Kirby: Return to Dreamland will be released in America on October 24, 2011 exclusively for Wii! In Europe the game still goes by the name “Kirby’s Adventure Wii” and is scheduled for release this December!
Marking the pink-puffball’s glorious return to form on the Nintendo Wii, following last year’s outstanding Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Kirby will once again grace a Nintendo console during its last days, which is usually when Kirby game’s hit Nintendo systems for some unknown reason.
Unlike Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Kirby’s Return to Dreamland takes the franchise back to its roots, with a Kirby that can copy abilities, float, suck in air and kill people with his cuteness. It also returns to a more traditional look instead of the crazy awesome art-style of before.
New to Kirby’s Return to Dreamland are Super Abilities, which can destroy multiple enemies at once along with parts of the environment, and the ability to suck in multiple enemies at a time for a major energy attack. All Copied Abilities also have multiple moves this time, instead of only one move like in past games.
Another all-new feature is co-operative multiplayer play. Multiplayer is Drop-in/Drop-Out, so you can simply hook a controller to join in on the action. Up to four Kirby’s can play on-screen at once, or the other three players can choose between Meta Knight, King Dedede, and Waddle Dee. Each have their own unique abilities, and can ride on top of one another. Kirby can also inhale the other characters and shoot them out for unique attacks. No word whether Kirby’s Return to Dreamland supports online play, but you’d have to assume it doesn’t.
Here is a video of Kirby’s Return to Dreamland in action! you can spot many of his new abilities in this video, including Kuribo’s Shoe and many classics!
You wouldn’t know it, but Kirby’s Return to Dreamland has been in development for as long as the Wii has been in existence! The game was originally in development as a GameCube title using the Super Smash Bros. Melee engine! It was then cancelled, while the Kirby’s Epic Yarn project was started as a separate game. That game released and still there was no sign of Kirby’s Adventure Wii, or “Kirby Wii“. However the game was finally revived once again as Kirby 2011 and is finally set for release under the title “Kirby’s Return to Dreamland”! Phew! Quite the history for the little guy, he must be one tuckered out puffball.
Those who remember the latter days of the GameCube may also recall Kirby’s Air Ride, of which this was originally the follow-up to that game!
Here is a look at the GameCube incarnation of the game running on the Super Smash Bros. Melee engine.
Are you excited for Kirby’s Return to Dreamland?