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Kirby's Dream Land 2

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Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby of the Stars 2
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North American box art.
Developer(s): HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Game Boy
Category: Platformer
Players: 1
Predecessor: Kirby's Adventure
Successor: Kirby Super Star
Release dates
N. America: May 1, 1995
Japan: March 21, 1995
Europe: July 31, 1995
Australia: July 31, 1995
USK: 0
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Kirby's Dream Land 2 is a game in the Kirby series, released for the Game Boy in 1995. Like numerous other Game Boy games of its time, the game contains support for the special features of the Super Game Boy, and can be played with pre-defined palettes and a custom screen border using this adapter.


"The Rainbow Bridges have disappeared! Help Kirby solve the mystery. Search the seven Rainbow Islands while battling King DeDeDe and his horde of evil minions! Meet Rick the Hamster, Kine the Fish and Coo the Owl. Each holds important abilities that can multiply the magnitude of Kirby's powers. Earn the mysterious Rainbow Sword and prepare to face Kirby's most menacing rival ever - the evil Dark Matter!"


The evil Dark Matter has stolen all the rainbows connecting the Rainbow Islands of Dream Land and is mind-controlling King Dedede to do his bidding. In order to return the rainbows and free the islands, Kirby must collect the seven Rainbow Drops to form the Rainbow Sword, the only effective weapon against Dark Matter, and face Dedede and the force that is controlling him at Dark Castle.

If Kirby does not collect all the seven Rainbow Drops then defeats King Dedede, the ending will show Kirby and his Animal Friends walking back home in the rain, with Kine looking up to the sky with a troubled expression, signifying that Dark Matter is still around. By collecting all the Rainbow Drops, then defeating Dedede and Dark Matter in succession, the true ending shows Kirby restoring the stolen rainbows to the Rainbow Islands using the Rainbow Sword as everyone else across Dream Land watches.


Like other platformers in the Kirby series, the game centers around the pink puffball Kirby, who is able to inhale his enemies and spit them out at other foes to deal damage. Returning from Kirby's Adventure is the ability to swallow enemies to get Copy Abilities. New to this game are Kirby's Animal Friends - Rick, Kine and Coo - who the hero may rescue from mid-bosses and team up with to combine the friend's natural skills with his own ability, resulting in a new power.

The game is divided into seven levels, each with three to seven stages; levels and stages must be played in a linear order, each stage or level unlocking the next one upon completion. A simple world map and seven individual, side-scrolling level maps are used to access stages; previously beaten ones can be revisited on the map and replayed at any time. At the end of every level, Kirby faces a boss, which is stronger than other opponents in the game and possesses a great amount of health that Kirby must take down using his unique abilities. Unlike other stages, most boss stages cannot be revisited and are instead replaced by mini-games, which enable Kirby to acquire extra lives.

Each of the game's levels has a Rainbow Drop hidden in one of its stages, which can only be obtained by using a specific ability or combination of an ability and an Animal Friend. While it is possible to "finish" the game without collecting these, they are required in order to fight Dark Matter, see the true ending and achieve 100% completion.



  • In the Japanese version of the game, there is a small chance for Chao from Yuyuki to appear instead of Gooey after freeing the same Animal Friend that Kirby is riding. In international releases, this was replaced by the girl blob; a female Gooey-like character.
    • Additionally in the Japanese version, Chao appears in the lounge scene of the sound test, playing the piano. International releases also replace her with the girl blob in addition to Gooey also appearing in the same scene.

Asset re-use

  • The enemy Blocky introduced in this game was originally an enemy in Adventures of Lolo (though known as Rocky)[1], previously developed by HAL Laboratory.
  • The lounge scene in the Sound Test is a recreation of the same scene from Yuyuki.[2]

Technical details

Technical details
Media: Game Boy Game Pak
Digital download (Nintendo 3DS)
Download size: Nintendo 3DS: 37 blocks
Input / compatible controllers: Original: Game Boy
3DS: Nintendo 3DS
Wii: Wii Remote, Classic Controller, Nintendo GameCube Controller
Nintendo Switch: Joy-Con, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Other releases

Title Cover art Platform Release date(s) Notes
Kirby's Dream Land 2 3DS (Virtual Console) JP: February 15, 2012
EU/AUS: May 17, 2012
NA: August 1, 2013
A direct port of the game released as a digital download on the Nintendo eShop for 3DS, with added Virtual Console features.
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.
Game Boy - Nintendo Switch Online Nintendo Switch WW: March 15/16, 2023 A direct port of the original game released as one of the titles included to play through the Game Boy - Nintendo Switch Online application, with added emulator features. The application is available exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.

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