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And on the Wii, no less! Good to still play something new (well, sort of new) on the ol' waggler.

For the third autumn in a row, I've picked up a Kirby game for the Wii, and while I haven't been able to delve super-deep into the collection yet, I can say that it's absolutely a better deal than the Super Mario Slapdash ROM dump we got a couple years back. Here's what you get:

~THE GAMES~

-Kirby's Dream Land (GB)
-Kirby's Adventure (NES)
-Kirby's Dream Land 2 (GB)
-Kirby Super Star (SNES)
-Kirby's Dream Land 3 (SNES)
-Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64)

It's a nice set of games for the Kirby platformer fan. DL1 is a classic, albeit a short one, but it's built entirely around Kirby's slurp-and-shoot mechanic rather than his copy abilities (which came later). As a result, it's got a slightly different feel to it. The music is outstanding and has stood the test of time well. Adventure is one of the NES's best games, with a plethora of copy abilities and tons of secrets. It's a classic and probably in my top ten or twenty for the gray system. DL2 adds animal buddies and keeps the abilities coming, feeling more like a sequel to Adventure than the original DL.

Super Star is my all-time favorite Kirby game, with nearly 20 full movesets and hours of replay, as well as an outstanding 2P mode. I remember being underwhelmed by DL3, but I'm willing to give it a real shot again since I've only played a couple hours of it--it adds more animal pals and has a nice look to it. And K64 lets you combine powers and contains some pretty fun minigames.

~THE EXTRAS~


-All new, three-save-file Challenge Mode where you play through numerous copy ability rooms akin to RtDL. The engine, visuals, sound and controls are borrowed from that game, although the arenas are all-new. It's an unorthodox but very fun extra, complete with medals and high scores.

-A comprehensive Kirby History feature. You can go through every year since 1992 to see all sorts of fun facts (worldly and Nintendo-wise), as well as take a good look at all the box arts of Kirby games (fully rotatable and readable, etc), as well as see videos and hear music from each one!

~THE BONUSES~

-A soundtrack CD comes with the game, containing 42 tracks spanning all of Kirby's games, as well as 3 all-new tracks (two of which are fully orchestrated). Very impressive! The track selection is pretty well-thought-out too.

-An art booklet of around 50 pages is included as well. It's full-color, going into the history of every Kirby game out there as well as fun early sketches, tidbits about the game, and more. It's a really excellent extra.


All in all, the game is a great deal for $40, assuming you don't have all the games already. And even if you do, it's an excellent package all-around and a great way to celebrate our puffy hero's 20th anniversary! (v'.')>

Anyone else pick up this gem?

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Posted: 09/17/12, 22:47:09  - Edited by 
 on: 11/17/12, 09:14:06
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I bought it but didn't get a chance to play it yesterday. I'm hoping to play some later this week.
Posted: 09/17/12, 23:05:11
I picked it up yesterday. I'm really impressed.
Posted: 09/17/12, 23:08:51
I passed on it (The Last Story is my last Wii purchase ever, it seems) but I have half of the games in the collection available on my DS/3DS.

I'm curious, was there any color or Super Gameboy effects added to the old Gameboy games?
Posted: 09/17/12, 23:12:09
My reserve is waiting for me. Yesterday was "don't leave the house and watch football all day," and today was "try to pick it up, but get stuck at the stupid dentist for a long time with a billing issue so it messes up your whole day."
Posted: 09/18/12, 00:41:51
I ordered it from Amazon, it should be here next week. I already own all the games, except I don't have the cartridge of Kirby's Dream Land 3 since it's rare and kind of expensive. So it'll be nice to have that on something physical. It may not really be worth it in terms of what I'm getting, but this'll be the last Wii game I buy on release, and/or for full price, so I don't mind spending the money. It's good to have the last one be something special.

I just wish that they had added some extras into the games instead of in the box, they should have had the Game Boy games colourised and Kirby 64 had added co-op.
Posted: 09/18/12, 01:38:19
I picked it up Sunday I've been meaning to get Kirby on the 3DS but since it's included in this, I just skipped on it and waited for it to come out. And of course it includes Super Star which I haven't played since the SNES! The other games I actually haven't even played so it'll be fun to check those out. Though I have to wait for Wii U before I can play it.
Posted: 09/18/12, 01:58:54
I passed on it, I've never been a big Kirby fan. If it's still available in a few weeks I might pick it up.
Posted: 09/18/12, 02:05:28
Your quest to bring the tilde back to prominence continues!

