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Video GameKirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Review
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Posted: 10 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, Jo Robertson and @GeekDadGamer.


Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe is a running, jumping and fighting game where you explore and fight monsters as Nintendo's famous Kirby, who inhales enemies to gain their abilities. Alone, or with up to three other people, you explore lush and varied worlds. A remake of the 2011 Wii game, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, it adds to the original by introducing a new ability for Kirby and extra mini-games.

When a strange ship crash lands on Planet Popstar, you meet the alien Magolor and set out on an adventure to help him repair his vessel and return home. On your quest, which takes you across verdant plains, arid deserts and mechanical cityscapes, you encounter plenty of enemies you inhale to gain powers, then use attacks to fight other enemies and progress.

Gameplay is the traditional Kirby affair, where you explore 2-dimensional stages, jumping and gliding over hazards and collecting coins and food that restores your health. To attack, you need to inhale an enemy, which grants you their abilities which you then use to take down other foes. Along with the traditional powers, this remake adds a new one - the Mecha copy ability, which allows you to shoot enemies from afar or punch them up close. You can play the whole game with three other people, and extra mini-games, some new to the Deluxe game, offer plenty of extra hours of lighthearted competitive fun. Extra-hard challenge levels offer up a different challenge to more experienced players.

The result is a game that's fun and exciting for both young and old children due to its simple and lighthearted gameplay, with added levels and minigames offering an extra challenge and competition.

There are lots of different Kirby games that have been released since the original:
  • Kirby's Dream Land (1992) Game Boy and 3DS Virtual Console.
  • Kirby's Adventure (1993) Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii Virtual Console, 3DS, Wii U Virtual Console and Switch.
  • Kirby's Pinball Land (1993) Game Boy and 3DS Virtual Console.
  • Kirby's Dream Course (1994) Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii Virtual Console and Wii U Virtual Console.
  • Kirby's Avalanche (Kirby Ghost Trap in some regions) (1995) Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Wii Virtual Console.
  • Kirby's Dream Land 2 (1995) Game Boy and 3DS Virtual Console.
  • Kirby's Block Ball (1995) Game Boy and 3DS Virtual Console.
  • Kirby no Omochabako (Japan Only) (1996) Super Famicom Stellaview.
  • Kirby Super Star (1996) Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii Virtual Console and Wii U Virtual Console.
  • Kirby's Star Stacker (1997) Game Boy, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii Virtual Console and 3DS Virtual Console.
  • Kirby's Dream Land 3 (1998) Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console and Switch.
  • Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble (2000) Game Boy Colour.
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000) Nintendo 64 and Wii Virtual Console.
  • Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (2002) Game Boy Advance and Wii U Virtual Console.
  • Kirby Air Ride (2003) GameCube.
  • Kirby and the Amazing Mirror (2004) Game Boy Advance, 3DS Virtual Console and Wii U Virtual Console.
  • Kirby: Canvas Curse (Kirby: Power Paintbrush in Europe) (2005) DS.
  • Kirby: Squeak Squad (Kirby: Mouse Attack in Europe) (2006) DS.
  • Kirby: Super Star Ultra (2008) DS.
  • Kirby's Epic Yarn (2010) Wii.
  • Kirby: Mass Attack (2011) DS.
  • Kirby's Return to Dream Land (Kirby's Adventure Wii in Europe) (2011) Wii.
  • Kirby's Dream Collection (2012) Wii.
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe (2014) 3DS.
  • Kirby Fighters Deluxe (2014) 3DS.
  • Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe (2014) 3DS.
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush in Europe) (2015) Wii U.
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot (2016) 3DS.
  • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe (2017) 3DS.
  • Kirby Battle Royale (2017) 3DS.
  • Kirby's Blowout Blast (2017) 3DS.
  • Kirby Star Allies (2018) Switch.
  • Super Kirby Clash (2019) Switch
  • Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn (2019) 3DS.
  • Kirby Fighters 2 Switch.
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land (2022) Switch.
  • Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022) Switch.
  • Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023) Switch.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/10/2011, updated in 2023

Platforms: Switch and Wii

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Platform

Developer: HAL Laboratory (@HAL_Laboratory)




We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can play the whole main game cooperatively with three other players, each using one Joy-Con. Each extra player can either play as a different colour Kirby or as one of Kirby's friends: Meta Knight, King Dedede, and Bandanna Waddle Dee. You can also play the minigames competitively with four players locally.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for mild violence.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated General (G).
In the US, ESRB state: As players traverse through each level, they use “cartoony” weapons (e.g., swords, spears, fire/ice/electricity attacks) to battle robots, dragons, and animal-like creatures. Damage is indicated by impact sounds, colorful light effects, and enemies that disappear when defeated. In one mini-game, players assume a third-person perspective to fire pellet guns at an oversized tank and passing blimps—the sequence is accompanied by constant projectile fire and realistic explosions.

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be able to react fairly quickly to enemy attacks and avoid pits and obstacles in the platforming sections.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@HAL_Laboratory) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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