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Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land

I remember the first time I saw Kirby on the NES; the first thing I thought to myself was “what the heck is that thing?” Of course, that was before I played the little gem. Sixteen games later, Nintendo and game developer HAL Laboratory have brought us yet another Kirby title, but this time it is for the GBA.

Most Kirby games are classic platformers, where you run and jump your way through a series of mazes, and do battle with a number bosses. Kirby is a little pink fellow, more like a pink ball with little hands and feet, who has the ability to devour his foes by sucking them into his mouth. After which, he has the ability to mimic his enemies’ special powers, while wearing a cute little hat to represent which power he is mimicking. Also Kirby also has the ability to fly by holding his breath and puffing out his body, allowing him to float when he flaps his stubby little arms. Of course Kirby also can duck, run, and slide, giving him all of the skills necessary to be a great 2-D platform game hero.

The Story for Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land is simple and straightforward. The world of Dream Land is in danger. The malicious King DeDeDe has stolen the Star Rod, the source of power for Dream Land, and has broken it into seven pieces, giving one to each of his seven henchmen. Naturally, it is up to our favorite pink hero to setout on a series of adventures to stop the nefarious King DeDeDe.

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The levels in Nightmare in Dream Land are marvelously designed and they come to life as you become sucked (no pun intended) into the game. Each level in Kirby is well lit, colorful and is pleasing to look at. Also Nightmare in Dream Land has an ample amount of enemies for you to digest, giving you a generous surplus of powers to select from. My only real complaint about Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land is that the game, which was designed so wonderfully, just comes to an end too quickly. With that being said, Kirby has all sorts of replay value from the multiplayer modes that the crew from HAL placed in the game, mini-games, and even the main quest itself which can be played with up to four players (multiple game paks needed for the main quest multiplayer mode).

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land is yet another gem in the library of the Nintendo family. With fantastic level designs, great enemies and power-ups, as well as the addition of some fun and entertaining multiplayer modes, Kirby is a must have for this holiday season or anytime you are looking for a great and addicting platform game. With Kirby’s recent success (in Television and videogames) and his sterling track record, looks like there might be a little healthy in-house competition for a certain little red plumber.



-- Kevin M. Jones

Review By
Kevin M. Jones

Grade
A-
Excellent


Review Guidelines
System: Game Boy Advance
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo
Medium: Cartridge
Players: 1 - 4
Online: (n/a)
ESRB Rating: n/a


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