I'm definitely getting this. I wish it had a few more obscurities and Super Game Boy support, but I don't own many of these games, so I'm in. My youngest nephew really likes Kirby, too. Actually, he might just like riding on my head and getting powers.

In the game, too.
Posted: 09/18/12, 02:35:58
@Anand

Some might say that T-Bun will use the tilde 'til death.
Posted: 09/18/12, 02:38:59
Oooo~


Did I do it right?
Posted: 09/18/12, 02:39:37  - Edited by 
 on: 09/18/12, 02:40:44
I am currently buying up actual carts and will eventually own all the Kirby games, but I had to jump on this! The box itself seals the deal.

So here's my Walmart story:

Me: Excuse me, could I grab something from the cabinet?
Guy: NHL, dude?
Me: No, actually, the Kirby collection.
Guy: Uh, the what?
Me: It's for the Wii.
Guy: Okay.
The guy sees the box
Guy: Is this for your daughter or something?
Me: No, it's for me.
Guy: Ooooookay then.



Haha, I can't wait to get into this!

Edit - The booklet is pretty darn impressive. Beats Mario's by a mile.
Posted: 09/18/12, 03:21:50  - Edited by 
 on: 09/18/12, 03:28:57
@ploot

How annoying! I've never had a story like that when picking something up. Pretty crazy.

Mr_Mustache said:
@Anand

Some might say that T-Bun will use the tilde 'til death.

Whoa! That was neat.

The tilde is useful to give a sentence a certain tone online--I think Kirby himself would use a lot of tildes if he was typing! I think I probably use double-hyphens more than anything though--they're handy in splitting up sentences without making them feel too stilted.
Posted: 09/18/12, 03:34:42  - Edited by 
 on: 09/18/12, 03:35:10
I'm on the fence with this one... do Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64 make this purchase worthy?
Posted: 09/18/12, 03:42:11
I got it for 29.99 yesterday at Best Buy by matching Frys

I decided to start off by playing Kirby's Adventure 2 since it's been the longest since I've played that one! A bit lame that it didn't have the Super Gameboy color perks, but I'll live, heh.
Posted: 09/18/12, 04:04:15
GameDadGrant said:
I passed on it (The Last Story is my last Wii purchase ever, it seems) but I have half of the games in the collection available on my DS/3DS.

I'm curious, was there any color or Super Gameboy effects added to the old Gameboy games?

Nah, which is odd since there are new borders now for the GB games.

mrbiggsly said:
I'm on the fence with this one... do Dream Land 3 and Kirby 64 make this purchase worthy?

They're fun and add value to the overall package, but I wouldn't rank them among my favorite Kirby platformers. The DL series (including K64 since it was done by the same team and is essentially DL4) don't feel as ambitious to me as games like Super Star, Adventure, RtDL, and Epic Yarn.
Posted: 09/18/12, 04:10:56
Dude they actually put some effort into this one. It blows Mario All Stars out of the water. Check this out:



I'm not gonna buy it because I know exactly what I'll get and I don't want it, but it's a great release.
Posted: 09/18/12, 04:11:44
@GelatinousEncore
It's ridiculous what even a small amount of effort can bring. Makes the Mario collection look like poop soup.
Posted: 09/18/12, 07:29:05
Alright, Nikki picked it up from GameStop for me today w/ my reserve. Woo!

Everyone, make sure you reflect this in the Database!


@ploot

Poop soup would have the same review as "Shark Sandwich."
Posted: 09/18/12, 10:58:40  - Edited by 
 on: 09/18/12, 11:05:51
Hmmm... GE's video convinced me to buy it. I passed on the Mario collection because I have a "working" SNES all star cartridge, but there are enough extras for me to justify buying a collection where I've beaten 4/6 games.

Are there any deals coming up, or should I pounce on Amazon's $0.03 discount?
Posted: 09/18/12, 17:06:52
mrbiggsly said:
Hmmm... GE's video convinced me to buy it. I passed on the Mario collection because I have a "working" SNES all star cartridge, but there are enough extras for me to justify buying a collection where I've beaten 4/6 games.

Are there any deals coming up, or should I pounce on Amazon's $0.03 discount?

Fry's has it for $30. If you're not by a Fry's, I hear Best Buy can price-match if you bring in an ad.
Posted: 09/18/12, 17:08:05  - Edited by 
 on: 09/18/12, 17:08:42
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