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Kirby's Return to Dream Land (Nintendo Wii) discussion [game]
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Destructoid: 10
1up's Jeremy Parish: B
IGN: 7.5
GoNintendo: 9
Game Informer: 8.5
NintendoWorldReport: 9
NintendoLife: 9
GamesRadar: 9

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Posted: 10/24/11, 01:28:37  - Edited by 
 on: 09/17/12, 01:27:09
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GelatinousEncore technically had dibs before either of us, but I say the more reviews, the better! I feel like I need to immerse myself in the soundtrack a little longer, though--anyone else feel like the music is just a hair too "soft" (i.e. drowned out by sound effects a bit) in-game?

On that note, I really like the sound effects in the game. Everything feels appropriately crunchy and powerful, and there're plenty of unique ones to give the moves personality.
Posted: 11/02/11, 07:19:54
Of course, you guys should totally review the game too! Especially with how freakin busy I am. (I am playing the game, though.
Posted: 11/02/11, 11:59:38
Quick impressions after beating 2-1

- The first boss is a tree. I am SHOCKED.
- The first challenge room was fun, and took me more retries than I care to admit.
- I sure hope the other worlds have more than 5 stages.
Posted: 11/03/11, 06:40:53
@Guillaume Um, about that third wish...
Posted: 11/03/11, 12:00:32
KEY didn't really interest me that much (only played the demo at EB, seemed...aight) so there's little to no chance that this will...

I guess Kirby just isn't my deal.

Edit: Oh and as a kid I don't think I ever once played a Kirby game or felt the need to.
Posted: 11/03/11, 14:33:45  - Edited by 
 on: 11/03/11, 14:38:49
@carlosrox Epic Yarn isn't much like other Kirby games. It was almost purely a platformer, traditional Kirby is more of an action game.

If you've got a classic controller and eight spare bucks, maybe pick up Kirby Super Star. It seems to have the broadest appeal and also offers plenty of wrinkles in each of the included games. I've seen a lot of doubters converted by Super Star.
Posted: 11/03/11, 23:54:24
Anybody chuckle at the tiny Donkey Kong Country nod during all the "barrel" blasts in world 4? Cute.

On one of the secret paths to a power thingy, you blast through three banana bunches. Clearly deliberate.
Posted: 11/04/11, 05:23:48  - Edited by 
 on: 11/04/11, 05:26:08
I did notice that, actually. The game does have its Easter eggs. I like the one Ultra Sword that's a fish and there was one Stone transformation that stuck out, but I can't remember what it was...
Posted: 11/04/11, 05:47:51
Curse you, TriBun. I could have moved on with my life never knowing there was a 4th medal for the challenges. I just played the sword challenge over a dozen times trying to get the highest score possible. How many pts do you need? 30,000? The gap is too large...

How did you even find that out, anyway? The only other challenge I've unlocked, the whip one, I struggled to get the gold, and it was really close.

You are a MACHINE.
Posted: 11/11/11, 06:57:15
Sword challenge platinum'd.

Damn. That was something. And I felt I had mastered the sword, too. I can't even begin to imagine how hard the whip challenge is gonna be, given how much I suck at it.

Kirby Return to Dreamland: for hardcore gamers only.
Posted: 11/11/11, 07:15:23
Haha, nice work. It was actually spoiled for me somewhere (GameFAQs I think, ugh) and once I learned about it, I had to shoot for it! I haven't quite got them all yet, but am very close.

Besides those, I've fully completed the game. I'm happy to report that KRtDL still has a couple surprises up its sleeve in the post-game unlockable, and it's worth aiming to complete at some point.
Posted: 11/11/11, 22:58:00
I just finished World 3, only got two questions.

Is there anything cuter than Whip Kirby in this game? I doubt it!
Does anyone ever use the slide in Kirby games?
Posted: 11/11/11, 23:24:46
In the race-against-death portions, the slide is very useful as a way to get through star block barriers.
Posted: 11/11/11, 23:47:21

Yup, assuming you don't have a sword or something.

Even so, I keep forgetting the slide exists, most of the time.
Posted: 11/12/11, 00:33:37
Wow, so Destructoid gave a 10 and IGN gave a 7.5. My how opinions can vary here.
Posted: 11/12/11, 00:47:44
I got the medal for the whip after, like, a bajillion tries.

Well, not a bajillion, but I was at it for over an hour for sure.

These types of challenge rooms are totally my weakness. I can't resist them in a good 2D action game, and in this game they are brutal. Nothing short of perfect execution will get you that medal. But boy, is it satisfying when you succeed!

Just because of them, I'll probably end up rating this game higher than you did, TriBun. Super Star had nothing like this.
Posted: 11/12/11, 08:54:37
Glad you're enjoying the challenge rooms!

Out of curiosity, are you (SPOILER for post-game stuff) playing them on the first game mode or the extra game mode?

Not sure where you are in the game so don't highlight if you haven't beaten it.
Posted: 11/12/11, 09:02:06
I am only 25% into the main game, haha. If I had to judge the game just on that, yeah, it's a bit lacking so far. I've been doing the challenge rooms as I unlocked them, however, and those I really love. Do they change after you beat the game?
Posted: 11/12/11, 09:24:44
I'll just keep quiet for now and let you do your thing.
Posted: 11/12/11, 17:52:26
I beat the game last night. It got considerably better toward the end, and some of the later levels have some nifty stuff. I'm glad I didn't spoil myself those
Posted: 11/12/11, 18:22:13
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