Kirby's Return to Dream Land Wii

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
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  1. Dec 14, 2011
    72
    Kirby's Adventure Wii is already way too easy when played alone and challenge becomes virtually non-existant when someone else joins Kirby in his quest. Probably designed as a family game for kids, this new platform fails to deliver anything special or worth of notice other than enjoyable but overall lacking visuals.
  2. Nov 25, 2011
    60
    It isn't bad, but set next to last year's Donkey Kong Country Returns, or even Ubisoft's zesty Rayman Origins, this winter's other other platformer feels very vanilla by comparison.
  3. Oct 24, 2011
    60
    For fans wanting a return to the franchise's classic roots, I feel like Kirby's Return to Dream Land is apt to be a bit disappointing. The charm is still there, but the creativity seems to have gone amiss.
  4. Games Master UK
    Dec 17, 2011
    70
    A serviceable platformer, but this feels like a step back from Epic Yarn. [Jan 2012, p.92]
  5. games(TM)
    Jan 9, 2012
    60
    We've been spoilt over the years, and we simply expected more from Kirby. [Issue#117, p.114]
  6. Dec 1, 2011
    60
    Kirby's Adventure Wii is an average platform game, miles away from the greatness of games like Donkey Kong Country and the Rayman Origins.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 27, 2012
    60
    Trashy and naïve platformer comes in a traditional style. The best way to enjoy the new Kirby is co-op multiplayer – preferably an adult together with a kid. [Jan 2012]
  8. Nintendo Gamer
    Dec 7, 2011
    70
    We were hoping for something more inventive, more memorable. [Dec 2011, p.56]
  9. 50
    The ambitions have been low at HAL Laboratory, and Kirby's Adventure simply isn't varied enough.
  10. 70
    Should have been more inventive, more memorable and more important. After we were spoiled by the beautiful Epic Yarn last year, Adventure highlights the dangers of appealing to a very vocal minority.
  11. Oct 24, 2011
    70
    But the complete lack of difficulty makes what should be an enthralling game sometimes boring.
  12. Nov 8, 2011
    70
    A good, solid platformer with several fun quirks, but has an issue with reusing the same gameplay elements for some of the stages and a rollercoaster-style of difficulty level.
  13. 70
    It seems that by not having to come up with an original idea, the developers have been able to make the game more cohesive. This is a fun and accessible platformer with plenty of charm, fun superpowers, and a somewhat odd multiplayer mode that takes a little getting used to.
  14. Nov 24, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  15. Dec 12, 2011
    50
    Kirby has always managed to be fun for both kids and adults, but his latest adventure is only for the young ones. Never before has the pink little creature felt so average.
  16. Dec 6, 2011
    70
    Although Kirby's Adventure Wii lacks the dazzling visual inventiveness of Epic Yarn, its chunky, vibrant look is never less than charming, and is complimented by a style of play that eschews challenge for a subtly enveloping comfort blanket of Nintendo delight.

Awards & Rankings

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#3 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2011
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#2 Most Shared Wii Game of 2011
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 162 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 58
  2. Negative: 0 out of 58
  1. Oct 26, 2011
    10
    This game is an absolute masterpiece. Brilliant! A true homage to the SNES classics, but even better. Definitely a must buy for the Wii.
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    This game is an absolute masterpiece. Brilliant! A true homage to the SNES classics, but even better. Definitely a must buy for the Wii.
    If you're looking for fun and something worth your time and money, look no further.
    Full Review »
  2. Oct 25, 2011
    10
    It's **** Kirby, what do you expect? Tanks and helicopters flying through the air? It's brilliant, and bringing it back to the original ways.It's **** Kirby, what do you expect? Tanks and helicopters flying through the air? It's brilliant, and bringing it back to the original ways. I just love it. Full Review »
  3. Oct 29, 2011
    10
    Its a fun, simple platforming game just like in the 90s. If you didn't like Kirby games back then, you probably wont like this one as well.Its a fun, simple platforming game just like in the 90s. If you didn't like Kirby games back then, you probably wont like this one as well. It isn't a game that is suppose to frustrate you or test your skills as a gamer, it is a game that is just pure fun to play, especially if you can get a couple of friends to come over and play multiplayer Full Review »