Lately, there has been a great deal of rebooting, both in movies and games, and our favorite pink mascot is in no way exempt. Nintendo gave the hero a shiny new gloss and a few friends in his newest adventure on the Wii.
What Is It?
Kirby’s Return to Dream Land brings the puffy hero to crystal clarity on the Wii and into the hearts of generations both new and old. This title tells the tale of Magolor, whose ship the Lor Starcutter, has crash landed on Pop Star, its viable parts scattering across the vast world. Kirby, along with King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Waddle Dee, witness the collision and immediately offer their aid to retrieve the missing parts. Working solo or with friends, the player's goal is to bring the Lor back to working condition so Magolor can continue on his journey.
Why Should I Care?
This title, much like the New Super Mario Bros. Wii, is the perfect party game no matter who the players are. The controls are simple; just turn the Wiimote sideways and go. Players can drop in or out whenever they want and can choose between the four playable characters. Each character is unique and offers different attack methods to the team. With all the classic copy abilities, a few new ones and super abilities, this game has all the ingredients needed for an entertaining party.
Aside from the main story, there are multiple doors within the alien ship that provide single-player challenges, multi-player mini-games and easy access to any abilities needed to overcome obstacles. The mini-games play more like traditional Wii-based party games like Carnival Games or Wii Sports. The challenges will require the player to perfect the art of copy ability use, enemy take-down and speed running. Access to these rooms will be achieved by collecting Energy Spheres scattered among the levels.
As with all Kirby games, the level design is bright and cheerful, and there are mazes of doors in each level to encourage exploration. The composing duo in charge of music is none other than Hirokazu Ando and Jun Ishikawa, who brought us the tunes for Kirby's Adventure and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Another advantage of rebooting a title is to experience improved graphics and music that veteran gamers fondly remember from younger days.
What Makes It Worth My Time And Money?
Kirby's Return to Dream Land is an excellent flashback to simpler times with the graphics and soundtrack of today. Kirby's trademark vacuum attack is restored along with a long list of abilities he can mimic. Like the New Super Mario Bros. Wii, this title brings what gamers know and love, and provides it in a mode they've always, playing together instead of traditional turn-taking.
This is an ideal party game without possessing the normal attributes of Wii-based party games.Kirby’s Return to Dreamland provides players with an enjoyable co-op experience without the excess exercise more common in today’s Wii titles. After all, if this title is trying to remind us of simpler gaming days, I can certainly say I don’t recall standing up and jumping around to control Mario.