HBM Reviews: Kirby's Return to Dreamland

After all these years...
Hey guys, HBM here. Due to my schedule, it's finally time to review what is probably the greatest Kirby game so far. So let's get right to it!

The story starts with Kirby, King Dedede, and the Bandana Dee running around with a cake as Metaknight relaxes in the foreground. Suddenly, a giant ship appears out of nowhere and crashes nearby. Inside is an alien from another dimension, whose name is Magolor. He now needs Kirby and co's help to find the missing pieces of his ship so he can go back to his home dimension.

The gameplay is basic Kirby, with some stuff taking advantage of the Wii Remote's functions. You run with the D-pad, jump/float with 2/up, duck with down, absorb enemies and attack with 1, and use the Wii Remote for various other things. If you shake the Wii Remote as you're absorbing, you will start sucking up anything that gets close enough to you. There are some new enemies and abilites to get, like Whip and Water. Sometimes, toward the end of the level, you'll run into a Super enemy. If you absorb them, you gain a temporary Super Ability that corresponds to them. Ultra Sword makes Kirby slice with a giant sword, Monster Flame makes Kirby summon a fire dragon to dash across the screen, Snow Bowl makes Kirby turn into a giant snowball and roll into enemies, Great Hammer makes Kirby produce a giant hammer that you can make bigger by shaking the Wii Remote, and Flare Beam makes Kirby temporarily summon a giant light ball that you can control.

The level design is definitely meant for this kind of game. At times it can get a little frustrating, especially if you're trying to get all the special gears. For the most part, the game is tolerable and the bosses memorable.

When it comes to extras, you can find some gears in each stage that unlocks stuff on Magolor's starship, like Ability Rooms, challenges, and a couple minigames. The minigames are Ninja Star, which has you throwing Ninja stars at targets, and Scope Shot, where you shoot enemies. Once you beat the game, you can play the Arena, which lets you fight every boss in the game, and Extra Mode, which is the main game with tougher enemies and half health.

The soundtrack brings back classic Kirby tracks from past games, as well as introducing some new ones, all of which absolutely go with whatever situation it's showed in. I'd say the music is perfect for this game.

Overall, I have to say this is an awesome addition to the Kirby series. Definitely a must have for the Wii.

HBM, signing out.

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