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Release year: 1997 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by HAL Laboratory

Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (AKA Hoshi no Kirby 3 or 星のカービィ3 Hoshi no Kābī Surī in Japan) is a lovely 2D side-scrolling platform video game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1997.

Many gamers consider the Kirby’s Dream Land series either as their most favorite or the one that got them started with video games. Given the immense stature of this series in Nintendo history, it will be nice to take a look back at these and see if their value still holds up to the present day.

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Nintendo has taken full advantage of the advanced development state of the SNES; Kirby’s Dream Land 3 is one of the most visually appealing games in the SNES archive. The gameplay is also massively underrated: it stays true to the original Kirby formula while adding elements that add more variety such as mixing and matching companion skills for new attacks.

Completing it is easier than other Kirby titles, but the addition of multiple endings adds more intrigue and extra hours to its lifespan. On the downside, the 2-player option is not the best experience out there, and many gamers would rather play solo because of it. The character used by the second player, Gooey, is more of an accessory than a legit second character because of his extremely limited skill set.

Kirby’s Dream Land 3 partially suffers because it gets compared to other Kirby titles, most especially to Kirby Super Star. With many fans considering Super Star as the greatest Kirby game ever and the SNES already on its way to retirement, Dream Land 3 becomes a little bit of a forgotten gem. However, play it today and you’ll appreciate it better. Its advanced graphics and rock-solid gameplay will get you hooked in no time.

It has been ported to SNES (this version), and Nintendo Virtual Console.