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Kirby's Dream Land
PublisherNintendo
DeveloperHAL Labratory
Release Game Boy
Flag JP April 27, 1992[3]
Flag USA August 1, 1992[4]
Flag EU August 3, 1992
Re-release(s) 3DS Virtual Console
Flag JP June 7, 2011[1]
Flag USA June 30, 2011[2]
Flag EU June 30, 2011
GenrePlatformer
Mode(s)Single Player
Rating
Esrb k-a rating icon160px-ESRB-ver2013 EPEGI 3Cero a
Platform(s)Game Boy
3DS (Virtual Console)
The simplicity of Kirby's inhale/spit attack and Kirby's ability to fly over obstacles made this a perfect game for beginners. It introduced many of the enemies and power-ups that are now so familiar to Kirby's fans. It also introduced a character who would often be Kirby's star opponent: King Dedede!
— Summary • Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition

Kirby's Dream Land, known in Japan as 星のカービィ (Hoshi no Kābī, meaning Kirby of the Stars), is the very first game in the Kirby series. The game was for the Game Boy and was followed by two sequels, Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Kirby's Dream Land 3; much later it was also followed by Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Story

King Dedede and his followers have stolen all of Dream Land's food as well as the Sparkling Star used to harvest them. Kirby sets off to reclaim both the food and the Sparkling Stars and teach the king a lesson.

Gameplay

Kirby's Dream Land operates similarly to other platformers during the 8-bit and 16-bit era of video games: Kirby must head toward the goal at the end of each level while jumping over obstacles and defeating enemies. Kirby can also fly but cannot leave the screen through doing so.

Like most games in the 80s and early 90s the player can accumulate points as they defeat enemies and collect items. The player is rewarded an extra life by means of gathering enough points. However, the game lacks a save function so scores are not recorded.

All levels are played on a two dimensional plane, allowing the player to move only left, right, up, and down.

Kirby's main technique is his ability to inhale his opponents and items. When Kirby inhales an enemy or object, it remains in his mouth. At this point, Kirby can either spit it out like a projectile in the form of a star that causes damage to anything in its path, or simply swallow it and defeat it altogether. When food is inhaled, it is swallowed right away and will heal Kirby if he has any damage. The concept of flying and eating in a platformer was new at the time.

Unlike in future games, Kirby does not gain new powers upon swallowing enemies that hold them. However, Spicy Curry and Mint Leaves can be found throughout the game, allowing Kirby to spit fireballs and air puffs respectively for a short time.

Levels

Green Greens

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The first level in the game, Green Greens is a land with big grasslands and forests. Green Greens appears in Kirby Super Star, in Spring Breeze, a possible remake.

Castle Lololo

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A haunted castle owned by Lololo, who is based off the main character in HAL Laboratory's Adventures of Lolo series.

Float Islands

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A chain of small tropical islands, including dark caverns and a pirate ship.

Bubbly Clouds

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A level taking place high above the clouds.

Mt. Dedede

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The final level is inside King Dedede's castle on the top of a tall mountain. Kirby has to fight all of the game's previous bosses again, each time going through rooms based on the stage the boss first appeared in before he can fight King Dedede.

  • Mid-bosses: Previous stage bosses (mid-bosses are excluded.)
  • Boss: King Dedede

Modes

If the player presses the up, A, and select buttons at the title screen, the Extra Game becomes available. The Extra Game has exactly the same story and levels as the main game, but enemies and bosses have become more powerful.

If the down, B, and select buttons are pressed on the title screen, the player can choose how much vitality and lives Kirby will start with when the game begins, or listen to the game's music and sound effects.

Legacy

Kirby's Dream Land is the first game in the Kirby franchise, introducing characters and ideas that would appear in future installments. Two sequels, Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Kirby's Dream Land 3 were made for the Game Boy and Super Nintendo, respectively.

In addition to being the first game, there are strong references to it as later games come. Stage 7-6 of Kirby's Adventure (and its remake) is completely based on the levels of Kirby's Dream Land, complete with monochrome graphics and the music from Green Greens.

