Kirby has always been one of Nintendo’s most intriguing franchises. It isn’t overexposed to death. It offers a unique spin on the platformer genre. And it is arguably the most charming series to come from the company. Last year, Kirby’s Epic Yarn took the famed series in a different direction with new gameplay mechanics and a rich art style. Now, Nintendo and developer HAL Laboratory are looking to take the series back to its roots with Kirby’s Return to Dream Land.
From the looks of it, this definitely seems like a Wii game to watch out for. In Kirby’s Return to Dream Land, the titular hero will once again be able to suck enemies up and steal their abilities. This time around, however, he’ll be aided by some other characters. In Kirby’s Epic Yarn, the pink hero could be accompanied by Prince Fluff, and toggling this character allowed two players to enjoy the awesome quest together. In Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, up to four players will be able to game at once, either as Kirby (all four players), or as Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Waddle Dee.
I wasn’t a big fan of the four-player co-op in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, but I did enjoy the two-player modes in both Donkey Kong Country Returns and Kirby’s Epic Yarn. I’m not sure if I’ll like playing with so many people in Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, but I’m certain there are gamers who are really looking forward to it now. If anything, I would probably like to play through the game with one other buddy, but that’s about it.
Kirby’s Return to Dreamland is scheduled to launch on October 24. The game looks to pack a ton of colorful charm and interesting platforming into the Wii, which is definitely a good thing given the console’s rather lackluster showing as of late. If you’re a fan of the pink puffball’s previous escapades, be sure to watch out for it.