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  • Platforms: NES, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii U (Virtual Console)
  • Suggested Platform: Debatable.
  • Developer: HAL Laboratory
  • Genre: Platforming
  • Release Date: 05/01/93 (NA)
  • Why Play It?: Great platformer with plenty to do. Good music.
  • Why Skip It?: If you don’t like platformers. This game is really good though, I wouldn’t skip it.

I’ve been a pretty big Kirby fan all of my life (or at least, up until Kirby: Squeak Squad). I remember playing Kirby’s Dreamland on my Gameboy Pocket all the time growing up. I remember playing on long car rides; there was always the same song playing on my dad’s CD of choice by the time I made it to Kracko (the eye-ball cloud boss). That song has since then been dubbed “the Eyeball Cloud Song”. I actually hadn’t played Kirby’s Adventure until I got a hold of the remake for GBA, Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland, and I loved it. I, of course, have since then bought it and beat it pretty much everywhere it’s been released.

Kirby has always been a simple game. You can jump, fly, and eat most enemies by sucking them up, then shoot other enemies by spitting them back out. Kirby’s Adventure, however, gave Kirby his signature move, the ability to gain powers from the enemies he has consumed. There are a plethora of abilities: fire breath, an electricity force field, sword fighting,  the ability to suplex enemies, and many more, 24 to be exact.

Kirby’s Adventure looks great on the NES.

Some are more useful than others, and you’ll need to use certain powers at certain times if you want to 100% the game. Kirby’s Adventure also gave Kirby the ability to slide-kick. The game has an over world where you can select which level you want to play, play mini-games for extra lives, or go to the museum to pick up a power for free. Both of the mini-games are fun; a quick draw game to test your reflexes, and a claw machine game. Kirby’s Adventure has 7 worlds, each with a number of levels and a boss at the end. Each boss has a piece of the Star Rod, necessary to refill the Fountain of Dreams, which allows everyone to dream. If you manage to find all of the secrets and 100% the game, you can play an extra challenge mode where you only have 3 life (instead of 6) and there is no saving, so you have to do it all in one sitting. If you do, however, you’ll be awarded the sound test mode, which is cool, because Kirby’s Adventure has some great music.

Kirby’s Adventure was Kirby’s first and last game on the NES, coming out very late in the NES’s life, actually after the Super Nintendo was released. That being said, they really knocked it out of the park with the NES colors and sound. It’s vibrant and memorable. Kirby’s Adventure received a spot on Kirby’s 20th Anniversary Dream Collection as well as releases on both the Wii and Wii U Virtual Consoles.

Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland took an entirely different artistic approach.

Kirby’s Adventure also saw a 3D Classics release on the 3DS, and this may be the best version to play for the sole purpose that you can actually close the 3DS and put it down, since you have to beat Extra Mode in a single sitting. The 3D effects are kinda neat too. Lastly, Kirby’s Adventure got a remake, as I briefly stated above. Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland. Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland features updated graphics and music (still good). The mini-games, however, got replaced with more multiplayer friendly games, as well as the ability to play cooperative multiplayer throughout the game. Lastly, Extra mode was replaced with Meta Knightmare mode, where you play as Meta Knight, again, in one sitting. This was a neat added feature, for sure.

That being said, it’s up to you where you want to start. Either way, Kirby’s Adventure is a great game that I’ll keep buying no matter what they re-release it on.