In Kirby Super Star (and its remake), one sub-game is based on Kirby's Dream Land called Spring Breeze. It retains the same plot and gameplay from the original, but graphics and sounds are enhanced, and Copy Abilities are included. However, Castle Lololo is removed, and Lololo & Lalala are now the bosses of Float Islands, Kaboola is removed altogether as well. Kirby also no longer fights the previous stage bosses in Mt. Dedede.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, a harder version of Spring Breeze called Revenge of the King is included which acts quite like the Extra Game of Kirby's Dream Land. Many of the enemies from the original Extra Game are included, and Kaboola returns as Kabula.

Kirby's Dream Land has also been re-released on the 3DS Virtual Console.

Characters

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Bosses

Whispy Woods | Lololo and Lalala | Kaboola | Kracko | King Dedede

Mid-Bosses

Poppy Bros. Sr. | Lololo | Kracko Jr.

Enemies

Benny | Blatzy | Blipper | Blopper | Booler | Boomer | Bronto Burt | Broom Hatter | Cappy | Cawcun | Chuckie | Coner | Dizzy | Flapper | Flotzo | Gaspar | Glunk | Gordo | Grizzo | Grumples | Hurly | Kabu | Kookler | Koozer | Mr. P. Umpkin | Mumbies | Parasol | Peezer | Poppy Bros. Jr. | Puffy | Scarfy | Shotzo | Sir Kibble | Skuller | Squishy | Tookey | Twizzy | Two Face | Waddle Dee | Waddle Doo | Whiskers | Wizzer

Music

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Reception

Kirby's Dream Land has an average of 63.8% at Game Rankings with five reviews. Nintendo Power editors George and Bob shared roughly similar opinions of the game. George stated that it is a really fun game, owing its quality to its excellent play control and well thought out concept, while Bob stated that it is deceptively simple looking, when it in fact features a decent challenge for more experienced gamers. In an article detailing various Kirby series video games, IGN stated that it was a decent platformer, but also very basic compared to later titles. They also listed it as one of the games they wanted to be re-released for a hypothetical "DSi Virtual Console" service on the Nintendo DSi's DSiWare, describing it as a "replayable classic adventure". They also added that original characters like Kirby were the stars of the Game Boy rather than established characters such as Link, Mario, Samus Aran, and Pit. They would again praise Kirby's Dream Land for being an original game in their "History of the Game Boy" article, adding that while "attitude" was common in new platforming mascots, Kirby was cheery and adorable, while the game featured "breezy, casual gameplay and lighthearted atmosphere". 1UP.com praised it for its unique platforming mechanics, describing it as the start of a "gluttonous legend". Nintendojo described it as being an enriching experience, as well as being challenging. Nintendo Life, while it was a quality game when it was first release, it has since been outclassed by followup titles in the series.

Kirby's Dream Land was also the best selling game in the Kirby series' history, selling over 5 million units worldwide.[5] Other than games in the Pokémon, Mario, and Tetris series, it was also the best selling game for the original Game Boy.

Trivia

  • Masahiro Sakurai and Shigeru Miyamoto had an argument over Kirby's color. Miyamoto wanted a yellow Kirby, and Sakurai wanted pink. Sakurai won, but the feud was still going on when the game was released in the US, so NOA, confused, made him appear white.
    • This caused many fans to speculate that Kirby was some sort of friendly spirit.
  • If Kirby is standing still when the game is paused, he will start to dance after a short time.
  • In the special Extra Mode credits showing the names of enemies, some of the names are absent, misplaced or misspelled.
  • If Kirby's Dream Land is played on a Game Boy Advance SP, the player is able to switch the color palettes of the game, using the D-pad and the A and B buttons. One combination is Left and A, which switches the game to its original black and white color.
  • Kirby's Dream Land is spelled incorrectly on Club Nintendo's site; it is spelled Kirby's Dreamland
  • Despite King Dedede's frequent appearance as an antagonist in the series (often portrayed as Kirby's "arch nemesis"), Kirby's Dream Land is the only title in which King Dedede is actually the real final boss.

Artwork

Box Art

Media

External links

References

  1. Nintendo eShop (Page is in Japanese)
  2. Nintendo World Report
  3. Official Nintendo Japan site
  4. Gamespot
  5. Gamrreview.vgchartz.com

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