|Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
|星のカービィ Wii デラックス
Hoshi no Kābī Wii Derakkusu
North American box art for Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
|February 24, 2023
|© HAL Laboratory, Inc. / Nintendo
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe is a 2D platforming game and high-definition remake of the 2011 Wii title Kirby's Return to Dream Land, updating the game's visuals and adding new features like two new Copy Abilities and several sub-games. It was released for the Nintendo Switch worldwide on February 24, 2023.
The game's storyline is largely the same as in the original version, with Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Bandana Waddle Dee helping a far-flung traveler known as Magolor fix his ship, the Lor Starcutter, after it crashlands in Dream Land. Once Kirby and friends find all the ship parts, Magolor then takes them to his homeworld known as Halcandra, and has them defeat Landia for him after the latter launches an attack on Kirby and friends. Magolor then reveals his true intentions, having taken the Master Crown after tricking Kirby and friends into doing everything up to that point, and nearly achieves world domination until Kirby finally defeats him.
Later on, an unlockable post-game mode titled Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler reveals that after Magolor's defeat in the main events of the game, he was banished into the deeper portions of Another Dimension and has lost all of his powers as a result. Waking up at the bottom of Another Dimension, Magolor fights his way out, collecting the mysterious Fruit Fragments from various bosses and enemies to regain his abilities and strength. In the climax, he eventually finds himself in a struggle with the Master Crown, having absorbed the red fruit he had just assembled to become a "tree crown without a ruler". After Magolor defeats the crown's tree form, a giant dimensional rift opens in front of him that leads him into the Dream Kingdom, where he plants a Gem Apple sprout and starts his shopkeeping business, leading into the events of Team Kirby Clash Deluxe.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe is a high-definition remake of the original Kirby's Return to Dream Land for Nintendo Wii, with its gameplay largely unchanged, although featuring high-fidelity visuals and a fully remastered soundtrack. For consistency with later games, several quality-of-life features were added, such as an easier difficulty option (Helper Magolor), Souvenir Items, giving other playable characters additional moves that were introduced to them in Kirby Star Allies, and even relegating most instances of motion controls to an optional setting.
New to the main game are two new Copy Abilities, namely Mecha and Sand. These abilities allow Kirby to attack as a cyborg and with sand, respectively. Additionally, a new location named Merry Magoland allows Kirby and friends access to 10 Sub-Games, including those from past titles in the Kirby series. Kirby can win Stamps by playing sub-games to fill up the Stamp Rally cards, which reward him with Souvenir Items and cosmetic Dress-Up Masks that can be used in the main game.
A new post-game mode named Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler is also added, which is unlocked after beating the game's story. In this mode, the player takes control of Magolor, who has lost his powers and is trying to escape from the deeper portions of Another Dimension after the events of the main story. His moveset is largely similar to that of his Dream Friend incarnation from Kirby Star Allies although with some alterations. Magolor upgrades his moves throughout the game by spending Magic Points collected in stages, and regains even more abilities when collecting Fruit Fragments from bosses. Up to 1-4 players can also join in this mode via local multiplayer, with them playing as different-colored Magolors.
Several other parts of Kirby's Return to Dream Land have been given major upgrades in this game, with Extra Mode having less food and larger enemies in some stages while The True Arena features additional bosses to fight. The Jukebox also sees an upgrade in this game; while the ability to play sound effects has been largely removed (with some exceptions), all music has been given colored music notes (to denote composers) and official titles.