Reviews and Problems with Kirby's Return to Dream Land
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Kirby's Return to Dream Land
2 September 2013
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.
Excerpt: With brilliantly imaginative games like Canvas Curse, Epic Yarn and Mass Attack, the Kirby series has proven that it can re-invent itself and pull it off successfully every time. But what about classic Kirby? Aside from Squeak Squad on DS, there hasn't been a traditional Kirby on consoles for more than a decade. Kirby's Return to Dream Land was worth the wait though – it's a perfect example of how to update a classic and do everything right.
Pros: Classic Kirby gameplay, over-the-top super abilities, Beautifully detailed animations, Playing with friends
Cons: When friends steal your power-ups, Seeing Kirby get hurt, Facing the final boss without friends
Platformer provides cooperative fun for up to four players.
Common Sense Media
16 December 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Kirby’s Return to Dreamland is a colorful, family-friendly game with content and a level of difficulty suitable for nearly the whole family. The Entertainment Software Ratings Board has stamped the game with an E10+ rating and cites mild cartoon violence, but this may be a little high.
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