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Kirby's Adventure

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This article is about the Nintendo Entertainment System game. For information about the Wii game known as Kirby's Adventure Wii in some regions, see Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
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Kirby's Adventure
星のカービィ 夢の泉の物語
Kirby of the Stars: Story of the Fountain of Dreams
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Box art for the North American release of Kirby's Adventure
Developer(s): HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System
Category: Platformer
Players: 1
Predecessor: Kirby's Dream Land
Successor: Kirby's Dream Land 2
Release dates
N. America: May 1, 1993
Japan: March 26, 1993
Europe: December 1, 1993
Australia: December 1, 1993
PEGI: 3+
USK: 0
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Kirby's Adventure is a Nintendo Entertainment System game released in 1993 and the second mainline installment of the Kirby series. It is notable for establishing Kirby's ability to copy his enemies' abilities, which went on to become a Kirby-series staple. It also sees the debut of recurring characters in the Kirby series like Meta Knight. In 2002, the game was remade for the Game Boy Advance as Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, and the original game also has seen additional rereleases ever since.



Kirby's Back in Power-Puffing Action!

What would Dream Land be without dreams? A Nightmare! The Dream Spring, source of all dreams, has dried up, taking with it all the blissful dreams of Dream Land. It's up to Kirby, the bombastic blimp, to return happy naps to the inhabitants of Dream Land!

Kirby's appetite for adventure is big as ever as he eats his way through a feast of all new enemies! In this adventure, he can also steal the abilities of the bad guys he scarfs down! With this new power, Kirby can perform 20 new tricks that will help him make his way through the nightmare infested Dream Land!

Kirby's Adventure features brand new worlds to explore with the same fun, action packed feel that made Kirby's Dream Land™ for Game Boy® a hit!"

3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure (3DS)

3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure offers you a chance to explore the world of Dream Land in a whole new way!

The landscape comes to life as Kirby™ crosses land, sea, and sky in his quest to restore the Star Rod! After waking from a dreamless sleep, Kirby goes to investigate the Dream Spring only to find that its source of energy has been stolen by King Dedede! Broken and divided across seven worlds, Kirby will need to use his unique ability of stealing enemies' powers to battle his way and restore the pieces of the Star Rod! Without it, how can a hero fight another day if he can't get a good night's sleep? Embark on this adventure as our beloved pink character tries to save the citizens of Dream Land from a lifetime of terrible nightmares!

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Not everything is well in Dream Land. For some mysterious reason, the Dream Spring, a magical well that is the reservoir for all the dreams of the citizens of Dream Land, is no longer working. Everyone is being subjected to their worst nightmares every time they go to sleep. Upon reaching the Dream Spring, Kirby finds out that evil King Dedede has stolen the Star Rod, thus depriving Dream Land of the magical energy that feeds its spring.

Using over 20 unique tricks and your ability to steal your enemies' powers by swallowing them, you'll have to make your way through a horrific land filled with all kinds of nightmares.

Recover the broken pieces of the Star Rod, and everyone in Dream Land will sleep peacefully once again. If you fail, the citizens of Dream Land will be subjected to a lifetime of terrible nightmares.


Kirby, after realising he hasn't dreamt all night, heads to the Fountain of Dreams to find King Dedede has stolen the Star Rod and broken it into seven pieces, which Kirby must collect to restore peace to Dream Land. After Kirby defeats each boss guarding the seven Star Rod pieces (including King Dedede himself), he restores the Star Rod and attempts to bring it to the Fountain of Dreams, although with King Dedede trying to plead him to stop.

As it turns out, Nightmare has infested the Fountain of Dreams and had to be sealed away by King Dedede by breaking the Star Rod apart. He is unleashed from the fountain after Kirby has put the Star Rod back in its original spot. King Dedede sends Kirby against Nightmare by launching him into the sky, and Kirby eventually defeats him by using the power of the Star Rod. With this finally done, Kirby is now free to return the Star Rod back to its spot on the Fountain of Dreams, restoring good dreams to the people of Dream Land.


As with its predecessor Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby's Adventure continues the usual 2D platformer gameplay with Kirby's ability to float, inhale and spit out his enemies. In addition to his usual moves, he now gains the ability to perform a sliding attack, dash, and swim in different directions. Debuting in this game are Copy Abilities, which can be obtained from certain enemies when Kirby inhales and swallows them. Copy Abilities give Kirby different kinds of moves depending on the ability, allowing him to easily dispatch enemies from afar, gain faster movement options, or interact with certain objects like stakes and cannon fuses. However, taking damage at any point will cause Kirby to drop his ability as an Ability Star, which he must inhale and swallow again to obtain before it bounces away or is destroyed.

Additionally, several core stage and gameplay mechanics seen throughout the Kirby series would also debut in this game. This includes interactable stage objects like cannons and Bomb Blocks, an expanded level structure that uses an explorable hub with different stages, among others. Sub-Games and Goal Game are introduced in this game as well, with the player able to play three different sub-games (Egg Catcher, Crane Fever, and Quick Draw) in addition to extra modes including "VS. Boss!", a boss rush mode.

Technical details

Technical details
Media: NES Game Pak
Digital download (Wii, 3DS, Wii U)
Supported features: Off-TV Play (Wii U)
Input / compatible controllers: Original: NES controller
Wii: Wii Remote (Sideways), Wii Classic Controller
3DS: Nintendo 3DS
Wii U: Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Remote (+ Nunchuk)
Nintendo Switch: Joy-Con, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Other Releases

Title Cover art Platform Release date(s) Notes
Kirby's Adventure Wii (Virtual Console) NA: February 12, 2007
EU: February 15, 2007
AU: February 16, 2007
JP: February 27, 2007
KR: April 26, 2008
A direct port of the game released as a digital download on the Wii Shop Channel, with added Virtual Console features.

3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure Nintendo 3DS (3D Classics) NA:' November 17, 2011
EU: November 17, 2011
AU: November 17, 2011
JP: April 25, 2012
A complete remake of Kirby's Adventure that is very faithful to the original game, with added support for the 3DS's stereoscopic 3D feature, enhanced visuals on backgrounds and certain elements like doors, and improved performance and frame rate.

Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition Kirby's Dream Collection NA box.jpg Wii JP: July 19, 2012
NA: September 16, 2012
A direct port of the game bundled alongside five classic Kirby series titles.

Kirby's Adventure Wii U (Virtual Console) NA: April 17, 2013
EU: April 18, 2013
AU: April 18, 2013
JP: April 27, 2013
A direct port of the game released as a digital download on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U, with added Virtual Console features.

Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online Nintendo Switch (Nintendo Switch Online) JP: February 19, 2019
NA: February 19, 2019
EU: February 19, 2019
AU: February 19, 2019
KR: April 3, 2019
A direct port of the original game released as one of the titles included to play through the Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online application, with added emulator features. The application is available exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.

A special version titled Kirby's Adventure: Now With Extra Game! was released worldwide on March 13, 2019, which features a 100% completed savefile with Extra Game and Sound Test unlocked from the beginning.

In addition to the above, limited-time demos of Kirby's Adventure have also seen release on Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as Masterpieces. In the former game, the demo starts at Vegetable Valley and has a two-minute time limit, while the latter game's demo has two savefiles (one at the beginning and the other at the final King Dedede & Nightmare battles) while having a three-minute time limit.

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Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

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