Mario is Nintendo’s most-popular mascot, but Kirby shouldn’t be underestimated. He’s pink, round, and cute, and his games are consistently high-quality releases. They also hold up extremely well, which is why one of his Wii outings is still enjoyable on the Nintendo Switch in 2023. Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe is a remake of Kirby’s Return to Dreamland on the Wii, and it’s just as fun now as it was 12 years ago. Dreamland Deluxe doesn’t do anything revolutionary; it’s simply a rock-solid platformer with excellent gameplay and lots of new content. Priced at $59.99, this Kirby adventure is a bit expensive for a remake of a Wii game (especially when the outstanding Metroid Prime Remastered is just $39.99), but the extras make it a worthwhile purchase and an Editors’ Choice winner.
Return to Dreamland Deluxe’s Story
Kirby games aren’t known for their complex plots, so you won’t experience deep themes, twists, or trope subversions in Dreamland Deluxe. As is typical for a Kirby title, the game starts with Kirby relaxing on Planet Popstar. His peaceful life is disrupted when an interdimensional spaceship crashes nearby. Its pilot, Magalor, needs to repair the ship so he can get home. Being kind creatures, Kirby and his friends trek across Popstar to find the parts that flew off.
This is all a justification for Kirby to complete stages in multiple, differently themed worlds (fire, ice, and water) before fighting a boss that holds a piece of Magalor’s ship. It’s Kirby—the structure was pretty much established in the first Game Boy game.
Kirby’s Side-Scrolling Platforming Still Feels Good
Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe uses the series classic, 2D, side-scrolling platforming seen in every mainline Kirby game before Kirby and the Forgotten Land. In fact, its gameplay and level design are effectively identical to the