Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Return to Dream Land box art.jpg
Developer HAL Laboratory
Publisher Nintendo
Platform Nintendo Wii
Release Date(s) NA: October 24, 2011
JP: October 27, 2011
EU: November 25, 2011
AUS: December 1, 2011
Genre Action-Adventure
Rating E'10

Kirby's Return to Dream Land (also known as Kirby's Adventure Wii in PAL regions) is the twelfth game in the Kirby platform series, released on the Nintendo Wii. It is the first traditional Kirby platformer released on a home console since Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, released for the Nintendo 64 in 2000. The game was first released in North America on October 24th, 2011, followed by Japan's release of October 27th, 2011. It was also released in Europe on November 25th, 2011, and finally Australia on December 1st, 2011.

In January 2015, Nintendo revealed in a Nintendo Direct that the game was to become available on the Wii U's Nintendo eShop, along with a number of other Wii titles. It was released for download in Japan on January 28th, 2015, PAL regions on February 19th, 2015, and finally North America on July 30th, 2015.


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Kirby's Return to Dream Land is a 2.5D platformer, using 3D modeled characters rather than sprites seen in previous games, and is controlled by holding the Wii Remote sideways. The player is tasked with recovering parts of the ship Lor Starcutter, owned by Magolor, after crash-landing on the planet. The parts have been scattered around the planet, as well as Energy Spheres, which help to power the ship.

The main protagonist, Kirby, makes use of his special ability to inhale objects and enemies close to him. When certain types of enemies are inhaled, he is be able to use a Copy Ability, which helps him progress through the levels and defeat stronger enemies. Introduced to this game, if the Wii Remote is shaken while inhaling, Kirby is able to use the Super Inhale, allowing him to inhale heavier objects and enemies in larger numbers. Spitting after a Super Inhale causes the projectile to collide with multiple enemies and objects in its path, until it crashes into a wall. Another new feature in this game is the ability to gain more powerful forms of Copy Abilities, known as Super Abilities. Although temporary, these Super Abilities can be used to destroy the terrain marked with stars, as well as all enemies in the attack's path.

The game features multiplayer, where additional players can drop in and out at any time. While the first player must play as Kirby, other players have the option to choose a different colored Kirby, or Meta Knight, King Dedede or Waddle Dee. The latter three characters' fighting styles take characteristics of various Copy Abilities; Meta Knight acts similar to Sword Kirby and Wing Kirby, King Dedede is similar to Hammer Kirby, while Waddle Dee is similar to Spear Kirby. Players are able to ride on top of each other, carry each other in the air and share health items, however it costs one life to bring in an additional player. If one of the extra players die, they are able to rejoin the game at the cost of a life, however if the first player dies, all players must start from the last checkpoint.

Throughout the game, Kirby and the others are able to pick up health items, including food and Maxim Tomatoes, while additional lives can be gained through collecting 1-Ups or 100 stars. Other items are scattered throughout the game to make certain areas easier. Keys can be used to unlock hidden areas, a trumpet can be used to create a protective barrier above the player, and a boot is used to travel through areas that would normally hurt Kirby, as well as destroy certain objects with a jump. Cannons can also be used to progress through levels, however there is another type of cannon that requires the use of Fire Kirby to activate.

The Lor Starcutter acts as the hub for the game. Energy Spheres power up the Lor Starcutter and can be collected throughout all the levels, often requiring a keen eye or the use of a certain Copy Ability or item. After using Super Abilities, wormholes will also open up, and the player will be required to escape from a black void following behind them before they become trapped. Once the player is transported to a mini-boss area, they will be required to defeat the Sphere Doomer to collect additional Energy Spheres. Collecting a certain number of Energy Spheres will unlock different content, including Copy Ability rooms, which allows Kirby to pick a certain Copy Ability, Challenge doors, which tests Kirby's skill with a particular Copy Ability, as well as the mini-games Ninja Dojo and Scope Shot. Ninja Dojo has each player throw ninja stars at targets by flicking the Wii Remote. The closer to the bull's-eye the ninja star lands, the more points the player will receive, however if a ninja star fails to land on the target, the level will conclude. Scope Shot requires the players to defeat a large robot by firing at it within the time limit.

Clearing the main game will unlock Extra Mode, a harder spin on the main game containing less health items and a smaller health bar. It will also unlock The Arena, which tasks the player with defeating all the bosses in the game in a random order. Defeating Extra Mode will unlock The True Arena, which has the player face off against harder versions of bosses within the game, as well as three extra bosses. In these modes, the player must defeat all the bosses in the quickest time possible, while not dying themselves.

[edit] Plot

The game begins with King Dedede and Waddle Dee chasing Kirby, who is holding up a large piece of cake. They pass Meta Knight, who is reading a book on the grass. Soon they all see a ship appearing out of a wormhole in the sky, and so they all go to investigate it. Inside the ship they meet Magolor, who finds that five parts of the Lor Starcutter, as well as 120 Energy Spheres, have been scattered across Pop Star upon impact. Kirby and the gang offer to help Magolor recover the parts of the ship, and offers to take the gang to his home world Halcandra as a thanks.

Once Kirby and the gang retrieve the lost parts, Magolor takes them to Halcandra in his ship, but are attacked by a four-headed dragon named Landia upon arrival. Magolor explains that Landia is an evil beast, and that the Master Crown is giving them their power; Kirby then agrees to defeat Landia and take back the Master Crown.

After Landia is defeated by the gang, Magolor then takes the crown, revealing his true motives of wanting to make the entire universe bow before him, starting with Pop Star. Kirby and the others team up with Landia, who is now separated into four dragons, to confront Magolor in a final battle. By using a Super Ability, Kirby finally defeats Magolor and destroys the Master Crown. With peace restored, the team returns home to Pop Star, while Landia returns to Halcandra with the Lor Starcutter.

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