That’s right, Nintendo’s pink plush doll is celebrating twenty years of unadulterated gluttony with his own anthology collection.
Kirby’s Dream Collection ports six classic titles: Kirby’s Dream Land 1, 2 & 3, Kirby’s Adventure, Kirby Super Star, and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. They’re all fun, easy-breezy platformers in their own right, but chances are that fans have already played most of them. New challenge stages based on recent Wii game Kirby’s Return to Dream Land have also been tossed in the mix, but would have made more sense as online DLC. We wish obscure puzzle games like Kirby’s Dream Course or Kirby’s Avalanche were included to provide variety amongst six nearly identical platformers.
This is not an "HD" collection by any means. The console titles remain in their natural 4:3 SD resolution, but Game Boy titles Kirby's Dream Land 1 & 2 have had their minuscule resolution (160 x 144) stretched to the limit. We’re disappointed that Nintendo didn’t even try to implement widescreen to distance the games from their Virtual Console counterparts.
Each title has been given unique, reworked Wiimote controls, plus Gamecube and Classic Controller support if four button configurations are your thing.
Further on-disc extras are outlandish, to say the least. Three episodes of Kirby’s anime have been included, accessible through a series timeline that lists game release dates along with random, unrelated historical facts.
If you’re wary of dropping forty dollars on a modified ROM collection, the included booklet and soundtrack CD will surely ease your fears. A lot of care has been put into the history booklet, and it’s a genuine treat to see original “Twinkle Popo” concept art. The music CD is a forty-five track “greatest hits” journey through sixteen Kirby titles, along with three gorgeous exclusive arrangements of the most famous Kirby songs.
We only wish Kirby’s Dream Collection was as well-rounded as Kirby himself (herself?). It’s not the retrospective that hardcore Kirby fans have been dreaming of—if “hardcore Kirby fans” even exist. Still, it’s more than enough for gamers who just want to unwind with cute platforming fun.
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