Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 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.
  2. A touch on the short and easy side, but other than that you're looking at a remake of a wonderful classic made far better by incredible graphics and presentation, as well as numerous extras and multiplayer features.
  3. 90
    The saccharine score is standard Nintendo fare; it will creep into your psyche and have you humming at random intervals throughout the day.
  4. My point is this: Kirby good. Me like. You buy. All happy. [Jan 2003, p.122]
  5. The graphics are astounding, the levels are very clever.
  6. 85
    But keep in mind that there's a lot of discovery and, yes, a little strategy in order to complete the game 100%, and you'll want to do that to get the "extra" something.
  7. The extreme fun will end with a short trek but you'll get true gaming bliss during the process.
  8. Lots of cool villain-mimicking moves and a collection of beautiful backgrounds make the game fun to play and great to watch. [Dec 2002, p.220]
  9. 83
    The three hours or so it took me to finish were incredibly fun, with not one ounce of tedium or monotony anywhere to be found - a rarity these days. [Jan 2003, p.64]
  10. A remake of the NES classic. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  11. Finishing the game takes just a few hours, and after you're done, there's little incentive to play again... Still great fun and better than most platformers out there. [Jan 2003, p.210]
  12. A really great Kirby game that looks great, plays well and sounds nice, but is far too short for its own good.
  13. Better than most platformers out there...The only beef we have with this title is that it's too dang short. [Spring 2003, p.35]
  14. I will warn you that you can beat this in an afternoon. Take your time and go for the prizes.
  15. Makes up for its simplistic gameplay and brief quest with a great deal of variety.
  16. The execution of NID is spot on – you can't fault it for any control issues or presentation – and it's totally inoffensive and suitable for kids.
  17. 75
    Far from perfect, but features some of the best elements in a game that I've seen in a long time.
  18. The graphics are one of the best parts about the game. The backgrounds are absolutely gorgeous, and the animations have all been re-worked.
  19. 72
    Unless you want a mega-dose of pink cotton candy, you'll likely be bored stiff.
  20. Unfortunately though we can't really see Kirby's latest adventure lasting anybody for particularly long, multiplayer games and secret hunting notwithstanding.
  21. While it's admittedly too easy and a little simplistic in structure (albeit with plenty of extras to unlock), it's nevertheless ideal for young ones or anyone looking for an easy-going few hours.
  22. Kirby is over far too quick, but it's a decent romp while it lasts, and one that I wouldn't mind playing through again.
  23. A short-lived romp through vibrant, sugary sweet worlds that will leave players -- much like its pink protagonist -- with an insatiable hunger for more.
  24. 60
    It's a short run-through -- especially if you don't seek out the secrets -- and probably won't test the skills of experienced gamers.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Mar 22, 2013
    8
    The very many power ups and unique level design keep the gameplay fresh as you blast through the game. Beating the game is a little too easy,The very many power ups and unique level design keep the gameplay fresh as you blast through the game. Beating the game is a little too easy, but at least getting 100% completion is more of a challenge. Full Review »
  2. Feb 18, 2013
    9
    This game is a really awesome 16 bit reboot of the classic kirby's adventure for the nes. Amazing music, great graphics, creative levelThis game is a really awesome 16 bit reboot of the classic kirby's adventure for the nes. Amazing music, great graphics, creative level design, fun gameplay, and lots of reaplayability with unlockables etc. the only thing bringing this game down, is that with normal settings its not very difficult, and you can beat it in a few hours. however, you can up the difficulty after beating the game, by changing the amount of lives and health you can have. plus getting a sound test, which is always cool. I highly reccomend this classic GBA gem. Full Review »
  3. Nov 8, 2012
    9
    Kirby Nightmare in Dreamland is a remake of the classical Kirby Adventue game released for the NES in the early 1990s. Fans of the KirbyKirby Nightmare in Dreamland is a remake of the classical Kirby Adventue game released for the NES in the early 1990s. Fans of the Kirby series will surely enjoy this game as it includes familiar characters, levels and gameplay usually not seen in the other Kirby games and goes hand in hand with the Kirby Right Back At Ya! Anime that aired in the early 2000s. Full Review »