Generally favorable reviews - based on 49 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
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  1. Oct 23, 2011
    With its impeccable balance of difficulty, satisfyingly simple level design, and insurmountable overload of squishy charm, Return to Dream Land provides a platform experience that comes as close to perfect as one can get...Videogames simply do not get any more pure than Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
  2. Nov 21, 2011
    Kirby's Return to Dream Land features a little bit of everything Nintendo does right on the Wii all in one pleasurable package: the return of a classic Nintendo character, classic old-school platforming gameplay and excellent family-focused multiplayer.
  3. Nov 18, 2011
    In the last couple of years, Nintendo has absolutely spoiled me (and other platformer fans) with amazing 2D games. While this year's crop cannot compare to Christmas 2010's unbeatable combo of Epic Yarn and Donkey Kong Country Returns, Return to Dreamland more than holds its own in a crowded arena. This is exactly what you look for in a Kirby game – and I know I'll be hopelessly addicted to it well into the new year.
  4. Dec 20, 2011
    If you've been hoping for a hardcore, mega-challenging, controller-tosser, this probably isn't for you. But if you like the idea of exploring an incredibly well realised world, with loads of variety and gameplay that won't rule out the very young (or very old...), Kirby's latest adventure is a rare treat - doubly so if you've got friends or family to enjoy it with. Highly recommended.
  5. Nov 30, 2011
    Back to the roots for the little pink guy with Kirby's Adventure Wii. The creature eats again, and can now have three friends with it to join the party. The game is super easy, and doesn't invent anything new, but it remains the original Kirby we know and love, and it works.
  6. Nov 10, 2011
    Kirby's Adventure Wii is a resounding success in every single area.
  7. Oct 24, 2011
    Kirby's Return to Dream Land makes absolutely no concessions in its quest to appeal to a wider audience. Newcomers will still feel welcome, but at the same time, longtime Kirby fans will also feel fully respected too. It perfectly integrates old Kirby staples with new features like the super abilities, and despite the Wii's graphical shortcomings compared to 360/PS3, it couldn't be more visually appealing.
  8. Oct 24, 2011
    Kirby fans have been waiting a long time for a return to the classic Kirby experience, but after playing Kirby's Return to Dreamland, it's perfectly clear that the wait was well worth it. Not only are the colourful visuals absolutely stunning, but the classic gameplay, although a tad on the easy side, has never played better or featured more variety.
  9. 90
    A very fun, classic game that delights in its streamlined, simple appeal. The gameplay avoids most of the conventions associated with modern day platformers, especially Wii platformers, but the new additions and ideas are placed tastefully without getting in the way of the classic feel of the franchise.
  10. Kirby goes back to his roots. No strings, no plurality, just ace co-op adventuring.
  11. Oct 28, 2011
    Pretty much the exact Kirby game we all wanted. Sure, his animal companions aren't involved (seriously, Nintendo, bring them back), but the same gameplay that made Kirby Super Star so much fun back in the 90s is present and accounted for.
  12. Oct 26, 2011
    Kirby's Return to Dreamland is the game die-hard fans have been waiting for for years. Though recent bouts have found the series moving in more of an experimental direction, the traditional Kirby game is what gamers will always want the series to revert back to.
  13. Pelit (Finland)
    Dec 9, 2011
    Newest addition to the Kirby franchise feels once again fresh and new. The mix of platformer and ancient Lemmings works like a charm and the game design is well balanced. This game truly is a proper testament for the aging DS. [Dec 2011]
  14. Nov 7, 2011
    Playing Kirby's Return to Dream Land is a combination of nostalgic fun and the child-like charm felt from every Kirby title.
  15. Oct 24, 2011
    While it doesn't have the challenge of Donkey Kong Country Returns or the charming art style of Kirby Epic Yarn, Kirby's Return To Dream Land is another formidable entry in a line of great side-scrolling Wii platformers.
  16. Oct 24, 2011
    Kirby's Return to Dream Land remains a solid but simple game in the series.
  17. Nintendo Power
    Oct 6, 2011
    That said, any issues I have with Kirby's Return to Dream Land are relatively minor; this is an exceptional title, whether you're a longtime Kirby fan or not. [Oct 2011, p.80]
