camera with the Circle Pad. At the end, Kirby inhales a Warp Star sprite, transforming him into his appearance from Kirby's Adventure. The animation then loops.