Reviews for the Lazy Gamer: Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition

Categories: Gaming

Game: Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition

Platform: Wii

Publisher/Developer: Nintendo/HAL Laboratories

Genre: Side-scroller

Describe This Game in Three Words: 20 adorable years!

Plot Synopsis: Well, between six games there's not a whole lot of difference in the plot. Kirby takes on King Dedede in an effort to save his friends. Along the way he beats up a tree that can barely fight back like four times, and I still think that's like the saddest thing ever.

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Up Up: The collection contains the two Game Boy adventures, Kirby's Adventure on NES, the two SNES games, and Kirby 64: the Crystal Shards for N64. The titles are direct ports, so the experience is just like it was the day you may have first tried them out. Some of them have not aged well, especially Dream Land 3 which looks and feels more like a codeine buzz than a dream, but Crystal Shards still looks amazing, and you notice things about the first two Dream Lands you never noticed on the original tiny screen.

It's good to see game companies start to think of their franchises in terms of art, and trying to collect them in these sort of Criterion anthologies, and the Dream Collection makes a good argument for the medium finally getting that level of recognition. In addition to the games, with new challenge stages, you get a cute virtual museum that will show you when each of the games was released and what was going on in the world at the time, and three episodes of the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! animated series.

The fun doesn't stop at the disc, either. The package also has a soundtrack, and a great scrapbook full of factoids, early sketches, trivia, and the complete history of the series. Granted, Kirby doesn't need the massive lexicon that the Zelda series will be releasing in January, but there's still plenty of meat to keep you occupied.

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