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Kirby's Return to Dream Land
14 November 2013
Conclusion: While it doesn’t inspire the imaginative wonder of Epic Yarn, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land is a welcome return to the gameplay that got this hero off the ground. The structure feels a bit formulaic at times, but it's challenging and true enough to form to keep Kirby fans of all ages from feeling deflated.
Summary: Kirby was in line for a Wii game years before we finally saw Kirby's Epic Yarn , a platformer that turned Nintendo's adorable pink puffball into colored string and changed the series' formula considerably. Interestingly, Kirby's Epic Yarn was not the game Nintendo has promised for all those years -- it was originally an all-new concept that Kirby had been retroactively inserted into.
Conclusion: Kong to Yoshi and Link, each new Nintendo gaming system has featured classic character appearances in new titles on the new respective Nintendo system, and selling millions of units of games doing so. Another one of those old-school characters is the pink and plushy, marshmallowy morphing Kirby, who first appeared on the SNES but has since bounced his ball-shaped way onto more than 20 titles since then.
Excerpt: It’s been a very exciting few years for Kirby fans. Last year brought us the charming and innovative Kirby’s Epic Yarn , and just recently the equally inventive Kirby Mass Attack landed on the DS. It would be inaccurate to call the more traditional Kirby’s Return to Dreamland a ‘return’ to its roots, since the game went through a very tumultuous development after initially being proposed once Kirby 64 was released.
Conclusion: Kirby's Return to Dreamland is not a bad game, but feels like something Nintendo made as an afterthought. If players really want a new 2D platformer this holiday season, there are better alternatives yet to come.
Excerpt: We could go on all day about how good Kirby’s Return to Dream Land is. Tons of content, accessibility to casual and hardcore players, a great soundtrack, tons of fanservice, charming graphics… the game has it all. Return is clearly the culmination of 11 years of effort. We just hope it doesn’t take the same amount of time for the next main Kirby game to release.
Pros: Charm and depth, single-player challenge, easy drop-in co-op