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  • Summary: Kirby's Return to Dreamland has players play as Kirby one of his three friends to retrieve ship parts scattered across Pop Star in order to help the aliens return home.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. Oct 23, 2011
    100
    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. Oct 24, 2011
    90
    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.
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    Dec 9, 2011
    85
    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]
  4. Nov 25, 2011
    80
    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.
  5. Oct 24, 2011
    75
    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.
  6. Nintendo Gamer
    Dec 7, 2011
    70
    We were hoping for something more inventive, more memorable. [Dec 2011, p.56]
  7. 50
    The ambitions have been low at HAL Laboratory, and Kirby's Adventure simply isn't varied enough.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 87
  2. Negative: 0 out of 87
  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.
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  2. Sep 29, 2012
    10
    This is the best kirby game ever! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Sep 22, 2013
    10
    a masterpiece rivaled only by earlier kirby titles like superstar.

    truly an amazing game worthy of being called a HAL title. one may only
    a masterpiece rivaled only by earlier kirby titles like superstar.

    truly an amazing game worthy of being called a HAL title. one may only weep at what they have in store for us in the future.
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  4. Apr 26, 2012
    10
    I've only played up into Level 2 and I can already tell that this game is a masterpiece. Far better than the overhyped and overblown SkywardI've only played up into Level 2 and I can already tell that this game is a masterpiece. Far better than the overhyped and overblown Skyward Sword. This is a game that rivals NSMBW as the best platformer on the console. It may not be incredibly difficult, but the gameplay is so varied, refined and distilled, and the effect is pure bliss. This was the best Wii game of 2011, period. I had more fun playing Kirby Link than I did playing real Link in SS. I can't wait to get some friends and play as King Dedede! Expand
  5. May 31, 2015
    9
    La bola rosa esta de regreso y lo mas fiel al clásico
    Por fin después de un largo tiempo llega la nueva aventura de kirby y lo mejor fiel al
    La bola rosa esta de regreso y lo mas fiel al clásico
    Por fin después de un largo tiempo llega la nueva aventura de kirby y lo mejor fiel al clásico después de un largo tiempo con juegos buenos pero no a la altura de la saga kirby como kirby air ride y kirby epic yarn como siempre hall laboratorio creando nuevas experiencias y sacando el potencial de la consola que les toca trabajar, el nuevo juego de kirby es lo mas sercano a kirby aventura de la nes y kirby super star de snes y eso se agradece mucho un gran juego para los amantes de la bola rosa como yo música estamos antes una banda sonora total mente nueva y lo mejor que funciona a la perfección,logrando un agradable paseo por los mundos de kirby jugabilidad mantiene el estilo clásico con pequeñas innovaciones con el wiimote como usar la espada gigante, el dragón de fuego y muchas habilidades mas que quiero que descubran por su propia cuenta, el juego tiene una buena cantidad de mundos y desafíos para completar el juego al 100 % debes sacar todas la
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  6. Aug 22, 2012
    9
    Another awesome game for Kirby! It is very fun, bright and well made. This is the first traditional Kirby game release since Mouse Attack onAnother awesome game for Kirby! It is very fun, bright and well made. This is the first traditional Kirby game release since Mouse Attack on the DS (another great game) but is a step up. The graphics are very cheerful and bright (although sometimes they are a little too simplistic to the point of looking a little bland), as is the music and story. It is a great game, but not up to the standards of Epic Yarn or Mass Attack which both offer different styles of gameplay. It's very much a joyous experience, but not quite at the top of the Kirby games, 89/100. Expand
  7. Dec 7, 2018
    6
    Without a principal Kirby game on Nintendo's main console for years, this game feels like Crystal Shards, but, adding the main portable gamesWithout a principal Kirby game on Nintendo's main console for years, this game feels like Crystal Shards, but, adding the main portable games features, distributing the gameplay to be handy playing alone and/or with friends. A funny and awesome adventure to enjoy, mainly with friends. Expand

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Awards & Rankings

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