Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe is new to the Nintendo Switch, and we’ve been having such fun with this platformer!
Magalor’s spaceship has crashed on Planet Popstar, it’s up to Kirby and his friends to help recover all the ship’s parts all over Dream Land. There are various energy spheres to collect across each level, and the opportunity to replay it any time if you missed one and want to go back to try again.
Kirby’s biggest drawcard is that he can inhale enemies to absorb their powers, and these copy abilities are where the game shines. From blowing enemies away with tornado to shifting sand into fighting shapes, from chilling enemies with ice to floating and fighting with parasol, the different copy abilities keep the action interesting. He can even inhale glowing foes and blast through obstacles thanks to super abilities.
The best part about the game is that it features drop in/drop out co-operative multiplayer, meaning that you, as Kirby, can team up alongside up to three players who can join at any time. You’ll be able to join as King Dedede, Banana Waddle Dee, Meta Knight or even play as a different coloured Kirby, so you can bolster the team with different characters and their varying skills.
The game is easy to pick up and play, even for younger players. There is also an option to get assistance from Magolor if you find yourself facing a tougher level, you will then receive stamina-boosting potions and will even be rescued if you’re about to fall down a pit which is handy if you’re new to platforming adventures.
This is a deluxe version of the Wii platforming adventure, it features new abilities, subgames and a bonus escapade too. The levels are bright and colourful, and there are many different areas to explore in the story mode. There is also Merry Magoland, a theme park full of fun attractions that can also be enjoyed with up to four players, and Magalor Epilogue where players must complete new stages as Magalor without the help of copy abilities.
Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe is available for R1129 from the Nintendo eShop. You can download a free demo for the game and experience select stages from the main adventure. It really is “Kirby platforming fun for everyone.”
Thanks to Nintendo for sending me this videogame in exchange for an honest review.