Developer: Hal Laboratory, Inc.
Release: Oct 24, 2011 USA / Nov 25, 2011 EUR / Oct 27 2011 JPN
Rated: E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Up
Controllers Supported: Wii Remote
It really has been an awesome time to be a Kirby fan. 2010 saw the release of the excellent Kirby's Epic Yarn and this year, the pink cream puff stars in two fantastic games, Kirby Mass Attack on the DS, another non-traditional Kirby game and Kirby's Return to Dream Land on the Wii. Unlike Epic Yarn and Mass Attack, Return to Dream Land returms Kirby to his classic gameplay style of floating, inhaling foes and copying abilities.
On the planet Pop Star, Kirby, King Dedede, Waddle Dee and Meta Knight are enjoying a carefree day when a massive starship, the Starcutter, crash-lands. Kirby and the gang take a look inside the ship. The lone crew member, Magolor is unharmed but five vital pieces of the ship have been scattered across Pop Star along with 120 energy spheres. Without these five parts, the Starcutter is earthbound and Magolor is stranded. Rather than leave Magolor in a pinch, Kirby and company set off to find the missing ship componets because otherwise, they'd have stuck to chasing after cake and reading books and that would have made for a pretty dull game.
|In less than 2 seconds, these mooks will be very, very dead.|
|You can't see it in this screen, but an entire group|
of players can be hop on top of each other's head and
travel via piggyback.
|Anyone carrying an item loses the ability to float, something to|
keep in mind when making jumps over bottomless pits.
Collecting enough Energy Spheres and you can unlock two mini-games, Ninja Dojo, a game that has you tossing throwing stars at targets, and Scope Shot, a game that has you point the Wii Remote at the screen and fire away. However, the real reason you should hunt down all the Energy Spheres (aside from 100% completion) is to unlock all seven Copy Room Challenges. These rooms test your profiency with a select Copy Ability and require absolute mastery of the selected power. Even highly skilled players will have to make numerous attempts to get the best medal. It makes for some splendid bonus material in what is an already fine game.
|Black & white dimensions mean two things: an advancing wall of doom|
and guarded Energy Spheres. Failure means doing the whole
section all over again.
|Return to Dream Land's four player mode avoids the|
chaos found in New Super Mario Bros. Wii multiplayer.