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Kirby's Return to Dream Land

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Kirby's Return to Dream Land
星のカービィ Wii
Hoshi no Kābī Wii
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Boxart of Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Developer(s): HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Wii
Category: Platformer
Players: 1-4
Predecessor: Kirby: Squeak Squad
Successor: Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Copyrights: N/A
Release dates
N. America:

October 24, 2011

Japan:

October 27, 2011

Europe:

November 25, 2011

Australia:

December 1, 2011

S. Korea:

September 6, 2012

Ratings
ACB:

G

CERO:

A

ESRB:

E10+

GRB:

A

PEGI:

7

USK:

6

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Kirby's Return to Dream Land (released in Europe and Australia as Kirby's Adventure Wii) is a 2D platforming game game in the Kirby series that was released for the Wii in 2011. The game was in development since the release of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards in 2000, with multiple different ideas being scrapped as development began for the Nintendo GameCube and later was pushed back to the Wii. The game reintroduces typical Kirby gameplay elements from older games in the series.

Blurb[edit]

Box

Kirby is back with all-new Super Abilities!

Inhale Enemies and Transform!

4-Player Action!
Join the fun as King Dedede, Meta Knight, Waddle Dee... or play as four Kirby™ characters!

Nintendo website (Wii)

Kirby Returns to Dream Land – and the Living Room

Kirby™ and his friends are back in an adventure designed to satisfy longtime Kirby fans and beginners alike. When an alien spaceship crashes in the otherwise peaceful realm of Planet Pop Star, its pieces are scattered throughout the land. Players must guide Kirby as he retrieves the ship's parts and helps an alien return to its home planet. This time, however, he's not alone. At any time, up to three more players can join in the fun and play as Meta Knight, King Dedede, Waddle Dee or a different color Kirby.

Features:

  • Kirby’s powerful Copy Ability returns, allowing him to inhale, spit and transform as he encounters enemies.
  • Players can deploy classic and new abilities, including:

- Sword: Kirby dons a green cap and wields a sword.

- Beam: Kirby wears a jester hat and can shoot energy from a magic wand.

- Whip: Kirby wears a cowboy hat and can lasso enemies.

- Leaf: Kirby is surrounded by a whirlwind of leaves.

  • The game also introduces new Super Abilities, which are activated when Kirby inhales special enemy characters. For example, the “Ultra Sword” Super Ability allows Kirby to swing a giant sword and wipe out an entire screen’s worth of foes.
  • Up to four players can enjoy the action together. (Additional controllers required and sold separately.) While playing cooperatively to progress through the game, player can join and leave the game at any time.
Nintendo website (Wii U)

Kirby Returns to Dream Land – and the Living Room

Kirby™ and his friends are back in an adventure designed to satisfy longtime Kirby fans and beginners alike. When an alien spaceship crashes in the otherwise-peaceful realm of Planet Pop Star, its pieces are scattered throughout the land. Players must guide Kirby as he retrieves the ship's parts and helps an alien return to its home planet. Kirby's powerful Copy Ability returns, allowing him to inhale, spit, and transform as he encounters enemies. He can deploy classic abilities, new abilities, and also Super Abilities, which are activated after inhaling special enemy characters. This time, however, Kirby is not alone. At any time, up to three more players can join in the fun and play as Meta Knight, King Dedede, Waddle Dee, or a different-color Kirby.

Nintendo eShop

Kirby™ and his friends are back in an adventure designed to satisfy longtime Kirby fans and beginners alike. When an alien spaceship crashes in the otherwise peaceful realm of Planet Pop Star, its pieces are scattered throughout the land.

Players must guide Kirby as he retrieves the ship's parts and helps an alien return to its home planet. Kirby’s powerful Copy Ability returns, allowing him to inhale, spit and transform as he encounters enemies. He can deploy classic abilities, new abilities, and also Super Abilities, which are activated after inhaling special enemy characters.

This time, however, he's not alone. At any time, up to three more players can join in the fun and play as Meta Knight, King Dedede, Waddle Dee or a different-color Kirby.

Story[edit]

Kirby, a Waddle Dee, King Dedede, and Meta Knight are shown on Pop Star in the opening cutscene of the game, when a portal appears in the sky and a large ship passes through into Dream Land, crash-landing as several parts fly away. Kirby and friends enter the intact hull and find the owner of the ship, Magolor, who shows them that the ship has lost five of its main components as well as all of its Energy Spheres, which have now been scattered all across Pop Star. The group, however, agree to assist Magalor and find the five ship parts and return Magalor to his homeworld.

Gameplay[edit]

The gameplay is typical of other Kirby platforming games, with side scrolling levels divided into stages. The stages consists of several enemies, and occasionally a mid-boss. The last stage of the level is always a boss stage in which the player must defeat the boss to collect the piece of the Lor Starcutter in that world. Throughout the stages, Kirby will have to collect Energy Spheres, which will unlock various copy ability rooms, challenges, and sub-games in the Lor Starcutter.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land supports four-player cooperative multiplayer, allowing up to three additional players players to join and leave at any time. While the first player can only control Kirby, the other players can play as Waddle Dee, King Dedede, and Meta Knight, or with one of three additional different coloured Kirbies. While Kirby retains his ability to inhale enemies and copy their powers, the other characters all have their own unique gameplay traits. Each player shares the same life counter, and while the other players can use Kirby's lives to return if they die, the level must only be restarted if Kirby dies.

In addition to new Copy Abilities, this game also introduces Super Abilities, which are time-based Copy Abilities that can be used to break obstacles that would normally be unbreakable. If all obstacles are destroyed a rift opens which allows the player to enter an autoscrolling section that ends with a boss battle.

Technical details[edit]

Technical Details
Media

Wii Game Disc
Digital download (Wii U)

Download size

Wii U: 1492.2 MB

Input / compatible controllers

Wii: Wii Remote
Wii U: Wii Remote, Wii U GamePad

Other releases[edit]

Title Boxart Console Release Date(s) Notes
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Wii U NA: July 30, 2015
JP: January 28, 2015
PAL: February 19, 2015
A direct port of the game released as a digital download on the Wii U Nintendo eShop.

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