The first Kirby game was released in North America on Aug. 1, 1992, making this weekend the adorable pink puff’s 24th birthday!
To celebrate, Nintendo has released three classics through the Virtual Console, and two of them are among the best games he’s ever starred in. No, neither of them are on Kirby’s Adventure level of quality, but Kirby’s Dream Course has always been one of his more underappreciated titles. Maybe because it’s a mini-golf game and not a platformer, but that’s beside the point. This little sports gem takes full advantage of the Kirby’s powers to make mind-bending physics puzzles, and it makes for a great New Nintendo 3DS release.
Imagine the Angry Birds “three star” system implemented in every mobile game nowadays, and you’ll have this game’s replay value all figured out. Kirby’s Dream Course was doing this a full two decades before everyone else! It’s available for $7.99. Buy it.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn is also available on the Wii U for $19.99. This game makes up for its lack of challenge with pleasant and happy feelings. You have to remember that this was released at a time when Gears of War and other violent shooters were dominating the AAA scene, and Kirby: Epic Yarn‘s positive reception was seen as a response. I have no idea how it holds up today.
The last game released is Kirby: Mass Attack from the Nintendo DS. It will cost $9.99 on the Wii U, and it is actually one I’ve never played. The idea is that Kirby has been split into many clones of himself, and you control them all with the touch screen. It looked fun, but it never found its way into my collection.
If you have a New Nintendo 3DS, I can’t recommend Kirby’s Dream Course enough. Give it a try, it could be the lost Kirby game you never knew you loved.