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Kirby, Kirby, Kirby. Chances are if you’ve read an article about the pink puffball on here it was written by me, and that dedication and consistency is completely intentional. This is my favorite Nintendo series and character, and even coming off of Star Allies I could go on and on about the history of this cute, power copying glutton.

I’ve routinely name-dropped Kirby Super Star, Kirby’s Adventure, and Kirby’s Dream Land 2 for various reasons, but for today this is the last time those are getting mentioned. This is all about where things all started back on the Game Boy.

26 years ago today, Kirby’s Dream Land released in Japan, introducing the world to a Warp Star riding hero out to stop a food-snatching penguin. With the unmistakable melody of Green Greens seeing you off, you set out to get through every last Waddle Dee, Gordo, Scarfy, and more standing between you and Mt. Dedede.

You’ll beat up a tree and a blimp, you’ll develop an appreciation for tomatoes, and grab yourself some candy to really get moving. It’s all so vivid in my mind because I’ve played through this game several times throughout my life, in compilations and re-releases and remakes and inner-game homages. There’s no stopping Kirby, and where he goes so, too, will the memory of his earliest days.

So do yourself a favor today. Play through it, or even just the first level. Grab it in the 3DS eShop if you have to — but if you’re like me, you’ll be turning to the same worn and loved cartridge from way back when to take you through Dream Land all over again.

It’ll be worth the trip.


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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.