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I don't know what the developers were thinking with this uninspired game. Probably something along the lines of, "Hey, what if we took away Kirby's ability to steal powers from the monsters he eats and then made the game only four levels long! Wouldn't that be great?" No. No, it did not make the game great. I was surprised when I beat the game in a single sitting, but then, it is for kids. But regardless, kids deserve better.
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[[Image:Kirby's Dream Land - GB - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American cover art.]]
  
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'''''Kirby's Dream Land''''' is an action platformer developed by [[HAL Laboratory]] and published by [[Nintendo]] on the [[Game Boy]] on 1992-04-27. It is the first ''[[Kirby (Universe)|Kirby]]'' game and, since Kirby's ability to steal powers from the monsters he's eaten has not yet been established, the game plays more like a generic platformer.
  
[[Category: Game]]
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I first played this game after already having played a couple later ''Kirby'' games, so I was very disappointed by the lack of stealing powers, and it was so short and easy, I beat it on my first attempt.
[[Category: Videogame]]
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==Status==
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I do not own the game, but I have beat it.
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==Review==
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* '''Overall:''' 3/10
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* '''Best Version:''' Game Boy
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{{Spoilers}}
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===Good===
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* The graphics are nice and cute and a lot of the characters seen in later games are introduced.
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* The cuteness of Kirby, especially, is really wonderful.
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* The game has a pretty complete manual.
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===Bad===
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* Overall, the game is kind of dull.
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* Since Kirby never becomes more powerful, the [[boss rush]] at the end is just tedious.
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===Ugly===
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* The game is too easy. Even younger kids won't have much difficulty beating it. The [[unlockable difficulty levels|unlockable "extra mode"]] should have been the default game.
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* At only five levels, the game is incredibly short, easily beatable in a single play-through.
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==Media==
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===Box Art===
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<gallery>
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Kirby's Dream Land - GB - Japan.jpg|The Japanese box features a reddish Kirby standing in front of a grided background collage of the game characters. I like the curved text, but it's a bit plain.
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Kirby's Dream Land - GB - USA.jpg|The American box has a white puffed-up Kirby in front of the boss of stage 1. The art is really good, and the lettering is simple, but effective. I prefer this box.
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</gallery>
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===Documentation===
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<gallery>
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Kirby's Dream Land - GB - Manual.pdf|Game manual.
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</gallery>
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===Maps===
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<gallery>
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Kirby's Dream Land - GB - Map - Stage 1 - Green Greens.png|Stage 1: Green Greens.
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Kirby's Dream Land - GB - Map - Stage 2 - Castle Lololo.png|Stage 2: Castle Lololo.
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Kirby's Dream Land - GB - Map - Stage 3 - Float Islands.png|Stage 3: Float Islands.
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Kirby's Dream Land - GB - Map - Stage 4 - Bubbly Clouds.png|Stage 4: Bubbly Clouds.
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Kirby's Dream Land - GB - Map - Stage 5 - Mt. Dedede.png|Stage 5: Mt. Dedede.
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</gallery>
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===Videos===
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU6cHCkWqy8 youtube.com/watch?v=gU6cHCkWqy8] - US commercial.
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQpH9F1a4d4 youtube.com/watch?v=qQpH9F1a4d4] - Japanese commercial.
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giWzzjEgGIM youtube.com/watch?v=giWzzjEgGIM] - Longplay.
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==Titles==
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Language !! Native !! Transliteration !! Translation
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|-
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| English || Kirby's Dream Land || ||
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|-
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| Japanese || 星のカービ || Hoshi no Kabi || Kirby of the Stars
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|}
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==Links==
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{{Link|MobyGames|http://www.mobygames.com/game/kirbys-dream-land}}
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{{Link|Wikipedia|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirby's_Dream_Land}}
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{{Link|GameFAQs|https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/gameboy/563275-kirbys-dream-land}}
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{{Link|TCRF|https://tcrf.net/Kirby%27s_Dream_Land}}
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[[Category: Games]]
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[[Category: Video Games]]
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[[Category: Video Game Prime Order - Action, Adventure, Strategy]]
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[[Category: Game Mechanic - Boss Rush]]
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[[Category: Game Mechanic - Unlockable Difficulty Levels]]
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[[Category: Game Boy Games]]
 
[[Category: Action]]
 
[[Category: Action]]
 
[[Category: Platformer]]
 
[[Category: Platformer]]
 
[[Category: Games I've Beaten]]
 
[[Category: Games I've Beaten]]
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[[Category: Grayscale Graphics]]

Latest revision as of 09:00, 17 September 2019

North American cover art.

Kirby's Dream Land is an action platformer developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo on the Game Boy on 1992-04-27. It is the first Kirby game and, since Kirby's ability to steal powers from the monsters he's eaten has not yet been established, the game plays more like a generic platformer.

I first played this game after already having played a couple later Kirby games, so I was very disappointed by the lack of stealing powers, and it was so short and easy, I beat it on my first attempt.

Status

I do not own the game, but I have beat it.

Review

  • Overall: 3/10
  • Best Version: Game Boy

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • The graphics are nice and cute and a lot of the characters seen in later games are introduced.
  • The cuteness of Kirby, especially, is really wonderful.
  • The game has a pretty complete manual.

Bad

  • Overall, the game is kind of dull.
  • Since Kirby never becomes more powerful, the boss rush at the end is just tedious.

Ugly

  • The game is too easy. Even younger kids won't have much difficulty beating it. The unlockable "extra mode" should have been the default game.
  • At only five levels, the game is incredibly short, easily beatable in a single play-through.

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Maps

Videos

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English Kirby's Dream Land
Japanese 星のカービ Hoshi no Kabi Kirby of the Stars

Links

Link-MobyGames.png  Link-Wikipedia.png  Link-GameFAQs.png  Link-TCRF.png