I can’t seem to stop buying those 4$ Game Boy classics on the 3DS Virtual Console. I remember playing a Kirby game on my Game Boy Pocket as a child and thought this might be it. Turns out that the game I used to own (I might still do…) was in fact Kirby’s Dream Land 2. With a little bit of research after, I found out that this is actually Kirby’s very first adventure. So for those of you who have never played a Kirby game (I’m looking at you Jarrod), this is the perfect place to start. Be warned however, Kirby is missing his coolest ability in his original game, the ability to copy his enemies powers. Because of this, you might want to wait for the inevitable sequel. I remember that Kirby’s Dream Land 2 was an excellent portable title, one that required you to go back and get every single secret item in order to defeat the true final boss.
I’ve played my share of Kirby in my days, but can’t claim myself as an expert on the guy. I must say Kirby 64 was and still is one of my favourite platformers. It was simply awesome, especially at that stage when the Nintendo 64 had one game per 3 months if that. My point is, Kirby’s original adventure is no pushover. This surprised the heck out of me as every Kirby game is usually absent of any challenge at all. I think not being able to adsorb your foe’s abilities is a game changer. It really makes things that much harder. I did manage to complete the game on my first try (and barely at that) but the game unlocks the “extra” mode after that and I couldn’t even defeat the first boss! Wow… this is a Kirby title? Very nice. It gives more reasons to continue playing. I must make a man of myself and complete this Kirby game!
Compared to today’s games, this will not wow the kids. Still, the nostalgia factor is more than enough for me. I’ve always been a Game Boy guy from the 90’s moving on and it feels great to have access to tons of classics on one system without having to input any cartridges. For 4$, these games are dirt cheap. Still, there are only 5 levels here. Gamers with skills might not find much for their money. I don’t know if my article helps you in any way, but I sure am enjoying this new Virtual Console. I’ll probably download Donkey Kong next in the hopes that Nintendo ports over the Donkey Kong Land titles. Those were awesome! Peace out.