  18. Oct 24, 2011
    Return to Dream Land is yet another Nintendo title that should be bought by all, as it is a worthy holiday release for the Wii console indeed.
  19. Nov 23, 2011
    Kirby's Return to Dreamland is a solid platformer for the whole family. The game is pretty easy and offers a lot of things to explore and use (challenges, hidden ways and power ups), but it's definitly not as good as Kirby's Epic Yarn.
  20. Oct 25, 2011
    While it doesn't inspire the imaginative wonder of Epic Yarn, Kirby's Return to Dream Land is a welcome return to the gameplay that got this hero off the ground. The structure feels a bit formulaic at times, but it's challenging and true enough to form to keep Kirby fans of all ages from feeling deflated.
  21. Nov 29, 2011
    A classic platforming game that knows how to engage and entertain the player, especially Kirby fans and younger players. It has also some problems, like a multiplayer mode that could have been better, and a level design that could improve. Despite this, it is still a great game and its formula hasn't aged.
  22. Feb 6, 2012
    Kirby's twelfth adventure is, as expected, an old-fashioned platformgame. Split in two worlds we're offered several, entertaining levels,and all the classic platform elements are present, as they should be. The various abilities Kirby can absorb from his enemies, makes surethat this game never gets boring.
  23. 80
    Kirby's Adventure Wii is a return to origins and is able to offer an adventure with exciting gameplay for both fans and beginners.
  24. Dec 9, 2011
    Kirby's Adventure surpasses the previously released Kirby's Epic Yarn and is particularly enjoyable because of the varying levels and the offline multiplayer. It's a pity the game isn't challenging at all. An online multiplayer would have been a great addition as well.
  25. Nov 25, 2011
    Kirby returns to the roots in a platformer designed for all kind of gamers. Not difficult, not deep and not innovative. However, it's still a Kirby game, and that means only one thing: big quality.
  26. Nov 22, 2011
    Kirby's return to Dreamland follows the structure of his earlier adventures, adding co-op features and new mini-games and special power-abilities. As long as you don't expect a sequel to the outstanding Epic Yarn's episode, die-hard fans will be as satisfied as newcomers.
  27. Jan 10, 2012
    This is a classic Kirby-platformer: Kirby sucks its opponents into his little pink belly and takes over their abilities. Easy as can be, but fun for the youngsters.
  28. Dec 2, 2011
    Kirby's Return to Dreamland is a pure joy to play, and while it's not as enterprising as Epic Yarn, it stays closer to the Kirby of old that we remember.
  29. Nov 29, 2011
    The last Kirby game for Wii is just decent. It's absolutely not stunning as Kirby's Epic Yarn.
  30. Nov 29, 2011
    Kirby's Return to Dreamland channels the classic spirit of Kirby into modern times and it's a resounding success.
  31. Oct 24, 2011
    You won't find much trailblazing action here, and the challenge is a light one for most of the way until you unlock the tougher game mode by completing the story. Still, there's enough charm on tap to satisfy diehard Kirby fans and younger players.
  32. Oct 24, 2011
    Return to Dreamland is mostly disappointing because it doesn't really attempt to do anything we haven't seen before. Maybe games like Mass Attack, with its clever group-based gameplay, or Epic Yarn, with its bold visual style, have spoiled me, but I want to see Nintendo take risks with this franchise.
  33. Oct 24, 2011
    If not for its impressive graphics and completely insane multiplayer design, Return to Dreamland might be a tough sell. Despite his juvenile appearance, Kirby often plays host to some of Nintendo's most imaginative game design, yet Dreamland is anything but. It's a perfectly tame, perfectly predictable little platformer whose only real edge comes in its cooperative design and, to a lesser degree, in how dauntingly unforgiving the later, "secret" stages can be.

Awards & Rankings

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

Generally favorable reviews- based on 231 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 231
  1. Oct 26, 2011
    This game is an absolute masterpiece. Brilliant! A true homage to the SNES classics, but even better. Definitely a must buy for the Wii.
    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.
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  2. Oct 25, 2011
    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
    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 »