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Release year: 1992 | Players: 1 player | Developed by HAL Laboratory
Kirby’s Dream Land (Game Boy)
Kirby’s Dream Land (AKA 星のカービィ, or Hoshi no Kābī in Japan) is a 2D platform video game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy in 1992. It is the first game of the saga and was followed by Kirby’s Adventure for the NES.
This game was the run of the mill platformer where the title character would jump around to avoid pitfalls or obstacles, and reach new heights to move towards the end of the stage.
What made Kirby’s Dream Land unique for its time was Kirby’s ability to use his opponents as ammunition. The main character looks like the cutest pink ball with a face on it that wore shoes. He has the ability to swallow opponents and regurgitate them as a projectile of explosive doom. Seriously, Kirby swallows his opponents, then spits them out to blow his enemies to smithereens.
Aside from being able to jump, the protagonist of this story can also fly around a bit, thus giving him the mobility to cover gaps that he would not be able to by simple jumps. This ability makes playing the game a little bit easier since players are less likely to make the mistake of falling to their death.
Kirby is not an earth shattering title of a game. Kirby’s Dream Land is definitely one of the better and more memorable titles out there to be sure. But it does not really break new ground in what it has to offer. What is Kirby though, is a title that serves as an excellent introduction to gamers who have never tried a platformer before.
In terms of character design, the game falls under the category of being such a ludicrously cute critter that’s so hard not to love. It’s hard to look at him without having any feeling that isn’t tinged with a sort of giddiness over how cute he is.
Today, Kirby continues to be a huge franchise as virtually all Nintendo systems have at least one title in its lineup of games. This omnipresence in Nintendo’s systems serves as a testament to how good of a franchise is as well as the game that started it all.
Although Kirby’s Dream Land has never received a stand-alone remake, the SNES game Kirby Super Star contains a shortened remake of the game, titled “Spring Breeze”.